Saturday, December 26, 2015
a Christmas to crow about
The rooster is a symbol of French national pride. And there is much to be proud about this year. The holiday feasts of friends and family are legendary. We were truly honored to be invited to our neighbor's home yesterday to share one such traditional Christmas dinner. After an appertif we started on the first course of foie gras. For the next course we savored shrimp, smoked salmon, and oysters (on the half-shell). The "main" course was venison in a red wine sauce, potato timbale, and Waldorf salad (how did that get in there?! I wonder who brought that?). Next an array of cheeses was presented before the desserts. Afterwards, we lingered over coffee. Did I mention a different wine was served with each course? This all rolled out leisurely over four hours so I never felt like I had overeaten. It was a remarkable day of fine dining, conversation, and new and renewed connections. And nationally, it was a day to be proud of a reining peace through the dedicated work of all the organizations here that defend against internal and external threats.