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Sunday, December 27, 2009

‘Twas the day before Christmas…

‘Twas the day before Christmas, it was busy in the kitchen,
The prime rib a roastin’ had the house smell bitchin’.

The turkey for smoking was brining with great care,
In hopes it would be juicy without depending on just a prayer.

The family wrapped presents, and hid them under the bed,
With visions of brioche dancing in their heads.

When out on the porch there arose such a flurry,
It was the Fedex man, making a final delivery.

Away to the door, I flew like a flash,
Handed him a tip with a wad of cash.

Tore open the box, it was from my friend Chef Dave at Earthy,
Oh, what was in the surprise box, was I worthy?

Drum roll….

Umm…..

Hmmmm….

A lump of coal?

Black Oregon Truffle

Squeal! Joy! My giddiness out of control.

A black Oregon truffle, so big I could sing!

Black Oregon Truffle

And maybe even worth more than my wedding ring.

Black Oregon Truffle

What to make? Lobster? Risotto? Maybe roast pork?
Whatever the dish, just wanted to wish, a late Merry Christmas from the big dork.



37 Responses to “‘Twas the day before Christmas…”

  1. the domestic mama — 12/27/09 @ 2:07 pm

    You are toooo funny! What did ya do with it?! :) Merry Christmas… (although it’s late..I am WAYYYY early for next year! ) Happy New Year!

  2. Melanie — 12/27/09 @ 2:35 pm

    Is it wrong that I’m more interested in the sock knitting than the truffle? lolol
    (What can I say – I’m a knitter first, cook second. ;))
    Happy Holidays!!

  3. Rachelle — 12/27/09 @ 3:14 pm

    I love the fact that something so expensive and delicious looks like a turd. That’s the best Christmas lump of coal EVER!

  4. mommymiracles — 12/27/09 @ 3:10 pm

    lol very very creative. you make me laugh.

  5. hahaha, hope you had a great Christmas, Jaden! That truffle is beyond ridiculous. Jealous!!

  6. The Teacher Cooks — 12/27/09 @ 5:54 pm

    Looking cute in the rollers!!!

  7. J — 12/27/09 @ 6:27 pm

    Nice Zauberball!

  8. If truffles are the “new” coal, I plan on being very very bad all year!!-LeslieMichele

  9. Chef David — 12/27/09 @ 8:35 pm

    You are too sweet!!! Hope you had a very Merry Christmas indeed. And God Bless Us, every one!

  10. Lynn — 12/27/09 @ 9:07 pm

    Ooh, what a fun Christmas surprise! Love the knitting in progress- it looks beautiful. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

  11. Big Boys Oven — 12/27/09 @ 9:49 pm

    a belated wish from us, Merry Christmas and not least have a jolly good New Year! May Jaden be even famous in 2010! ;)

  12. Meg — 12/27/09 @ 10:34 pm

    First comment from a relatively new reader who really enjoys your blog, and is surprised to see Zauberball socks OTN.

  13. Chris — 12/27/09 @ 10:50 pm

    Dayum, J, you rock the curler look. Is that the “in thing” for 2010? :) ;) :)

    I think your kids would like it if you use this ingredient to create a new dish named “Truffle-upagus” like the Sesame Street character.

    Wait….who am I kidding. Kids don’t watch Sesame Street anymore. It’s all the Wi and the XBox.

  14. Dani — 12/27/09 @ 11:41 pm

    You look so cute, Jaden! Have a very happy New Year!

  15. Uno — 12/27/09 @ 11:51 pm

    Biggest surprise is after coal! hehehe…
    Beautiful as always, the great chef, the color combinations of the coils of hair along the lines of knitting … Jaden, always perfect!
    I hope your Christmas was filled with peace, joy and love in your family, wishing well … a New Year full of achievements and so inspired and so full of humor and insightful, more beautiful than it already was … and that together with you, is passing now!
    With great affection and admiration! :)

  16. Belinda @zomppa — 12/28/09 @ 2:16 am

    I love the socks! and the poem. Thank you for being such an inspiration! AND I JUST RECEIVED MY APRON. You have the best taste. I posted a photo and a recipe inspired by you. http://tinyurl.com/ybl7jql Thank you again, and I hope to keep learning from you. Happy holidays! =)

  17. jen da purse ho — 12/28/09 @ 5:14 am

    I love your blog so much and now that I know you are a knitter too, i love you more. :) you rawk!

  18. wow I had never seen a truffle that big! Not that I’ve seen a lot, but this is impressive ;-) I can’t wait to know what you’re going to do with it!

  19. Alta — 12/28/09 @ 9:23 am

    Awesome little poem! And seriously? Your rollers match your knitting? :) Now I KNOW you’re too cool for school. I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday.

  20. Laura H — 12/28/09 @ 10:20 am

    Is that a Zauberball that I spy? :D Gorgeous colors, and hear hear for sock knitting!

    (Also, cool truffle! ;-) )

  21. Sinem — 12/28/09 @ 11:40 am

    hi again,
    as the previous comment i told, i’m living in italy. last month we’ve been in a truffle festivity. but they call it tartufo here. i’m really interested about that truffle sauce thing after a saw it in a movie :) but i couldn’t found a recipe for it. actually after i saw how they get this truffle, i’m not that interested with it :) if you don’t know it yet i’ll tell you. this truffles, especially this black and big ones, were found by a dog. but the danger is these dogs are extincting. this is why the truffles are that expensive :) whatever, i don’t like this truffle any more cause i saw that every truffle is passing by a dogs mouth. and besacuse of this cost no one can wash it :) most of restaurants are using it directly.

  22. Dawn — 12/28/09 @ 7:32 pm

    Merry (late) Christmas! xo, Dawn

  23. Karen@Mignardise — 12/28/09 @ 8:45 pm

    My kids gave me your cookbook for Christmas (per my request) and I love it!
    Beautiful, fun and delicious.

  24. Asianmommy — 12/28/09 @ 10:19 pm

    Haha! Love your rollers.

  25. KatieJ — 12/29/09 @ 1:28 am

    What a PRESENT! You are so endearing to take the picture in rollers…love it when us bloggers acknowledge we’re real people!

    Can’t wait to see what you do with the prize truffle!

  26. Fuji Mama — 12/29/09 @ 2:16 am

    Too funny! And um, YUM!!!! I didn’t know you are a knitter! Knitting helped me survive bed rest during my last pregnancy. No wonder you are so awesome. :)

  27. Angie — 12/29/09 @ 11:43 am

    Aren’t you multi-talented! Can’t wait to see what you do with the truffle, happy holidays!

  28. Kristin — 12/29/09 @ 1:37 pm

    Merry Christmas! You need to submit that little poem on our Bitchin’ Lifestyle website! We’re having a competition to win the Bitchin’ Kitchen cookbook http://bitchinlifestyle.tv/Articles/Bitchin-Kitchen/Articles/It-s-a-Bitchin-Christmas.html
    and well, I think your poem would take the cake ;)
    Take care and enjoy the holidays!

  29. S — 12/29/09 @ 1:48 pm

    Nice poem! haha
    I hope your family had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed that truffle!

  30. Kim M. in MD — 12/29/09 @ 10:46 pm

    I LOVED your poem (and photos), Jaden! I can’t to read about what you made with that truffle! :-)

  31. Cute! You are a funny one. I bet your Christmas meal turned out scrumptious!!

  32. Wolf — 12/30/09 @ 12:15 am

    That is one huge black truffle! Wow!

  33. Nicole — 12/30/09 @ 3:55 pm

    this is fantastic!
    OMG I want that truffle!!!! That is beautiful. So beautiful. :-)
    Can’t wait to read about that you do with it!!

  34. Carolyn Jung — 12/30/09 @ 9:46 pm

    What a poet you are! ;)
    And what a lucky gal to get such a prized specimen. That’s some holiday gift!

  35. StarMummy — 1/1/10 @ 3:35 am

    i love the colors

  36. DianasaurDishes — 1/2/10 @ 2:50 pm

    So cute! I love that you’re a big dork, it makes you so relatable to the rest of us big dorks :)

  37. Maggie — 1/20/10 @ 11:38 am

    I think you are going to start a new trend….multicoloured hair rollers, at least I won´t feel so weird walking around outside with them on….yes I walk or in my case roll outside with them. I have no shame!

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