The Thanksgiving problem this year was averted, as my brother kindly invited Mom and Dad to his place (out of state) for dinner, and my sister-in-law is an awesome cook. Mom didn't have to do any of it.
But then we have Christmas.
Mom has agonized for weeks over whether or not we should go out for Christmas Eve dinner or if she should attempt a scaled-down meal. She would not hear of my cooking a turkey.
But Dad apparently complained about going out, not wanting to face the crowds on Christmas weekend, and I had bought a whole lot of possible stuff to "just happen to cook up" for Christmas.
Finally, late on the night of Dec. 23, I convinced Mom to let me cook lasagna.
Now, quite frankly, my lasagna does take awhile to cook (cook the noodles, cook the turkey sausage, mix all the cheeses, season, thaw and squeeze the spinach all before baking -- and that's when I just use canned sauce), but the clean up is a lot less than that of a turkey dinner.
So, Christmas Eve dinner this year was lasagna. And Mom even liked it. :)
UPDATE: The recipe for this can now be found here.