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January 5, 2024

The Princeton Senior Living’s 12 Days of Christmas Culinary Adventure

Category: Culinary

Author: Stephanie Edwards, Culinary Director

‘Tis the season to indulge in Arrow’s most festive tradition, The 12 Days of Christmas. It’s time for The Princeton Senior Living’s culinary team to get creative for each day of festivities. As residents, family, and friends join around the table. We’ll embark on a delectable adventure. It started with the iconic partridge in a pear tree and ended with the drummers drumming. Each day will be a culinary experience that truly captures the essence of the holiday season. Every unique dish tells tales of tradition, celebration, and the spirit of togetherness.

My favorite of the 12 Days of Christmas was making tuna casserole for the residents on day seven, for seven swans a swimming. Only a few weeks earlier, they inquired about including casserole dishes as one of the daily specials. The most challenging were day five and five golden rings. As it turned out, our residents did not like the fried calamari. Onion rings would have been a better choice.

I believe the residents’ favorite was the tuna casserole. I received so much feedback and heard stories about why they liked it and the different ways in which it was prepared in their homes. Hands down, the staff enjoyed day two, for two turtle doves with the turtle cheesecake a little too much.

This was my first 12 Days of Christmas, so I didn’t know what to expect. Moving forward, I plan to have a team focusing only on the 12 Days menu.

Our family traditions include gathering to watch old Christmas movies together. We always include a fruit cake for Mom. It’s her favorite dessert and always brings back her favorite Christmas memories.

The culinary team is immersed in the magic of shared meals, laughter, and holiday warmth that truly brings our community together. The 12 Days of Christmas has allowed the team to explore the diverse and vibrant spectrum of flavors that make this season truly magical. Here’s to a season filled with the warmth of friendship, the sparkle of joy, and the lingering tastes of the 12 Days of Christmas. Until next year, when we get the opportunity to use our creative flare once again, “Happy Holidays!”

The Princeton Senior Living in Lee's Summit, MO offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Lees Summit Medical Center and St. Lukes East with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Shamrock Hills Golf Club, Fred Arbanas Golf Course, Summit Fair Shopping, Summit Woods Crossing, Legacy Park StoneHaus Farms Winery, James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife, StoneHaus Winery, and Longview Lake.

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