Past Menus

Here are some of my past holiday and event menus. Some events also have activities listed.

Classic Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Classic Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

January

Marshall’s b-day 2009

  • Vegetarian gumbo (add white beans & chix)
  • Rice

Marshall’s b-day 2004

  • Gumbo
  • Biscuits
  • Rice
  • Roasted root veggies
  • Bread pudding (Dave)

Marshall’s b-day 2004

  • Steaks (BBQed by Dan)
  • BBQ beans (Rita)
  • Cracked rosemary potatoes
  • Green salad
  • Custard tart

Marshall’s b-day 2002

  • Braised pork loin w/ port and prunes
  • Chipotle maple sweet potatoes
  • Garlic herb bread
  • Upside down onion tart
  • Maple bread pudding
  • Squash soup

Superbowl 2009

  • Chili
  • Cheese dip
  • 7 layer dip (Dave)
  • Chips
  • Salsa
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Carrots & ranch
  • Fritos
  • Fudge
  • Drink: muddled blackberries, Chambord, vodka, pineapple juice
honey roasted pecans

honey roasted pecans

February

Superbowl 2011

  • Appetizers:
    Peruvian green aji sauce with French bread
    Hot baked artichoke dip with crackers and pita chips
    Veggies and ranch
    Chips and salsa
    Nacho Cheese
    Cheese nibbles dipped in herbs and spices
    Meatballs in a sweet and savory chili sauce
    Honey roasted pecans
    A guest is bringing oysters with water chestnuts wrapped in bacon (wow!)
    Another guest brought her fabulous cheesy artichoke dip
  • Main Dish:
    Super-bowl chili with red onions
  • Dessert:
    Mint chocolate chip ice cream (homemade!)
    Carrot cake
    Pretzels and dried fruit covered in dark chocolate
    Trader Joe’s Toffee

My Birthday – Dan always makes me a special dessert

Superbowl 2010

March

Marathon Party for Dan 2003

  • Gatorade
  • Energy bars
  • Gel shots
  • Water bottles
  • Bananas
  • Oranges
  • Cold pasta salad
  • Green salad
  • Baked ruffles chips & ranch

Nicki’s baby shower 2002

  • Cake
  • Punch (lemonade, cranberry juice, ice, sprite, sherbet)
  • Egg salad sandwiches
  • Cheese sandwiches
  • Turkey sandwiches
  • Fruit salad
  • Green salad
  • Chocolate baby candies
  • Veggies and dip
  • Choc chip cookies
  • Oatmeal cookies
  • Coconut macaroons
  • Make a keepsake (paint on baby clothes, hang them on clothes lines)
  • Blue streamers, cups, and napkins
  • Scrapbook

April

Arbor Day

  • Fruit plate
  • Garlic bread
  • Cole slaw
  • Potato salad
  • Chips & dip
  • Beer & soda
  • Kabobs: Onion (1/2 per person), Zucchini (1 for 3 people), Small potatoes (3 per person), Red & green peppers (1/2 per), Pineapple, Mushrooms, Cherry tomatoes, Note: spray grill w/ non-stick spray. Start & stop w/ mushroom or bell pepper for stability
  • Berry shortcakes

Easter 2006

  • Rent tables, chairs & table cloths
  • Umbrellas
  • Roasted pecans
  • Veggies & dip
  • Lots of finger foods
  • Honeybaked ham
  • Potato salad (Marshall)
  • Roasted red pepper lasagna
  • Corn spoon bread
  • Corn, poblano & cheddar pizza cut into small bites
  • Red beans and rice
  • Gumbo
  • Fruit jellies
  • Rice and pecan stuffing
  • Praline
  • Spinach gratin
  • Parmesan orzo
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Cornbread, biscuits
  • Garbanzo & red pepper salad
  • Pecan pie
  • Sangria
  • Macaroons
  • Chocolate caramel pecan clusters
  • Orange napkins around silverware with carrot tops/parsley as in Kraft book
  • Hanging mason jars with candles as in Kraft book
  • Marzipan bees, butterfly cookies
  • Dyed eggs
  • Radish mice
  • Flats of grass with chocolate bunnies
  • Paper bag flowers
  • Hide Easter eggs
French toast

Mother’s Day breakfast 2011 – Coconut French Toast with Butter Pecan Syrup

May

Mother’s Day Breakfast 2011

  • Coconut French toast with butter pecan syrup
  • Baked oatmeal with strawberries and raspberries
  • OJ & coffee

Mother’s Day Brunch 2010

  • Huevos Rancheros
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Almond Cake

Mother’s Day Dinner 2010

  • Tacos
  • chocolate raspberry icebox cakes

Mother’s Day Breakfast 2008

  • Huevos rancheros
  • Coconut sorbet or lemon ice cream
  • Banana bread
  • Cornmeal sugar cookies
  • Guacamole

Mother’s Day dinner Rita 2008

  • BBQ ribs
  • Garlic herb bread
  • Mashed potatoes (Dave)
  • Asian chickpea salad
  • Carrots and ranch

Mother’s Day (unk. year)

  • Steel cut oats with, Brown sugar, Milk, Raisins, Craisins, Dates
  • Hazelnut cake with strawberries
  • Mini quiche
  • OJ
  • Coffee

June

sourdough grillers

You really can grill anything: sourdough bread toasted with herbs and spices

Dan’s b-day 2011

baseball nut ice cream

baseball nut ice cream

Dan’s b-day 2008

  • Beef and Gorgonzola toasts
  • Ribs
  • Daphne’s
  • Trader Joe’s spreads & crackers
  • Beer
  • Drinks
  • Angel food cake
  • Ice cream

Dan’s B-day 2004

  • Coconut macaroons
  • Cocktail ribs
  • Gumbo
  • T-shirt invites

Dan’s B-day 2002: Dobson, pour me a frosty one. Beer tasting

  • Bar happy hour food
  • Beer posters, coasters
  • Popcorn rental
  • Cotton candy rental
  • Pistachios
  • Roasted buttered nuts (HCE p 16)
  • Honey roasted almonds (MS p 362)
  • Pretzel bits (MS p 370)
  • KFC chicken wings
  • Enchiladas, catered
  • Ribs
  • Chili (toppings: cheese, green onions) HCE p 520
  • Chili cheese dip
  • Chips & dip & salsa
  • Heated sausage

Dan’s B-day 2000

  • Taco bar
  • Tortillas
  • Lettuce
  • Refried beans
  • Guacamole
  • Salsas
  • Radishes
  • Burrito filling
  • Shredded beef in jerk marinade
  • Cheese
  • Corn
  • Red onions
  • Chips
  • Potstickers
  • Piña coladas
  • Profiteroles
  • Piñata
  • Beach music

July

Caramelized Onion Dip

Happy Hour: Caramelized Onion Dip

Happy Hour July 2010

nacho cheese from the bachelor party

nacho cheese dip from the bachelor party

Dave’s Bachelor Party

  • Roasted Peanuts in the Shell
  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches
  • Nacho Cheese
  • Chips
  • Superbowl Chili
  • Cocktail Ribs
  • Carmel Corn
  • Soft Pretzels
  • Salsa

Anniversary party for Waylands 2002

  • Paper lanterns
  • Picture with signature mat board
  • Cake
  • Video from their wedding
  • Flower centerpiece
  • Edamame
  • Spiced melon balls HCE p 20
  • Eggrolls w/ soy sesame dipping sauce
  • Pot stickers
  • Ginger sauce
  • Flingerlicking peanut sauce
  • Salted cabbage HCE 107
  • Cold noodles HCE 173
  • Chicken satay HCE 399
  • Crisp pecans Joy 160
  • Water chestnut rumaki Joy 157
  • Sesame wonton crisps
  • Mochi
  • Ranch 99 desserts
  • Wedding cake cookies

August

Bridal Shower 2000

  • Hot dogs
  • Hamburgers
  • Weinerschizle chili
  • Potato salad
  • Macaroni salad
  • Cake
  • Adult Popsicle

Whidbey Trip

  • PB&Js
  • Do NOT put food directly on dry ice!

September

Does nothing happen in Sept?

October

thank you dinner

slow-braised pork sirloin with black grapes, shallots, and balsamic served with baked barley, wild mushrooms, and caramelized onions

Thank You Dinner 2010

  • Spinach salad with candied pecans, blue cheese, boiled organic eggs, red pepper, and sweet and soy dressing
  • Seared scallops with orzo in rosemary broth
  • Slow-braised pork sirloin in black grape, shallots, and balsamic served with oven baked barley with wild mushrooms and caramelized onions
  • Pound cake with sour cherry lambic sorbet, green apple Sauvignon blanc sorbet served with strawberries and peaches

Halloween 2008

  • Pozole (p 74) crockpot
  • Pumpkin seeds

Halloween Fondue party 2002

  • Cheese fondue
  • Apple wedges
  • Toasted bread cubes
  • Mushrooms
  • Cooked broccoli
  • Cauliflower florets
  • Red pepper chunks
  • Small potatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumber & yogurt sauce
  • Roasted onions dip
  • Dessert dip/sauce
  • Raspberries, cream cheese & cream
  • Mocha fondue
  • Strawberries
  • Apple
  • Pineapple
  • Shortbread

Halloween Party 2001

  • Dry ice
  • Pumpkins
  • Coffin-coffee table
  • Vases w/ dead plants and sticks
  • Spider webs & plastic spiders
  • Red sangria punch
  • Brain & heart
  • Caution tape
  • Man hanging in window
  • Ice face in punch
  • Ouiji board
  • Tombstones in front yard
  • Dread pirate Roberts
  • Witches hat cookies w/ kisses
  • Chips, dip, veggies, cheese & crackers
  • Invites: eyeballs in box “Hope to SEE you at our party”

November

Thanksgiving 2012

  • Baked Brie topped with Balsamic Onion Jam and served with crackers
  • Crisp Pecans
  • Fresh Veggies & Ranch
  • Sliced Cheese & Crackers
  • Rolled Turkey (kinda like this one only I’ll use my stuffing)
  • Vegetarian Gravy (made with homemade broth)
  • Vegetarian Stuffing with chestnuts, water chestnuts, and mushrooms
  • Rustic Mashed Potatoes
  • Garlic Herb Bread (from the bread machine) with salted butter
  • Baked Barley with carrots
  • Green Bean Casserole (yep, the old-school one, but updated so there’s no canned soup)
  • Roasted Veggies
  • Pecan Pie
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Whipped Cream
thansgiving menu 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

  • Pretzel Bites
  • Blue Cheese Biscuits
  • Roasted Acorn Squash with Blue Cheese
Cranberry Goat Cheese with Rosemary Crackers

Cranberry Goat Cheese with Rosemary Crackers from Thanksgiving 2010

Pacific Northwest Thanksgiving 2010

  • Herbed Almonds cooked in the crockpot
  • Cranberry goat cheese with rosemary crackers
  • Cedar plank grilled cod with peppercorn rub
  • Green bean and mushroom bake
  • Mushroom custard torte
  • Cranberry sauce with tart Oregon cherries and red onion
  • Rustic mashed potatoes
  • Spinach salad with chopped pears and sweet and soy dressing
  • Sourdough stuffing with chestnuts (vegetarian)
  • Shallot gravy (vegetarian)
  • Organic rolled turkey
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Pecan pie
  • Freshly whipped cream with vanilla

Thanksgiving 2008 (Mexican theme)

  • Turkey mole
  • Poblano corn pudding
  • Chipotle sweet potatoes
  • Cranberry sauce w/ vanilla & cardamom
  • Mushrooms with chestnuts and thyme
  • Store bought chipotle nuts
  • Earthy Mashed potatoes
  • Chestnut & apple Stuffing (crockpot)
  • Braised Spanish onions (crockpot)
  • Roasted veggies
  • Coffee
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Pecan pie
  • Gravy

Thanksgiving 2004

  • Turkey
  • Gravy
  • Veggie stuffing (mushroom & chestnut)
  • Meat stuffing
  • Chipotle mashed sweet potatoes
  • Mashed potatoes (Rita)
  • Cukes and onions
  • Spinach salad (mom)
  • Bread- bread machine
  • Pecan pie
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Praline ice cream pie

Thanksgiving 2002

  • Rolled turkey
  • Chipotle mashed sweet potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Veg stuffing
  • Fresh baked bread
  • Pecan pie
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Spinach salad
  • Cucumbers & onions
  • Pralines & cream ice cream

Thanksgiving 2001

  • Cheese and crackers
  • Spinach salad
  • Turkey
  • Garlic mashed potatoes
  • Chipotle maple sweet potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Maple corn bread stuffing
  • Vegetarian stuffing
  • Meaty stuffing
  • Garlic herb bread
  • Green beans and carrots in maple glaze
  • Cranberry relish
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Pecan pie
  • Whipped cream
  • Coffee

Thanksgiving 2000 (Dan’s whole family)

  • Turkey
  • Honeybaked ham
  • Sausage and cornbread stuffing
  • Vegetarian stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Rice and pecan stuffing
  • Cheddar and garlic biscuits
  • Roasted veggies
  • Cranberry relish
  • Cucumbers and onions
  • Baked acorn squash
  • Banana bread
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Pecan pie
  • Chestnut ice cream
  • Nutmeg ice cream
  • Spiced apple sorbet

Thanksgiving 1999

  • Garlic squash soup
  • Banana bread
  • Gravy
  • Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Candied yams
  • Broccoli w/ cheese sauce
  • Cocktail ribs
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Pecan pie
  • Whipped cream

Camping Joshua Tree 2000

  • Water
  • Eggs
  • Veggie omelet w/ hash browns
  • Frappuchino
  • Squirt
  • Red pepper
  • Onion
  • Black bean soup
  • Tortilla chips
  • Sourdough bread
  • Can salsa
  • PB&Js
  • Cookies
  • Burgers, buns, patties, cheese, ketchup, mayo
  • Grilled onions
  • Hash browns
  • Wheat thins
  • Cheese whiz
  • Tacos, tortillas, grated cheese
  • Trail mix

December

christmas dinner 2010

Broccoli Mascarpone Soup

Christmas Dinner 2010

  • Cheese Breadsticks
  • Grilled Tilapia in black pepper sauce
  • Broccoli Mascarpone soup
  • Crudites with ranch
  • Baked potatoes
  • Roasted carrots with garlic and thyme
  • sticky toffee date cakes

Christmas Eve Dinner Moroccan Theme 2010

Christmas Brunch 2009

  • Maple Almond Slow Cooker Granola with milk or yogurt
  • Extra-Tangy Sourdough Bread
  • Baked Eggs
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Coffee, Tea, and OJ

Christmas Breakfast 2007

  • Sausage
  • Custard eggs
  • Slow cooker cooked berries
  • Biscuits
  • Oatmeal bread
  • Nut butter
  • Granola
  • OJ
  • Coffee

Christmas Breakfast 2005

  • Coffeecake (Joy p 781)
  • 3 cheese baked eggs with roasted peppers
  • Granola bars (homemade)
  • Mulled cider (crockpot)
  • Coffee

Christmas Brunch 2003

  • Biscotti
  • Oatmeal cookies
  • Coffee cake
  • Oatmeal
  • Homemade granola
  • Coffee
  • Hot cocoa

Christmas Brunch 2002

  • Scones
  • Lemon curd
  • Honey
  • Rice pudding
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Hot cranberry juice
  • Scrambled eggs

Christmas Brunch

  • Cream scones
  • Lemon curd
  • Devonshire cream
  • Banana bread
  • Egg nests
  • OJ
  • Coffee
  • Fruit in vanilla syrup
  • Oven roasted applesauce
  • Baked French toast
  • Bacon
  • Creamed eggs au gratin (Joy p. 126)
  • Corn and potato frittata

Christmas Eve Dinner 2002

  • Brined pork loin with onion, raisin and garlic compote
  • Roasted root veggies
  • Baked rice with butternut squash
  • Wild mushrooms with chestnuts & thyme
  • Coconut macaroons
  • Ice cream

Christmas Eve Dinner 2001

  • Caramelized onions & garlic bisque
  • Beer braised beef
  • Baked stuffed onions
  • Broccoli in cheese sauce
  • Custard

Christmas Eve Dinner 1999

  • Meatloaf (Joy p. 722)
  • Potatoes au gratin
  • Roasted root veggies
  • Vegetable stuffing casserole
  • Mushroom soup

Cookie day 2001

  • Decorate your own cookie
  • White Christmas cookies
  • Gingerbread cookies
  • Mocha cutouts
  • Cinnamon cookies
  • Eggnog cookies
  • Icing
  • Glitter
  • Sprinkles
  • Sandwich fixin’s

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  1. says

    I did think of making it in a crockpot once before, but never attempted. I think Let me now instead of beginning the big stock pot at 10: 30 and constantly getting up during the night worried to be able to death something may make a mistake (also continually skimming the actual fatty oils and just about any leftover gunk). Ione Vantassell

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  1. [...] Maybe I should back up a little. Many years ago, Dan and I decided to do an every-other-year thing with the holidays. That means that this year is my mom’s year for Thanksgiving. Which means that I cook on those years. The last time I did Thanksgiving we had a Mexican theme. I made turkey mole with a bunch of Mexican inspired side dishes. If you want to look back at some of my past menus, I update them here. [...]

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