The Ho of Christmas Morning

The One and I wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, so we got up early to make a video. Why we didn’t think to do this last week, when we weren’t rushed, I’ll never know. But at least you can see the snowfall through the windows on this white Christmas.

And if you’re curious as to the recipes we’re making for our Christmas dinner, here they are:

Beef Wellington
Braised Carrots with Orange and Rosemary
Old-Fashioned Potato Gratin
Hershey Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting (The frosting is from Epicurious, and we have adapted a million ways from Sunday. So I can’t give you an exact recipe.)

A beef tenderloin covered in pate and chopped mushrooms and wrapped in puff pastry on a cutting board

Now, we’re very curious as to what you making today. So comment below and send any pictures here. We’ll post them with your comments.



  1. I read this post just before I left to go to a farmer’s market this morning. Those carrots look so tempting this will be a dish I make for Christmas next week! With luck there will be some multi-colored beauties there for me to buy. I love, love, love your blog and wish you and the One the merriest of holidays. And can’t wait to see how you welcome in the new decade!!

  2. We are going to our daughter’s & SIL’s. They are both hunters & we are having seafood chowder as an appetizer, (Weber grilled) Venison rack, which will be amazing aaentree & vegetable & of course dessert. Amazing wine (both white and red) and OF COURSE white elephant exchange & great game playing. Can’t wait to share a great family moment & love-sharing. Hope you all can do the same! XO

  3. I made your tiramisu to bring to a dinner party. It was delicious!
    I’m now planning on making a 2nd one, freezing it into single serve portion for when I need a “pick me up.” :-)

    I didn’t have Tia Maria available, so I substituted it with Kahlau. I also, reduced the sugar to 1/3 cup, and use decaf espresso. Everyone loved it.

  4. Hi I love your blog! We had bacalhau, cabrito, and peru for a two-day eating festival of food for Christmas, and a pudding table that was a little tooooo much. I am married to a Portuguese and have returned to Portugal after 30 years in South Africa. Looking forward to more exciting recipes from you. A happy 2018 for the One and you.

    1. Colleen, that is one hell of a feast!! Salt cod, goat, and turkey! I want to come to your house for Christmas next year. Feliz Ano Novo para você e sua família.

  5. A belated Merry Christmas from a US expat in Australia. I enjoy your posts & recipes (thank you for them) but have never commented. It’s traditional to serve seafood as part of Christmas here, so our Christmas lunch this year was Australian chef Karen Martini’s Russian Salad with King Prawns & Crab, along with crayfish drizzled lightly with olive oil, lemon & a pinch of dried oregano. (Australian crayfish are huge, like lobster.) For dinner we had roast turkey with roasted carrots & steamed green beans. We made a low sugar trifle for dessert so that our 15-month old could enjoy a bowlful & it was sweet enough for everyone!

    1. L, Happy belated Christmas right back atcha. I’m happy you’ve commented, and I hope you comment more in 2018. Your dinner is jaw-dropping. Is seafood traditional in Australia?

  6. So sweet! Thank you for sharing. Love your blog and book — such a gift in a place where it is challenging to find Portuguese recipes. Every year, my mom (originally from Madeira) used to make Carne de Porco a Vinho e Alho, marinating it for a whole week before cooking. Since she became ill a few years ago and is no longer able to cook, I’ve done my best to recreate a Portuguese xmas here in LA — on the menu this year was Porco assado com massa de pimentao (with cauliflower instead of potatoes for our paleo guest) and bacalhau com natas. The non-traditional sides and dessert were a simple kale salad with walnut parmesan, braised and glazed Brussel sprouts, and roasted apple pie (baked by a guest) with maple whipped cream. I am not a baker but someday will attempt some Portuguese desserts — which would you say are the easiest for beginners?

    1. Julia, feliz natal! I think it’s wonderful you’re introducing people to Portuguese cooking. You’re menu sounds fantastic. I think the easier Portuguese dessert to attempt is my Orange Olive Oil Cake. It’s a cinch to make–just make sure you have a light-colored, 12-cup Bundt cake pan.

  7. Your dinner sounds lovely with many of my favourites! Ours was fairly standard with a juicy turkey that I had dry brined, classic bread stuffing, mashed potatoes and some beautiful golden beets. Dessert was the annual Grand Marnier and mandarin orange trifle (yum). Today I made some pastry for tonight’s tourtière which I will serve with homemade chili sauce (an old school tomato, peach and pepper relish I make did my granny before me). All the best for 2018. Love all you do.

    1. Karen, oh my! A tourtière! One of my very favorites. My friend, and LC tester, Suzanne Fortier has made one for me the past few Christmases. Delicious. I wish you and yours a very happy and prosperous 2018!

  8. Loved the video! Sadly, we had to postpone our festivities as both my husband and I were down with the flu. What had been planned will happen in a couple of weeks with family. Menu items include French onion soup, beef tenderloin with port sauce (a well-worn favorite from Bon Appetit 2007), and broccoli all’uvetta which is made with garlic, raisins and pine nuts. BTW, was that ceramic santa on the counter a piggy bank? I have the exact same one! I’ve had it since I was 4 years old….52 years ago!

    1. Karen4, so sorry to hear you and your husband are down for the count. It’s a pain to be sick during the holidays. Not sure about the Santa, but I will ask The One. Happy Holidays!

    2. Karen4, have you had that incredible sounding dinner yet? And, yes, if I remember correctly, the Santa was purchased at a bank in Baltimore about 55 years ago, where I was a mere child of five. It always brings a smile to my face when I unpack it every year.

  9. I made a standing rib roast and maple glazed, bacon wrapped, carrots. Just Mr. Hubster and I for the dinner…we are both on low carb diets…this fit the bill…later we splurged with chopped, mixed fruit from an ‘Edible Arrangements’ gift and some mixed canned fruits (packed in Juice). Be still our hearts! (Tastes like a million dollar dessert when you are dieting!)

  10. Very Funny, TY! Great timing between you two. For 2018: more Videos please. We created and devoured Pumpkin Apple Ginger Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting. Does that partially count as a Veggie ?? :)
    Happy 2018 to all @ Leites !

  11. Loved the video! I especially enjoyed The One’s description of oyster stew. I’m a Jewish Jersey girl married to a Nebraska farm boy, and when I first went to meet his family (having never had Christmas before), all I heard about was my soon-to-be mother-in-law’s famous oyster stew. I couldn’t wait — I had never had oyster stew, and had visions of a creamy, buttery bisque-like affair. Imagine my surprise when my m-i-l dumped a tin of oysters in a saucepan, poured in a cup of milk, and called it a day! No seasoning at all, of course (seasoning apparently being suspect out there). I choked it down, and have never tried it since. The only upside is that my husband has always thought that I’m a great cook, because I had such an easy act to follow!
    In any event, thanks for sharing the video, and best wishes for a happy and healthy — and delicious — new year!

    1. Westsloper, hysterical! Sounds just like The One’s mom’s stew. If you muster up the courage, try the oyster stew on the site. It really is lovely. Still simple, but delicious.

    2. Westsloper, OMG! I can’t believe you suffered the same fate I did my entire childhood. LOL! But the recipe we offer on the site will give you that creamy, buttery taste you’re looking for. I love it!

  12. Oh my gosh, that was hysterical and so cute!! Hahaha! I love it, thanks for the laughs at the end of this wonderful day. I made lasagna with no boil noodles – first time trying them, they were not bad! Really cut down on the prep time. God bless you both. And keep the videos coming!

    p.s. I “forgot” to make vegetables… does antipasto count? Artichoke hearts, mushrooms, roasted peppers…they count, right? :)

    1. Thanks, Francine! And you’re welcome. Your dinner sounds wonderful. I must confess: I like no-boil noodles, too, when I’m in a hurry. And as far I’m concerned, parsley counts as a vegetable, but I don’t think The One will give it a green light as a veg!

    2. Francine, David would always “forget” to make vegetables if it were up to him. (And parsley does not count as a vegetable–although I love it in a salad.)

  13. Merry Christmas David, and to The One! Loved the video. Made my sausage and apple stuffing that went into my friends turkey, as my contribution to the feast. Everyone had seconds of stuffing, so that was a good thing. Roasted veggies with carrots, parsnips and Brussels sprouts. I’m so full now, I think I’m going to burst.

  14. I made about 50 popovers in order to have 30 perfect ones to give to a friend for her huge Christmas dinner party.
    Jean z

  15. A Merry Christmas to you both. Loved the video. I didn’t cook today but did have lunch in NYC with the elusive Allison. Not a meal anything like your gorgeous spread, but my day was quite happy too.

    Definitely doing gougeres (and bubbly) for New Year’s, maybe sooner. For those of you who haven’t tried them yet, David’s cheesy puffs are the best!

  16. Oh David, great minds….. We just finished Christmas dinner which included the oyster stew from the site. Traditionally, oyster stew is always served in Charleston during the holiday season at St Cecilia Society Balls. Their recipe, like The One’s, is a simple one (no pun intended) with butter, flour, cream, water and mace. This year, I decided to amp it up a bit and used our recipe. Wonderful! It was a perfect starter to a meal that included tenderloin, potatoes and veggies (I’m not Portuguese). Best wishes to you and The One on the merriest of days. xoxo Bun

    1. Hey, Bun. Yes, great minds….I hope the whole Price clan had a wonderful and loving Christmas. I KNOW it was delicious, as I’ve had the pleasure of eating your amazing food! xox D

  17. Are you having a crowd? Sounds delish!! I, myself, pretty much love having a green veg in addition to whatever else.

    1. Ha! No, Gail, just another couple. We were going to add green beans, which we forgot we had, but the video and editing took almost 4 hours! As a result, we sat down to dinner at 9:30 at night. I was beat.

  18. Absolutely LOVE the video. More please sir. And the peanut butter mascarpone frosting recipe would be wonderful when you have time to write it down. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Looking forward to my Sunday’s with Leites.

    1. So glad you liked it, Anne. And I’ll just say that peanut butter-mascarpone frosting with the Hershey’s chocolate cake on the site is probably my very favorite dessert.

  19. This is lovely! Thank you so much – now I have a face to put to the name.
    I am also having a non-traditional dinner, with turkey breast marinated in olive oil and lemon juice, rosemary roasted red potatoes. For vegs, I have broccoli, tomatoes, cucs, and I haven’t decided what to do with that yet. Dessert is a surprise, a bit of a pot luck, always fun!

  20. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Loved your video, and seeing what wonderful food you are having for Christmas! Thank you for all the lovely recipes and musings you give us throughout the year!

  21. Simply lovely! You two always make me smile! May the coming year be filled with love, laughter, and more delicious food!

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