Christmas time is different. Christmas just seems right for Little House traditions and so tonight I've surrounded myself with my Little House and Laura cookbooks, trying to plan the perfect Christmas menu.
I'm intrigued by the recipes for Roasted Stuffed Goose and Stewed Jackrabbit and Dumplings but I think I should probably start with something a bit less frontier. Now, we'll be traveling on Christmas day but I'm thinking about oyster soup for Christmas eve dinner, which is also a family tradition from my childhood although I didn't like oysters back then.
I also want to try molded cranberry jelly, Swedish crackers, dried apple and raisin pie and fried apples 'n onions. I might even have another whack at sourdough starter for bread and biscuits. I tried it as a teenager with rather disappointing (and smelly) results. Time to try again!
Of course, my Little House-ness only goes so far; no wood burning stoves or campfires for me. I intend to indulge my inner Laura with modern appliances. Let's not go crazy or anything. And no, I'm still not wearing a sunbonnet.
Have you been admiring my cookbook? It's an original edition from 1979 and one of my prized possessions. I was lucky enough to meet the author a few years ago and she was surprised to see such a vintage edition. Apparently it has had a different cover for, oh about 20 years now.
Anybody have other Little House Christmas menu suggestions for me? How about Pot Roast of Ox? Oh, I know - Blackbird Pie!