Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Dinner

Every year I like to make something for different for Christmas dinner, preferably something that can be prepared in one pot so there are fewer dishes to wash afterwards.  This year I did endive salad....

(Belgian endive, bleu cheese, sugared walnuts, balsamic vinegar dressing, sitting prettily on wedding china used for the first time in 8 years.  Mikasa Royal Glimmer.)

...and chicken cacciatore, using a variation on the old Better Homes and Gardens recipe my mother used to use.  That recipe didn't call for mushrooms, but I added several varieties, plus oil-cured black olives.  It was seasoned with a combination of bay leaves, oregano, and celery seed.  Other recipes I found for cacciatore had rosemary or juniper berries instead - all quite different, don't you think?

Everything came out really well.  Dessert was cookies (Toll House, snickerdoodle, oatmeal) plus little cakes I got from Trader Joe's called cannelles de Bordeaux. Delicieux! And simple.  

What did you eat for your holiday feast?