Well, that's how I feel about the holidays. However, I think the food hangover has passed, so I can finally start reminiscing about all the delicious food that I was lucky enough to enjoy.
Here are the amazing pierogies I waxed on and on about in this previous entry. We all agreed these might have been the best ever this year.
The green stuff is sauteed cabbage..yum.
For Christmas dinner, Z and I decided to give Dish Mom a break and took over. Z made his world-famous beef short ribs. They were AMAZING. I can't give away his recipe (mostly because he doesn't follow one...), but you should definitely look into making short ribs. They are especially great for a dinner party-- just pop them in the oven and go about your business. You can't overcook these babies!
Short ribs heading into the oven...
I also made brussel sprouts with pancetta. We couldn't find pancetta, though-- damn suburban grocery stores ;) -- so we used Canadian bacon. I think it might've been a bit better with pancetta, but it was good nonetheless.
For my part of the meal, I made a Yukon gold and sweet potato gratin with gruyere and fresh herbs. I worked from a recipe from Bon Appetit. You can check it out here. It was awesomely rich, and while you may be tempted to use dried herbs instead of fresh, definitely use fresh-- we all agreed they made the dish. I'll write out the full process sometime. Perhaps for a Valentine's day dinner?
Another highlight of the season was the Christmas morning french toast, topped with sweet ricotta cream cheese, and, of course, red and green sprinkles. A Dish Mom specialty.