Speaking of New Year's Eve: Are You Going Out for New Year's Eve Dinner? If so, where?
The Scottish celebration of Hogmanay takes place on New Year’s Eve and for centuries ranked above Christmas in the Caledonian calendar. Change up your routine and learn how to celebrate Hogmanay. Why not prepare grouse on a bed of oniony skirlie followed by clootie dumpling for an authentic Scottish spread? (I don't know what half those words even mean, but it sounds interesting.) I was wondering what to do for New Year's Eve, I think Hogmanay may be the answer!
This is the year everyone discovered that food is about politics and people can do something about it. Between Wal-Mart announcing plans to sell organic, the numerous E. coli outbreaks, and the continued rise of farmers' markets, 2006 may just be the year of a great food awakening in the United States. I hope so.
My partner in Serious Eating, Ed Levine, will be on ABC's Good Morning America tomorrow morning, December 26th. He'll be discussing New Year's food ideas. Also don't miss the flaming "yule" log over at Serious Eats today. Doesn't look quite like the bùche de nöel I made!
How's that foie gras ban going in Chicago? The city has sent warning letters to nine restaurants believed to have served foie gras but issued no citations. And Mayor Richard Daley called it "the silliest law" the City Council has ever passed. Chefs are openly serving it and some are even hanging their warning letters on their walls. [via Ruhlman]
Today's final gift suggestion contains neither a picture nor a link, because it's more of a rough idea. And that idea is cheese! Why not go out and buy someone a hunk of some really expensive lovely cheese (Coach Farm's triple cream goat cheese comes to mind, or Humboldt Fog) that they'd never buy for themselves? For the price of a DVD, you can give someone a delicious treat they'll remember long after its been digested. And who doesn't love cheese?
That wraps up not only my gift suggestions but also probably my posting around here for a while. Family arrives in town tomorrow and I've got a Vermont goose waiting for them in my fridge. In addition there's a bûche de nöel to be constructed and many tasty side dishes to be prepared. Updates next week only if the mood strikes. If it doesn't, I'll see you back here in 2007.
Totally excellent photograph of some smiling kettles is an optical illusion. The faces aren't painted on, they're reflections of objects on the stove top. [via bb]
Anyone interested in food would be interested in reading The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation by David Kamp. Again, easy to pick up at the local bookstore for you last-minute shoppers out there. Or for $17.16 from Amazon. Stay tuned for tomorrow's final installment of my gift suggestions guide.
Second-rate chefs who eat one meal at El Bulli and think they’re Ferran Adrià don’t realize that bad foam belongs in cheap mattresses. Ed Levine assess the foodscape to determine what we’re going to see more of on our plates next year, and what we don't want to see ever again.
"Whether it's sweet or savoury, people always love to receive something homemade," suggests the BBC and today's gift idea follows their advice. You might be too late to order something online, but it's probably not too late to make a nice food-related gift you can bring with you to holiday events. The BBC suggests some things you can purchase and assemble to make a gift basket (which they call a hamper) or you can do something all homemade, like make this lemon curd in less than an hour. $ varies depending upon what you make.