Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Second Best Meal of the Year

Real quick announcement:

You'll see that the site is undergoing some layout changes.  I'm at the point now where I'm pretty comfortable editing the HTML/CSS code to make the site look really badass.  I mean, it's already really badass, but soon it'll be really badass of a different kind.  I was also tired of the dark colors.  The only reason they were still there was because when I first launched Greg's Gourmet, I chose a black template due to its simplicity and that it would make the food pictures look really good against a dark background.  Now the dark colors are just a drag, so I'm lighting things up a bit.  If something looks off, I already know about it.

Last month we discussed what the best meals of the year were and came to the unanimous conclusion that Thanksgiving takes the cake.  There's still debate over what number two is, but I've already made my decision: Christmas.  It's gotta be Christmas.  I mean, it's the most wonderful time of the year, right?  And the thing is - where Thanksgiving lags, primarily in the sweets department, Christmas makes up for.  Let me just lead-off by saying that I have never wrapped so many food gifts before.  I guess that's what running the most popular food blog on the Internets will lead to.

Airing my grievances on a gigantic turkey leg for plate 1

The turkey

My usually really good mashed potatoes were just ehh IMO

The stuffing was really good though

There was a debate over whether it's called stuffing or dressing.  The argument is that if it's not stuffed inside the bird then it's dressing.  However, after doing no extensive research, I believe it should be called stuffing and that's it regardless of plate placement.  Dressing is what you put on a salad.  If there was a salad with this meal and you say "please pass the dressing" the person will be all like "wtf?"

Plate 2 leftovers

Ok, so, I complained about this after Thanksgiving and I'm complaining again: what in the name of Jared Fogle's black market pornography business is up with the DAMN DINNER ROLLS???  These came from Fresh & Easy and the night of the meal they were okay, unspectacular, but then the next day?  Hard as a rock.  I could have thrown it through a window and it would have been the equivalent of a baseball.  

Plate 3 leftovers and a Christmas Sandwich

The thing with leftovers is that the longer they're around the more disgusting they tend to look regardless of how delicious they may be.  The above plate, my dinner from last night, was awesome.  

An Oreo cake-pie thing

The turkey all sliced up

An appetizer of summer sausage, jalapeno cheddar, smoked cheddar, Havarti, rosemary crackers, and Bugles

Of course nothing says Christmas like some hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and marshmallows

I've got a lot more to share, mostly surrounding the sweets, but I'll save that for another post.  I had a great holiday with my family and I hope you did as well and ate some really good gourmet.  And oh yeah, only in San Diego can you have Christmas on a sunny 72 degree day.  

Thanks for reading and happy holidays!