We made Tortellini! From SCRATCH!!! lol
Since we are a blended household of Italian and American traditions, this year we decided to honor that Italian Christmas tradition of making tortellini. It was our very first time and wow, I can understand why people only make it once a year - its a lot of work! We don't have a pasta machine so we had to roll the pasta out ourselves. I think we should've made it a bit thinner but all in all it was delicious. Stefano mixed together the filling and made the vegetable broth we cooked it in. I rolled out the dough, cut out the circles, filled and shaped them. I think we did a pretty good job for our first time! I am a natural at shaping these things. Who knew? lol
I also roasted my first whole chicken, which was good but not great. It was very juicy but not the as flavorful as I was hoping. The veggies I cooked with it were delicious though. That was our Christmas night dinner that we shared with our good friend Erin. She is always open to be our test eater and I am always glad when I don't give her food poisoning.
This year we had a "Baptist" Christmas and Stef went with me and the family to the Candlelight Service at my sister's church. (last year we went to midnight mass - a first for me) He was a little freaked out that it started at 6:15pm. hehe Afterward we had Christmas with my parents and stayed up late. We waited until it was "officially" Christmas day to exchange our gifts. (at about 12:15am..hehe) I bought him the complete works of Bach cds and he got me an ipod nano! YAY
We called Italy around 8am (their time) and wished his parents a Buon Natale. Can you believe our nephew (4 yr old) wasn't even up yet??? When I was a kid, we HAD to wait until 7:00am and not a second sooner. I remember watching the clock waiting for 7 to get there. When we finally did talk to him, he was over the moon that Babbo Natale had dropped off a present for him in Texas and it was on its way to Italy. lol The rest of the weekend was a rushing blur of presents, kids and food. It was a nice holiday even if it was a pain to get up this morning for work.lol
I hope everyone had a good Christmas. Now we can turn our sites on New Years!
PS - Buon Ono Mastico to all the Stefano's today. It's Santo Stefano day.