December 27, 2005

Christmas Even

If you can stand a little more yuletide, check out my Christmas Eve creation.

My mission: Make dinner and dessert for the family for Christmas Eve.

The plan: Get recipes from library. Try not to burn down plantation (or house, as it were).

The recipes: Mama D's Old-Fashioned Italian Chicken Parmesan. Buche de Noel (Yule Log for us non-French types).

The outcome: I didn't take pics of the chicken parm because, well, we all know what it looks like. My yule log was much more photogenic.

The batter was thick. I let the mixer do the work.

I couldn't believe some eggs, sugar, flour and some other ingredients could do this. It was great to see it start to fluff up.

This was my icing for the log's center. I wanted it red, but dang that coloring, it just made it pink. Oh, well.

After creating chocolate leaves and scoring the icing with a fork, my finished creation was a yule log. I was surprised to hear my sister say, "Wow, it really looks like a log." In the past, it has been, "Whoa, what is that?"

I can't believe I took so many pictures of me and "the log". I think I was on a cooking pride euphoria.

Dinner went well. The chicken parm was good and the salad was pretty with parsley on top. We reeked of garlic, as usual.

Christmas was grand, but I liked the Christmas Eve night celebrations best. We read from the Bible and switch our Secret Santas. It's when we can reconnect as a family. I really look forward to that after weeks and months of hectic schedules.

Another great Christmas.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at December 27, 2005 1:49 PM | TrackBack

Makes me hungry.

Merry Christmas!

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at December 27, 2005 6:59 PM

Nice Buche de Noel, Amanda :-D I wish I was there to eat some!

Posted by: Karissa at December 27, 2005 10:59 PM
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