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Dreaming of Christmas…eating, partying, fun

I am still going through end-of-semester madness, but with the thought of the holidays coming up, I have something to look forward to.  I was browsing through some old photos, and dug these two up from last year’s family Christmas party.

Christmas baking!  I can’t wait for the holiday partying to start (and it starts this weekend, I’ve got a staff brunch coming up!)

I do apologize for the photos; they are clearly not my best shots.  I guess I’m improving.  🙂

Happy Studying!



Annual Thanksgiving Potluck, 2011 Edition

Every year my sister M throws a Thanksgiving potluck.  She’s been doing it for quite some time now; she and Antony started the tradition back when they were in university.  M does the turkey, and Antony does the stuffing (and both are very good at their jobs.)  The party is always great fun, and this year was no exception.  M made a 16 pound turkey (!) with herb butter, and Antony made a beef and lamb meat stuffing.  The spread at the party was very impressive and very tasty-there were vegetables, potatoes, bread, and desserts.  The drink of the night was Kir Royale: champagne with blackcurrant liquor.  It was tasty and pretty!  M also made a plum torte for dessert, and I’m sharing the recipe she used from The New York Times.


Turkey-before & after.

Drink of the night-Kir Royale.

The beautiful turkey-carved and plated by Ian.


Cookies and plum torte (and a caramel apple torte in the background.)

Plum Torte

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 24 halves pitted purple plums
  • sugar and cinnamon for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Cream sugar and butter.  Add flour, baking powder, salt, and eggs.  Beat well.  Spoon batter into a springform pan (use an 8, 9, or 10 inch round pan.)  Place the plum halves skin side up on the top.  Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top.  Bake for 40-50 minutes.  Best served warm; serve with plain yogurt or ice cream.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend as much as I am.  And for those of you still in school (as I am, unfortunately), I hope you take some time off and have a good meal (or 2…or maybe even 3!)  My friend Monica posted this link on my Facebook wall yesterday and I thought I’d share it.  It’s a bunch of unusual turkey recipes.  The suntanned turkey made me laugh.  I would like to try the beer can turkey one day.  I love beer can chicken, so I bet beer can turkey would taste pretty good!


Happy Thanksgiving!