merry christmas!!

it's a quiet christmas day for us. last night we were at mr. mimi's mom's place in the west village, with some family and friends. on the menu: parmesan crusted cod, fingerling potatoes (recovery dish after the le creuset crisis with the originally planned scallop potatoes), toasted brussel sprouts, and german red cabbage.

toasted brussel sprouts: serves 6-8

3 lb brussel sprouts
8 garlic cloves, sliced
olive oil

1. clean and score brussel sprouts. pre-heat oven to 400f. bring salted water to boil.

2. add brussel sprouts to boiling water, stirring occasionally and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. while cooking, slice garlic cloves.

3. drain into large bowl. toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and sliced garlic.

4. place evenly on baking sheet (regular, NOT non-stick). roast in oven until light brown, about 10 or 15 minutes. (sorry for the blurry photo, i am used to slide film in my old SLR camera, not this point and shoot digital!)

on saturday, my parents came down and we all went to the most fabulous restaurant in brooklyn (maybe even the city). because mr. mimi is a chef, people often ask him what his favorite restaurant is. they typically expect to hear an answer about per se, or daniel, or union square cafe or something of that order. first of all, we can't afford to eat at those places on a regular basis. and second of all, while we are sure those kind of places have amazing food, it's not really the scene that we enjoy for dining.

so his answer is always this small, unassuming italian restaurant in downtown brooklyn called noodle pudding. i hate to even tell anyone lest it gets even more busy! if you don't like to wait, or have a large group, then definitely go early or late because they don't take reservations. but it is so worth it ... the menu is always changing with seasonal specials, but even the standard inexpensive pasta dishes are delicious.
the wait staff is always professional and just there when you need them. the owner, tony, is friendly and remembers everyone. mr. mimi says they have the best tiramisu, ever. it isn't fancy on the decor and maybe this is "just" a "neighborhood" restaurant, but it really is the best. of course, we did have our wedding there so maybe we're a little biased too :)

here is a photo of tony and his amazing food buffet at our wedding

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