Recently, I picked up a wonderful little cookbook entitled, “A Child’s Christmas Cookbook” published by the Denver Art Museum. I wanted to share with you this warm, nostalgic memory of an old fashioned Christmas with some ideas from the book.
Surprise your tired mother with breakfast on Christmas morning.
One Eyed Egg Sandwich
Use a round cookie or biscuit cutter. Cut a hole in the center of a slice of bread. Butter both sides. Put it in a greased frying pan. When one side browns, turn it over. Now, careful! Slide egg into hole in bread. Turn heat down. Cover pan. Wait. Now peek inside. Has the white set? Then it’s done. Use pancake turner to lift the One-Eyed Egg Sandwich. Carefully put it on Mother’s plate.
Try this special dinner for mother by candlelight.
Christmas Candle Salad
Put crisp lettuce leaf on a plate. Then a slice of pineapple. Peel banana. Cut in half. Set the banana in the pineapple hole for a make believe candle. Stick a cherry on top with a toothpick.
Snow Man Salad
Put half a canned pear on a lettuce leaf. Cover it with cottage cheese. Use raisins for the eyes, nose and buttons. A cinnamon red hot for the mouth.
Now for the main course:
Soup of the Evening Cook 1 medium onion, chopped fine in 2 T. butter. Stir in 1 T. flour, 1 tsp salt, l/2 tsp celery salt. Blend in l/2 c peanut butter. Gradually stir in 2 cups milk. Stir until mixture thickens. Add 2 cups tomato juice. Bring just to a boil. Serves 4.
Cranberry Ham In a saucepan, heat ½ cup whole, canned cranberry sauce, l/2 tsp dry mustard, l/8 tsp ground cloves, l/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 T. vinegar. Stir until mixture comes just to a boil. Pour this over 3 or 4 cups cubed, baked ham in casserole. Heat in low oven. Serves 4. Ask mother for her recipe for mashed potatoes and her favorite vegetables.
Don’t forget the Christmas Coffee. Melt 1 oz chocolate in top of double boiler. Add l/4 cup sugar, dash of salt, 2 cups boiling water. Stir about 5 minutes. Pour in 1 cup milk and cream, mixed. Don’t let it boil. Add a tsp of vanilla extract and 2 cups hot coffee. Before you serve this, remember to whip the mixture with a fork.
When mother has finished, be sure to stack the dishes, tidy up the kitchen and don’t forget to turn off the stove. Won’t mother be surprised!
And after your Candlelight Dinner, how about a story hour with Dickens’ Christmas Carol?