I started at least a dozen posts with wonderful recipes I intended to share over the last few days. And here it is Christmas Eve and I didn’t get around to finishing them. I guess I could claim that I’m ahead for next year instead of behind for 2008?!?!
Our Christmas Eve dinner (in a mere 8 7 hours) will be:
Spinach Salad with Oranges, Avocados & Red Onions
& Pomegranate Chipotle Dressing
Dulce du leche ice cream & Tuaca
Tomorrow however is still a moving target!!! Even as I write our Christmas Day menu is evolving. Text messages and emails are flying back and forth with helpful updates on recipes, which store has the ‘good’ rolls, and even last minute menu changes. For example, we were just given venison sausage from the largest axis on record in Texas this year. Our dear friends (I so wanted to write deer friends) shared the bounty of their hunt and I am excited to add it to our Christmas table. At the advice of Lulu, I will cook up the venison with a little beer (burp) and my sister-in-law’s Jezebel sauce for a delicious appetizer. Nothing like last minute menu changes and a family of good cooks to execute!
*Update: One of the Littles just took a photo of me with Littlest. She’s helping me taste the saffron risotto. ‘Nummy, nummy’, she said.
Whatever ends up gracing our table tomorrow, it will be the reason for our celebration that garners the most attention. I hope that whether your family celebrates the birth of Christ or the festival of lights with a menorah or a kinara that you are surrounded by family and friends and blessed with the gifts of peace, joy and love.
Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! I’m sure whatever you cook tomorrow will be out of this world with deliciousness!
Is that my child at the stove with her child on her hip—her littelest? Those four little faces are the ones I saw come into the world while standing beside my oldest! Ah! Mia’s babies~~all. What a great time of celebrating another babe that came into the world this night. How joyful to share with all the family in this warm kitchen as we drink, tease, laugh, and cook. The best part? Love, forgiveness and a grateful heart.
I hope you had a very merry christmas!!
A belated Merry Christmas to you and your family! When I got your card in the mail, I nearly squealed at how cute your kids are (I hadn’t seen photos yet). So thoughtful of you to think of us.
Looking forward to checking out the Cafe!