Chalk it up to the holidays

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Over the five days following the eve of Christmas eve (when I started prepping the 14 hour 20 dollar pork roast), on our new gastrokid gastropub-style kitchen chalkboard, I wrote down just about everything we ate over the holidays, and it’s a little terrifying. My rough count totals around 40 food items of note (that does include drinks, though, which easily adds 10 items to the list as there was a fair quantity of bubbly opened and cocktails invented, it being the season for such bibulous activities).

here’s what we consumed, drinks first:
barbera
garnacha
isoceles
prosecco
champagne
nero d’avola
fresh pear gin and soda
pomegranate ginger cocktails with rum, bourbon, or gin (virgin versions for the kids)
kir royale
pappy van winkle
a macchiato, and other coffees
hummus
candy canes
pork shoulder
arugula fennel and orange salad
smoked escolar
spring hill jack
cherry pie
blueberry pie
blackberry pie
takeout indian
marzipan
gingerbread cookies
waffles
bacon
scrambled eggs with pimenton de la vera
egg and cheese casserole with green chiles
chocolate grand marnier cake
branzino
scallops
octopus
almond butter and jelly sandwiches
katsu-don
udon (mistakenly written as ramen on the board)
almonds
olives of 2 kinds
3 more kinds of cheese, whose names have since been forgotten

Kid favorites: almonds, olives, eggs de la vera, candy canes.

Adult favorites: pork shoulder with salsa verde, Pappy Van Winkle, smoked escolar

Recipes to follow in the New Year.
—Hugh

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