Christmas dinner came out beautifully this year. It was small, for just Kid Cayenne, myself and a friend. I roasted my first duck. I was terrified to do it, but it came out well and I'm over the trepidation hump so I think I can continue to hone the skill. Other dishes included roasted red and golden beets with arugula and goat cheese, a nice baked mac and cheese and roasted sweet and spicy pumpkin wedges. We had milk chocolate and salted caramel gelatos from La Divina for dessert. All in all, quite lovely.
Amongst my Christmas gifts this year were these jewels:
Needless to say, I'm thrilled with the prospects. I've hardly put my cookbook stack down since Christmas morning (and quite a hefty stack it is, since each book feels like it's about 45 pounds a piece, at least!) I've inaugurated the mixer with a batch of tart dough which is currently chilling in the refrigerator and is destined to become a Meyer lemon tart this evening.
I'm looking forward to 2011 with great anticipation. Rather than compile a list of resolutions for the new year, I'm just trying to think of new and interesting things I'd like to try that I haven't yet. I'll get back to you with some of those. Hope your holidays were warm and full of love and joy and your new year is brilliant!