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Holiday Cooking and Viewing

Happy New Year! somewhat belated but there's still plenty of the year left?

Wrapping up the old year, there was lots of unwrapping of very nice presents at Christmas. Awesome books on basketry and Alexander McQueen, wonderful CDs of various groups, some 20-year-old port, and a new Keurig coffee-maker with many, many flavours of K-cups to try out.

Culinary explorations for Christmas dinner: brussels sprouts on the stalk! I found them at Trader Joe's and couldn't resist trying them. There was one minor setback in following the directions because it started out saying "microwave for 5 minutes first". The stalk was about 2-1/2 feet long? *Sigh*. I cut it in half and that worked, and worked easier in fitting it in a pan (drizzled it with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt, covered lightly with foil) on the same rack as the sliced apples and sweet potatoes in maple syrup & cider. These were served with roast goose and a mixture of wild rice & mushrooms with roasted garlic.

New Year's Eve dinner was a fesitively colored mix of chorico, linquica, corn, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and red & green peppers, served over pilaf because my daughter vetoed the plain brown rice. New Year's Day dinner was multi-peppered multi-ingredient chili (tomatoes, onions, garlic, two types of ground meat, three types of beans, three types of chili powder, plus roasted red peppers and diced green chilies and chipotle peppers), with an apple pie for dessert. Tonight will be steak tips and mushrooms and more wild rice, with a savory tart of pears and Roquefort with a touch of balsamic vinegar. And then work starts again and we live on leftovers. :-)

For viewing, we were slow and didn't get to the NYC Times Square countdown in time, but we did watch the amazing fireworks display from Sydney, Australia online. Oh, and we discovered "Better Off Ted" through Netflix! Fantastic twisted show. We don't remember hearing much about it when it was on the air in 2009-10 (on ABC of all places), but we went through five episodes last night. Looking forward to more!