Our Christmas meal started out to be a late lunch at Russ and Debs, but turned into an early dinner. Christmas shouldn’t be too tightly scheduled. It’s best to built in some time for extra visiting and playing with the Christmas “toys.”
Earlier in the week, I had asked my son, Russ, what they were serving. “Something with feather, fins, or hooves?” I asked. “You might say all of those,” he replied, with a mischievous smile. And, he was right. As it turned out we had goose, scallops and mini ham loaves.
Goose on the Loose
As to the goose. It’s an old holiday favorite. The dark, delicious meat was a favorite for Christmas meals of the 19th century. In Dicken’s Christmas Carol, the Ghost of Christmas Present describes the goose served by Bob Cratchit: “There never was such a goose. . . Its tenderness and flavor, size and cheapness were the themes of universal admiration.” Well, our Christmas goose was quite good, too, as were all the trimmings.
Below are some photos I snapped throughout the festive day.