‘Twas the day before Christmas…

‘Twas the day before Christmas, it was busy in the kitchen,
The prime rib a roastin’ had the house smell bitchin’.

The turkey for smoking was brining with great care,
In hopes it would be juicy without depending on just a prayer.

The family wrapped presents, and hid them under the bed,
With visions of brioche dancing in their heads.

When out on the porch there arose such a flurry,
It was the Fedex man, making a final delivery.

Away to the door, I flew like a flash,
Handed him a tip with a wad of cash.

Tore open the box, it was from my friend Chef Dave at Earthy,
Oh, what was in the surprise box, was I worthy?

Drum roll….



A lump of coal?

Black Oregon Truffle

Squeal! Joy! My giddiness out of control.

A black Oregon truffle, so big I could sing!

Black Oregon Truffle

And maybe even worth more than my wedding ring.

Black Oregon Truffle

What to make? Lobster? Risotto? Maybe roast pork?
Whatever the dish, just wanted to wish, a late Merry Christmas from the big dork.

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Comments 37

  1. Melanie

    Is it wrong that I’m more interested in the sock knitting than the truffle? lolol
    (What can I say – I’m a knitter first, cook second. ;))
    Happy Holidays!!

  2. Lynn

    Ooh, what a fun Christmas surprise! Love the knitting in progress- it looks beautiful. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

  3. Meg

    First comment from a relatively new reader who really enjoys your blog, and is surprised to see Zauberball socks OTN.

  4. Chris

    Dayum, J, you rock the curler look. Is that the “in thing” for 2010? πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

    I think your kids would like it if you use this ingredient to create a new dish named “Truffle-upagus” like the Sesame Street character.

    Wait….who am I kidding. Kids don’t watch Sesame Street anymore. It’s all the Wi and the XBox.

  5. Uno

    Biggest surprise is after coal! hehehe…
    Beautiful as always, the great chef, the color combinations of the coils of hair along the lines of knitting … Jaden, always perfect!
    I hope your Christmas was filled with peace, joy and love in your family, wishing well … a New Year full of achievements and so inspired and so full of humor and insightful, more beautiful than it already was … and that together with you, is passing now!
    With great affection and admiration! πŸ™‚

  6. Alta

    Awesome little poem! And seriously? Your rollers match your knitting? πŸ™‚ Now I KNOW you’re too cool for school. I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday.

  7. Sinem

    hi again,
    as the previous comment i told, i’m living in italy. last month we’ve been in a truffle festivity. but they call it tartufo here. i’m really interested about that truffle sauce thing after a saw it in a movie πŸ™‚ but i couldn’t found a recipe for it. actually after i saw how they get this truffle, i’m not that interested with it πŸ™‚ if you don’t know it yet i’ll tell you. this truffles, especially this black and big ones, were found by a dog. but the danger is these dogs are extincting. this is why the truffles are that expensive πŸ™‚ whatever, i don’t like this truffle any more cause i saw that every truffle is passing by a dogs mouth. and besacuse of this cost no one can wash it πŸ™‚ most of restaurants are using it directly.

  8. [email protected]

    My kids gave me your cookbook for Christmas (per my request) and I love it!
    Beautiful, fun and delicious.

  9. KatieJ

    What a PRESENT! You are so endearing to take the picture in rollers…love it when us bloggers acknowledge we’re real people!

    Can’t wait to see what you do with the prize truffle!

  10. Fuji Mama

    Too funny! And um, YUM!!!! I didn’t know you are a knitter! Knitting helped me survive bed rest during my last pregnancy. No wonder you are so awesome. πŸ™‚

  11. Kim M. in MD

    I LOVED your poem (and photos), Jaden! I can’t to read about what you made with that truffle! πŸ™‚

  12. Nicole

    this is fantastic!
    OMG I want that truffle!!!! That is beautiful. So beautiful. πŸ™‚
    Can’t wait to read about that you do with it!!

  13. Maggie

    I think you are going to start a new trend….multicoloured hair rollers, at least I wonΒ΄t feel so weird walking around outside with them on….yes I walk or in my case roll outside with them. I have no shame!

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