My intentions were good. Surely I would have some time to post something before Christmas day, right? Apparently, not. Tuesday our friends Keith and Harald arrived and I made the above menu. One day in between to prepare for the Christmas Eve cocktail party and the big feast on the 25thThere was also a Tree Trimming Party three days before the Willkommen dinner (and yes now I look at it I realize it’s missing an L), somehow that menu board pic got deleted.
There were two themes to this years festivities: cookies and lemon. Most of the cookie recipes I got in the NYT. The Ginger Spice cookies I posted about here. The Chocolate Mint Thins where a bit of a challenge to make and still made you hands covered in melted chocolate, but that is hardly something to complain about especially given how delicious they are. My favorite were the salty sweet Peanut Butter cookies. The recipe is Maury Rubin’s from City Bakery and is out of this world, certainly the best peanut butter cookie recipe I have ever tasted! And because I already had spice cookies made I whipped up some cardamom Ice cream* and crumbled in 2 cups of broken up cookies.Thanks to my friend Jeremy for taking these pictures. The last cookie I made and served twice was the winner of the times festive cookie competition: Grandma Dorie’s Italian Lemon Ricotta cookies. I had made some candied lemon peel so didn’t use the season colored sprinkles that are in the Time’s picture. Of course in my frenzy I didn’t get a picture of them.
I hope that whatever you have been up to this holiday season it has been fun, spent with those that you love, over some wine and good food enjoying the season. And the unseasonal weather.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
*( to make cardamom ice cream omit the vanilla and bourbon and add 3 Tablespoons of green Cardamom pods, lightly pounded in a motor and pestle, to the hot cream and sugar in any Vanilla Ice Cream recipe. Once the sugar has melted let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, strained out the spice and then proceeded with the recipe).