We are happy to report that Christmas dinner at the Dream was a success!
We hosted our parents and served up a healthy dose of Boeuf Bourguignon. It was our first attempt at making that dish – something we savored while traveling through the Bourgogne wine region in France this summer. We were able to host Christmas dinner — our first in the Dream — thanks to our new table! We’ve had our eye on the Napa dining table from Cost Plus World Market for months. We pulled the trigger after getting a 25% coupon via email — while it was already on sale! Score.
Our Christmas dinner adventure started on 12/24…
raw meat. lovely.
we chopped the meat into 2-inch cubes and set aside the grizzle for a pup treat later... because...
...raw meat may seem gross to you... but our pups drool over it (literally!). don't worry, we'll cook the meat before they get it.
next up: veggies, spices and wine (from the Bourgogne region, of course!)
we chopped up the veggies and added them to the meat
then we added the best part... the wine! we let this mixture marinate in the fridge for 24 hours.
While this fine concoction marinates… we enjoy…
carrying on the Christmas quiche tradition in the Dream
bowdoin found what santa brought him (paris slept in, smart girl)
After opening some fabulous presents – that may or may not involve improving the Dream (!)… we were back at work…
our marinated concoction must be separated... into three parts...
veggies... marinade... meat.
now we have to put a bunch of stuff in our new dutch oven... cook it... take it out... cook something else... take it out... you get the picture... so we'll save you all the pictures (but yes, we took them). this is us cooking bacon and leaving behind the fat. YUM!
so much yumminess in one 7-quart pot
We leave that to set while we take off for another Christmas tradition…
a hike! clearly, we are not the only people with this tradition.
this is Christmas in Arizona, folks. awesome.
After burning a few calories… it was time to go home and EAT!
before our guests arrive... we set the table...
...get the hors de'voures and champagne ready...
bon appetit! (how much do you love the name cards? srsly.)
after filling our bellies... it's present (and family photo) time... consider this the before...
...and this the after! kinda messy for 6 adults and 2 dogs... but what will it look like when mini-dreamers are running around?! yikes.
So, that was our Christmas Day 2009. Thanks for “sharing” it with us! Now, we’re off to get ready for our NYE party. We love having a house to entertain in! HAPPY 2010!
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