A Small Christmas

December 28th, 2008 § 4 comments § permalink

One year when I was in high school, my mother and her sisters decided to really mix things up. Instead of our traditional Christmas dinner of turkey and all of the trimmings, we would just have “a bunch of appetizers” — this was the phrase being tossed around — which people could eat at their leisure while opening presents and watching TV and playing games.

My grandmother was horrified.

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Apple Pie

December 15th, 2008 § 5 comments § permalink

One of the great pleasures of pie eating, my aunt Becky and cousin Carrie will tell you, is having the leftovers for breakfast the next day. Apparently my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew agree: The morning after Thanksgiving, what was left of the apple pie I had made quickly disappeared. Every time I went into the kitchen another slice was gone.

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Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Brown Butter, and Parmesan

December 8th, 2008 § 2 comments § permalink

At a party the weekend after Thanksgiving, the conversation quickly turned to food and, in particular, Brussels sprouts. We agreed that they were delicious and should be broken out of their holiday prison.

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