Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Dinner With Dad

Sunday evening, SP and I invited his dad over for dinner. His dad is planning to travel to the eastern part of the state to spend the Christmas holiday with East PA Sister and her family. So we decided to have a small Christmas celebration with him before he left.To make dinner more celebratory and Christmas-y, we decided to eat in the dining room (instead of in the kitchen) and I got out the good Christmas dishes (instead of our everyday Pfaltzgraf/Corelle). The good Christmas china is actually my mom's china - it's 'on loan' to me. This means it stays in the dining room hutch I 'inherited' from them (the hutch is too big for their dining room in Las Vegas so they left it in Pittsburgh for me) and since they are never in Las Vegas for Christmas, they left the Christmas dishes in Pittsburgh in the hutch. However, the dishes are not officially 'mine' -- they are 'on loan'.

So of course I was like this: 'Don't drop those! Don't clang them off each other! Be careful! Don't chip any of them!' SP was probably regretting agreeing to use the good china. I think he was afraid to touch it!!!

First course: the salad. This salad is spinach, cheddar cheese, toasted walnuts, and apple slices drizzled with a balsamic vinegar-maple syrup-olive oil dressing. The dressing is equal parts of each. We love this salad - the ingredients really compliment each other.The main meal was roasted pork with roasted potatoes & carrots. We used this marinade for the pork. We didn't do a tenderloin but instead a 3-4 pound pork roast. As usual, we omitted the garlic.I love the combination of soy sauce, ginger, cinnamon, honey, and red wine.

The potatoes and carrots were simply tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper, rosemary, and parsley. They were tasty, but even after an hour in the oven, some of the larger potato pieces weren't fully cooked.While we enjoyed dinner, we poached some pears. We used the same poached pears recipe as the last time we poached pears. Unfortunately, we didn't have enough port, so we just added some Shiraz from the bottle of wine we were drinking.

After dinner, we made a pot of coffee to accompany the dessert treats. Of course we used the good Christmas coffee cups & saucers!The pears were delicious, especially with a squirt of whipped cream on top (whipped cream squirt not pictured): I put some of our Christmas cookies & Harvest Loaf Cake on a tray:SP's dad brought some mini cream puffs:Yum! Lots of dessert. I had way too many dessert treats! The cream puffs are bite-sized and so light and tasty. It's too easy to eat too many.

It was a lovely Christmas dinner with SP's dad - plus, the Steelers won! The only downside: hand washing all of my mom's Christmas china!! She doesn't put her good china in the dishwasher and I know that if we cheat and put them in the dishwasher, something bad will happen. So we did lots of hand washing and drying.

1 comment:

  1. What pretty china! And the salad looks amazing! I may try that this week with the family.

    I have no china, rather just a bunch of random Fiestaware dishes I have gotten on sale at Macy's