The boys are at Christmas pageant rehearsal. One of my sons is Herod. I guess someone has to have that role . . . be assured, they're casting against type. Mr. Dream Kitchen is installing The Big Electronic Present (to avoid unpleasantness tomorrow). I've got cranberries bubbling on the stove, scenting the kitchen.
This is just a quick post to tell you what our Mediterranean-inflected Christmas menu is.
Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb with Pomegranate Glaze and Red-Onion Parsley Relish, From Paula Wolfert's The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen. My sister in law is bringing sumac for this from Penzey's. She lives near the Pittsburgh store. Have never made this, but I trust Paula. She even autographed my book, back when Philadelphia did The Book and the Cook. Back in the day.
Minted Baby Peas (frozen, from Trader Joe's--no need to get fancy with everything)
Smashed Red Bliss Potatoes with Garlic--again with the easy
Spinach Salad with Broiled Preserved Lemon (sounds harder than it is
Mixed Olives from DiBruno's
Down East Cranberry-Apple Pie, from Richard Sax's Classic Home Desserts (the first edition! Half the pages are stained by now). We'll serve with vanilla ice cream.
Peace to you, dear readers.