‘Twas the Night before Christmas….

IMG_1576 Something tells me I was not the only person up until 3 cooking last night. I’ve never been one for a traditional Christmas meal.  This year I was torn between Fondue (kind of impossible for 12 people) Indian Food (too much work) and what I call Festive Lasagna (because it’s red and green).  The later won, because it was easiest, although the way I love to set myself kitchen challenges it’s never as simple as it could be! Witness the mess:IMG_1577 Below are my magic mushrooms (to go with my Baumkuchen) in process.  I can’t believe that in the dozen or more recipes for meringue mushrooms not a one of them suggested that you could make them look more whimsical and fun – nope they had to be slavish stodgy plain old mushrooms.  Basically I didn’t have the right pipping bag tip to make the boring ones so presto chango mine became “magic”!IMG_1578 Here is the not yet finished menu – a work in progress:IMG_1575Rosemary simple syrup for the Christmas Cocktail (more on that in another post)IMG_1579 OK I need to get back at it 12 people arriving way too soon and, shockingly, I’m behind! Thank you all for stopping in and visiting Urbanfoodguy it means the world to me.  I am particularly amazed at all the new readers who have found Urbanfoodguy on Facebook from all ove the world.  So from my bottom of my heart I want to wish you all where ever you are and whatever tradition you celebrate a Merry Christmas/Happy, Healthy, Safe Holiday and a kick ass (not to mention delicious) New Year.IMG_1568

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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9 Responses to ‘Twas the Night before Christmas….

  1. Frank Canino says:

    what a delight to read and see your explorations in food. best wishes and prayers for you and neil for new year. hope to see by springtime at latest. ciao frank & henry

    ps: our 1st wedding anniversary is on Jan 19…..so we’re still together after 37+1 years…….legitimately or not.

  2. Lasagna for Christmas dinner! A perfect antidote for the often tried, and mostly tired, traditional holiday dinner. And homemade ice-cream makes everyone happy.
    Dennis

  3. Your menu looks very tempting. I’m sure it all went off without a hitch — with magic mushrooms on the menu, how could it not? Best wishes for the new year — I look forward to seeing what you get up to in the kitchen in 2013!

    • urbanfoodguy says:

      Christmas in Turkey looks and sounds like a lot of fun…I love it when we, as cooks, don’t feel obliged to make the traditional meal, but rather mix and match and do fabulous things like you did and make Peking Duck! In NYC that would be called Jewish Christmas (Chinese food and a movie – minus the movie). When I first moved to NYC 27 years ago my favorite way to celebrate was to go out for Indian food on Christmas day – a delicious and affordable banquet – to this day I still contemplate making Indian for Christmas.

  4. cbcreates says:

    Merry Christmas! Lovely menu–all things I love to eat, and eat together. Pretty tree and view too.

    • urbanfoodguy says:

      thanks boys! I can’t wait to start reading your blog! As lovely as Christmas here was I sure do wish we were all by a beach in Mexico eating fish tacos and drinking Michelados!

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