Christmas at our house is elaborate, to say the least. Starting with dinner for 27.

This year’s menu featured 22lbs of porcetta, homemade gnocchi with sage butter, marinated carrot salad with cilantro, stuffed mini bell peppers, orange, olive & fennel salad, bread sticks and cheese bread with pepper spread and for dessert a glorious bouche de noel, kourabiethes cookies & fruit. Simple, right?

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