Things shifted this Christmas, and I’m totally ok with that. With the loss of my beloved Nana, it was also an opportunity to renew traditions that had been on for decades. And this year, that meant my sister and myself taking over Christmas Dinner!
Tired of turkeys since Thanksgiving and other meals (including our 50-60+ person Christmas Eve, based around a gigantic turkey), somehow my sister and I decided that we would be free in creating new traditions to cook something new, delicious and – anything not turkey LOL. This year, we chose my favorite Duck Breast with Cassis and Raspberries, from my ultra-dog-eared and well-used the Food of France book.
I found the exact recipe (and photo) from the book here (although disappointingly not credited?!). I highly recommend purchasing the book – I use SO VERY MANY recipes in it, but this is by far one of my favorites!! The Pommes Anna (scalloped potatoes) was also taken from this book.
To add a fresh element, I also added a chopped Brussel Sprout Salad, which seems to be a winner every time I make it! I generally just google a recipe, then make it up with what I have, but this one is close.
In the end, it was relaxing, yummy and enjoyable for everyone (except my Pescatarian daughter who had smoked fish).
Sometimes change can be good. Sometimes traditions can evolve into newer versions of themselves. And sometimes it all works out just DELICIOUSLY!
Hope you enjoyed the Happiest of Holidays!