Christmas 2010 – 12/25/10

Christmas seemed to come up pretty fast this year. Maybe I’m just getting older. But maybe it’s because I didn’t have any days off between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Either way, the past month really flew by and Christmas was here before I knew it.

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As usual for this occasion, Christmas is a two-round affair; lunch with my mother’s side in Alameda and dinner with my father’s side in San Francisco. The menu for Christmas is usually pretty similar to Thanksgiving with some variations.

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Breakfast Sliders (my aunt called them Breakfast Jacks) with chicken-apple sausage, scrambled egg, cheddar on a biscuit

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Shrimp Toasts – always one of the most popular items

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Pork Lumpia

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Crab Rangoon

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Fried Wontons

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Stir-Fried Shrimp

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Chow Mein

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Chinese Sticky Rice

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BBQ Pork Ribs – cooked low and slow then basted with sauce

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Chicken Pot Pie Pockets

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Mini Chili Pot Pies

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Pork Potstickers – one of my personal favorites

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Salad

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Lasagna

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A variety of desserts were served as well.

Coffee Crunch Cake (semi-homemade)

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Passion Fruit Mousse Cake – love the decoration on this one

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My cousin, who has her own baking company (Baked Vanilla), wrapped up some homemade treats to take home. Clockwise from top left: gingerbread men and snowflakes, vanilla marshmallows, smores, and pecan sandies.

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After lunch, we went into San Francisco for dinner. The menu here is definitely more meat-centric, as just about everyone on my dad’s side is a meat eater.

Starting with some of the sides:

Mashed Potatoes

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Gravy

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Mixed Vegetables

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Chinese Sticky Rice

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Stuffing – bread, ground beef, onions, shallots, mushrooms, spinach and chicken stock

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The most anticipated dish has to be this large beef roast, prepared medium rare.

New York Strip Loin Roast

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The other souce of meat is this large turkey. Nice golden brown exterior.

Turkey

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We finished with this one dessert – my parents’ favorite “Dream Cake” from Sweet Stop in San Francisco.

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So ended another Christmas. The food is always something to look forward to, but it’s especially important to spend it with friends and family.


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