Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve came and we had a great day.

I love this day more than any other day of the year. It is such a private, cozy and quiet day for my family and means the world to me.

Bill took the kids shopping on the island while I finished wrapping presents.  This has become sort of a tradition for him.  Every year he takes them out looking at lights, to the movies or shopping.  It’s how he gets in the spirit of the day and I love that he wants to spend time with his kids like that.

We prepared our traditional Feast of the 7 Fishes, and that always begins with making pasta the way my Italian grandmother did.

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The dough is simple: semolina flour and water.  You knead it, then divide it into small pieces and roll them out into snakes.

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With a dull kitchen knife you cut off a thumbnail sized piece, press the knife down on it and roll it away from you across the counter, creating a small disk with a roughened up surface that lets the pasta sauce cling to it.  You can leave them like that, or roll your thumb into the disk and create what my grandmother called a “tiny sailors hat”.

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We started off the seafood with steamed Alaskan King Crab, raw oysters and Zuberfizz soda for the kids.

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Then moved on to the main course of Orecchiette ai frutti di Mare, or Seafood with orecchiette.

There were sea scallops, shrimp, clams, and a tomato-anchovie pasta sauce. It was soooooo good.

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If you are counting, yes, you are right. That is only 6 fish.  I forgot the calamari.  Every year I do that!!  Ah well!  Did you know that the reason there are 7 fish is to represent the 7 sacraments?  Yes indeed.

We watched A Christmas Story after dinner and then all the littles went off to bed.

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

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