Christmas Cooking Living

Merry Christmas 2012!

On the Edge of the Sun - Yosemite Valley - 2011

We just finished our family Christmas Eve celebration – and the fourth birthday celebration for granddaughter Lucy. We hosted a big crowd – and, fortunately, the weather cooperated to make it easy.

We cooked up a simple dinner – using our favorite oven roasted tri-tip recipe (eight pounds – of which we managed to eat almost six tonight), sautéed green beans, oven roasted small potatoes with rosemary and olive oil, a mushroom side dish, and a wonderful salad. We had lots of help in the kitchen making for a busy but fun late afternoon celebration.

Hope you’re enjoying your Christmas celebration – enjoying this special season and time for family!

Update: Christmas dinner – We’re roasting a pork loin with apples for our Christmas dinner this year. It’s an old favorite of ours – this year we’re trying an abbreviated bit of “dry brining” ahead of roasting it. More info here! Today’s version of this old favorite pork loin roast recipe was perhaps the best we’ve ever made!

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