Under the Christmas tree, we certainly had a cooking theme happening this year with our gift giving. Both C1 and I were given Le Creuset red cast iron pans and I was overwhelmed by RM’s gift of a beautiful Ruffoni copper serving dish with acorn handles. Almost too beautiful and timeless to use.
C1 prepared our first holiday meal for us this week in her beautifully decorated home in Mesquite. In her travels to Germany, she had learned about the electric raclette party grill. The nonstick surface grills your favorite meat, seafood and vegetables while your cheese and sauces broil to perfection below. If you have children, you will want to help them with the handles as this baby gets hot!
Raclette cheese can be ordered online from gourmet foodie sites and is pale yellow in color with a few small holes dispersed throughout. Once melted, its texture is creamy and does not separate. Raclette is similar to fondue, nutty and rich. It was such a fun way to spend an evening sharing stories, making jokes, and cooking together over the raclette.
On Christmas eve, our tradition is to have party foods and always homemade egg rolls. My recipe includes sausage, cabbage and the all- important secret dab or two of peanut butter. We roll like Elvis sometimes on Ashland. This year, RM brought home from Aldi’s a stainless steel buffet server on sale for only $24.99. This was a handy foodie gadget to serve our little odd ball combos of foodie favorites and to keep everything warm as we nibbled away the evening watching holiday movies and speculating what was under the tree in the pretty packages. RM and I certainly reflected on how blessed we are to live in the Fort, to our beautiful family, for wonderful friends and a full and purposeful life on Ashland. Happy New Year to all of you as well!