Saturday, December 26, 2009

christmas merriment

Christmas. It's one day past, 364 until the next.

There are plenty of presents and four giggling children. And of course, there is the Christ Child. My Savior. But when he created me he gave me tastebuds; possibly, the greatest Christmas present ever received. Around here, we don't dream of sugar plums. We dream of yorkshire pudding and prime ribs. We wait, we salivate for the Christmas food.


Snacks and Apps

You've had a late filling breakfast during break from present opening. You know you're going to have a rich dinner, but you need a little snack in the early afternoon to tide you over.

various crackers & breadsticks, prosciutto (can't live without it), brie, comte, beemster aged gouda, zingerman's pimento cheese, marinated mushrooms, green spanish olives

nantucket bay scallops seared with a balsamic reduction

cranberry prosecco


(apologies for the poor picture quality - I was exhausted)
  • beef tenderloin from Sparrow roasted with a mustard herb paste :: topped with a mushroom cabernet cream
  • truffled mashed potatoes (mashed in the food mill and combined with truffle butter and white truffle oil, with sour cream)
  • roasted broccoli tossed in pistachio paste

  • christmas cookies
  • cannolis, mail ordered from Mike's Pastry (an Anastasio tradition) - (I left my heart in Boston, after all)
  • homemade kahlua with a dash of calder cream

Friday, December 25, 2009

8 minutes left

There are only eight minutes left to Christmas 2009! And I'm exhausted. I've got a house full of sleeping little ones and sleepy big ones.

We ate well today. But I'm too tired to write about it now. I'll post pictures and the menu tomorrow.

sweet dreams of sugar plum fairies.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

christmas cookie countdown::

Although I have yet to complete my Christmas shopping, I am ever closer to completing my Christmas baking.

Here's what we banged out today during today's non-snow day:
And the crazy thing is ... there's more to come.

For sure there are gingerbread men, sugar cookie cut-outs, white chocolate cherry, peppermint meringues & toffee.

I'll keep you posted with pictures to come.

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