I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Its hard to imagine it came by so quickly….and slipped out quickly too. Ours was really lovely. We were all at my mom’s for Christmas Eve which is when we celebrate. It was wonderful for us all to be together and it was so cute watching Madeline getting so “into” it this year and helping to hand out gifts.
The dinner my mom had prepared was just so abundant with delicious food. We truly are blessed.
On Christmas morning the Love Bunny and I drove to Rochester, NY to spend the afternoon and evening with his daughter and her family. Jack is 1-1/2 years old now and he was so sweet and loved his trucks and toys. We came back home the next day.
Tonight for New Year’s eve we are having my girlfriend Kirsti and her husband for a Pajama Party! They’ll come over and we’ll have appetizers and play some games.
We are having French Canadian Tortiere which is a meat pie for dinner. Last week the Love Bunny and I made one for ourselves and it was just so yum we decided to remake it for New Year’s dinner. We are also making New England Clam Chowder. They live an hour away so will spend the night. My birthday is on Saturday and Peter’s is on the 17th so we’ll be celebrating birthdays too.
If you are interested here is the recipe:
Tourtiere (French Canadian Beef Pie)
2 lbs combination of minced meat, pork and veal
1 large onion, diced
1 can chicken broth
1/8 tsp ground cloves
salt and pepper to taste
sprinkle of paprika
sprinkle of cinnamon
Double pie crust – I used a ready made package. (gosh I wish we had these in Canada).
Fry the onion in some oil until softened. Remove from pan and put aside. Brown the meat in frying pan stirring into little pieces and then add the cooked onion. Add spices. Add broth and stir together. Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes stirring periodically.
Put down the bottom pie crust in 9″ pie pan. Add the meat mixture. Put on the top layer and pierce with fork.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until lightly browned at 425F.
I serve it with gravy, my zucchini relish and/or chili sauce. YUM!!!!
To all my lovely blogging friends I wish for you a wonderful New Year and from us here to you there may your 2009 be full of good wishes…good health and good cheer and EVERYTHING good! Your friendship means so very much to me. Happy New Year and see you then!! Judi