|Oranges with Silver Bowl, by Faith Te|
I've spent the last couple of days thinking about the menu for this year's Orange Meal. Right now, here's what I'm thinking:
Herb-crusted pork loin with an orange-pineapple glaze
Roasted sweet potatoes with garlic and thyme
Green beans almondine (just to add a contrast color to the table)
Green salad with mandarin oranges, pecans, goat cheese and a citrus vinaigrette
For dessert, I haven't decided between an orange cake of some sort, Orange Charlotte, or an orange-based version of Baked Alaska. If you'd like to weigh in on this decision, please feel free.
We always have a post-presents brunch on Christmas morning, something easy that people can serve themselves whenever they're ready. That brunch always includes Monkey Bread--one of Mr. Picky's very favorite things--and a big bowl of mixed fruit, but this year it will also include a sausage and cheese casserole. It's an easy thing to throw together after everything has been opened, bake while people are checking out their gifts more thoroughly, and eat when you realize life goes on after Christmas morning. I like for the family to have something other than carbs to work with when that realization hits.
I'll be posting recipes for some of these dishes as time allows this week, though with a visitor in the house, my blogging is likely to be spotty. Perhaps I'll double up on the recipes and cut back on the patter. If there are recipes you'd like to see, leave requests in the Comments!