Back to basics?

Discussion in 'Holiday Cooking' started by Barbara Windermere, Dec 10, 2018.

  1. Barbara Windermere

    Barbara Windermere New Member

    Loving the recipe suggestions people are so graciously sharing here. Can’t wait to try a few out this Christmas.

    But at the same time, I’ve also been thinking maybe it’s time to get back to basics, just to see if there’s anything I’ve missed, or if I’ve put too much of my own stamp on the traditional Christmas dinner.

    Did a search for basic Christmas dinner shopping list and found this article which I quite like (especially as it includes the Michael Bublé Christmas album on the shopping list, which made me giggle). Seems pretty basic, but that’s the entire point.

    What do you guys think? Does this article contain a decent basic shopping list? And should I really be concerned about going back to basics? Is it really that important to get back to Christmas dinner roots, as it were? Or should I just continue as I have been for a while?
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  2. luludou

    luludou Well-Known Member

    Nice list :)
    You should just do what works best for you. I know doing a turkey with all the stuffings and potatoes is a lot of work for me. So now we do a Tourtière (meat pie with potatoes). It's a bit longer to make but serves so well! Just heat and you've got all on the same plate. For dessert I make a few cookies and we have cake.
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  3. AuntJamelle

    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member

    I think the article is fine - that might be a great approach depending on the person really. I second the thought that you should do what is best for you and your folks you'll be eating with. If your favorite food is lasagna - have THAT for Christmas dinner! :D

    I dislike "rules" about what holiday meals should be, can you tell?

    But back to basics - your traditional recipes - that is all yummy too and if your family enjoys those than it might be nice to go that route this year.

    You've got me curious - what have you been serving - or thinking of serving? As opposed to going back to basics I mean?
  4. MrsSoup

    MrsSoup Well-Known Member

    None of that is "basic" for us for Christmas and never really has been in our family. When I was growing up we always had chicken and rice on Christmas. So you have to decide what your "Back to Basics" is for YOU and your family and what your traditional looks like. The article talks about what the traditional of old was with pheasant and duck and some other meats, have you ever served those things? Does your family like those things? If so, then go for it! It doesn't hurt to change things up now and then and go a different route, but don't feel like you have to. I honestly have no idea what i'm cooking on Christmas this year. We still haven't really figured out what our "traditional" Christmas meal looks like for our family yet. My kids are picky and don't eat most of the traditional Thanksgiving meal that I cook every year, so we haven't put much emphasis on a Christmas meal for just the 5 of us since we are never near family being a military family.

    Traditions and "basics" are what you and your family make them. :)
  5. Myron's Mom

    Myron's Mom Active Member

    It's a nice article and if that is your roots and what is basic for you and your family then by all means do that. We are another family that none of that is or was basic. I never had turkey for Christmas until I was married to my current husband!
    I grew up with roast pig that was done Christmas Eve day and served cold. Chicken soup and sarma ( cabbage rolls with sauerkraut, no tomatoes). We never had "side dishes" or "starters". I never realized how strange our meal seemed to outsiders until a cousin brought up how perplexed her now husband was because there were no dinner plates of any kind to eat off. We only used soup bowls, lol. We would balance the pork and bread on the rim of the bowl.
    Traditions change, that roast pig became not practical after grandma was gone and families moved away. We now do ham instead.
    I don't like rules either, lol. So to me traditions and basic are what has meaning to my family and things that we like to eat. In my house we have adopted my family's traditions ( my husband and son love it), but my cousin married into a Italian family and they have Italian Christmas. It's what works and brings joy to your family.
  6. Ahorsesoul

    Ahorsesoul Santa's Elves

    Several years ago I started cutting out a lot of my Holiday menu items. Now we are really down to the basic items that we like the most. No one has complained about what was left off. I did ask them what they wanted for the menu that really meant Christmas (or Thanksgiving) to them. Now I have time to do extra things if I want and only if I want. I say go for it.
  7. Holiday_Mom

    Holiday_Mom Well-Known Member

    That Christmas dinner list (minus the parsnips, sprouts, and pudding) was what I grew up eating. When I got married, we had a turkey over at my in-laws house on Christmas Then we changed the date to Dec. 26th for Christmas dinner with the my in-laws and started back to my parents for Christmas dinner.

    My brother and his wife asked to take over Christmas dinner last year. We had appetizers and stromboli for Christmas dinner. The house wasn't decorated at all except for a Christmas tree. We stood around and ate. It was so different. It felt like we crashed a football playoff party. This year we are going to my parents on the Saturday before Christmas to have a "Christmas dinner" in a decorated house with Christmas music. Then on Christmas day, we'll go over to my brother's house and not feel like we missed out on the celebration of Christmas.
  8. DahliaDoll

    DahliaDoll Well-Known Member

    I love traditions, but, basically, what's already been said here … do what's right, good, and festive for your own family, the time you have, and your interests. Make your meals a joyous occasion.
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2018
  9. Minta

    Minta Administrator Staff Member

    I agree with everyone else ... do what is right for you and your family. If you are not sure then its time to call a family meeting and discuss dinner options.
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  10. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    things have certainly changed for us over the years. When my dad was alive Christmas dinner was a huge roast meal that my mum would prepare all day and never got a chance to enjoy the day. Now we do a much simpler but still very festive meal of cold meats and salads. It works for us for now.
  11. Barbara Windermere

    Barbara Windermere New Member

    Sorry for such a late response. I hadn't quite seen the email notifications!

    But thanks for so many lovely responses.

    We did doing roast beef and Yorkshire puddings last year, and no-one complained (in fact, my Yorkshires were greatly complimented).

    Just feel so much pressure to be "traditional", but it's so good to know that there are plenty who do Christmas as what it means for their family.

    Maybe I'll do ham this year! There'll definitely be more Yorkshire puds, too!

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