Today, it's all about the soup and salad course......
Or, maybe a meal made up of soup and salad!
Do you make traditional foods on holidays?
Yeah, me too.
In Judiland, there's a steady stream of holiday foods that begin with Thanksgiving and go straight to New Year's Day.
Come January 2, I am pretty sick and tired of it all and ready to put it all away for another year.
That's not to say I don't like the foods......I have just had enough of them.
And, so has my family.
Last year, my daughter accused me of having a mussels problem.
It all started with my decision to make mussels for the first time for our traditional Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve.
Before I knew it, I had loaded up on pounds and pounds of mussels....testing different recipes and force feeding my family several meals of mussels.
When I finally hit that one magical mussel recipe, I was smitten with mussels.
My family.....notsomuch. Well, they liked them but were not crazy about a steady diet of them.
But, I didn't care.
I was madly in love with mussels. Come over for drinks....and mussels. Stop over for some holiday cheer....and mussels. Girls night in....and mussels. We're going to have a light lunch....mussels. You get the picture....
Finally, by January 3....with arms raised in revolution...my family declared Judiland a mussels-free zone until December 2013.
Well, here we are, dear family....it's December 2013!!
With my mussels cravings raging and my menu planning on full tilt..... I've been hot on the mussels trail again this year.
Although I'm keeping that beloved mussels recipe (from Ina Garten...linked above) on the menu this Christmas Eve, I've been busily trying to unearth what other things I can do with mussels. So, as you can imagine, I've been going hog wild on the internet seeking out recipes, talking to friends about their mussels recipes and combing cook books in search of more things to do with mussels. After all this research, it's pretty clear to me that mussels are best steamed....regardless of which recipe you use. So, I think I'm just going to stick with the recipe I fell in love with last year. Maybe I'll tweak it, maybe I won't. Stay tuned on that. In any case....if you were expecting a soup or salad mussels recipe here.....it ain't going to happen. But, my mussels story has a silver lining....
And, that silver lining is that during my forays into mussel research, I came upon a plethora of other wonderful sounding recipes that I just knew I had to try out. One of those recipes was this amazing soup that I just knew I had to make......here it is.....