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Richard in Cincy

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Posted to Thread #30555 at 2:27 pm on Oct 22, 2018

We are planning a huge Christmas celebration this year. All of the kids and grandkids will be in (we're on the every other year plan these days). We'll have 5 trees throughout the house (including my grandmother's tinsel tree that I opened presents under as a small tyke), the halls will be decked with swags of garland dripping lights and ornaments, German pyramids, an army of nutcrackers, dozens of white candles in crystal sitting on a large mirror on the library table surrounded by a wreath of holly, the silver polished, and the tablescapes duly futzed with.

For the Christmas Feast, we will be cooking and baking up an old-fashioned Kentucky menu this year. I've had a large Kentucky country cured ham hanging in the basement for 3 years now and will be hauling it upstairs for the 3 days of preparation and cooking that it requires, there will be groaning sideboards with Wassail bowl, champagne bourbon cherry punch, spiced nuts, cheese straws, Benedictine spread and beer cheese with crackers, roasted turkey and gravy, sage dressing, scalloped oysters, roasted potatoes, corn pudding, green beans, roasted brussels sprouts, bourbon pecan sweet potatoes, cranberry relish, homemade breads (salt-rising, sally lunn, cornbread, rye), butter-glazed carrot cake with cream cheese icing, Kentucky Bourbon cherry and pineapple fruit cake, blackberry jam cake with caramel icing, apple, cherry, and mincemeat pies, bourbon balls, sugarplums, heaping platters of our German Christmas cookies, homemade chocolates, fudge, and barks, and housemade cordials (blackberry, peach, cherry).


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