I spent the month of December baking cookies. Nothing new. All were cookies I've made before; a Christmas tradition.
Our family Christmas was delayed by a day, until part of our family returned from out of town. We celebrated with a big noon meal. The entrée was a Beef Stroganoff by Jonathan Waxman that I have made several times before and absolutely love. I meant to photograph it and post the recipe, but I didn't even take the time for a quick shot with my phone. By the time the meal was plated, I was hungry and dove right into the beef tenderloin with cognac mushrooms in a sauce of mustardy crème frâiche. If it sounds like your kind of a meal, get the recipe HERE. If I can make a suggestion... make more than the recipe calls for. You will end up eating it all!
Grand dog, Miss Midge, waiting for the festivities to begin... and possibly some food to fall to the floor?
It was a first time in my kitchen for the Chocolate and Olive-Oil Cake. This cake is now classified as, "a keeper". So good! Whipped crème frâiche is the perfect accompniament. I got a good laugh from both of my daughters. Each one walked past the bowl of whipped crème frâiche and plunged their finger in for a lick. Both made quite a face when the cream they expected to be sweet, wasn't. It is perfect, tho', alongside the fudgy cake.
Next up... New Years Day Brunch. I need to get to work...