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.


  1. This sounds great and so yummy. We had a nice Christmas too with most of the family members around and baby Leonard, Kiano which means full of joy, being the center smiling and giggling.We leave tomorrow for a Namibian holiday to introduce our son to his African roots. I wish you a Happy New Year to come. Peace over all.

    1. Thanks, Tess. If you would feel comfortable with this idea, I would invite you to send me an email at the address listed in the "About Me" section on the right side of the blog. May you and your family have a safe and joyous holiday.

  2. (from Ronnie Accas) well written account of a very nice evening; love the rooster!!

  3. (from Ronnie Accas) well written account of a very nice evening; love the rooster!!

  4. Stuart--Just the array of good cheeses would've made us happy--what a nice gesture of your neighbors to invite you!

    Penny and Mark