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Christmas Eve Dinner 2019

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Most of you who’ve been around a few years, know this is the time of year that I go full Griswold. Here’s a pic of my house from a few years ago.

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It gets a little bigger every year. This year I rented a boom to put lights up in our 50’ tall Italian Cypress you can see to the left of our garage. (Sorry no photo of it this year)

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Anyway, as is our family’s tradition, we host everyone on Christmas Eve for dinner and presents. In attendance were my two brothers that live here in California. They came down from the L.A. area along with my niece, my nephew and his fiancé. (in addition to my wife and I) We like to vary the meal menu each year. One year we will cook Tamales, (A So. Cal. Christmas staple) the next we’ll do Ham, then Turkey, then a nice Ribeye Roast. We hadn’t had Ham since 2016 so we settled on that.

 

We were quite busy making all the dinner and fixing’s, so I didn’t have a lot of time to take a whole lot of photos but here are the few that I did get. Here’s the ham on the kamado for the first few hours at 275.

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Here’s a pic of the stove with the beans, carrots, potatoes and gravy on top. (Green Bean Casserole and biscuits in the oven)

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Here’s the ham after the 2 hours in foil with the pineapple and cherries added for another 10 minutes at 425.

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Here’s the ham on the table waiting for the rest of the fixings to join it. (It’s funny but I didn’t realize that this is almost the exact same photo from 2016)

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Here’s everyone waiting to dig in.

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Here the one photo I got of the food and table. (As you can see we broke out our finest plastic cups for this dinner :))

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Here’s what everyone looked like when I asked if they could wait for me to take more / better photos of the food.

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Everything was delicious and we had a great time that evening.

 

Merry Christmas everyone and thanks for looking.

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Looks like a wonderful holiday spread!  I have no clue how you manage to do all that. I would still be decorating at the point the Christmas dinner needed to be made.  
 

Not going to show my family this photo.... they don’t need to know a ham can look pretty or they might expect me to try to pull that off.  :)

 

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Very nice cook, spread, and lighting, DH. Looks like a good time was had by all. I was in your neck of the woods for Christmas. Actually got recruited to cook Tri Tip at my nieces in Ocean Side. They got this really nice marinated Tri Tip from a place called Sea Side Market in Cardiff. They claim their Tri is so addictive, everyone in the area calls it "Cardiff Crack". Pretty great stuff actually. Nice to see your cooking post, I love your cooks. 

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