It didn't take me long to come up with the Italian theme. Then, when I started brainstorming menu ideas, well, I couldn't help put the San Francisco spin on everything-- our beloved city!
Here's the highlights of what we'll be enjoying.
|Delicious Cioppino! (Photo from Kelly on flickr)|
This delicious tomato based seafood soup hails from a Genoa Italian fisherman who settled in the North Beach area of San Francisco. Cioppino is the perfect dish for winter-time, given it is Dungeness crab season out here as well! The recipe I'm going to follow is from Saveur Magazine (and, yes, their Dec. 2011 issue is, "Italian Christmas"!)
|St. Honore Cake's Being Made by Diandra's Bakery - Photo from Inside Scoop SF - SF Gate|
Mmm, mm... this delicious cake and bakery, Diandra's Italian American Pastry, was recently written up in San Francisco Chronicle as a must-try holiday treat! Well, how can I resist! Mine is on order, ready to be picked up the morning of the 24th.
Besides these two "dishes of honor," here are a few other dishes we will be having:
- a large antipasto plate
- Ghiradelli Chocolate (the Italian American chocolatier who also settled in San Francisco)
What will you be serving this Christmas Eve?