Here Mark and I are preparing the crustini.
A lovely pot of fresh cranberry sauce (made from scratch) simmers on the stove.
Some of my famous devilled eggs sit next to a plate of mushroom, shallot, and rosemary crustini. The rosemary was fresh from one of my own plants, still growing hearty on my window sill in December!
Here's a plate of local, organic honey crisp apples with some regional sharp white cheddar cheese.
Here is the crustini with the cranberry sauce and a cheese whose name I forget. It was made from goats milk as well as sheeps milk, with some penicillin bacteria injected to give it a delicious and mild funkiness!
Champagne was the primary drink of choice, though some guests preferred some delicious beers. One of the White Elephant gifts was actually a four pack of Sprecher's Abbey Tripel which is made right here in Milwaukee. I was told by the guest who won it that it was quite delicious. More on the gift exchange in my next blog entry!