At this time of year, each and every one of us is so caught up in the hustle and bustle:the preparations, the decorating, the parties - and, yes, the shopping - that by the time the big day finally arrives, all we want to do is relax and enjoy spending time with our loved ones, in conversation, sharing memories, plans for the year ahead and laughter.
While every home-cooked meal requires some effort, this one includes a few dishes that can be prepared ahead of time, as well as an extremely easy, yet very tasty maple-mustard marinated pork roast.
It's a meal that celebrates local Rhode Island flavors – with native oysters, as well as carrots, parsnips and Brussels sprouts from one of our local farms, like Four Town Farm or Wishing Stone Farm, to name but two, and Rhode Island maple syrup. This is a meal vivid in colors, textures, aromas and, of course, flavor. How better to celebrate the most festive time of the year?
Prepare the soup, carrots and cupcakes a day prior to your celebration, reserving the frosting task for the morning of the feast. Whip up this simple yet flavorful marinade the night before, place the roast in it before bedtime, and the next day, it requires only transfer to the oven, and, just about an hour later, a check of the meat thermometer to confirm doneness.
Even the ingredients for the Brussels sprouts can be chopped and portioned out a day in advance and stored in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator until it’s time to pan fry them. Prepare the oysters as your guests ar- rive, then enjoy all of it – your family, friends, the food and the season. It is truly a time to eat, drink and be merry.
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Simple yet elegant appetizer
Keep your guests warm with this seasonal soup
Don't forget about your veggies
A crowd-pleasing side dish
The main course
End your meal with this delicious dessert