1 For the holiday party, we served ham, biscuits, frittata and smoked salmon -- here is the buffet set up beautifully in my kitchen. Frittata makes a very good buffet dish. Every piece was consumed!
2 Pierre made the biscuits and the frittata. I baked the hams and made the eggnog.
3 Pierre dressing one of the smoked hams.
4 Two gorgeous frittatas, filled with cheese, potatoes, peppers and herbs.
5 Pierre with trays of biscuits.
6 The biscuits were flavored with rosemary and caraway -- they were wonderful with the beautiful smoked hams from Pat La Freida Meat Purveyors. http://www.lafrieda.com
8 They were white, creamy and plump, and gone within minutes of opening.
9 Svetlana came from Brooklyn to make her famous blintzes. She taught Pierre's sous chef Aaron how to prepare this specialty.
10 Svetlana filling the tender crepes with a farmer cheese mixture -- she uses half and half in the batter.
11 Svetlana demonstrates exactly how the folding must be done.
12 Plump and perfect, light and rich -- delicious blintzes!
14 Members of my security team, Mike McCormick and Patrick Tierney.
15 I made two giant bowls of eggnog. Each bowl had 36 eggs, 1 quart Maker's Mark bourbon, 1/5 Meyers rum, and 1/5 Courvoisier brandy -- plus milk, heavy cream and nutmeg.
16 Thomas Joseph, Director of Food Development for retail at MSLO, baked all of these marvelous confections.
17 We served the cookies and desserts in the Tenant House. Every single cookie vanished!
18 Homemade Mrs. Maus's fruitcakes embellished with candied fruits and nuts. I found the red-and-white-striped candy rounds in the bazaar in Istanbul on a recent trip. We witnessed the candy making in an old-fashioned but highly productive shop. I served all of these desserts on a huge round of recycled tulip tree. Here's the recipe for Mrs. Maus' fruitcake from my website: http://bit.ly/1IXmdFe
20 Everything Hammond's makes is colorful and delicious . . .
21 My favorite Kris Kringle brioche bread pudding with lemon sauce -- a favorite among the guests! We baked these mini versions in earthenware cups.
22 Dominique Ansel makes the very best kouign amman in America. Kouign amman is a round crusty cake, made with bread dough containing layers of butter and sugar folded in.
Dominique's Soho bakery: http://dominiqueansel.com
And in this video you can see how he makes the kouign amman: http://bit.ly/1IXlnZ9
24 Sugar cookie wreaths decorated with royal icing and pumpkin seeds, and cut-out gingerbread cookie stars. We used glass pedestals for all of the cookies. Here's the recipe: http://bit.ly/1tByx45
25 We also used some of my cut glass pedestals. They are old fashioned, just like the cookies themselves!
26 These are gingerbread cookie stars and Linzer sablés - a cookie-size version of a Linzer torte, made with apricot and raspberry jam.
27 More delightful sugar cookies cutouts sprinkled with glazing and sanding sugars, which make a wonderful topping.
28 Chocolate-molasses cookies are perhaps my favorite cookies of all! Here's the recipe: http://bit.ly/1wd95qH
30 The cookies mixed very well together and beautified the dessert table.
31 This elegant antique sled has yet to be attached to any of my horses or donkeys, but it makes a great prop for photos!
32 Dorian Arrich, my Administrative Manager in NYC, Maureen Farago, my Business Manager, and her husband Chris.
33 From the left, Laura, my housekeeper of 30 years, with Fernando's daughter Fernanda, a college student. On the right are Iolanda and Adriana from my NYC offices.
34 Wilmer and his lovely wife Luz, daughter Melanie, and son Christian.
35 Patrick and his lovely wife Marian, with G.K.
36 Levy came to see the gardens. He was one of my gardeners at Turkey Hill and stayed there when I moved to Bedford. We miss him!
37 From the left, my housekeeper Sanu's daughter Teschiring, her niece Pema, and her daughter Angelina. They love spending time with G.K.
38 Pete's wife Lucky, wearing a beautiful Sherpa dress from Nepal, and sipping eggnog!
39 Sarah, Dolma, Betsy and Linda, the farrier.
40 Members of the Bedford-based choral ensemble Charis Chamber Voices entertained us with a beautiful repertoire of traditional Christmas carols. From left: DanSchlorff, Naomi Heftler, Kevin Dyal, Amy Minasian, Kathi Fay, Lisa Flanagan, Dave Eggers. Their next concert is March 7 at the Bedford Presbyterian Church. http://www.charisvocals.com
41 It looks as if the groundskeepers - Pete, Chhiring, Dendi and Phurba enjoyed the eggnog.
42 Dennis Cullen, a member of my security team, made me these brilliant lights in a bottle!
43 A beautiful wreath welcomes the guests, and sends them on their way at the end of the party.