Gearing up for Christmas Eve

The kitchen is done! Huzzah!

It looks absolutely fantastic….pictures will be posted soon.

In the meantime, I’ve been busily preparing for my big Christmas Eve shindig. Every year, I host The Feast of the Seven Fishes, which is an Italian tradition that my paternal grandmother used to host. After she passed away, I decided to keep it going. My mom still does the big Christmas Day dinner, but Christmas Eve is all mine!

Here’s a sneak peak at this year’s menu:

Hot & Cold Appetizers
Raspberry & Brie Fillo rolls
Mushroom bites w/roasted garlic & olive oil
Pastry bites w/carmelized onions and feta cheese
Assorted mini-quiches (mushroom & cheese, artichoke & cheese, spinach Florentine)
Crab cakes

Assorted cheeses (cheddar, provolone, gorgonzola, asiago)
Crackers & Italian Flatbread
Red & Black caviar
Anchovies w/capers

Shrimp Cocktail
Fresh mozzarella w/cherry tomatoes and basil

First course:
Oyster stew
Homemade bread

Salad course:
Venetian Seafood Salad

Sorbet course:
Lemon sorbet

Main course:
Stuffed clams
Broiled lobster tails
Black & White Fettucine tossed w/garlic, butter & olive oil
Grilled artichoke hearts in olive oil

Dessert course:
Assorted individual desserts from Bindi (berry-topped Crème Brulee, chocolate mousse, Coppa Mascarpone, Tiramisu)
Coffee and cordials

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