I know December is behind me now; however, I wanted to share a little something that I put together just for my family for Christmas. I thought it was pretty cool. Although, I don't really know if they agreed.
Let me tell you about this Dinner Tale. It all started on Thanksgiving day when I was in the kitchen just doing my holiday cooking thing. I do the same thing every time. The menu varies very little. I never start a day ahead with any of the preparations (not even the deserts) and after so many years, I have it down to an exact science. I start about 6:30AM and serve at about 12:30 PM.
This year I added a component. To tell you the truth, I'm ready for some one to take over this holiday cooking thing and that inspired me to give them a way to do so. I used my Canon Power Shot G9 in movie mode and while I didn't video the whole 6 hour event (I know they are glad about that), I just picked up the camera ever so often and told what I had done and went around the kitchen and talked about the progress of each dish. I even showed and talked about the serving dishes and their history. In most cases, which grandmother or great grandmother had passed them down to me.
Another fun thing I did was when each one arrived, I picked up the camera and started rolling. They all thought I was taking a picture and gave such cute posed smiles. A couple didn't want their picture taken and I just said OK but kept rolling. Then when dinner was served, I recorded all the banter that happens as they all come to the table. You know, whose gonna sit where and who has a favorite spot to sit every time and what's that, etc etc etc.
I can't tell you what a special memory this turned out to be. I edited the video, added music, a little more narration, and pulled still shots from the video to design the DVD cover with. Then I typed up all the recipes. I printed them on a 12 X 12 sheet of card stock and using information from Zorana's workshop, I put together a little cookbook that accompanied the DVD.
Everybody and I mean everybody received this as one of their Christmas presents. It didn't matter to me if they liked it or not. I just hoped that some day when they wondered how "she" did that, at least one of them will remember and still have the DVD and watch it.
And that's my dinner tale.