The Holidays Are All About…

Fennel/Sage Ham

…the Ham.  This is a derivation from Mario Batali’s Italian Ham.  This was served on Christmas Night along with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and green beans. My daughter took over and presented this meal to the family. So happy to have yet another home chef in the family.

Anna Rebecca Photographer, home chef

My daughter, a home chef/photographer

…Apple Red Chili Chutney

Southwest Flavor Apple Chutney

The Apple Red Chili Chutney was ladled over Pork Tenderloin on Friday Night before Christmas Eve.  This savoring relish comes from a recipe book I bought from the Georgia Grille, a neighborhood restaurant in Atlanta.

The Holidays Are All About….cousins re-uniting

Cousins re-uniting

…playing Dirty Santa Games.  My brother gets stuck with a lady’s purse.

Playing Dirty Santa

…tall tales by a fire pit.

Sitting by the fire pit


Turkey Breast Brining in Salt Solution

The Holidays Are All About…

…brining protein in a salt solution.  This is a cooler containing a brine for a turkey breast. Another cooler held venison. In cold weather we can set outside. In warm weather it would be necessary to have ice in the cooler.  For Christmas Eve Dinner we had Turkey Breast and Venison Roast along with a cranberry pecan wild rice mixture and Dijon Brussel Sprouts from smittenkitchen.

…Creamed Corn Salsa

Recipe from Georgia GrilleAnother great recipe from the Georgia Grille.  This is a concoction of corn, green onions, shallots, diced tomatoes, chipotle and cream.  This was served on Friday night as a side dish with another side dish of black beans to the Pork Tenderloin.

The Holidays Are All About…

…Playing Eurorails till two o’clock in the morning.

Family playing Eurorails

…children searching for presents.

Seaching for presents

…a train set.

Child playing with train set

Most of all….it’s about Gratitude.  Life is short, despite that you may live to be 100 or more, wake each day with gratitude.  My husband and I are plenty grateful for the Holiday Season spent with all our children and grandchildren and family.


About Pam Rauber

Photographer, Writer, Home Chef.

4 responses to “The Holidays Are All About…”

  1. Ron Roberts says :

    So true. Gratitude is a wonderful thing.

  2. Susan Marler says :

    What a wonderful Holiday with family. We did the same with family and friends. We never know how long anyone will be with us, and to recognize and honor that is such a special thing.

    Wishing you a wonderful New Year, and lots more to be thankful for. Best to you and Alan, Susan

  3. Dorothy Lyner says :

    Love your blog, Pam. Love hearing about family, traditions and good food. That ham looks to die for.

  4. Anna Rebecca says :

    It was a nice an relaxing time!

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