Sunday, December 20, 2009

Aborted Christmas Party Dinner

Prior to the storm to end all storms I stumbled upon a killer deal on some excellent chanterelle mushrooms.

A little garlic, butter, and olive oil white wine, and thyme made this a delicious addition to some fresh fettuccine.

Then the huge, giant, mega-storm hit! We canceled our holiday party and had to quickly freeze a number of items we were planning on cooking yesterday evening. Those items that could not be frozen had to be repurposed into dinner for four. Yes, two brave souls journeyed north to Westchester to brave the ankle-high snow drifts!

Aside from just cooking the spiral ham I also made a quick crab mousse (instead of crabcakes) and served it in pitted avocado halves. The mousse was simply crab, cream cheese, sour cream, green onion, horseradish, cayenne, salt, and pepper.

Jen had a tremendously productive afternoon making brown sugar shortbread cookies, fudge, cherry jewel bars, Nanaimo bars, fruit cake, shortbread cookies, chocolate chews, and pumpkin bread. Sadly I do not have photos of the havoc this wreaked on our kitchen.

With that we are soon off to Rhode Island, back to New York, then to Illinois to celebrate our three Christmases. Time to hang up the tongs and hand over cooking responsibilities to our families.

We'll be eating quite a bit of ham in the meantime. It's remarkable how much less ham is eaten by four than by fifteen.

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