It's been a great holiday season so far, and we had a nice relaxed family dinner tonight with my sister-in-law and nephew.
We made a huge batch of pierogies (about 120 or so) back in September and vacuum-sealed them for just such an occasion -- it was so wonderful to not worry about rushing around at the last minute. The pierogies are adapted from Liz's family recipe, and I'm not allowed to see it, so we're all out of luck... ;)
Cabbage Pierogi, Potato & Mushroom Pierogi, Braised Carrots, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Haricot Verts
Apple, Cranberry & Grape Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Maple Syrup Vinaigrette
For dessert, Liz continued on her hot streak from the holiday party and made eggnog cookies again, along with crescent cookies (kind of like Italian wedding cookies made with walnuts, and shaped like half moons. She also made her mother's clothespin pastries (below)
top to bottom: Clothespin Pastries, Eggnog Cookies, Crescent Cookies
Clothespin Pastries - prep
Clothespin Pastries - ready to go in the oven
Clothespin Pastries - out of the oven ready to be filled
Clothespin Pastries - plated
The holiday table
...and as a couple of people asked, the plates are "Dragonfly" by Pinheiro and the silverware is "Vineyard" by Godinger. As far as I know, they are no longer in production, but you can occasionally find some on eBay or replacements.com.