I received at least four tins of home-made cookies. Some were fantastic; others were cringe-worthy. I got home-made chocolate-peppermint bark that was meh and bark from my favorite old city candy shop that’s to-die-for. Hot chocolate again?
Gift cards from a great local cheese shop, a favorite inn and a restaurant I wouldn’t patronize otherwise.
Lots of bottles of weird stuff. Cinnamon whiskey, St. Germain, milky rum . . . .blech.
Got a nice box of dried food confit mixed with chocolate and a fresh pasta maker as Christmas gift.
Treated myself with several food books: a Macauese cooking book (didn’t arrive yet, blame Amazon), a christmas pastry book from Pierre Hermé and a viennoiserie recipe book, some nice sets of wares for eating…and a bland new Mauviel 1830 non stick pan.
That made me laugh. I too was mercifully spared both Barefoot and Cupcake wines this year! And I’ve got to admit, I tasted the cinnamon whiskey and it wasn’t bad (or maybe I was so cold it just warmed me up).
Ha! My mother invited one of her nieces (whom we rarely see) to Thanksgiving a couple of years ago and she brought an enormous bottle of Barefoot pink Moscato. I saved us from having to drink it on the spot by suggesting that we let it get cold in the garage and have it with dessert. Luckily the niece was too soused on whiskey by the time dessert rolled around to remember the wine!
Lol- I just received a bottle of Baby Duck - Canadian sparkling wine, probably a 3 for sweetness last night as a hostess gift. I dunno what’s going to happen to it. I continued to enjoy my Cremant de Loire.
What did you think of the St-Germain? While by this point I am a bit fed up with it, but that’s after ten years exposure to it. I got one of the first bottles into the US before it was imported. It is still an excellent liqueur. In the booze biz it’s nicknamed bartenders ketchup. (Because it is/was used in so many cocktails.)
By milky rum, do you mean RumChata? If so, I think it is excellent for what it is. A rum/horchata cream liqueur. You have to like horchata, and rum, and cream liqueurs, to appreciate it.