Behind The Butter

mom’s holiday menu

Christmas Eve (late) around 10pm while opening presents:

  • caramel brie with crackers and champagne

Christmas breakfast:

  • croissant french toast with fresh strawberry syrup. Bacon

Other miscellaneous meals and snacks:

  • chocolate bacon bites
  • buffalo chicken wontons with blue cheese
  • sweet potato and pecan biscuits
  • cheddar gougeres
  • fig glazed burgers with red onion jam
  • sauteed scallops with sweet chili-lime butter
  • steak diane with potato gratin, mushrooms and gruyere
  • chicken parmesan with pepperoni
  • saucy chipotle barbecue pork with spicy vegetable slaw, beans and kale
  • focaccia with caramelized onion, pear and blue cheese

I’m never leaving home again…and yes, there will be recipes for all this goodness to come. Stay tuned!

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    Erika @ FoodFitnessFun
    December 23, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Can I spend Christmas with your Mom? 😉

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    Becki @ Hike, Bike, Eat
    December 23, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    This is slightly epic. And by slightly, I mean that I hope they serve this in Heaven when I get there. Now I have to go wipe drool off of my keyboard. Thanks.

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    December 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    wow, that sounds like heaven to me!

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    LauraB @foodsnobSTL
    December 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I love your mom! I wish I was in your family. That all sounds so yummy.

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    Angela (Oh She Glows)
    December 23, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    She sounds like one amazing cook. 🙂 I always have a hard time leaving my mom’s cooking too. There is nothing like it.

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    Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    December 23, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Um wow. That sounds like a pretty amazing menu! Enjoy!

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    December 23, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Holy cow!
    I need your address, I’m coming over…

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
    December 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    oh please tell me i’m invited…there’s no way you could NOT be a foodie with a mom like yours!

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      December 23, 2010 at 2:45 pm

      the more the merrier!

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    December 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Ummm can I come spend Christmas at your house?? The menu sounds amazing!! Looking forward to recipes 🙂 Merry Christmas!

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    Michele @ Healthy Cultivations
    December 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Wow!! That’s a LOT of dishes. How many people are you and your mom cooking for?

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      December 23, 2010 at 2:44 pm

      hahaha not many! That’s just all the stuff my mom wants to make during the few weeks I’ll be home.

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    Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete
    December 23, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I hate being so far away from home. I called my mom the other day to find out she was making tamales and green chili wontons. It isn’t fair!!

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      December 23, 2010 at 2:44 pm

      can you believe I’ve never in my life had a tamale??!? that needs to change.

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    jessica @ how sweet
    December 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Ummm I don’t want to leave my family but feel the urge to come eat at your house.

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      December 23, 2010 at 2:44 pm

      come on over!

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    Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    December 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    wow. double wow. 🙂 I love reading what others do on Christmas. I cannot wait for pics & details! Merry Christmas!
    Heidi xo

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    grocery goddess jen
    December 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Oh Jenna, I see where you get it from! My mother tends to base her holiday meals around what she can heat up in the microwave, but I still love her very much 🙂

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet
    December 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    can i come over?

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    December 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    I need to come over!!!! Sounds amazing. Can’t wait for the recipes!!!

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    December 23, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Holy crap!!! Everything sounds divine! I can see where you get your cooking prowess from…can’t wait to see the recipes! Have a great Christmas at home 🙂

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    Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    December 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I hate you, in the best way possible.

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    December 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I would love the Chicken Wontons Recipe!

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      Jessica L.
      December 23, 2010 at 7:54 pm

      Agreed! That one really piqued my curiosity!

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    Natalie O
    December 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    OMFG! Can she be my mom too? I’m a good daughter and will clean the dishes 😉

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    Ann @ Day by Day
    December 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    The Christmas eve caramel brie with crackers and champagne sounds right up my alley. I’m so impressed. I’m going to show this to my Mom… she’s a great cook too, but she mainly sticks with the Southern basics she knows like the back of her hand. Maybe I’ll suggest we can cook some new recipes together.

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    Maria @ The Fitted Apron
    December 23, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    The whole thing sounds amazing, especially the burgers! Merry Christmas Eve Eve

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    Felicia (a taste of health with balance)
    December 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Can I come for brie and champagne? I’ll take some focaccia too 🙂

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    Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat
    December 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Um can you adopt me please? I’m Jewish, but I can convert. Anything for fig glazed burgers and bacon x2 🙂

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    Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    December 23, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Can’t wait for the recipes- that all sounds so amazing!

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    Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    December 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Oh my gosh – this sounds amazing. I love the added: “Bacon.” to breakfast. haha

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    December 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I see where you get your cooking passion from… that is an incredible list of goodies. Has she made them all before or are some new recipes she is trying?

    I’d love to watch your mom cook one day. I bet I’d learn a lot!

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    Detroit Runner
    December 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Wow – someone get me a napkin! I’m drooling all over the place!

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    Krystina (Basil & Wine)
    December 23, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Oh my God, adopt me.

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    Lisa @ Dishes of Mrs. Fish
    December 23, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Oh yumm-y!

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    December 23, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Can’t wait for pics. Does your mum have an amazing kitchEn? Post pics of that too pretty please!

    I am a good cook and my daughters love my cooking but I think your has me beat.

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    Lacey @ Lake Life
    December 23, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    All that food sounds amazing! I hope you packed lots of elastic 😉

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    December 23, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    OMG – I’m coming over!

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    December 23, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Oh my lord, this all sounds heavenly! I cannot even imagine having all that amazing home cooking at once. Lucky! 🙂

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    December 24, 2010 at 5:47 am

    BRB. I’m currently hopping on a plane to come join you guys. 😉

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    Pam (Holistic Health Coach)
    December 24, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Wow that sounds super gourmet!! Enjoy your time at home.

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    December 24, 2010 at 11:48 am

    i can definitely see where you got your love of food from! Yum!

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    December 27, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Can I be invited to next year’s celebration?? What a great menu!

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    Bob M
    January 2, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Grins! Just an address??? LOL! I’ll bring bigger clothes!

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