Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a wonderful day gathering with family and friends. I'm celebrating this special occasion with my daughter, Alexis, and my beautiful grandchildren, Jude and Truman. For the holidays, we're sharing a few of my favorite memories from years past. This festive staff party was originally posted on Dec. 25, 2009 - enjoy the encore blog!
On Wednesday, I hosted my annual Cantitoe Farm holiday party. This is a celebration of the season for all of those who work at the farm and for those who provide their expert services. We were also joined by some of my friends and neighbors. Once again, I asked Chef David Malbequi to help me out in the kitchen. His food creations are quite delicious and my guests were quite happy. I wish all of you a very merry Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year!
2 Panettone is the Italian Christmas cake - it was not the favorite at the party - everyone wanted more rich, more different.
3 Christmas cookies, decorated by TV's Dani Fiore, were a very big hit at the annual Cantitoe Farm Christmas party. Personally, it is heartbreaking to see the head of a gnome chomped off, when it took 30 minutes to decorate!
4 On the other hand, this mocha buche de Noel was a very big hit! It was a delicious confection from Greenberg's http://www.wmgreenbergdesserts.com on Madison Avenue in NYC.
5 These ginger snaps were made by editor, Ellen Morrissey, and they were scarfed up immediately!
6 Different gingerbread cookies - everyone loved them.
7 Chef David Malbequi made this mushroom quiche with a black pepper pate brisee crust - very popular.
8 A triple cream French cheese was rich and runny.
9 Our Niman Ranch ham from Costco, glazed with brown sugar and cognac, served with fresh slices of pineapple.
10 I made fresh rhubarb sauce and fresh macintosh applesauce to serve with the potato latkes.
11 These mandarins and kumquats are from my own greenhouse.
12 Betsy, my stable manager
13 Jessica and Carlos
14 Shaun and me
15 Betsy and Linda, my farrier
16 My secret ingredient for superior latkes, or potato pancakes, is beer and this year I used Stella Artois.
17 The potato latkes are fried in just a bit of safflower oil - they are crispy and tender.
18 Crispy latkes with creme fraiche and applesauce
19 Blini with sour cream and caviar
20 Brioche bread pudding
21 Glasses of wonderful caramelized cauliflower soup garnished with crispy croutons
22 A very happy group
26 Cheddar biscuits were great with ham.
27 Wilmer and Gelbu
28 Carlos and Sharkey
29 Fernando and Alfredo
30 Here I am with Chhiring.
31 And with Alfredo
32 Carmine and Mike
33 Dr. Elizabeth Kilgallon - my large animal veterinarian, Linda, Betsy, and another guest.
34 Dominic and Bruce
35 Gyurme, Chhiring, and Pete
36 Vivaldi found a cozy chair.
37 Dolma and me
38 One of my trees
39 What a happy little girl
40 Chhewang and me
41 Christmas parties are always so much fun for the children.
42 Pete and me
43 Phurba and me
44 Gyurme and me
45 Fernando and me
46 Wilmer and me
47 Alfredo and me
48 Gelbu, me, and Dolma
49 Michael, Laura, and Spencer
50 Laura, Phyllis, and me
51 Dr. Marty and Francesca
52 Phyllis and Francesca
53 Spencer loved the cats and spent a long time with Vivaldi.