Daily Archives: December 24, 2012

If you knew me well, you would know that there is something SERIOUSLY wrong with this photo.


I do NOT like to wrap presents. I have all kinds of excuses….”It’s environmentally incorrect”; “My presents are good enough that they don’t need to be wrapped”; “We’re all adults now, wrapping is for children”.

When it comes down to it, I’m just too lazy.

So.. you ask…why are all the presents wrapped and beribboned? It is a picture of the state of my mind. I am trying to hide the contents in pretty wrapping. Yes, it’s that bad. My mantra this year: “It’s the thought that counts.”

On another front — there IS something good. Jim Lahey, you’re my hero.


I have one more day until the big Christmas Eve family dinner.

I have already decided that the bulk of my knitted presents will be given in its deconstructed form…partially done to intrigue the receiver, with an option for them to finish themselves. I suspect all but 2 people will be leaving their presents behind for me to finish for them.

Yes, very sad, I only finished two presents. Granted, one of them hasn’t even been cast on and my present is the intent to knit this specific object.

Once I was resigned to my avant garde presents, I was free to focus on the bigger problem at hand — our Christmas feast. Our dinner is seemingly simple. It is all about great ingredients, but almost all components are hand made. Which means I am usually running around doing the prep for the dinner for a couple of days preceding Christmas Eve.

Tomorrow is all about making the Vichyssoise and the pasta and shucking the oysters — leading up to it all the base components have to be made.

And what I consider my big present to my family — my Pate du Canard. A three day ordeal. At last that is done and being pressed. (That’s chicken stock in the back ready to go into the refrigerator, and 10 onions sliced and sauteed for the pissaladiere.)


Off to mix the bread dough so it can proof overnight. Have you ever made Jim Lahey’s No Knead Bread? It is incredibly easy and amazingly good — chewy and crusty, just as a bread should be.

Merry Christmas!