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    Anyone else planning holiday meals?
    I've been thinking about what I may do some holiday meals for my husband and I next week. Since we already did a traditional meal for Thanksgiving (turkey, stuffing, etc.), I was trying to come up with something that may be a little different. I've been checking out the Food Network for some inspiration...is anyone else thinking about anything a little off the beaten path? So far, I may do a pasta & seafood dish...
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    I grew up only ever having turkey at Christmas. So we are going with turkey this Christmas. I love turkey, lots of turkey

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    When I'm at my in-laws we have the traditional Irish Christmas dish of Smoked Salmon

    The Polish tradition (no this is not a Polish joke) is Carp on Christmas eve.

    I've also had a caribbean Christmas meal where every dish had some type of seafood in it.

    Seafood seems to be a common theme in other cultures.
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    Hi Amy,

    If you don't want to a turkey just for you and your husband, Cornish hens are a nice change. They're small (about one per person) so they don't take forever to cook and they're quite flavorful. I'm sure you could find them in your grocery store.

    Other than that seafood is a great dish too idea too.

    Something really unusual, but particularly good is a squash risotto. I made one on the weekend and it's really nice comfort food for a cold night.
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    My MIL makes dinner on Christmas day. My husband and I take her and his brother out for an elegant meal at an Italian restaurant on Christmas Eve.

    If you want to make an Italian-American Christmas day dinner then lasagna is the way to go, with escarole soup as a starter and struffoli for dessert. If you want to pull out all the stops you can prepare an Italian Feast Of The Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve, as described here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feast_of_the_seven_fishes.

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    Turkey.. Turkey..Turkey..Turkey..Turkey..

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    Thanks for the suggestions! That is so true that seafood seems to be popping up as a tradition for many cultures. I really like the idea of cornish hens as well. ( an can appreciate the turkey advocates too! )
    I'll check in and share what we firm up over the next few days in case it's helpful to anyone else. I recently started listen to the Splendid Table on NPR and have really been enjoying this radio show for suggestions ( can be found online as well)
    Take care and happy food shopping!
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    Norwegian Fishballs covered in a white creamy sauce with baby shrimp, sauted asparagus in butter and boiled red potatoes, as I had every Christmas growing up. Besides loving it, it helps me to remember the many memories of holidays past.

    The "fishballs" can be found at http://www.ingebretsens.com/details.php?prodID=1457 they are made of Cod, water, tapioca, milk powder, soybean oil, salt and spices.
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    Wow, Haiko. That really sounds like an amazing meal!
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    Fondue is always festive. We do it for New Year's but Christmas could work.

    Meats with sauces
    Breads, etc with cheeses
    and of course...chocolate.. you can have strawberries, cherries, marshmallows, etc.

    It is just fun to eat lots of different little things with savory flavors.

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