Six years ago, my aunt and uncle and cousin, moved to the town where my parents live. This was fabulous, not only because they are some of my favorite relatives, but because my uncle is a seriously good cook. And one of my favorite holiday traditions was created, Christmas Eve dinner.
Each Christmas Eve he would showcase his talents, and manage to accomodate the increasingly complicated dietary restrictions of our family, by making an amazing buffet.
Sadly this year, they are all enjoying Christmas in their new, beautiful home in Seattle, but my mother and I are still cooking up a storm.
Here's our Christmas Eve menu. I'll do my best to pass along recipes as the night goes on.
Christmas Eve Dinner:
portobello mushrooms stuffed with artichokes, mushrooms, parmesan and garlic
phyllo triangles filled with apples, bleu d'Auvergne, chopped walnuts and a drip of honey
spanikopita (cheese and spinach pie)
meat and fish
chorizo in puff pastry
Alsatian onion tart
garlic shrimp with fried polenta
wok-smoked duck quesadillas