When we arrived home last night, after a much needed trip to Point Reyes, the house smelled like pine, and gift bags were thrown about. Despite the mess, which makes me anxious, I relaxed and exhaled. We were home, and all the holidays were behind us.
This year, we hosted a record number of holiday parties. Starting with Thanksgiving, it's been wonderful to cook and see friends we haven't seen, drink festive cocktails, eat delicious food, and spend time with people we love. But, it's also exhausting and messy. The husband has washed more dishes than he'd care for, and we've gotten a little too familiar with BevMo's aisles. It's time to get back to small dinner parties, and soup nights at home. But, before I move on to 2014 and eating dinner in pajamas at the coffee table, below are some highlights from all the hosting.
Thanksgiving cocktail, cider and rum punch via Bon Appetit.
Soup and salad: coconut carrot soup with cilantro cream and kale and brussels sprouts salad. This salad was the talk of the dinner not only on turkey day, but also Christmas, when I made a modified version. I'm not sure where our families have been for the last several years, but it seems kale has not made it's way into their Whittier kitchens. Not until now.
gravlax. And we grilled pork tenderloins wrapped in prosciutto.