questionswhat should i make for christmas dinner?

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I am cooking up seafood. Clam Chowder, Steamed clams and mussels. I would do the squid and pasta too, but it is messy and fried squid smells up the house for months.

I reccomend finding a restaurant that is open and making reservations. :D

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Yes, my favorite thing to make for dinner is reservations.

how about goose or duck? Ham and turkey is too cliche for me.

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Ooooh yeah duck. Brine it overnight, then put it in the oven for 4 hours at 250 covered with sliced oranges and some rosemary (maybe garlic)

Make sure the internal temp is at least 165 before serving. Don't let it get much higher or it starts to dry out.

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@davidgreen7373: No 250. 350. Nice crackly skin.

Stab duck multiple places with very sharp knife. Place on rack in backing pan so that fat will drip off. Check frequently to make sure that it is not sitting in grease (use a baster to pull off extra fat if necessary). Save this duck fat. Make at 350 for the appropriate amount of time per pound. You may also do this with a rotisserie, but then you will lose the duck fat.

http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=16521

Scroll down to the recipe by "Eat! You look so thin" and yes, that is a username: "Mom's Rotkohl recipe as passed down from Oma, published for the first time."

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@sgoman5674: As a fair warning, duck does not always agree with everyone at the other end of their digestive track.

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Ah crap. Not "backing" pan. Baking pan.

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Duck huh? I have never made it before.

I wonder where I can pick one up.

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@adhurt: Shoot'em duck. Extra points if you can name the cartoon.

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@shrdlu: I want to say something from loony toons, but I am not sure.

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@adhurt: You have to shoot one yourself. Just remember that ducks are immune to traditional firearms. They are weakest against light guns and laughing dogs.

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@catbertthegreat: Or in the middle either. I get severe heartburn from bananas.

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@sgoman5674: Heartburn from bananas? It's the seeds. Not kidding.

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@shrdlu: Question then, where are the seeds so @sgoman5674 can remove them?

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@catbertthegreat: Not possible to remove them (or at least very pointless). Slice a banana across, and the tiny black seeds are obvious. Like ground pepper, they are very pointy, and not particularly digestible. Although mashed bananas are a favorite to feed infants, a baby that is sensitive to this can have terrible difficulties (which out of respect for the delicate sensibilities of our male audience, I will keep to myself).

@sgoman5674: Have you tried plaintains? While they are a banana, in the strictest sense, I see less problems with them (of course, they are also not nearly as sweet as bananas).

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I still go for making reservations.

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@shrdlu: No, and I have no idea where to get them near me and I have no idea whether I will like them as much as bananas. I will have to try cutting the seeds out. I will let you know tomorrow as I will buy one from the guys who sells lottery tickets in the building I work in.

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One duck is not enough for seven, and like others said may not agree with all. Were I to cook a formal meal, I'd prepare a beef dish as well. Fortunately I live the in the land of terrific holiday buffets where each person can get what (s)he wants and nobody is responsible for the dishes.

Many of my family are sports lovers, so if I was hosting it would be top-notch deli cold cuts, cheeses and breads, lots of side salads, and a variety of mustards. The meal starts at 11 am and goes on until 11 pm.

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@hobbit: I would like to do that, but I have been assigned to bring the Turkey. If I just show up with my husband, there's going to be trouble.

Our supermarkets make meals to go. If they will still let your order one or buy one, that's what I'd do.

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Thank you all for some great ideas... I'm glad I went with a smoked ham and duck for Saturday. I had reservations at a local restaurant, but canceled them - glad I did. The restaurant burned to the ground Christmas night.

http://antigobuzz.com/blogs/2009/12/26/fire-blazes-at-blackjack-steakhouse-on-christmas-night/

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@adhurt: Thanks for posting back. Very sorry about the restaurant.

It's always nice to hear how the story came out (dinner, in your case).