Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Christmas is for remembering!
Our feast up here is bound to this place and to all the other places we came from. Hubby is from the Northwest; I'm from Italy; the children all grew up in Southern California; their spouses and companions come from different parts of the world, different ethnic and religious backgrounds too.
It's a veritable United Nations when we all get together.
Menu for Christmas Vigil:
Chioppino ( local fish, including crab, clams, perch) preferrably caught the day of the meal, by the family, at the local fishing holes, or markets of choice.
Bitter greens wilted salad from our garden pickings, such as broccolini, spinach, chard, kale, arugula, etc.
Pizza with varieties of toppings
Apple and pear pies (from our orchards)
Menu for Christmas Day:
Standing Rib Roast
roasted root vegetables
fava bean soup
Panettone (my childhood favorite)
Cranberry Nut pie (using local cranberries)
This is our basic menu, the one we had at our first Christmas, in 1966, when we started our married life. As our children grew, and their spouses joined us, we added their favorites. Since our daughter and husband are vegan, I will add a mushroom pasta as well, or a farro salad with nuts and dried fruit. Our daughter in law is Asian and prefers more noodle dishes. We will include something that reminds each of them of their favorite holiday celebration in their childhood.
May your holidays be bright and full of great memories.