2012 Holidays

Here we are in 2013 already!

So much to look forward to, hoping everyone had a great New Year’s and are looking forward to a prosperous and successful 2013!  Good Luck with that!

Here is the synopsis of our Winter Wonderland Celebration held on the 29th between Christmas and New Years.  The RI branch of the Huffs drove down after Kris’ soccer game that qualified his team to be in the final tourney of the season!  Awesome job, congrats to him and his awesome teammates!

Here is the menu for our celebration:

Snacks while opening gifts:
Filo cups w/Saga Blue & Bacon Jam
Lemony Hummus w/Toasted Pita Chips
Roasted Tomatillo Salsa w/Tortilla Chips

Dinner
Roasted Turkey Breast w/Lemon & Thyme
Spiral Sliced Ham w/two mustards
Celery Root Mashed Potatoes & Caramelized Onion Gravy
Green Bean & Mushroom Casserole w/Crispy Shallots
Corn Bread & Sausage Dressing
Dried Cranberry Salsa
Rice
Corn
Parkerhouse Rolls & Butter

Dessert
Poppa’s Snoballs–Vanilla Ice Cream with sprinkles/pumpkin seeds/crushed pistachios
Mini Filo Cup Baklava
Sweet Apple Triangles
Assorted Chocolate Candies & Caramels
Champagne with Raspberries

The dining room was festively decorated in silver and the table decadently adorned with silver baubles and beads, candles in frosted glass hurricanes and crystal tealights, sparkly trees held vellum initial printed place cards while miniature bells were woven together for napkin rings. Silver lacquered chargers held platinum bordered china, bread & butter plates from our brunch china (Noritake Kenmare) were next to each place, our Iridescent Antique Wine Glasses and clear glass water goblets stood tall and our silverplate flatware (Community Coronation) completed each place setting.  The buffet table was also adorned in silver from the leaf shaped platter for the ham to the long ruffled wood handled silver tray for the turkey, a silver vegetable dish for the cornbread/sausage dressing and the convertible silver/glass candy dish that held the dried cranberry salsa. A glass casserole of green beans & mushrooms were in the silver cradle. A warming tray held the rice/corn/mashed potatoes while the mustards were in depression era pebble pressed glass cordial glasses and the gravy was in the Kenmare Gravy Boat.

Here are pics of the tablescape:

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The place cards

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The Overview

A Place Setting

A Place Setting

Dinner was a success as there were plenty of choices even for the pickiest of 7 year olds, whose white place only had white food on it: Turkey, Mashed Potatoes and Rice!  I think someone slipped some corn onto the plate later but this is our bread-loving boy and he enjoyed seconds of the Parkerhouse Rolls!  And before dinner he loved Poppa’s homemade pita chips!  The bacon jam was a hit, again!  The dressing of cornbread and sausage, is not new, but to this group it was off the regular routine and seemed to be a hit as the recipe was requested!  The desserts were perfectly matched to the Champagne and good for picking just as much as you wanted without feeling like you ate a huge piece of pie or cake!  We will most certainly be adopting this as normal practice for future feasts!

The decorating process usually is a bit harried as I do the dining room twice for the season, once for Christmas combining the reds, coppers, greens to match the walls and general daily decor.  Then I re-do it for New Year’s in silver.  This year I decided I would just go with silver for the whole season and only the table on Christmas Day was our traditional green/red style.  This was good because it was a time-saver as well as back saver!  And the silver didn’t look “rushed”!

Here are wall and surface pics in the dining room:

Champagne service was from this chest.

Champagne service was from this chest.

One side board.

One side board.

Hallway arch silver poinsettia window box.

Hallway arch silver poinsettia window box.

Gift Wrapped Wall Hangings.

Gift Wrapped Wall Hangings.

Snowflakes & Silver Tree!

Snowflakes & Silver Tree!

The Dessert Table and Champagne Service:

Desserts!

Desserts!

Dom Perignon Poured and ready to imbibe!

Dom Perignon Poured and ready to imbibe!

The Dom Perignon and the silver/glass bottle coaster were a treasured Christmas gift from a client!  We loved the coaster and decided the champagne could be a very decadent addiction!

We had a wonderful time together as a family enjoying our sparkly Winter Wonderland Celebration and here’s just one final picture of our delightful, charming, intelligent, loving Grandsons!  Growing up way to quickly!  7 & 13 or more like 17 & 23 sometimes!  You can see why we miss them terribly!  And their parents of course!

The Boys!

The Boys!

Eat Well….Be Well!

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One Response to 2012 Holidays

  1. Your sparkling Winter Wonderland Celebration table setting is magazine cover material….haaaa ..SIMPLY GORGEOUS. Then the menu was beyond anything any of us find on the food tv. net work…Chef Jim how about doing your own cooking show! And last but not least your grandsons look sooooo happy and full. I think we all will say a big YES if ever invited to your beautifully decorated, and uniquely menu planned festivities…..You are hired ! This was alot of fun to read and thank you so much for sharing with us…Wishing you and your family a peaceful and successful New Year!! Have you recovered yet? haaaaa this must of been exhausting!
    Meanwhile, you certainly know how to spoil your family in every good way !
    A champagne toast to one of the classiest Chefs in Town!
    Best Wishes into the New Year.
    Chef Piper

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