Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Chicago Christmas Day

And in the East (or, was it the Midwest?)
 there was a star...................
(or could it have been a neon sign?)

and lights 
and palmtrees
 and drinks 
and good cheer.

the bubbling white grape juice from Steve was like Sauterne, only better.

Fred reached for my hand.

Lucy and Lou came in the afternoon

Steve came for the day and for dinner

Terin and Neil to sing Carol's in the evening

all lovely

Best of the menu, and worth repeating?:

One-Pan Sage and-Onion 
  Chicken and Any-kind-of- Sausage Casserole
      (chicken, pork, etc.)

A Nigella Recipe, but I got it and adjusted it from here.

In a pyrex pan, mix

one-half a cup olive oil (no morality check: does not have to be a virgin. In fact, fruity non-virgins are preferred.)

2 teaspoons French Dijon style mustard (or German, who cares.)

1 tablespoon dried sage (I only had ground; it was fine)

juice of 1 lemon, then cut up the rind and add it. (use some of your Pickled Lemons if you have them)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Add and stir
1 large onion or 2 small onions,  peeled and cut into 1/8ths or chunks

Put in
3 lb chicken thighs and legs, at least some with skin,
and mix to coat.

Sprinkle with

Cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. 

Turn chicken once if you can, or at least when you take it out of the frig to bring to room temperature. 

Have the chicken with skin on top of the non skinned.

Tuck in
20?  Breakfast link sausages.  

sprinkle with
2-3 TB tablespoons chopped or whole fresh sage leaves

Preheat the oven to 400 for A glass pan,
425F for tin.

cook for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.  could be more.

Turn everything over halfway through to color  evenly.

I served this on slices of day old (ok, 2 day old) French bread.  The juices made this taste like stuffing.

Serves 6.

FOR DESERT: HANNA (Mrs. Officer)'s CRANBERRY BREAD.  Wonderful.
 (I'll try to get that recipe) but her blog suggests this is it...

And speaking of the Officers....

Alex graduated from the Police Academy on Dec. 21st.
 Mr and Mrs Officer (married only 3 months before)

Professor Fred and Officer Alex


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