Monday, December 26, 2005

Transplanted Holidays

This year for the first time I stayed home over the entire Christmas holiday. That probably has something to do with living 1000 miles from the rest of my extended family. I have to say, I enjoyed it. Christmas is much less fraught when you don't have to run here and there making visits. Yes, it's lovely to see family and enjoy extended time together, but there's something to be said for the joys of hanging out at home and relaxing too.

Since we've recently relocated to Maryland as part of a company transfer, we've shared our holiday with others from the company who relocated too. Being a host on a holiday was a new and enjoyable experience. For both Thanksgiving and Christmas, we had company. Three guests for the first and one guest for the second. Enough to make you feel like making an effort, not enough to stress you out.

On Thanksgiving we served up a traditional turkey dinner with gratifying results. Empty plates and lots of compliments. I have Food Network to thank for that. I watched a lot of programming and learned some critical skills (gravy-making) from Alton Brown and Rachel Ray. For Christmas dinner, we went non-traditional and had steaks. Yep, STEAKS, porterhouse steaks to be exact and they were excellent. They were served with salad and baked potatoes and baked corn. The baked corn was the biggest hit of all! So here's the recipe, it's a winner which I must credit to my sister Karen.

Baked Corn

one can whole corn
one can creamed corn
one cup sour cream
one box Jiffy corn muffin mix
one cup melted margarine
two beaten eggs
one tbsp sugar

Mix everything together. Place in a 9 x 13 buttered pan. Bake at 350 degress for about 45 minutes.

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