Friday, December 25, 2009

Dinner Tonight: Merry Christmas or Bah Humbug? (and some steak Diane)

Well, our Christmas plans were foiled by the snow. Hubby and I made it to my mom's and got to enjoy our biscuits and gravy after he spent about 30 minutes trying to shovel a spot in the driveway. Her street hadn't been swept yet and we were stuck with about half of his car still in the street. His sisters decided not to try to make it out, so our first annual Christmas dinner w/hubby's family was cancelled. Maybe next year!
We decided that making a 10 pound ham for 3 people seemed a bit excessive. Instead, my mom scrounged through her freezer and found some steaks and decided she wanted steak Diane. I've never had this or cooked it, but she found a recipe online here and we tried it. We had to take some liberties since we didn't have shallots or fresh mushrooms, but it turned out okay. It definitely made the quick-thawed old piece of sirloin a little more palatable. We threw together some boxed au gratin potatoes for mom and hubby, and I had some hash browns, plus we made the green beans, baked beans & rolls that were on the original menu (though in greatly reduced quantities).
All in all it was a decent meal and I think we made the best out of an unfortunate situation. We still haven't figured out what to do with the ham since we don't know if we'll be able to reschedule, but I'm sure we'll figure something out.

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