No one feels like getting any real work done. No one feels like writing or reading blogs. It takes concentration to relax until the new year, when pending projects that loom can start in earnest again.
|Red damask, white candlesticks, red dinnerware for Christmas brunch|
|Antique French plates with a lobster or crawfish - It's in the eye of the beholder|
We had a beautiful low key Christmas brunch this year. Another couple joined us. We said we'd keep it simple and light.
|I cleaned a few pounds of fresh Louisiana shrimp for The Shrimp and Grits - We also had beautiful Louisiana oysters|
|Shrimp and grits for New Orleans Christmas Day brunch|
What does that mean in New Orleans? Well - smoked salmon, caviar, bagels and all the trimmings to start, along with oysters on the half shell. Then shrimp and grits, and a spectacular green salad with white asparagus and pea sprouts. Finally for dessert, a chocolate buche de noel.
|Arnaud's Restaurant in New Orleans makes my favorite French 75 - Just substitute Proseco to make the Italian 75|
All of it washed down by a cocktail I call the "Italian 75", a version of the French 75, made Italian by using Proseco instead of champagne.
|Kitty Kitty Bang Bang under the tree waiting for her present|
|Cholo got a new toy from Santa|
|We sent this card by email - I try to keep a virtual "Rolodex" of everyone of you who comment or email me - You all mean a lot to Alberto and me - If we missed you, we apologize for the oversight and send it to you now|
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