Right after the wedding my parents left for Italy. Johnny and I came back to North Carolina with my brother and his girlfriend, Claire. We had a really low-key Christmas with just my God daughter and her family, us, and my brother. I loved the small Christmas. It was really fun company and just enough food to feed us, without going overboard with a gazillion sides and stress.
My brother cooked Christmas dinner, so no recipes, just sharing the day in photos!
First, he rinsed off the duck that had been brining for 48 hours.
Then, he scored the skin so the fat could render as it cooked.
Our first course was ...cheese. Just cheese. Lyn brought cheese, Michael brought cheese, and I had cheese. It was pounds and pounds of all kinds. Salami wrapped provolone, goat cheese, baked brie, and sharp cheddars.
Michael brought this wine all the way from California to share with us. He has been storing it for 4 years in a cellar, so we were really excited about it.
He was really proud of this "crust." Apparently it's sediment, and meant he stored it correctly on its side? He told me to take a picture, so I obliged...