December 27, 2011 by Sara Kreidler
For Christmas, we received lots of new cooking and canning books, much to our delight!
More books! I have a soft spot for the spiral bound regional cookbooks that Toby’s mom often gifts us, they have such neat recipes. We also received new soup bowls and pasta bowls, and several new serving dishes and kitchen gadgets. I don’t have pictures right this moment because I’ve finally finished washing and finding new homes in the cupboards for the new kitchen loot, and I don’t feel like dragging them back out for a photo shoot right this minute. Rest assured, though, you will be seeing them in the weeks and months to come filled with good food and posted here for your reading enjoyment.
And best of all, Toby surprised me with a new camera! I LOVE it so much. I’m still learning how to use it (and did not have time to learn how to use it before I needed to take pictures of the Christmas feast preparations, unfortunately) but I’m feeling really good about our future together. The macro setting is sweet, and I have way more control than I did on my old camera.
Shortly after unwrapping gifts, Toby and I set to work getting ready for our Christmas day feast. We had a full house of thirteen hungry family members, and we had a blast.
Here is a summary of the menu; some of these dishes have previously been posted here (see hyperlinks below) and others are in italics because I haven’t posted them yet, but will be posting them in the next week or so.
Lunch and munch
- Sausage, kale and potato soup (now posted)
- Shrimp cocktail with homemade, extra spicy cocktail sauce
- Spanakopita (now posted)
- Cheese plate with tomato jam and assorted olives and crackers
- Dill pickles, bread and butter pickles, and dilly beans
- Prime rib with creamy horseradish sauce (now posted)
- Macaroni and cheese
- Brussels sprouts
- Butternut squash and caramelized onion galette
- Mushroom and bleu cheese galette (now posted)
Recipes to follow this week. Oh, and we’re going to have a new year’s day feast that features the homemade sauerkraut from a while back, and I’ll be posting about that as well. Stay tuned, kids.