Gingerbread, not just for eating but also for constructing houses, abstract sculptures and ornaments. This tower was later slathered with frosting and topped with selections from an overwhelming amount candy options.
The holiday season just wouldn't be complete without a good Hanukkah party. This year I even assisted with the most important duties of all. Frying up as many latke patties as possible so that they could be topped with sour cream and applesauce and quickly devoured.
The Portland Soup Company street cart was my lunch savior while running errands in downtown Portland right before Christmas. This roasted turkey breast sandwich with bacon braised cabbage, Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, tomato and salad greens was phenomenal.
A gluten-free snickerdoodle operation in process. Bags of alternative flours and extra clean surfaces and tools to prevent cross contamination.
I learned how to make challah this month! There have been many, many experimental batches. Challah knots for a dinner party, batches with forgotten ingredients and finally these beautiful loaves that were passed out to friends and family.
We kept Christmas Eve simple with superbly grilled steak, mashed potatoes caramelized onions and a beautiful salad. Accompanied by a glass of wine, candle light and the company of family, it was the perfect meal.