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dessert after prime rib

litlfilly's picture

Hi All!  Merry Christmas!  Because so many of my family work in the health care field, we don't always celebrate our seaons on the dates intended.  So.  I'm providing a repeat performance of the prime rib (from FC two years ago), and I am stumped on what to have for dessert.  Afterall, it's a Christmas dinner-but the problem is I'm not a real dessert person.  After a dinner like prime rib, what would be a good dessert that isn't too over the top that no one will want to try any!?  I was looking at the Caramelized Pear Upsidedown Cake-anyone try it yet?


Thank you as usual...for all of your worldly advice on cooking and other things!

evelyn's picture

(post #36890, reply #1 of 14)

I am not an 'after dinner dessert' person. Usually too full with dinner. ;-) After dinner, I like a glorious fruit salad - cleans my palate and looks and tastes wonderful and refreshing. For a holiday meal, I'd be inclined to supplement that with a nice cheese tray and some nuts.

Dessert for me is atleast 2-3 hours AFTER dinner, to be savoured with a good cup of coffee.

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wonka's picture

(post #36890, reply #3 of 14)

That's pretty much how we do dessert here too. I'm just too full after dinner to even consider eating dessert right away.

MadMom's picture

(post #36890, reply #4 of 14)

When I was 8 years old, we got our first TV.  It was really a big deal to be able to sit down after dinner and watch all the great shows.  My Dad got us in the habit of not eating dessert with dinner or immediately after.  About an hour or two after dinner, he would ask for "TV Goodies" which was his new name for dessert.  I suppose that experience had a lasting effect on me, because I would much rather have dessert a long time after a meal. 



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roz's picture

(post #36890, reply #7 of 14)

<<<Dessert for me is atleast 2-3 hours AFTER dinner, to be savoured with a good cup of coffee.>>>

Oh, how I wish! Depending on what time dinner is served and how late it goes on, my digestive system is not what it used to be! I find I can't eat big evening meals and then a dessert and then a cup of coffee! Even a small espresso affects me at night. And I used to love dessert.

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MadMom's picture

(post #36890, reply #8 of 14)

In all my coffee-drinking days, I've never had caffeine affect me at night.  Could be because I don't sleep that well normally, but I can drink lots of coffee right before bed and it has no effect.  I have found that when I was growing up and skinny, I could eat at least two platefuls of Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner and still eat dessert.  Now I'm stuffed after one plateful!  Do you think that if I went back to eat seconds, I could be skinny again?  Or were all those calories just waiting behind a door somewhere to jump out at me when I hit 50?



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

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roz's picture

(post #36890, reply #9 of 14)

For me it is the caffeine and the acid in the coffee. Either the caffeine wakes me up about 3 a.m., or the acid is aroil in my tum. Whatever, I am miserable. Do I learn? Not always.

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evelyn's picture

(post #36890, reply #10 of 14)

see - this is how everyone applies a post to their experience/culture/tradition/habit.

The big meal in Greece (holiday or otherwise) is always lunch. Now, mind you, lunch is eaten between 1 and 3 here. So there is plenty of time to digest, and even have an evening coffee. That's probably why dessert is not eaten after a meal here. Siesta is common (dontcha know digesting is hard work?) and, when you wake up, nothing better that a bit of something sweet and a cup of good brew.

Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next.
In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
roz's picture

(post #36890, reply #11 of 14)

You are right! We've been trying to have our main meal around 1 p.m. or so every day. I feel much better for doing this. Then around 6 p.m. or so, we have a bowl of soup, or a salad or bread and cheese. I haven't quite gotten used to having wine mid-day, that sends me to the couch for a nap immediately! Wine is still drunk with the evening repast.

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msm-s's picture

(post #36890, reply #5 of 14)

Interesting side conversation on timing of sweets after a meal.
I was raised with dessert following the meal directly, and encouraged never to "fill up" with any meal, but eat a comfortable amount and " leave room for dessert".

After a heavy meal, I agree with Evelyn that a dessert like fruit is nice, maybe with a sauce of some sort, or as a winter compote.

roz's picture

(post #36890, reply #6 of 14)

How about three very small scoops of sorbet? Or as evelyn suggested, a cheese tray and some homemade wine biscuits? Or a very small piece of the best dark chocolate you can find, so to be able to sip the last of the red wine...or port?

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litlfilly's picture

(post #36890, reply #12 of 14)

The sorbet idea is good-I was thinking about trying the clementine granita-

Lee's picture

(post #36890, reply #14 of 14)

A granita would be great.  Blood oranges are in season and make a fabulous granita.

bjb0777's picture

(post #36890, reply #13 of 14)

I made a great Citrus semifreddo last night after ####yummy pot roast. Very tangy and fresh tasting. It was from food network. Barb