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Autumn Pastry, deconstructed; Emma, la Gorda!

Autumn Pastry, deconstructed; Emma, la Gorda!

El Gordo!  The Fat One!  That’s the name of the big lottery Spain has every Christmas. Emma, la gorda!  Emma, the fat one!  That’s what the neighbor kids called our sensitive big, white, girl dog on her last visit to her former human and village. She had been known as ‘Emma, la bonita’, Emma the ... Continue reading...

Gnocchi with Prunes, Chestnuts and Bayonne Ham; Teddy Bear Parade

Gnocchi with Prunes, Chestnuts and Bayonne Ham; Teddy Bear Parade

I like chestnuts. I love chestnuts when I’m walking through a Christmas market in late December with a light snow falling, holding onto a cone of hot, freshly roasted chestnuts…. Peeling and nibbling as we stroll past the stalls. I like them a lot when I’m roasting them in my fireplace, in front of the ... Continue reading...

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Festivus, whether you celebrate something or not, always enjoy the food.

Scallops Provençal; The Christmas Truce

Scallops Provençal; The Christmas Truce

Scallops Provençal, made with both scallops and shrimp, easy main course. Serve with quinoa, rice or pasta

Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts

Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts

Brussels sprouts and chestnuts are a classic pairing, popular at Christmas but we like them anytime.Instructions are given for both fresh and canned chestnuts (which are usually in a jar with no liquid).Time is given for canned chestnuts. Add 30 - 45 minutes if using fresh. Times depend on your familiarity with peeling chestnuts.Leftovers can be sliced and fried in a bit of oil.

Chicken Vegetable Barley Soup and Christmas Popcorn

Chicken Vegetable Barley Soup and Christmas Popcorn

Go directly to recipe When I was growing up we always strung popcorn for the Christmas tree.  It was a family tradition from my mother’s childhood. My father would pop a huge tub (as in laundry tub) of plain popcorn; my mother would distribute needles with long, sturdy threads and we would make popcorn garlands ... Continue reading...

Smoked Salmon; A wee delay for Season's Eatings

Smoked Salmon; A wee delay for Season's Eatings

Some may know first hand; some may have heard…. We’ve been having a bit of winter on this side of the pond. We were planning on spending Christmas with our friend in the Pyrenees.  I’ve been watching the weather forecast for the last 15 days – that’s how far out the soothsayers put their predictions. ... Continue reading...

Christmas Hampers

Christmas Hampers

When our vagabond odyssey started, all those many years ago, we first moved to Ireland (Eire). We arrived in September. Being American, we were immediately fascinated by Irish television…. which, as it turned out, was mainly British television (Skye). (Except for ‘Father Ted‘, of course, which was the funniest thing ever on TV.  I don’t ... Continue reading...

Pumpkin Cake with Maple Browned Butter Frosting

Pumpkin Cake with Maple Browned Butter Frosting

This is a great holiday dessert - Thanksgiving or Christmas. It can be made ahead and keeps well.

Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas

Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas

  We were in Paris last week. It rained. We foolishly thought that because the streets were empty the stores might not be crowded. We were wrong. It rained – so the entire world went to the big department stores to shop. We tried to go into Galleries Lafayette. Really…. we tried. Actually, we made ... Continue reading...

Happy Holidays - yes, all of them....

Happy Holidays - yes, all of them....

Happy Festivus or Happy Hanukkah or Good Yule or Happy Kwanzaa or, or, or….. Gosh this can get complicated…. Here are a few of the photos I’ve taken in recent years to help with the holiday spirit.   Merry Christmas The carousel in the Christmas market, Lyon  Happy Holidays Our holiday table Bonne Fêtes Booth ... Continue reading...

Veal Marengo, Slow Cooker Version; Christmas culling

Veal Marengo, Slow Cooker Version; Christmas culling

Veal Marengo, Slow Cooker Version; just as good but cooks while you're busy. Serve over pasta, gnocchi, or mashed potatoes

Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I’ve decided to re-post my favorite Christmas cookies. The original posts are so old that they’re not really ‘searchable’ on Google, Bing, etc. (wrong format – don’t ask). Besides, they’re so good and so easy they’re all worth sharing again, right? And these could really be considered healthy – peanut butter, oats…. Breakfast of champions ... Continue reading...

Butterscotch Ice-Box Cookies

Butterscotch Ice-Box Cookies

Or Caramel Refrigerator Cookies.... either name works and they are a delicious, easy Christmas (or anytime) cookie. 

Braised Veal with Garlic; Christmas??

Braised Veal with Garlic; Christmas??

Braised Veal with Garlic, the sauce of garlic, tomatoes and bread crumbs is creamy, smooth and perfect over pasta

Lemon Bars, the Christmas Cookie Edition

Lemon Bars, the Christmas Cookie Edition

Lemon Bars and other favorite Christmas cookies: Zimsterne, Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Ginger Chocolate Chunk and more

Cranberry Bread; morning coffee

Cranberry Bread; morning coffee

Cranberry Bread, another old family tradition. It great for Christmas teas of breakfasts.

Baked Ham with Mustard Sauce; how much is too much?

Baked Ham with Mustard Sauce; how much is too much?

Baked Ham with Mustard Sauce, our family Christmas tradition

Pan-Seared Foie Gras with Lamb's Lettuce; Christmas Food

Pan-Seared Foie Gras with Lamb's Lettuce; Christmas Food

Pan-Seared Foie Gras with Lamb's Lettuce, not everyone's choice but if you love it, here's how to prepare it.

Ginger Cranberry Sauce, Merry Christmas everyone

Ginger Cranberry Sauce, Merry Christmas everyone

Ginger Cranberry Sauce, easy sauce made with whole cranberries and a bit of ginger to make it interesting

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