The holidays are now over in Italy and I can tell you they were pretty fantastic. Food and family are such vital parts of the culture here. It was pretty amazing to be able to watch the holidays take place. First of all, the lights in the city were stunning. Each street is decorated according to what the residents choose and pay for so many of the streets have their own theme from stars to the symbol of Florence. The streets are filled with people shopping and enjoying the chilly weather and time together. The Christmas markets are filled with treats, decorations and mulled wine and cider.
It is not like the US here. I had to prepare really well for all the meals from Christmas eve until the 26th because there was not a single store open. I decided to try a new Italian dish for Christmas eve and do a bit of the US for Christmas day. It was a pretty great couple of days, cooking, eating, relaxing and enjoying the season.
Here was my menu:
Christmas Eve dinner
Garlic and pine nut green beans
Wine – Barolo
Dessert – Tiramisu
Charcuterie and cheese platter
Wine – Prosecco
Baked camembert and toast
Orange glazed carrots
Salad with walnuts, pears, blue cheese
Wine – Tignanello, 2014
Dessert – Chocolate mint brownies and fudge