I’ve got Lamb Shanks, on a cloudy day

Oh, maybe that’s supposed to be Sunshine, but I’ve got Lamb Shanks and I’m super excited for dinner.

Once I get the polenta ready, we will have a rainy day feast.

Everything is so brown outside. Brown grass, brown bushes, brown plants…..why not appreciate something brown like Braised Lamb Shanks in a Red Wine braising sauce. Lots of love, rosemary, oregano, and garlic went into this dish.

When I cook, I cook.

What do you like to cook?

A quiet Christmas night

The reason for the season, and a little scripture to go with it. I’m so glad we had the big celebrations early, and I get to sit in the quiet of the day and reflect on the gift of Christ.

Christmas to me is a wonderful time of year. It can be challenging, and I might need a vacation to recover from this last week off.

We’ve been to fun places. Ethel Mae’s Bourbon and Bacon opened up, and we’ve feasted there. Twice.

Who can’t relate to a Barn style restaurant with a “look out for the locomotive” sign? It was their soft opening, so no TV’s, no booze to buy, but plenty of free bacon that gets crisped up with a blow torch table side. It was great. The Shrimp and Grits was amazing, the meatloaf got rave reviews, but the bourbon bread pudding was the overall favorite.

My husband celebrated his big 60 this week, so we feasted again with Stone Crab, and Cake.

It was my husband’s first foray into Baked Alaska. He was a huge fan. I had forgotten about Baked Alaska. What a 70’s throw back. A great treat.

Then we feasted again with family with the traditional Roast Beast. (Notice I tried to focus on seafood before we ventured into Big Beef.)

This one was a 5 rib Prime Rib that I was thrilled turned out beautiful. I get a little nervous cooking something this big. That’s a lot of meat to mess up. No PRESSURE! It was accompanied by Mushrooms braised in Red wine and butter, Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts in a bacon-blue cheese sauce, Cabbage and Kale salad with apples and a lemon Vinaigrette, and for dessert a fabulous carrot cake. There were 9 very rowdy folks laughing at my house for a good 6 hours. I slept well after everyone said good night and all the dishes were done. There were 0 left overs. It was like army ants invaded and carried away every speck of the Christmas offering. It made me really happy. It was like a standing ovation culinary style.

Today, it’s quite in the aftermath of the festivities. I get to reflect on the wonderful family and friends that have graced me this week, and I’m just overwhelmed with how blessed I am. But, if anyone puts food in front of me, I might just smack them. I fully understand why people fast and go without alcohol in January. I’ve been blessed beyond measure. It’s time for someone else to get blessed.

Merry Christmas to all. I hope your holidays have been wonderful.