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Downton S6E6: Smoked Salmon and Other Romantic Gestures

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Downton opens their doors for charity. Grand homes now open their doors for survival.

We have reached another milestone in the final season of Downton Abbey. Last night was our final standoff against the Super Bowl. Regardless of the ratings, it is sad to think that we won’t have the same battle for the best screen in the house next year. How are your Valentine’s Day plans coming? Perhaps you and your loved one will be cuddled up watching Downton together. I know Lord D and I will be.
In keeping with tradition, I will continue to share one recipe mentioned on each episode as my love letter to the Downton kitchen staff and to those fans who love the food on the show. We continue to see how food plays a role in adjusting to married life. We have recently prepared a lovely duck dish which Elsie prepares for dinner, so we will focus on her first course of smoked salmon, one of my favorites. Continue reading Downton S6E6: Smoked Salmon and Other Romantic Gestures

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Add Gingernuts to your Downton Holiday Sweet Table

Its looking a lot like Christmas at Highclere Castle
Its looking a lot like Christmas at Highclere Castle 

It started in the last half of November.  The songs which I detest at other times of the year were finally getting a listen on my iPhone on my commute to the office.  “Christmas Time is Here!” slowly started to get me into the spirit of the Season.  This past week I created a new playlist of all my favorite holiday songs to send me into overdrive.  I was also organizing our company annual Winter Wonderland event so it really got me into the spirit of things and now the Season is in full gear. Holiday decorations in the stores which were annoying right after Halloween are now really pretty.  At home, my baking has increased, the fruitcakes are getting a shot of rum every week, all leading up to our annual family gathering is coming up this weekend.  Lord C has been kind enough to host the last few family celebrations, but a very British Christmas is Lord D and mine to host this year.

This week’s holiday dish is a good one for those who love ginger but don’t have the time or patience to roll out and cut and decorate gingerbread cookies.  Gingernuts, the English version of ginger snaps is a traditional favorite cookie, this and any other time of year.

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