First, the gifts: In addition to the cool molecular mixology kit I already mentioned, I got as gifts...
- Tasting Beer: An Insider's Guide to the World's Greatest Drink by Randy Mosher. When I launched this blog, I intended to devote some of it to writing about beers... and I did so, but I quickly realized I didn't have the knowledge or vocabulary to comment usefully. So I put this on my wish list to edumacate myself. Look for a review when I'm done reading.
- A beer (as a stocking stuffer!) called Criminally Bad Elf. I had intended to save it 'til I could apply my new expertise, but... nah; "It's dead, Jim!"
- The promise of a fine-dining outing, most likely at the Copper Beech Inn's Brasserie Pip, whose chef, Tyler Anderson, is a Chopped champion. (Count on a review when the time comes.)
vegetable slicerfrench fry cutter, which I actually intend to use to try to make fried yucca like we used to get at the late, lamented (in CT, at least) Pollo Tropical.
In addition, I cooked our Christmas dinner, making (at the request of my family) Korean pulled pork lettuce wraps with kimchi slaw and sesame-garlic mayo, according to the recipe my buddy Andy published. I sense a brand new holiday tradition in the making!