While decorating the tree, my sis and I made homemade hot chocolate - chunks of chocolate slow cooked in milk, with dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg. She introduced me to cayenne spiced hot chocolate - it was a delicious surprise! For my birthday, I hinted at hubz that I wanted to try something new (like caviar), so he delivered with a wonderfully relaxing day together sipping fantastic Champagne and savoring my first caviar. My sweet little sis threw in my first vintage champagne coupes to boot.
My sis proposed a brilliant Christmas menu of an 8 course meal for Christmas dinner:
Fennel and endive citrus salad
Truffle deviled eggs
Salmon cucumber bites
Ginger molasses cookies
Unfortunately, this involved three trips to the grocery store and two full days of cooking - including Christmas Eve and Christmas day. The day was ruined it a little for me, as I wanted to really relax after my grueling day of cooking on Thanksgiving - which left me having dinner frazzled, tired, in a tattered t-shirt. After all was said and done, the Christmas dinner was absolutely fabulous. Next year though - we're having cheese and crackers and getting it catered. Cookies for Santa though, will still be homemade.