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Wrap up

There was Christmas and there were presents and I liked what I got, and other people liked what I got them, and the latter always matters more to me. For me, there were books (two by greygirlbeast and one by catvalente, let us not say that I don't support those in the LJ community :-)) and DVDs (the first season of the English-dubbed "Monster" anime!) and CDs (from A Perfect Circle and more Juno Reactor) and jewelry (a beautiful snowflake onyx set from my husband and a shimmery sea-blue set from my birthmother) and a little llama of alpaca fuzz and absinthe mints that are merely anise, and more, and more.

There was food. For Christmas Eve there was Honey Noodle Kugel with fresh kielbasa sausage, for Christmas morning there was a piperade cooked like a tian and breakfast sausages and raisin bread and a walnut danish pastry, and for Christmas dinner there was baked ham (marinade: 1 cup dark brown sugar, 1 cup maple syrup, 1 cup apple cider, 1 cup brandy) with baby brussels sprouts w/bacon bits, and parmesan biscuits, and applesauce-chutney, and pumpkin-mashed-potatoes which were incredibly good and easy.

When I'm busy, I don't fret about using commercial convenience foods, but I try to spark them up. So, a box of garlic-cheddar mashed potatoes (both pouches) was prepared per directions, and then I mixed in a can (15 oz.?) of pumpkin puree (not pie filling, just straight pumpkin). It was easy, it was good, and it was much better nutritionally.

And for Boxing Day, there was Kadu Borani with pumpkin-substitute. Instead of cubed pumpkin, I chopped up a large butternut squash and 4 smallish sweet potatoes. For those, 4 hours would have been enough. Five hours made them carmelize too much and they stuck to the baking dish.

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