Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Family Dinner

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I always try to have one very fine Christmas dinner sometime over the holidays...

I am thinking on a variation of this.

Tenderloin Marsala with Mushroom sauce


Preparation10 ounce shiitake mushrooms
4 (4-ounce) pork tenderloin steaks, trimmed
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup minced shallots
1/2 cup Marsala wine
3/4 cup beef broth
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon light butter

1. Remove and discard stems from mushrooms; slice mushrooms.

2. Sprinkle steaks with pepper and salt; coat with cooking spray. Place a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add steaks; cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Place steaks on a platter; keep warm.

3. Heat oil in pan over medium heat until hot; add shallots, and sauté 1 minute. Add sliced mushrooms; sauté 4 minutes or until tender. Add wine; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 2 minutes.

4. Add broth and Dijon mustard; boil 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Remove from heat. Add butter; stir until butter melts. Spoon sauce over steaks.
Twice Baked Potatoes
recipe image
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Servings: 8


4 large baking potatoes
8 slices bacon
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
8 green onions, sliced, divided

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Bake potatoes in preheated oven for 1 hour.
3. Meanwhile, place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
4. When potatoes are done allow them to cool for 10 minutes. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop the flesh into a large bowl; save skins. To the potato flesh add sour cream, milk, butter, salt, pepper, 1/2 cup cheese and 1/2 the green onions. Mix with a hand mixer until well blended and creamy. Spoon the mixture into the potato skins. Top each with remaining cheese, green onions and bacon.
5. Bake for another 15 minute

Roasted  Garlic Asparagus
Roasted-Garlic Asparagus recipe

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped parsley
2 pounds thin asparagus, ends trimmed
Fleur de sel or coarse sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 400°F.

Line a large jelly-roll pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a small pot, heat the oil, garlic, onion powder, and parsley on medium-low heat. Cook for 3 minutes, until the garlic mixture is fragrant but not browned.

Spread the asparagus in a single layer on the prepared pan. Lightly sprinkle with coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Drizzle on the garlic-oil mixture.

Roast for 8-10 minutes, until the asparagus are bright green; do not overcook.

Transfer to a platter and serve hot.


  1. Oh my, it all sounds delicious!I was looking on Pinterest today at stuffed baked potatoes, wondering whether to do some for my littles over the holidays....this is the nicest recipe I've seen all it's sealed....they will be cooked! The tenderloin marsala looks yum too, and both of mine are big mushroom fans, so I'm going to give it a go too! Thank you for the recipes! Much appreciated!

  2. Oh my word that all looks SO good, the tenderloin marsala looks to die for ;)


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