La Vigilia – Christmas Feast of the 7 Fishes

Continuing an old family tradition I prepared our Italian Christmas Eve meal, a simple feast featuring seven fish dishes:  shrimp, scallops, haddock, herring, a risotto with lobster and crabmeat, and pasta with olive oil, garlic and anchovies

The veggie?  Wonderful cherry peppers stuffed with my grandmother’s recipe that includes breadcrumbs, olive oil, garlic, onions & anchovies.

Feast of the 7 Fishes

Add a fabulous Reserve des Cleons Muscadet (Grandma Marie said the French stole all the Italian’s best recipes and wines!) and you have a meal that brings back many memories of Christmas past.  Oh, add the bottle of fine Italian red wine used to keep the chef focused.  It was a long and exciting afternoon of preparation.

Of course, the ample supply of leftovers will serve as our Christmas breakfast … a great way to start the day.

By the way, we went to see “The Guilt Trip” earlier today.  A fabulous flick worth seeing.  Being an only child made the story quite powerful.

Merry Christmas.


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