The tree is finally trimmed - it's a Christmas miracle! I can't believe how slowly I'm warming to Christmas this year, it's bad for even me. I'm getting there, I'm getting there, and even enjoying the process. A little. I'm trying my best to embrace the moment - the scent of the tree, the beauty of wrapped gifts. But I can't quite escape the nagging feeling that this is just a whole lot of expensive work. No! Stop that! OK. I'll stop. And count my many blessings and fully enjoy the holiday, as I (eventually) do every year.
I hope your holiday baking/shopping/wrapping is going well and smoothly! I've already enjoyed the most fabulous Christmas cookies. Not my own - I gave up baking cookies years ago - but Amy Brown's, the creme de la creme of Christmas cookies, beyond good. Between Nathan, John, and me, those babies were gone in no time. Thank you Amy and Jon!
I braised boneless beef shortribs over the weekend (from Whole Foods, highly recommend), almost three pounds of them so that I could stretch them for several meals. Unctious, beefy, perhaps my favorite cut. On Saturday night we had them with pan juices over orzo, topped with roasted peppers and onions. Last night we had hot roast beef sandwiches. And tomorrow night I think I'll turn what remains into empanadas. Stay tuned...
Tonight, John and I are braving the cold - real, serious cold - and heading out to...we don't know yet. Our emails so far include our Monday night staple Cave Vin, or perhaps Barbette or Salut. Or maybe D'Amico Cucina or I Nonni. Again, stay tuned...
I love them so dangerously (as a delicious delivery vehicle for Hope Creamery butter) that I don't let myself make them very often. But tonight, aka Crazy Wednesday, when I needed a quick, hot something to go with a quick, hot soup
for the whole fam... Eggy, buttery popovers
, yep. So easy. So perfect. To die.
Although I'm almost still full from dinner last night - a gift certificate extravaganza at The Capital Grille
, courtesy of Ana Scofield, for Debbie Williams and...lucky me! It was very sweet of Ana to share her bounty with us, and oh boy, did we do it up. Wine
and king crab with drawn butter
and huge, juicy steaks
(that we could hardly put a dent in) and killericious truffle-Parmesan fries
fries). The place was hoppin',
quite a scene, I must say. Lots of good holiday cheer (even a table of revelers in Santa hats!), it was a perfect Holiday Ladies Dinner. Thanks Ana and Debbie!
And thanks to Cooper for such a fun afternoon today - I missed him last week, but he had a great time in Maine, visiting Stacey's friend Caroline at her family's amazing home. Horses, a pot-bellied pig, dogs, beach - a postcard perfect pre-Christmas visit to one of the most beautiful places in the country. NICE! I don't know (yet!) what Stace is doing for a Christmas card this year, but this picture could do - Happy Merry Sweet Baby Cooper, awwww.
And oh! Lest I forget, have a look at the Famously Fabulous Amy Brown Christmas Cookies that we gratefully receive and devour each year. I'd offer a taste - but they were gone in mere minutes. All that hard work! All that loving care! And John and I ate them so inelegantly, I was rather ashamed - which is actually a compliment, a testament to how amazingly irresistible they are.
Dangerous time of year for the waistline, very dangerous...