Last night we brought the tree home. Over the weekend, we’ll track down all those boxes of decorations and deck the halls. There will be Christmas music playing and perhaps a strong word or two exchanged as we wrestle the tree into its stand. In the end, there will be swags of greenery by the front door, a huge wreath over the fireplace and family memories on every tabletop.
There is nothing like a delicious stew or braise on a chilly winter night. What could be better than letting dinner simmer and cook itself while you work? I heartily recommend my Braised Short Ribs or Carbonnade á la Flamande – Beer Braised Beef & Onions. Both are delicious and, if possible, comfier and cozier with a baked sweet potato, a spoonful of Smashed Potatoes or Creamy Polenta. If you prefer lamb, try my Braised Lamb with Artichokes or Guinness Lamb Shanks. both are wonderful, with or without, a dab of potato or polenta.
After dinner, return to the living room with something sweet and enjoy your beautiful tree. Relax by the fire and nibble Gingerbread Cupcakes. Or, for visions of sugar plums, give my Sweet Dream Bars a try.
Wishing you a joyous season and bon appétit!
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