Cozy Christmas Dinner Menu

Soup and Scones by the Fireplace

Onion Scones
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It's almost here. Sometimes it seems the anticipation of Christmas is better than the day itself. And nothing warms the soul more on a cold and blustery day like a steaming bowl of soup. Whether you want a special menu for the days before Christmas or need an alternative menu idea for the traditional Christmas bash, this cozy Christmas dinner menu of soup and scones is perfect.

I've been making this soup recipe for years.

It is savory, with tender wild rice, sweet corn and carrots, salty ham, and a creamy base. You can vary the ingredients a bit - use chicken instead of ham, or leave the meat out altogether. Use vegetable broth and you'll have a wonderful vegetarian soup. You can also tinker with the ingredient amounts. I add much more garlic than the recipe calls for. As Laurie Colwin, my cooking muse, says, "there is never enough garlic".

The scones are a perfect complement to the soup. They are tender and flavorful, especially when served hot just out of the oven. And for the dessert - your own favorite Christmas cookies are the best.

Enjoy this meal. It's one of my absolute favorites. Eat it around a blazing fire in the fireplace, with Christmas lights twinkling and candles glowing. If you're really lucky, like me, there will be snow falling softly outside too. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Cozy Christmas Dinner Menu

  • Wild Rice Chowder
    This is one of my very favorite soups. It looks complicated, but once you start cooking it's just a matter of adding ingredients as the soup cooks. It's wonderful and perfect for a cozy winter dinner on a cold night.
  • Onion Scones
    These savory and tender scones are really best served right out of the oven, slathered with butter. They are tender and flaky and have the best flavor and texture.
  • Pear and Greens Salad
    Winter is the ideal time for pears, so this salad is a wonderful way to use fresh fruit at its peak. Prepare the pears and toss the salad with the dressing just before serving. This salad is cool and crisp and juicy and crunchy.
  • Top 10 Best Christmas Cookies
    These are some of the cookies I have to make each Christmas. From the perfect roll out butter cookies to two fabulous thumbprint cookies to delicious brown sugar crisps stuffed with mint candy, you'll find your favorites here too.