A Christmas Story Celebration

Christmas, Featured Article, Holidays
on October 26, 2011
Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Christmas is just around the corner and you know what that means…it’s time to bust out the old VHS tapes and holiday movie classics. This week get into the spirit by hosting a viewing of the 1983 quotable classic, A Christmas Story. In preparation for an evening of shouting, “You’ll shoot your eye out!” and “I can’t put my arms down!” at the screen, revisit the misadventures of Ralphie and the whole Parker family with these memorable scenes (spoilers ahead!) and movie inspired recipes:

Meatloaf, smeatloaf, double-beatloaf: If you want a meatloaf meal the whole family will enjoy, try a variation on the classic. We suggest using ground turkey instead of beef for those watching their waistlines, subbing dried fruits for veggies and topping the loaf with crispy bacon for extra flavor.  Serve with traditional mashed potatoes and green beans and you’ll never resort to “Show mommy how the piggies eat.”

Asian Turkey: Don’t worry—we’re not suggesting you serve a roasted duck with its head still attached. But we do love the idea of an Asian-inspired holiday feast. Give traditional roasted turkey a twist by glazing with soy-sauce and stuffing with sticky rice. Side with roasted vegetables tossed in miso sauce. See the menu below.

Be Sure to Drink Your Ovaltine: Little orphan Annie’s secret decoder’s message may have been a disappointment to Ralphie, but we don’t think her message is so bad. For a quick nostalgic fix, just mix 2-3 tablespoons of Ovaltine with warm milk and splashes of ground ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice and nutmeg. If your not an Ovaltine fan, skip the mix and make your own homemade hot coco.

—By Emily Arno