Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas in the OP

I felt a little like a quick change artist, but after our late afternoon return from Wisco I actually pulled off full scale Christmas dinner with three hours of prep time before our guests arrived.  Cooking for the Tillotsons is always a pleasure because I know how much fun we'll have around the table! 

After exchanging gifts we enjoyed an Italian style feast featuring Emma's favorite pasta Bolognese, a gorgeous Caesar salad, homemade sea salt and rosemary foccacia, broccoli with white wine chilies and orange, Burrata cheese, and  marinated cauliflower, carrots and olives.  It was festive and delicious!

Following dinner we opened the holiday crackers Nancy gave us; they were filled with games, jokes and paper crowns.  Needless to say bouts of laughter ensued! 

Our evening ended with Amy's carrot cake and a batch of South American caramel filled sandwich cookies called, Alfajores.  Emma's friend Sebastian's grandmother made the delicate treats and I have to be honest they were the best cookies I have ever had in my life.  Seriously.  
It was a sweet way to end a grand holiday meal!

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