I know that many of you are having lavish feasts this Christmas Eve, but today I was more focused on dessert than anything else. In celebration of our daughter’s arrival, I made another batch of Fleur de Sel caramels and a cheesecake, both her favorites as a homecoming surprise which just so happens to be Christmas Eve.

My husband outdid himself with the appetizers this year, they are really considered as hors d’oeuvres, but we treat them as first courses in this house. He laid out a sumptuous feast of different cured meats, different cheeses, caviar and foie gras along with specialty cracked black pepper water crackers. I have been picking relentlessly at the duck saucisson, it is one of my favorites.

I wish everyone a very happy Christmas Eve and until tomorrow.