As I’ve said on here before, my family is all about the food. Besides our traditional Christmas Eve roast beef sandwiches and Zapp’s fest, we added a couple of new food related events to the agenda. The first was Waffle Night, hosted by Brian, Nikki, and Tyler. There were waffles with from-scratch fruit toppings:
And there was the bacon buffet, featuring three different types of bacon:
Dad brought over his items for Luxury Food Night, since we were already going to be having a ton of food on Christmas Eve:
These were some kind of odd, nougat-y Italian candies.
On Christmas Eve, we went over to my Grandpa’s house and had chili, some of Brian’s cheese ball, cookies, dip, and nut roll. After that we went back to my parents’ house for our roast beef sandwiches and the rest of our Luxury Food Night. Brian brought over cheese curds (mmm, squeaky!), and Travis had his small wheel of sheep’s milk Basque cheese to share:
Everyone liked the cheese, even Tyler, who said it was the second best cheese he had ever tasted.
I wound up getting some of the peppermint marshmallows from Whole Foods as my luxury item. Tyler liked those. A lot.
My mom went all out and had ordered ice cream from Jeni’s in Columbus. Jeni’s is a small gourmet ice cream shop in North Market in downtown Columbus, and my mom and I had tried some of the Poached Pear Riesling Sorbet from there in September. It was the best frozen treat either of us had ever tasted in our lives. Anyway, I was completely overwhelmed that she had thought to pick that as her luxury food. We had five flavors to sample – the Pear Riesling, Belgian Milk Chocolate (pictured below)…
…Forest Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate Cocoa Zinfandel, and Spiced Pecan Praline. I thought the Pear Riesling and the Forest Berry went especially well together.
And the Belgian Milk Chocolate was quite good smeared on a peppermint marshmallow.
Other food related goodness – Brian and Nikki got my parents and me and Travis big food gift baskets for Christmas. We love food baskets! And so do my parents.
Tyler really likes foreign cookies, so Travis and I loaded up Tyler’s presents with a bunch of cookies we found at World Market. In addition to the cookies, we also got him a small, personal sized chorizo sausage. Tyler loves chorizo!
So, we had a lot of good food for Christmas. Seriously, I weighed myself before and after food on Christmas Eve and there was a difference of four pounds. Mmm, four pounds of really good food… Hope everyone else had a happy holiday filled with good eats!