I also wanted to write about the dishes I served for dinner that night. It was a perfect menu for cold weather and light enough to leave room for tasting plenty of sweet treats. I made a Caramelized Onion and Gruyere Tart (below), a Lentil Salad with Dried Cherry Vinaigrette (from Sara Foster's Fresh Every Day), and this Curried Cauliflower Soup.
Here is the recipe for the Tart. If you have a Trader Joe's near you, go buy their frozen puff pastry. At $3.99 a box, it's the deal of the century! Made traditionally with only butter, flour, and salt it rivals the much more expensive brands (but is only here for a few months so stock up). Did you know the supermarket brand, in the long white box, contains NO butter at all-that's shortening my friend, which is absolutely not traditional in puff pastry.
Let me know what your holiday baking traditions are. I'd love to hear them!