Christmas Eve Eve Eve Dinner


You know you’re getting carried away when you’re shopping and see lamb chops and say to yourself, “That would be the best Christmas Eve Eve Eve dinner!”  I have to work backward from our standby meals for Christmas and Christmas Eve, because the thought of deviating from those is not an option.  So, for Christmas Eve Eve Eve dinner last night we had seared lamb chops, rice pilaf and salad.


I used lemon juice, garlic, some chopped fresh rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper on the lamb chops and then seared them in a VERY hot skillet for about two minutes per side.  I deglazed the pan with more lemon juice, added about 4 Tbsp of butter, 2 sprigs of rosemary and then let the sauce thicken.  I poured the sauce (discarding the rosemary) over everything: the lamb, rice and salad.  It was the easiest, most delicious meal to eat three nights before a major holiday.

The only problem with cooking lamb inside?  The house smells awful, sort of like a yurt, this morning.  I looked over at my sweet husband this morning and felt like I could easily imagine what sleeping with Genghis Khan was like.  (If Genghis Khan was as attractive, well-dressed and emotionally stable as I’ve always believed him to have been.)

– Catherine



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