I don’t want to take down the Christmas tree

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Hi 2014! I’ve got a new planner, and I’m ready for you. But let’s back up for just a minute.

We spent Christmas in Miami, and Danny’s parents spent the holiday with us. My family has met Danny’s mom, but they were so excited to finally meet his dad. It was a great couple of days filled with food and family time. For Noche Buena, my dad made his grandma’s lomo de cerdo with my abuelita’s help. We ate tres leches. We took shots of Nicaraguan rum. For lunch, we went out to a Colombian restaurant and ate empanadas, sancocho, and whole fried fish.

Oh, and Danny got me the coolest gift. See these framed illustrations? I really love them, and they look great around our budding gallery wall, mostly made up of restaurant menus up until now. Our friend Maggie of Type & Title created them. A few of the illustrations come with recipes from the blog. My galette! And the Manhattan looks especially good over our new bar cart.

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There were a lot of culinary firsts this past year. Recently, we tried our hand at deviled eggs. They’re worth the trouble and those will show up here some time, for sure. This past year we also tried a new kind of fish. I discovered fried chickpeas. There were popsicles. I found a way to enjoy Campari. For dessert, we made ice cream without having to churn. I bought buckwheat flour. I’m eating more sardines lately. And our homemade bread attempts finally were successful.

We spent this first weekend of 2014 lazing the time away, hardly leaving the house and getting up mostly just to cook. Pan-fried chicken thighs with harissa chickpeas. Bacon and omelets. Enchiladas. Hot chocolate. Cornbread, coming at you soon.

Mostly we ate on the couch, a recent habit we should kick pretty soon in this new year (a resolution?), but from our big red couch I have a better view of our Christmas tree and its twinkling lights. I don’t want to take it down just yet. I’m holding on to this holiday season just a little longer.

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