The presents were wrapped and unwrapped, and my cat Peeka was intrigued by either the presents or her reflection in the mirror. Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and that you are continuing to enjoy the holiday season.
We had a wonderful dinner out on Christmas Eve at Bucatini. This is one my favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara. We started off with their Cozze alla Marinara and their Warm Seafood Salad and then I had one of their specials, the monkfish served with a Puttanesca sauce, roasted potatoes and spinaci with roasted garlic. Delicious!
We skipped dessert because I had a cookie platter at home. First I had some cookies already made and just waiting to be baked in the refrigerator. These were a variation on the Apricot Crescent Cookies (I updated that entry with new photos). This time I elevated them quite a bit by using homemade fig jam sent to me by this slow travel friend. They were amazing. In fact, they may need to be permanently renamed Fig Crescent Cookies.
I also had on hand a cookie platter with toffee and molasses spice cookies made by my friend Trish and Bacon Chocolate Chip cookies made by my neighbor, Alan.
They were all excellent, especially with a Pinot Noir from J. Wilkes. In fact the wine was so good that we decided to have it again the next night with Christmas Dinner... which will be the topic of the next entry.