Our Hosts Make Their Picks for a Perfect Holiday

How do our hosts relax during the holidays? Glad you asked…

Soul Christmas (Atlantic 1968)

Movie/Series: Bad Santa

Beverage: Champagne – with orange juice before noon

Dish: Lobster Fettucini with Herbed Cream Sauce

Album: Leslie Odom Jr. Simply Christmas

Movie/Series: A family tradition when I was young was to watch The Tournament of Roses – Rose Bowl Parade

Beverage: good strong coffee

Dish: I am partial to my older sister’s and my late aunt’s sweet potato pies

Album: The Nutcracker Suite: Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

Movie/Series: A Columbo marathon with my Dad.

Beverage: Sipping Bailey’s (Almond version) with my big sister

Dish: My dad’s curry goat

Lou Rawls – Merry Christmas Ho! Ho! Ho!

Movie/Series: Trading Places

Beverage: A “little too early in the morning” Bloody Caesar

Dish: Gotta get some Braised Short-ribs in sometime during the week

Vince Guaraldi Trio “Charlie Brown Christmas” – always my melancholy holiday go-to.

Movie/Series: The complete Twin Peaks! The original two seasons, the 1992 film and the current third ‘return’ season.

It is an artistic odyssey!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Beverage: rich, coppery, hoppy, microbrewed beers. See you at the Y!

Dish: shrimp sausage chicken jambalaya – a post Christmas tradition and an explosion of flavor. Maybe in the Instant Pot this year 🙂

Album: Ella Fitzgerald Wishes You A Swingin’ Christmas and Bert Kaempfert’s Christmas Wonderland

Movie/Series: Gonna try to catch Charlie Brown Christmas, ’cause it’s a tradition!!!!

Beverage: Eggnog and Screech and gin martinis with my sister (the family’s gonna be all together!!!)

Dish: Mom’s turkey dinner (not pictured) complete with Newfoundland stuffing and traditional salt meat

Album: Greatest Hits of Tammy Wynette & George Jones

Movie/Series: Young Frankenstein

Beverage: Agave Tequila

Dish: Homemade Oxtail, Jamaican Style

Album: Duke Ellington: The Great Paris Concert

Movie/Series: “Sweet Smell of Success” by Alexander Mackendrick, starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis

Beverage: Cabernet Sauvignon

Dish: Dim Sum

The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T (by Dr. Suess on DVD)

Movie/Series: Old Skool Yule (Matt Dusk)

Beverage: Aberfeldy scotch whiskey

Dish: Greco’s Pizza in North Bay (i’m off bread but making an exception!)