Every Christmas Eve growing up my family celebrated with the Feast of Seven Fishes. An Italian tradition that has evolved over the years, away from the more traditional dishes to our Americanized version. The two dishes I remember always being present at our dinners were squid (calamari) salad with parsley, olive oil and vinegar; and stuffed clams. Everything else was usually more varied, but I think spaghetti and clams was usually a constant as well.
This year, our menu included:
- Cold squid salad with fresh parsley, olive oil and vinegar
- Parmesan-crusted baked salmon
- Baked flounder with butter and lemon
- Steamed clams, mussels, and bay scallops with red sauce
- Shrimp cocktail
- Oyster stuffing
- Steamed broccoli with lemon pepper and lemon juice, garden salad, and crusty bread
- Italian pastries: Napoleons, éclairs, cannoli, and butter cookies
Ok, so that’s eight fish. The more the merrier? heh
The preparation was exhaustive, so by the time it was time for plating and pictures, we didn’t fuss. Very simple, extremely delicious. My apologies for the poor quality photos! I was in a hurry to eat. You might also be wondering where our Christmas dishes are. To be honest, I haven’t yet unpacked them since we moved! It’s been a busy year.
This was my first time making oyster stuffing. SO GOOD!
I must have made the nice list because Santa was very generous. Be brought me a Mint floor cleaner:
26 feet running through this house = floors need constant sweeping. Yay for technology to help with that task!
A super fast desktop computer with a solid state hard drive that Dustin built for me, piece by piece! <3
I have a need for speeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed! It’s glorious.
Plus, this Ezybalance calibration card:
The Ezybalance is a revolutionary tool ideal for adjusting color balance and exposure settings in both digital and film format cameras, as well as DV cams. The Ezybalance gives accurate color rendition to cameras by providing a pure white surface upon which the camera can perform a white balance. The other side of the Ezybalance provides an 18% gray card surface suitable for adjusting the camera to get the most accurate exposure setting. Conventional methods of exposure control consist of using large gray cumbersome cardboard that is easily stained and over time becomes dog-eared, posing the risk of taking incorrect exposure readings. By design, the Ezybalance folds to just a third of it’s 12" opened round size making it infinitely more convenient and allowing it to fit into a small bag or pocket. Suitable for all environments, the Ezybalance is made of a high quality, wipe clean surface material, sewn to a sprung steel rim using triple row stitch technology – further ensuring its craftsmanship and durability.
I think my December gifts are going to help take blogging 2013 to the next level.
I hope everyone has had a peaceful holiday season. One more biggie to go!
Up next: 2012 year in review post.