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    I can't imagine cooking for 40 people! I would do a large ham, a couple of pans of cheesy hashbrowns, a hot vegetable dish and serve with small rolls for those who want to make sandwiches. Add pickles and carrot and celery sticks. Dessert would be whatever my guests want to bring. Maybe a couple of jellos with fruit in them.
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    I always make a salad, a good roast beef with veggies and mashed potatoes....then eggplant parmigiana and spaghetti. Dessert is usually pumpkin and coconut custard pie.

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    This year my DH and I will cook the turkey, dressing and gravy. We have invited lots of people from our church who don't have any place to go to come to our place for Christmas dinner. I wil have them bring all the rest of the dishes. So, for us, it will probably include dishes we aren't familiar with for Christmas. Can't wait to see what others bring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    We do an open house Christmas party each year. Never a clue as to how many people will be here. Isn't that a treat? Anyhow, I usually do a spiral sliced ham 10-12 lbs; baked ziti - usually a no-meat sauce in this as there's a possibility of a vegetarian and a vegan showing up; hot crab dip; turkey breast; tons of veggies/dips; sweet potatoes; bread/rolls; corn casserole; cookies; cakes; shrimp cocktail; chips/dips; garden salad; anything else that strikes my fancy along the way. The baking I usually do a week or so out. The veggie slicing and dicing no earlier than the day before, usually that morning. Ziti I can make up ahead and freeze if need be but I usually don't. Most of the cooking is just popping it in the oven so the only challenging part is coordinating temps and timing. I usually try to come up with a new dish of some sort each year so it's not too repetitious for any of us!
    You are a lady after my own heart. I also have herring, turkey, beef and ham and little dollar buns, potato salad, cheeses, sausage/thuringer. Then, too, it is cold enough outside that I can put everything in my walk-in refrigerator (it's called that in the winter, the front porch in the summer. I also have cookies, fudge, pies, I love the cheesy-potato casserole. Then the house is open from about 10:00 AM until about 7:00 PM for anyone of the family or the neighbors or friends to stop over, fill their plate and have a glass of wine (or whatever). Ever notice how during this time a house takes on a smell of its own? I love the smell of turkey and all the trimmings, the Fraser Fir Christmas tree, the egg nog, all the spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger. I love from November 1 until January 2. Then no more snow, no more icy weather, no more shoveling. They are saying Minnesota is going to have another mild winter. We didn't have snow for Christmas last year - I would like a nice snowfall on Christmas Eve and that's all!!!!!!! Then what isn't eaten is kept for New Years Day when I lock up the house, nobody comes in. We eat up the leftovers and watch football. That's my holiday-time and I'm not changing one little thing! I love leftovers!!!!! That's why I always buy extra for Christmas.

    I don't like Hallowe'en! I love to pass out the candy to the kids (or money, whatever) and see how they have grown, but I intensely despise (my mother always said "You never hate - but, you can intensely despise." I have used that all my life. Anyhow, I intensely despise, witches hanging from the trunk of a tree, ghosts, all that stuff. I don't buy any hallowe'en fabric at all one bit. I have one ceramic pumpkin that I made. It has a light in it and it goes in the window from 6-8PM on Hallowe'en. That's it! But I do go all out for Christmas. I love Christmas. Edie
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    We try to rotate Christmas dinner. When it's my turn, it is usually whatever I'm in the mood to fix. One year it was fried chicken, another year I put on a pot of soup beans, fried potatoes and homemade bread (it was a hit - not a bean left in the pot). Another year, I fixed spaghetti. Last year I fixed a huge roast, mashed potatoes, home canned green beans, etc. Always homemade rolls. My sisters prefer to fix breakfast, which is one meal I absolutely hate to fix for a crowd - everyone wants something different and the mess is ongoing. Since I always fix Thanksgiving, on Christmas I go by the KISS rule - Keep It Simply Simple.

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    For the last two years I have made a tamale dressing that was well received. The recipe is on the 'Homesick Texan' website.
    Stephanie in Mena

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen1956 View Post
    .....My sisters prefer to fix breakfast, which is one meal I absolutely hate to fix for a crowd - everyone wants something different and the mess is ongoing. Since I always fix Thanksgiving, on Christmas I go by the KISS rule - Keep It Simply Simple.
    I don't mind crowd breakfasts BUT I don't run a restaurant. We have a variety of foods and people can choose from what's offered - no special requests. Want something special? Go to a restaurant or fix it, yourself.
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    Oh, I like this discussion. Since being very young, 19-20 years old, I have been the host to most small family functions. Boy do I look back and see the graciousness of my guests (mostly single guy friends of my husband). I have done many different things over the years and now that I have children in their late teens, I would question the change of traditional menu items. I can just hear your guests say, " where is the ham?cheesey potatoes? etc.

    My mother-in-law is almost always with us for Christmas, and I have fallen into doing Pork ribs in her honor for Christmas Eve dinner. That is our big, fancy meal of the holiday. Baked potatoes with creamed corn, coleslaw, homemade potato rolls, veggie tray with dip and baked beans for my husband. We all love this and I'm not feeding a crowd or it would be something different.

    Hope you got some ideas, as I know I have.

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    Last year since they all came in at different times and even different days, I fixed two pots of soup one chili and the other veggie. There were different cheeses and crackers. I made a Ky Sunrise Cake, cheese cake, pumpkin pies, and cookies. everyone seemed to like it and one of my 10 year grandson enjoyed figuring out just what make the chili different from his Moms, I think he really might have wanted the recipe.

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    Saveaquilt,Is your cream corn homemade if so would you please share your recipe Thanks In advance(

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    Prime rib and Lasagne here...Love Christmas...Turkey for Thanksgiving..

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    My husband is drooling....he love holiday meals and Thankgiving is his favorite...so glad he loves to cook

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    How about a brunch meal? There are many recipes for a wonderful egg casserole out there on the web. Serve with hash browns or grits, fruit, muffins or biscuits. The possibilities for brunch are endless and can be served buffet style. My family likes the brunch idea.
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    Our dinner is the same for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    Ham, Prime Rib, mashed pot, sweet pot with pecans and fluff, mac and cheese, Collard greens, cranberry salad, deviled eggs, Dinner rolls, pumpkin pie, pumpkin roll, cheesecake . we usually have about 10-12 people.
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    With almost 40 people coming to your house, I would start asking them to bring dishes, this way you could do your regular menu and then have more of a variety. If you really want to change your menu and stay away from turkey and ham, I would suggest like some of the others on here...some roast beef, that's cheap enough to feed 40 people. Desserts is always a hit at holiday season.
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    I would keep it simple. A big pan of lasagna, veggie laden green salad and cheese garlic bread. You can really keep it simple and serve Stouffers lasagna ( very good!!!) and make your garlic bread ahead of time, ready to bake. ( Or buy the frozen slices). Have everyone bring desserts. Why spend the whole day in the kitchen....enjoy the day visiting and not cooking all day. It is your holiday too.

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    we love standing rib roast (prime rib) . several years the kids have said, 'let's do easy' and we had finger foods. --ham, meat balls, shrimp, veg's and dip, fruit plates, plus whatever anyone else felt like.

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    I mentioned in an earlier post that I do Brunch on Christmas.

    I forgot to say that Christmas Eve we have fondue. Cheese with bread, then a beef broth with tenderloin and blanched vegies, follow up with Chocolate fondue with berries, fruits and Gf banana bread.
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    We always have a huge, traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the family that can come. SO, for Christmas, I usually downscale for our immediate family. Usually something like roasted chicken, baked potatoes, broccoli/rice/cheese casserole, salad of some sort, green beans, rolls, and a couple of dessert choices (whatever my DS or DIL wants). My DILs family usually has enchiladas or lasagna.

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    Several years ago I started making lasagna for Christmas dinner, but made it very special, - seafood lasagna, with shrimp, crab, and scallops instead of meat. It was such a hit that it became our family tradition. All the seafood is a bit expensive, but it is for Christmas! The best part is - I can make it a day or two ahead of time and just put it in the oven on Christmas Day. Add a salad and a dessert and dinner is done! Easy and delicious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Central Ohio Quilter View Post
    Several years ago I started making lasagna for Christmas dinner, but made it very special, - seafood lasagna, with shrimp, crab, and scallops instead of meat. It was such a hit that it became our family tradition. All the seafood is a bit expensive, but it is for Christmas! The best part is - I can make it a day or two ahead of time and just put it in the oven on Christmas Day. Add a salad and a dessert and dinner is done! Easy and delicious!
    That's what I have for Christmas dinner too. I only use imitation crabmeat tho....and no one can tell the difference. (I pull it) Pioneer Woman has a recipe for "The Bread" on her website....hmmm, let me see if I can find it....
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    This is wonderful with the Seafood Lasagna. She also has bread that has butter, cream cheese, green olives and ripe olives on it. It's really good with regular lasagna. Oh man, I'm getting hungry.
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    A huge thank you to all!! There are really some great ideas here that I will take advantage of.

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    Homeade mushroom soup, beef tenderloin, new potatoes brushed with olive oil, and roasted with fresh rosemary, fresh green beans, caesar salad and dinner rolls, plus trifle for dessert!

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    Can I have your old recipes. They will be new to us. We are burned out on the turkey Thanksgiving repeat with Christmas. We normally have just under 20 people.
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    Thanks! I send an email out to my adult kids suggesting Italian as the theme this year. My 8 kids still at the home are all for it so I am going full steam ahead. We did the tamale and black bean thing in the past as 4 of my children are from central America but that was a lot of work for me.
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