Lawrence says, “Merry Christmas!”
Justin and I taking a selfie with Santa—or Father Christmas— during Clinton, NJ’s “Dickens Days”.
Reflecting on this photo from two years ago. This is our seventh year with Lawrence, and the first where he has been able to peacefully coexist with the Christmas Tree. Every other year has been a battle, as evidenced by this, the most ominous Christmas photo I’ve ever taken.
Our gingerbread “Hexen Haus” from Trader Joe’s completed just in time!
Can’t have “hugge” without fire! What a relaxing night it was. (By the way, the cat isn’t real…)
Our friend Walter had us over for one of his themed nights a couple of days ago. This time it was Danish “hugge” (or hygge) which focuses on relaxation and ambiance. There was brie, gruyere, ghost pepperjack, deviled eggs, spiced apples, mulled cider, and Scandinavian cookies. Not pictured: lobster rangoons and brie baked in phylo…
One of the best pizzas I’ve ever made: grilled chicken, red onion, barbecue sauce, and Monterrey Jack cheese.
What kind of writer would I be if I didn’t try to advertise my book as a stocking stuffer idea? Available for purchase here.
Perhaps the best order of “Disco Fries” I’ve ever had—and I have eaten this quintessential Garden State diner snack all over the place. Ordered up at The Globe in Red Bank following a performance of The Nutcracker last weekend. These are not actually on the menu: ask for their curly fries with cheese and gravy….
There are some knock-offs that truly taste like their inspiration. Others are fruitless wannabees that tried in vain to be something they could never be. Kamora Coffee Liqueur manages to avoid the latter and taste almost identical to Kahlua. I was never a big drinker of coffee liqueur, but then Justin really got into White…
Saw an excellent performance of The Nutcracker last weekend at Red Bank’s Count Basie Theater (now renamed the Hackensack Meridian Health Theater).
When staying in Kennett Square, my place for breakfast every morning is Hank’s in nearby Chadds Ford. They are more for the locals than tourists, but they make everyone feel at home. Pictured above is a genius idea for a sandwich: a scrapple sub! Two large slices of grilled scrapple slapped across a toasted long…