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Pan-Seared Foie Gras, Smoked Salmon and Traditions — 6 Comments

  1. I like the idea of chili on Christmas Eve. It’s warm and comforting on a winter’s night, plus it’s just plain fun for a fun holiday! I like it way better than my family’s traditional Italian feast of the 7 fishes! I’m afraid I’m the only one who wouldn’t have loved your salmon, although I will say that’s a lovely presentation! Funny you should mention rib roast, as I get to be in charge of Xmas Eve dinner this year, that’s exactly what I’m making. You’re tempting me to do Yorkshire pudding now. It’s wasy and everyone loves it.
    I was even thinking of doing some kind of foie-gras appetizer if I still have the money left. I had moral objections to the stuff for years – then I tried it. I went to the dark side and never looked back. I’m hooked.

  2. Katie,
    I’m the same as Rachel, I had “moral objections” to foie gras until I was served a slice in Arles. I decided that if I was going to (food) Hell, it might as well be for that.
    I think your Christmas dinner sounds unbelievably decadent, and FABULOUS! Can I please come for Christmas? 🙂
    Merry Christmas,

  3. Our tradition on Christmas Eve is latkes, whether or not it’s also Chanukah. This year we got lucky, and we’ll celebrate both holidays together. But, no matter, it’s latkes and, for dessert, the chocolate coins you win at the dreidl table. On Christmas itself, if anyone is around (that’s usually the day we disperse to other family members), I’ll make a lasagne or chili or meatloaf. Traditions are made to be altered! Happy holidays, Katie.

  4. Our tradition when I was growing up was chili. We would sit around the living room, eating big bowls of chili and stopping from time to time to decorate the tree.
    But I’d like to come to your house for Christmas Eve. I have zero objections to any of what you’re serving!
    (So glad to see you’re back online)

  5. Rachel, amazing how tasting it can take care of those pesky moral issues… and visiting a farm can help as well – they lead a pretty good life.
    Chuck, I’ll be right beside you! Come on over – fridge is stocked (as is the wine cellar)
    Curt, molasses… yeah, I can see that on fresh salmon.
    Lydia, my friend in Andorra always served smoked salmon on her latkes…. We all make our own traditions – and they change along the way, don’t they….
    Elizabeth, I like to make chili on New Year’s day – kind of a spicy antidote to the smoked salmon and foie gras – hop a plane with Chuck and come on over 😉