Has it really been 2 months since we posted anything? Wow. We really suck. We have been cooking, and eating. We’ve even talked about blogging. Hmm. Yeah, we just suck.
Anyway, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And that means presents and Christmas carols and presents and egg nog and presents and a really big super special Christmas dinner. Oh. And presents.
For our dinner this year, it’s time to start with the prep work. The menu will be as follows:
Pork rillettes on toast points
Mole-rubbed pork belly salad with queso fresco and ancho vinaigrette
Tomatillo consomme with mofongo
Bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with garlic mascarpone
Frenched Newman Farm pork loin with glazed carrots, corn souffle, grit cakes, and sauteed collard greens
Three cheeses with head cheese, olive spread, and crackers
Cherry soup with brown butter pound cake and rumtopf syrup
To be honest, we started our prep work in early June. We added fresh, peak-of-the-season fruit and sugar to a large jar with rum and let the whole thing age in a nice dark closet. We had to dip some rum out towards the end to make more room for fruit. It was dangerously good three months ago, so I can’t wait to get some out for Christmas. And most likely for Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and so on and so forth. We just have to finish it off in time to have the jar empty for strawberries again in the spring. Does anybody have a liver I can borrow?
With 10 days to go, the next step will be the cherry soup since it freezes and thaws well with the sour cream added right before serving. Since we’ll be serving it cold, that’s an easy one.