The big day draws near, and things are hoppin’ at Nana’s Whimsies. I have lots of cooking to do and many hugs and kisses to give and get before Bill and I board an airplane on Christmas Day that will take us back to Arizona for the remainder of the winter.
While we are very sad to say our goodbyes, one thing we are not sorry to say goodbye to is the cold weather. Bill, in particular, has had his fill of the cold. He believes his 30-some years in Chicago and the the 40-some years here in Denver have been plenty, thank you very much. He is ready for warmer weather. Let’s hope the Arizona gods are generous.
Our Christmas celebration is divided into two parts because of family conflicts. Last night our son Court and his family were here. Racks of lamb were on the menu, as they will be any time you ask him what he would like. Delicious sides and pecan pie and cheesecake filled us all up. The kids had fun opening their presents.
Christmas Eve will be with the McLain clan, including Heather, Lauren, and the two boys visiting from Vermont. I’m doing a modified Feast of the Seven Fishes, traditional in Italian households. Having not one ounce of Italian blood, I am
putting my own spin on it, offering four kinds of fish — clam chowder, grilled salmon, and mussels meuniere — plus sushi. I will also make a Caesar salad, which an Italian friend told me he counts as one of his seven fishes (the anchovies). For the meat eaters in the group (including Dagny and her papa!) I will be
offering huge servings of rib-eye steak. Ice cream served on Grandma Wilma’s meringue shells for dessert. Dagny and Magnolia helped me bake them Sunday. And I’m told someone has rustled up a flourless chocolate cake too. Yum.
And, for what it’s worth, it’s probably a good thing that we are offering fish and seafood, as we will probably all have to have open heart surgery after the start of 2015. Between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, we will be eating rib-eye steak on (Christmas Eve), beef tenderloin on the feast of St. Stephen (day after Christmas), and prime rib on New Year’s Day. Can you say colon cleansing? Take a look at this 7-bone prime rib. According to the butcher, it’s the cow’s whole rack! I guarantee there will be nothing left but the bones that will have been gnawed clean.
I wish all of you – friends and family and strangers alike – the merriest and holiest of Christmases. Enjoy your loved ones and I hope that Santa is good to everyone.
Here are some holiday photos of my family….