Christmas Eve means the Feast of the Seven Fishes (Italian) and thirteen desserts (French). Since Mystic is Jewish, I also added latkes and gelt. First time for making either. Those two recipes, along with the salad, will follow in the coming weeks. I have made the Cioppino (fish stew) for several years now because it takes care of five of the 7 fish. I think this past Christmas Eve will be the last year for that though. My interest in it has waned a bit, and I want it to be more feast-like with seven individual dishes. Although it’s more challenging, especially with the kids underfoot, I think with a little proper planning, it can be done.
Although it looks fussy, this Christmas Tree Pull Apart Bread is crazy simple to make, and perfect to dip into the Cioppino.
I had to have some greens on the table, and went with a knock-off of Cheesecake Factory‘s French Country Salad, which is delish.
When my sister and I were kids, we used to do family activities every Sunday. When it was our turn to choose, we usually went with visiting Chinatown, which is where our love affair with Shrimp Chips began. It’s hard to find authentic ones, but my sister and brother-in-law scored.
One of these little munchkins has too much personality to contain. One opted for borrowing her cousin’s Thanksgiving dress, instead of wearing her new Santa Claus footed pjs. But all four in the same shot on Christmas Eve? I’ll take it.
Nick and his cousin Sophie keeping careful watch on Santa’s whereabouts.
Will be back tomorrow with Christmas Day photos, and the first recipe for the week. Until then… xoxo