Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Christmas 2006- Top 10 Food Moments

Number 1: Caldo Gallego at the Arias/Fox Christmas Eve Brunch

It was tucked away on a sideboard, and I’m so glad I didn’t miss it. It’s a traditional soup from Northern Spain and of course is chock full of pork delicacies. For more information and the actual recipe, check out the link on Brandon Eats.

Soup for a Cold

Number 2 and 3: The Belmont Butchery

They contributed to two of my top 10 food moments of this holiday season. Prime Beef Tenderloin for Christmas dinner so tender you could cut it with a fork. Hand-made cotecchino sausage for New Year’s Eve – Traditional to Northern Italy and Emilia-Romagna, Cotecchino with lentils is a crucial part of the Italian New Year's Eve's meal- some say that the sliced sausage symbolize the coins that may come to you in a prosperous new year.

Number 4 : Pommes Lyonnais

Lovely russet potatoes sliced thinly with my mandoline and carefully layered one atop another. A bath of heavy cream and garlic and sea salt and an hour in the oven yields one of the tastiest way to eat a potato.

Number 5 Roaring 20’s Blue Cheese at Kinsey and David’s House

Number 6 A LARGE bucket of buttery popcorn at the Westhampton Theater during a viewing of The Queen for our 6th Anniversary

Number 7- A large flute of Champagne from Bin 22 after the movie to toast 6 years of marriage.

Number 8 – A holiday party at the home of one of Richmond’s premiere catering stars- it lived up to the hype- those boys can throw a party. It just goes to show that practice does make perfect.

Number 9- Homemade pasta on New Year’s Eve- only the 2nd time in 5 years that the Pasta maker has seen daylight- it was quite something to be working side by side with my two-year-old who put his Play-dough through a similar kneading exercise.

Number 10 – 12 types of homemade cookies and a peppermint trifle from my lovely wife Susannah.


Liz K. said...

it used to be that one of my highlights was pasta gorgonzola in the company of my best friends at Christmas...

It looks like you ate well this season, and Susannah outdid herself with the holiday goodies. I stopped at 7 this year, but my homemade Virginia Peanut Brittle was amazing, as well as the best Pecan Pie ever.

Miss you something awful.

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, everyone seems to think they sampled the Caldo Gallego I wrote about on my blog BUT, in fact, you had an even rarer treat--patas y callos, more commonly know as pig's feet and tripe. And it's much more delicious when you don't know the ingredients until afterwards.