We are taking the next two days off and will return on the 4th. We look forward to sharing many recipes, reviews, etiquette tips and desserts in 2010. We hope you have a safe, exciting, fortuitous, thrilling, serendipitous New Year filled with resolve and reconciliation.
Photo by Jane Shauck
I hope your New Year’s Eve goes something like this…
The Smoke Joint
87 South Elliott Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217-4803
Last weekend we had our first big snow this winter and Brooklyn was covered in a blanket of white. Jess and I had a wonderful snow day, but by 5 o’clock we were getting cabin fever. We decided to stay local because of the weather and catch a movie at BAM. After a few food options were discussed we decided on BBQ at one of our now favorite local spots, The Smoke Joint.
taken by Peter D.
Music: Un Dernier Verre – Beirut
Last night we kept the holidays going by celebrating my father’s birthday. We were so happy my parents came to Brooklyn! I made him a lovely dinner and a beautiful (*clears throat*) birthday cake (more on that Thursday). The oysters James brought home from The Greene Grape were the real treat. We ate a combination of Wellfleets (From Massachusetts) and Blue Points (From Long Island). We served this alongside Martinis (Gin, of course) and Kirs (this is becoming routine).
Music: Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
Merry Christmas! This year was a pretty serious handmade Christmas. And you know what, it was the most fun gift giving I’ve had in a while. We made all our Christmas ornaments and house decorations. We made cookies and parties. And we made red sauce and canned it for friends and family. Canning wasn’t that hard! (I was surprised.)
Music: To Ohio – Low Anthem
We mentioned on Monday that we would post the recipe for the croquembouche and here it is…just in time for Christmas! (because you have nothing better to do today than build a cream puff tower…hmmm, on second thought?). As I said, we had one at our wedding and it was gorgeous. This one served as a birthday cake at our holiday party.
Croquembouche means “crack in mouth”. I was reminded that I wanted to make one the day I opened up the holiday issue of Living. I had already made sugar cookies for the party and her croquembouche had them affixed to the pastry like little ornaments on a tree. Perfect! I used Martha’s directions to help guide the building process. I took recipes from the Tartine cookbook and from Living.