During the holidays with so many preferences, likes, and dislikes, creative orchestration best describes our attempt to make beautiful, tasty dishes that appeal to everybody. For David and Patrick there needs to be a strong element of creativity and uniqueness to the dish. For Olivia the menu must contain a dish of 'comfort food' usually in the form of potatoes. For Justyn and Dominic, dessert is a must, often in the form of chocolate. For Andrew, quantity is the key. For me, everything has to be made with fresh ingredients except for the phyllo dough which nobody knows how to make. Besides the stuff in the frozen section of the market looks too safe to pass up.
With all this activity in the kitchen and the slew of dishes that go with it, this year I did the unforgiveable. I used paper plates. We livened it up by using bright red chargers, holly berry glass tumblers, and a very 'happy' Scandinavian table cloth. Then we threw in a little Charlie Brown Christmas Music CD and, ta da, we have a wonderful Christmas dinner. The only thing we were missing were friends and family but we chalked that up to being new to Texas. We hope next year to add that to the symphony for a perfect composition!