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Family Hanukkah

Had my sister Amy's family and our stepmother over for dinner and gifts tonight. Ame brought salad (with pears, pecans, Stilton, and a home-made Balsamic vinaigrette) and she had made our late mother's sour cream and chocolate chip coffee cake, which she served with fresh whipped cream. The Young Lady and I made latkes (the Mr. fried them), and I made my beer pot roast and fresh green beans with lemon-thyme butter. I meant to cook up some pasta (I bought some fresh-made fettucine), but I forgot all about it until just before dinner was ready to put on the table. Fortunately, the Mr. had brought home some very nice rolls left over from his office holiday party. We used my mother's Noritake china and the Mr.'s family silver and things were festive as all get-out, despite my niece's runny nose (I hope we don't catch whatever she had, but she perked up a lot once she'd eaten dinner).

I received mostly books, which are, of course, appreciated muchly: C.J. Cherryh's Betrayer, Patricia McKillip's The Bards of Bone Plain, Terry Pratchett's I Shall Wear Midnight, P.C. Hodgell's Honor's Paradox, and Catherynne Valente's Habitation of the Blessed (no, not new titles: I deliberately held off buying them for myself when they came out, to make holiday gift-giving easier for the family, because they always ask what to get). Also, my stepmother gave me a boxed set of the first four volumes of George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Fire and Ice" series, and I got two CDs (Adele's "21" and Nora Jones' "The Fall") and a pair of silver earrings. I have generous relatives!


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Dec. 25th, 2011 05:26 am (UTC)
OMG your meal sounds absolutely awe-inspiring! I will cadge that recipe for the beer pot roast, and would love it if you could share your recipe for the latkes sometime (my husband was just asking me to make some of those the other day!)

I bought Adele's 21 last month, after hearing Rolling in the Deep on television, and love it. She is amazing.

Glad you had such a lovely evening with your family!♥

Dec. 26th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)

I love how Adele is just herself!

I'll pull the latkes recipe for you. It's actually from an old-style Jewish cookbook. The pot roast is my very own creation.

Dec. 27th, 2011 05:17 am (UTC)
Oooh, lovely that sounds wonderful. And no rush, just whenever you can get around to it.

Yeah, I've seen and read interviews with her - she is quite impressive, especially to be so young. I can't picture her ever ending up like Amy Winehouse. I think she's got her shit in one sock, as my Navy friend used to say. ^___^
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Dec. 26th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)

It did go well, although we were sooo tired afterward! And there were tons of dishes to do, because we wash the good china and silver by hand. (It's not just craziness - the abrasive dishwasher detergent can actually take off layers of silver and paint.)

Dec. 25th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Good crop of great books, I really enjoyed Bards of Bone Plain (although it made me nostalgic for Riddle-Master of Hed) and especially Honor's Paradox.
Dec. 26th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)

I know - Riddlemaster is still so special to me. She had the clarity of youth still, and her writing style was just coming into its own. Later on, her writing became extremely beautiful, but it seemed to be stealing all her energy away from characterization and plot.

Dec. 26th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
I am jealous of the food you had, it sounds amazing! And what lovely presents.
Dec. 26th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)

Jewish holidays are so much about the food, don'cha know. Food is love (as in many other cultures too, it's true).

A rabbi once told me a name for what's practiced by people who have lost interest in all the religious and most of the cultural practices but who still yearn after matzoh balls and brisket and latkes: "gastronomic Judaism."

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