Although my family is spread throughout the country this holiday season, I was able to connect with a wonderful couple I met in Italy at a cooking class of all places. Dave and Denise accepted me in the family and are an inspiration as they have their own couples cookbook To Romance With Love. http://toromancewithlove.com I can’t complain as I am tropical weather in comparison to NY. We made a traditional Italian Christmas spread full of vegetable, cheese, and meat appetizers, as well as amazing fish and filet skewers. The variety of shellfish was prepared in bread crumbs with olive oil, tomatoes, wine, stock, and olives then baked for 20 minutes.
I contributed two types of cookies. First, a traditional chocolate chip cookie replaces with Nestle mint and semi sweet chocolate chips which were a huge hit, then traditional snowball cookies made with walnuts in place of pecans. These were a new experiment for me as they contain very little wet ingredients and crumbled easily. I liked how they were not too sweet contrasting with the traditional iced sugar cookies which were also a part of the spread.