• Special Time of the Year Takes Planning, here are some Suggestions. Recipes for Food and Drink!

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    Special Time of the Year Takes Planning, here are some Suggestions.

    Recipes for Food and Drink!

    Mused after making chili with stew beef, ground pork and ground lamb. Traditional beans, tomatoes, peppers and chili powder also rounded it out. Explore flavors with dishes you feel comfortable making.

    We are ALL looking forward to 2022 but the holidays are upon us. Many of us will be spending it home with those we live with wishing we could be sharing it with all our loved ones. To those of you with young children you will be enjoying it through them. Here are some things I’ll be doing to make it special, other ideas and some recipes for food and drink.

    Here are my plans for Christmas Day in no particular order:

    • Flowers to brighten up the house, in addition to the Christmas tree
    • Dress up, no workout attire
    • Exercise, 20 minutes max, it is a day of rest
    • Special Breakfast, splurging on smoked salmon and the following OJ
    • Go to Service on Christmas eve
    • Make a Fire inside or out, time to reflect
    • Fresh squeezed orange juice plus or minus the sparkling wine mimosa
    • Christmas movies and music in the background
    • Calling, Facetime, Zoom family and friends
    • Making a production out of dinner, since as you know, I love to cook
    • A walk, Ghost will enjoy this

    Other ideas:

    • Games (board or on computers)
    • Make something
    • Read
    • Puzzles
    • Bake, it’s never too late around the holidays and it smells good too
    • Volunteer
    • Drive your neighborhood and check out the lights

    The point is to plan so that when a special day or time comes you can make the most of it.

    (Did You Know? Tomorrow is the beginning of winter and the shortest day of the year. More daylight starts Wednesday.)


    Cranberry Margarita
    2 oz. cranberry juice, 1 oz. lime juice, 1.5 oz. tequila, 1 oz. orange liquor, ¼ oz. agave or simple syrup. Mix together with ice.

    Celebratory Negroni
    1 part each of gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari. Stir or shake with ice. Pour into glass and add chilled sparkling wine.

    Sausage and Apple Frittata
    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a 9 in. ovenproof pan heat 1 Tbls oil. Add ½ lb. of breakfast sausage and brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in a dozen eggs, ¼ cup of milk, a Granny Smith apple peeled and cut into ¼ inch pieces, 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese and ½ cup chopped dill. Season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden, about 30 minutes.

    Remember to count the blessings you have now, not those you have lost this year.

    Happy holidays,

    Peter McKenna, M.D.

    McKenna Cosmetic Surgery Center | 513.793.5772 |10577 Montgomery Road | Cincinnati, OH 45242
    A Cincinnati Magazine “Top Doc” since 1998
    Allergan Top 500 Physician
    SkinCeuticals “Flagship” Practice

    (I do write all the emails and have done so since 2007. -PJM)

    McKenna Cosmetic Surgery Center | 10577 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242
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