Holiday Madness

Well, having my mother move to town one week before Christmas, followed by my visiting three sisters & their entourages for the New Year proved to be CONSUMING (in so many many ways). and FANTABULOUSLY FUN. and VERY MESSY.

One of my favorite quotes which I can unfortunately not ascribe to anyone in particular is this:

An aspiring culinary student inquired to the master chef — “What is the most fundamental thing I should learn to make?”

To which she replied, “A Mess.”

I like to remind myself of this as frequently as possible.

We had a nonstop flow of home-cooked yumminess (for 20+ people!) all through the New Year. Too bad the photo-documentation is poor. Rest assured we cooked, we connected, we shared, we celebrated.

When a tree is decorated by a 3-year-old...

When a tree is decorated by a 3-year-old…

fajita night…radishes joined later

mixed mushroom marsala with cod, asparagus & fresh spinach linguine

New Year’s mixed mushroom marsala with cod, asparagus & fresh spinach linguine

chopping chopping chopping

chopping chopping chopping

Avocado Christmas trees, as it turns out, are resplendent

Avocado Christmas trees, as it turns out, are rather resplendent

As always, if you have a cooking conundrum or want me to blog a particular recipe, please ask! I’m always very inspired by a cook in need…

Happy New Year!

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