52 Dinners - Week 49: Soup Bars & Cookie Buffets

52 Dinners

Our annual Christmas party was wonderful.
Forty or so friends and neighbors came by, but it was a relatively low-key affair.
For the past couple of years we’ve done them open-house style to facilitate coming & going because we like to invite a lot of people but our home is pretty small.
I made three large pots of soup: a hearty chili with pork and cocoa, chicken & vegetable soup with rosé and lots of herbs, and a spicy Thai coconut curry with butternut squash.
I had various accoutrements nearby and acquired four big beautiful loaves of sourdough from Morey Hill Farm. I kept the soups warm on the stove all afternoon and evening and guests just grazed.
Once the party started, I didn’t have to do a thing other than occasionally throw some bowls and spoons in the dishwasher.
We had the bar set up in the living room, the central feature of which was a gorgeous antique crystal punch bowl filled with a bourbon, pomegranate, prosecco punch.
I have a collection of special little crystal punch glasses, some from my grandmother and some form Bailey’s, and it was fun to put them to use. In the dining room was the cookie buffet: ginger molasses cookies, almond cookies, chocolate pecan cookies, dark chocolate pistachio shortbread, fruitcake bars, coconut macaroons, peppermint bark, snickerdoodles, brownies, and white chocolate cranberry cookies.
Then our buddy Steve gave an impromptu concert on his pocket trumpet and we put wigs on the dogs, so all in all it was a very successful evening.

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