Sunday, January 6, 2008

My Christmas Dinner, and December's SAS party

I bought a holiday present for myself, and for the sake of the Soups and Sweets party back in December. It's enamel on steel, since the cast iron pots are too spendy.
little le creuset

And in that pot, I made my Christmas soup, Cream of Broccoli Cheese, which I'd also made for the Soups and Sweets party a couple of weekends before.
christmas dinner

The main course was lamb shank braised with fennel and onions, golden crusted Brussels sprouts (delicious) as inspired by the talented and inspiring Heidi, and roasted acorn squash stuffed with turkey bacon, apple, and Wasa bread stuffing.
christmas dinner

And my humble yet hit-the-spot comforting dessert was James Beard's pound cake recipe.
christmas dinner

SAS Lunch, December (soups and sweets!)
Cream of butternut squash and carrot soup.
butternut squash carrot soup

Creamed.
butternut squash carrot soup

Cream of broccoli cheese soup in the making.
cream of broccoli cheese soup in the making

Pureed.
cream of broccoli cheese soup

Creamed.
cream of broccoli cheese soup

I was too busy cooking (all night long) and then serving and cleaning up to photograph the soup, but here's basically how it was served. I had a loaf of bread in the freezer from the Raymond Sokolov review that I turned into croutons, and since I don't have many bowls or a table at which to eat, I went the cup route; it went wonderfully!
butternut squash carrot soup with crouton

The first dessert was my first-ever crostata, using some of the yummy dough left over from my tarte tatin experiment.
fig, apple, cranberry crostata

Figs, apples, and cranberries!
fig, apple, cranberry crostata

The other dessert was my Daring Bakers yule log, which is why I was up all night. ;D

2 comments:

Elisabeth said...

Your meal looks scrumptious!

Julie said...

Thanks, Elisabeth--it definitely filled me with tidings of comfort and joy! =D