Are you all familiar with Amelia's blog, Bon Appétempt? If not, you should be! It's a personal favorite of mine and just this year was named one of Time Magazine's Top 25 blogs. I literally made audible noises of excitement when she agreed to be a part of this series. Before we can continue, though, with her delicious recipe and game-filled Christmas tradition, I have to confess something. I have never eaten an oyster. Not one. I have tried just about everything, even escargot, but have never been able to talk myself into these slippery little suckers. It's a shame, right? I have found myself surrounded in life by oyster connoisseurs and can talk the talk with ease. I can even tell the west coast ones apart from the east coast ones by there rougher shells and can let you know that the east coast ones will be brinier and a bit salty when compared to their west coast counterparts, but I have never tried a. single. one. Thus, today, I am making an end of the year resolution to not let 2012 expire without changing this little fact. I have a feeling it will be in the form of this delicious dish!
Where will you be spending the holidays this year?
As much as my husband Matt and I would love to go home to Pittsburgh (and get a little taste of the winter we grew up with), our jobs keep us in Los Angeles for the holidays. Though don't feel too sorry for us. L.A. clears out a bit over the holidays. Suddenly, everything is super quiet and there's no traffic. It's quite a treat.
Last year, when it was just the two of us, it was a pretty sweet team effort, particularly Thanksgiving. Matt took care of the chicken (turkey seemed like a lot for two people), gravy, and brussels sprouts, and I made the mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pie. In the past though, when I've gone home, it's a two-woman show: my mom and grandma, the latter of whom is going to be 94 in December, and up until two years ago still made the turkey. Yes, she's amazing.
I enjoy menu-planning for large groups of people, but I'm still working out the kinks of actually cooking for a lot of people. Timing is always tricky, but when I get stressed, I try to remember how much I love being a guest at other people's homes. I'm always just happy to be there, eating and chatting with friends.
Are there any holiday traditions or games among your friends or family members?
Matt loves Monopoly, and would play it any day of the week. On Christmas, I usually oblige him one game. (I know, I'm a really good wife.)
What's your go-to meal that you will be making this year?