Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve!

We received a very cool holiday gift this year from our favorite couple (son and fiancée): Zingerman's Cheese Club! For those who don't know about Ann Arbor's world famous deli here's a link:

We received our first cheese installment just in time for Christmas Eve. I decided to put together a nice little dinner by the fire which started with Shrimp Ceviche, followed by a tasting of great cheeses and Farm Bread from Zingerman's, as well as olives, stuffed peppers with feta and prociutto, and cornichons (small french pickles). Total yum and happy holidays!

Recipes below for Shrimp Ceviche and cheese selections:

Shrimp Ceviche

Bag of large cooked shrimp, thawed, tails removed, and drained well.
Juice from 4 limes
Juice from 2 large lemons
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 serrano chili, seeds removed and finely minced
1/3 of English cucumber, chopped small
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 avocado, small chunks

Cut each shrimp in half, and place in glass or ceramic bowl, add the juices and refrigerate for 1/2 hour. Then add the onion, cucumber and pepper and marinate another 1/2 hour.
Right before serving sir in cilantro and avocado

This is a tart dish. If too acidic for your tastes, drain out some the juices before serving and add a bit of olive oil to the mixture.

Cheeses that we enjoyed:

Raw Milk Cave Aged Taleggio
Fontina val d'aosta

Shrimp Ceviche in Martini Glasses


Happy Holidays!


  1. I'm ready to sit down in front of that fire and cut the cheese.

  2. adam and his comments :-\

    wish we were there to share the ceviche (those glasses are rad) and the cheese!

    we had pistachios served in our new pistachio basket. thanks, we didn't have one of those and now we do!

  3. We received a gift of 3 cheeses from the California Cowgirl Creamery. They were all properly wrapped so I removed them from the protective mailing box and put them in the refrigerator until our return after the new year. Last night was the first tasting - a very aromatic, soft cheese named Red Hawk. It was delightful. Good news: I have yummy cheese in the refrigerator; Bad news: the yummy cheese is indeed fragrant and suggests that something has died within my refrigerator! More cheese tasting tonight to finish the Red Hawk :-}

  4. I know what you mean by "fragrant"--:-)

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