What I’m bringing to Christmas dinner

I’m that girl.  You know, the one who insists on throwing a curve ball on the decadence streak that seems to accompany all holiday meals with my family.  This year is no exception.  I wasn’t alone this year, however, as even my mom suggested we saute some kale to offset  the leg of lamb, prime rib and homemade tamales that will grace our table.  Wow!  What can I say, even Mom is uncomfortable when there are too many brown things on the table

My contribution to the holiday meal, you ask? Simple.  Now that mom actually trusts me to prepare something other than rolls or wine, I’m making this rice dish as well as an awesome green bean salad from the America’s Test Kitchen cookbook (thanks D. for the borrow!).  It’s an elegant and simple combo of fingerling potatoes, green beans, vinegar and radicchio.  Yum in a bowl.

Before you hoist me up on that food pedestal for the holiday meal, I want to offer full disclosure.  We are making this quiche for Christmas morning, crust and everything.  Hey, it was a compromise. I was able to bargin down from the Paula Dean recipe which makes the one we are choosing look like a weight-watcher’s meal.  Sheesh!

Anyway, if you too are ‘that girl’ at holiday meals, I’d love to know what you are bringing to balance out the dinner table.

No matter what you eat – and even if you eat all your Christmas candy in one sitting only to throw up later (like I did every year as a kid), I hope you have a fantastic Christmas holiday!