Our children came to celebrate Christmas with us the week before the actual event. We had our usual feasts and Santa obliged by stopping in on December 22. The weather was good enough to afford us several outings around town. Too soon, they headed back to their homes on opposite coasts and we settled into our post holiday routine. I was, admittedly, a bit low thinking of spending the actual day of Christmas without them but we had an invitation to dinner with dear friends. These friends were most understanding as they had just had an early celebration with their children. In past years, we all shared the holiday with our children gathered around as well. Our conversation turned to those times as we came together around a roaring fire for a champagne toast before dinner. Ah, dinner! We feasted on a perfectly prepared rib roast accompanied by Yorkshire pudding, candied sweet potatoes and a salad of tomatoes and broccoli. A pecan and chocolate tart was the nicest of endings to a fine meal. We then gathered around to watch "A Child's Christmas in Wales". It was a memorable occasion!!
The time has come for simpler meals--at least for awhile. While browsing the refrigerator and pantry the other day, I decided to prepare an old favorite. One that had not graced our table in decades. It all came about with two perfect Red Delicious apples from a holiday fruit basket. I knew they'd need a little "help" in the taste department. When I found a few celery ribs and some walnuts I knew it was time for Waldorf Salad. The Baker was a bit skeptical but ended up admitting that it was quite tasty.
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp salt
2 ribs of celery, thinly sliced
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
2 large apples, cored and chopped
1. Whisk together the first five ingredients.
2. Stir in the celery, walnuts and apples