Wednesday, December 22, 2010

weekend dinner party: christmas in limbo

While I wouldn't go so far as to call myself Scrooge, I'd be remiss to not own up to my lack of "holiday cheer" this year. This has been the result of not sitting still for the past month. Thanksgiving came and went with the blink of and eye and nary acknowledgment and then I flew the coop to the tropics which, needless to say, did not help with my concept of time and seasonality but did, however, thoroughly improve my complexion and mental health by means of Vitamin D and Red Stripe.

I've also come to the realization that Christmas doesn't feel entirely Christmas-y when you're in adulthood limbo. You know, the "I'm no longer a kid but don't yet have kids" kind of limbo. And during this time of my life, I've noticed a significant loss of Christmas libido. Which is why, moving forward, I'm skipping town for the Holidays (while I still can) and jetting off to somewhere with cloudless skies, temperatures in the low 80's, and a light breeze that rolls in and thoughtfully tickles my sun-kissed skin. What a merry, merry, merry Christmas that would be.

But Christmas is in Connecticut this year. And Christmas in Connecticut means one thing and one thing only: Ina Garten. Girlfriend knows how to put together an elegant comfort food spread; the epitome of a Holiday meal. And that mixed with the subtle scent of pine, the sweet yet spicy smell of Glogg gently simmering on the stove, candles flickering, James Taylor crooning "Winter Wonderland" and suddenly there's no where else I'd rather be. On Christmas.

gravlax with mustard-dill sauce
chaource cheese
Hiedsieck & Co Monopole Blue Top Brut

fillet of beef with gorgonzola sauce
potato and fennel gratin
sauteed string beans with mushrooms
baby greens with parsley-red onion vinaigrette
2008 Man O' War Syrah

swedish apple-cardamom cake with vanilla sauce

Wishing you and yours the happiest, healthiest, and yummiest of holidays.
Swedish Apple Cake (replace the cinnamon with cardamom)
Painting above by Carl Larsson courtesy of Blog of an Art Admirer and History Lover


Constance C said...

here I am reminded of the song, "Where are you Christmas"... but I don't recommend it, as it's quite depressing.

I'll be doing Christmas in CT this year as well...but I like your tropical idea much better :)

Kiira Leess said...

tropical destination christmas 2011.

merry merry, constance!


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