Merry Christmas!



A couple of days before Christmas, Sir Ronald and I went to a lovely holiday event at the historic Lake Lure Inn in Lake Lure, North Carolina.








The 1927 setting proved to be a perfect place for “A Dickens Christmas Musical Evening,” which featured the piano stylings of Josef Patchen.


And the menu was splendid! We started with an elegant roasted sweet red pepper bisque, followed by crab cake-stuffed mushrooms with pepper coulis and bacon-wrapped roasted asparagus. (Good enough to get seconds, so I did!!!) The salad was delightful with fresh baby spinach, cranberries, and roasted pecans.


Our main course included stuffed Cornish game hen and a carved roasted round of beef, along with scalloped gouda potatoes, garlic-roasted Brussels sprouts, and broccoli & cauliflower gratin. Topping it off was a station-flamed bananas foster.


All this, while we enjoyed old-fashioned Christmas carols and other holiday favorites by Leroy Anderson, Wells & Tormé, Martin & Blaine, Barnard & Smith, Cahn & Styne, and more! This evening proved to be a delightful way to celebrate Christmas!


About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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