I don't know why, maybe it's just being moody, family discord, or because of the overcast week we'd had, but I really rebelled against the idea of making an ordinary, just the same as I do every year, Christmas dinner. Every year since childhood I've had pretty much the same menu: baked ham, homemade scalloped potatoes, corn, and some type of bread. I do absolutely love homemade scalloped potatoes, especially the edges where it gets brown and crispy.... but I just didn't want to do it this year.
So, I talked to my daughter, then got on Facebook and asked advice. One person said to just make everyone's favorites. Others said it was okay to do something really different. I talked to the three that would be around my table. Cat wanted cranberry sauce served directly from the can with a spoon. Bob simply wanted meat (as I'm a veg, it's a valid request). Lauryn wanted candied sweet potatoes. I wanted pan fried mac&cheese. So...taking all this into mind, I planned out the menu.
I made homemade mac&cheese, and put it into a parchment paper lined loaf pan. Just before dinner, I sliced it and pan fried it in a wee bit of margarine.
Christmas 2010 menu: pan fried mac&cheese, frozen pizza (baked), candied sweet potatoes, hard salami, muenster&colby cheese, rolls, cranberry sauce-served directly from the can, taquitos, and condiments. It was eclectic and fun and quite delicious. Everyone was happy, and well fed. And best of all, I enjoyed the time spent with my family, laughing over the weird meal. Cat dubbed it the Odd Meal of Oddness.