Merry Post Christmas Week to all. You have no doubt mostly been basking in good food.
Here are a few of our Christmas special foods with recipe references.
In our family, there is nothing more beautiful than rib roast.
No recipe needed when you have two expert chefs in the family named Jon and Cindy. But I always take a peek at Ina Garten’s Sunday Rib Roast in one of her early cookbooks, Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa Family style.
The yellow vegetable this year was tsimmes. There’s a recipe in Cooking for Jeffrey from Ina Garten. I prepared a stovetop version consulting a recipe by Tori Avey for Stovetop Tzimmes. Essentially the same dish, different stove location and a slight variety of ingredients, but this one relies on sweet potatoes, carrots, dried fruit and orange juice, cinnamon and honey for flavoring.
We also served butter and lemon roasted shrimp to go along with the beef.
Again Ina Garten has several recipes for roasted shrimp. One appears in her Make It Ahead cookbook.
Wish I had snapped a picture of the cooks in the kitchen, a true cooperative effort. Daughter Cindy brought green beans and potatoes, so good I still dream of them and hopefully obtaining the recipe.
There was a olive plate, salads of spinach and fruit and apricot Stilton cheese, Dresden sauce for the beef and cocktail sauce for the shrimp. Cheesecake, berries and ice cream for dessert along with cookies and candy.
But the best was having all the family together, even if Jerry was with us only in spirit. Food is always better with family. And my children are such good cooks, if I do say so and I do. We all had a great time!