I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Party Part

Hi! A few pix and menus from the holiday.....

Here's a new "baby"---isn't he gorgeous!

We celebrate on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day...
The menus are traditional, just what I loved when I was a little girl!

Christmas Eve: big antipasto [cheeses, breads, salami, pickles, olives, tiny carrots, etc] and champagne, served at dusk while my family opens stockings and exchanges gifts.

Later...homemade lasagna...and Christmas cookies.

Christmas Day: a time  for extended family to and friends to join us at the beach.

First: A smaller cheese plate and wine or beer. This year I did a whole wheat baguette, sliced very thin; with fresh goat cheese and chutney, yum!

Dinner :

a "constructed" salad...romaine with blue cheese and walnuts; a sweet dressing of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, tarragon, garlic.

Main course:

Prime rib with a horseradish mustard crust


horseradish sauce

brussels sprouts roasted with chestnuts

potato pie ( mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, green onions, sour cream, bacon, black
pepper, butter. Baked in a pie crust.)

Christmas cookies and tea for dessert....

Festive! Delicious!



gone to the beach....(to walk off that meal!)...


  1. Oh I just love your tree! And your table setting is gorgeous. You sure know how to celebrate! Have a very Happy New Year! Kit

  2. Sounds absolutely delicious (even though I don't eat meat) and your tree is full and beautiful! Wishing you light and love, peace and contentment, health and happiness in the new year. Blessings, Tammy

  3. Such a gorgeous party you 'invited' us all to! And we didn't even get crumbs on your floor!

    You've got a beautiful home, have a lovely tree, and set a wonderful table!

    Hoping it was as much fun to attend as it was to view!

    ~ L


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