chipotle-spiked mashed sweet potatoes (though I might have spiked them a little harder than the recipe called for); these stuffed mushrooms (with dried cherries added to the stuffing); these dijon-braised brussels sprouts, and a pomegranate-pear-blue cheese salad. Our intrepid friend E. made a strenuous trek on public transportation while carrying a freshly-baked hazelnut raisin cake. After a lovely and slightly overwhelming dinner, I taught everyone how to play "I Spy" properly.
Now the leftovers from that dinner are finding a second life as my lunch for the first half of this week. I'm looking forward to celebrating Christmas Tree Quest Day all over again at lunchtime.