I hope everyone has a splendid and Merry Christmas this year. We're sticking around here in Austin year, since we've spent so much time on the road already.
Tonight, we're having some smoked salmon and scallops my brother and his wife sent us from Gerard & Dominique Seafood. (The stuff is terrific -- they sent it last year as well).
Tomorrow, we're having friends over and going to try to make this dish we had at Le Cinq on our last vacation (2001) in Paris. (Yes, we need to vacation more :-)). Anyway, they steamed a chicken and a lobster together and put on a very light sauce and good wine. I'm going to try to do it with some lobster tails from Whole Foods and chicken leg quarters from Central Market. And a very light remoulade sauce. Christmas Eve is also my brother's birthday, so we'll also probably have one or more toasts in honor of his being twoscore years old.
Christmas, we're doing a turkey, which I love to do even though we did one only weeks ago for Thanksgiving. For next year, though, I'm going to try to convince Cyn that a standing rib roast would not do too much violence to her "no mammals" rule. :-).
Finally, here's some info on the Weihnachtsgurke I didn't know (For the record, I'd never heard of it as a kid, but we do own one now. This may have something to do with the fact that there used to be an excellent ornament shop down the street. :-)). Why don't we just call it a German-American tradition?