In keeping with DeMenthe family tradition, we’ve invited friends and family over for Christmas Eve. We’ll serve them boiled shrimp, clam chowder, and cheddar cheese biscuits. They’ll bring appetizers and desserts. In a break with tradition, Ditalini decided this year to decorate the tree early; we started hanging ornaments last night. Normally we enlist our friends to help trim the tree; this year they can just enjoy clam chowder and good company.
We’re getting a break as well. We’ve been invited to a friend’s house for Christmas dinner, so apart from whatever small thing we prepare to contribute to our friend’s holiday table, we’re going to take it easy and enjoy. I can’t remember the last time we haven’t slaved over a Christmas day feast!
Whatever you’re doing this holiday season — cooking, eating out, visiting friends or family, or just hunkering down until the economy recovers — Ditalini and I wish you happiness and comfort.
About Crouton deMenthe Amateur cook and barbecue fanatic.