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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

"Last call"


"Cheers, Bettie!"

Today is the final day to receive recipes or suggestions for the 2020 Cocktail Party. Tomorrow the post goes fact, most of it is already written. So if you want in, move your holiday hinder and start typing!

Rosa and I ventured over to Brighton Beach, NY yesterday evening to procure the fresh herring needed for our traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner. They are currently soaking in brine and will eventually be wrapped around an onion and pickled. I almost wasn't going to make them this year and just buy pickled herring in a jar......but I'm glad I changed my mind.  This is a rough year for maintaining enthusiasm.

I hope the cocktail party resonates with you all, especially since there are so many varied offerings and opportunities. But seriously, if you have something special you like around this time, whether alcoholic, nada, or even snack-wise. Send it in! Remember, the tagline for this year's party is "we need it more than ever".


  1. My favourite is Potted Herrings. Have only ever seen them in Belfast Ireland . They are delicious made with fresh herring from Ardglass , about 30 minutes from Belfast. You can find recipes for Belfast potted Herring online.

    1. Oh, I'm going to have to look that up. Thanks.

      What I do is a Polish tradition (we pickle everything. LOL) and is quite similar to the Vita Herring you see in jars in supermarkets......but not the creamy kind. Like I said, similar, but a bit different.

    2. I've tried the Polish , pickled version and its not for me . With the potted version the taste of the fresh fish is not over-powered by all that vinegar and salt.
      You are making me hungry just thinking about it !

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    1. Amazing how many people (like me, you, Dan, and others) are charmed by Ms. Page "in her day". She ended up quite the train wreck though.