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    Christmas dinner for a small family.

    My family, growing up, was huge. This is my first year away from home where I'm responsible for the festive dinner, and have no idea where to cut back. We had everything with all the trimmings, but now it's only me, my boyfriend and our infant son. I have no idea how to do the extravagant thing without things going to waste.

    So, any of you with small families, what do you do? It seems it would be a shame to cook up a storm and throw almost everything away,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cera View Post
    My family, growing up, was huge. This is my first year away from home where I'm responsible for the festive dinner, and have no idea where to cut back. We had everything with all the trimmings, but now it's only me, my boyfriend and our infant son. I have no idea how to do the extravagant thing without things going to waste.

    So, any of you with small families, what do you do? It seems it would be a shame to cook up a storm and throw almost everything away,
    A very merry to you!!!

    Well, Im part of a small family too, but most Christmas we spend the day with friends, so we cook everything and do not throw a thing!!!

    Many years ago, when I was a little girl, we had the same problem.. Mum was cooking all day and she ended up throwing most of what she had cooked..

    So, what about inviting some good friends home, for the big day?
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    Thank you for the welcome!

    I would LOVE to invite people over, but most people seem to be staying with their families. Our families have been very.. demanding. They both want my son to be with them, and don't understand that we can't visit them both on Christmas day (My parents are 300 miles away, and neither me nor my boyfriend drive) and they were all being so unkind that we decided we'd spend christmas just us three.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cera View Post
    Thank you for the welcome!

    I would LOVE to invite people over, but most people seem to be staying with their families. Our families have been very.. demanding. They both want my son to be with them, and don't understand that we can't visit them both on Christmas day (My parents are 300 miles away, and neither me nor my boyfriend drive) and they were all being so unkind that we decided we'd spend christmas just us three.
    Well, I know exactly what you mean!! A lot of new families have that problem, including my best friend who has ended up celebrating with her husband and their two little children..She really has got tired of them!!

    Well, why dont you try somrthing else? You can go to a closed friends house for a while and then go back home and celebrate the day just the three of you! I dont know, its just a silly idea..
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    Buy the smallest turkey you can find or sustitute Cornish game hens. Now, unlike my mother and most Americans, I liked to have roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, so I would get a small roast and do that if my family were small. If you have room in your freezer compartment, you can put leftover turkey in there. The turkey can be cut in bite size pieces and put in a casserole type dish when you're in the mood for it.


    Chicken or Turkey Casserole
    1 1/2 c. uncooked macaroni
    1 1/2 c. diced chicken or turkey
    1/4 c. chopped pimientos
    1 c. milk
    1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
    1 c. drained mushrooms
    1 (10 1/2 oz.) can chicken broth

    Stir all ingredients together in a 1 1/2 quart ungreased casserole. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
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    Turkey and Dressing Strata
    This recipe is great for using leftover turkey and stuffing from Thanksgiving! (Note that chicken may be substituted for turkey.)

    1 (10 oz.) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
    3/4 c. milk
    3 c. cut up cooked turkey (or chicken)
    1 1/2 c. leftover stuffing (sometimes referred to as dressing, it is made with bread, sauteed celery and sauteed onion).
    1 tbsp. grated or shredded Parmesan cheese

    Preheat oven to 350. Grease 1 1/2 quart casserole. In 2 quart saucepan over medium heat, heat undiluted soup with milk; stir in turkey.
    In casserole, layer stuffing and turkey mixture twice, ending with turkey mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 30 minutes or until heated through. (Makes 6 servings.)
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    If you don't do turkey in the UK, tell me what your menu was like at Mum's house. I'll see if I can figure something out.
    Last edited by Merry Christmas Darling; 09-27-2009 at 04:25 PM.

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    Do you have a pudding basin? You can freeze your Christmas pudding:

    http://www.jamieoliver.com/forum/vie...php?pid=340902

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    I'd make whatever your favorite meal is. You could always scale back on the amount you cook.

    We usually have a small Rib Roast and with the leftovers, I'll make Shepards Pie, one of our favorites!


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