My wished for Christmas present this year probably won’t show up under the tree…
Come to think of it, what tree? Bah, humbug!
Were it to, however, It would come from a kitchen instead of a chimney, accompanied by the most incredibly, wonderful aroma.
I’m wishing, of course, for a great, crisp Christmas Goose dinner complete with potato dumplings, gravy and red cabbage.
OK, so I’m German already.
You may recall that I recently returned from the Mother Country where I’d hoped to top off the trip with that much-missed, beloved holiday tradition, a Christmas Goose Extravaganza. A wish that came really close only to be spoiled by a bad case of food poisoning in my pursuit of other European delicacies. So much for my planned pig out—or goose-out — if you will.
In Germany, Christmas is all about the goose. Just like turkey dominates Thanksgiving in this country.
By the way, unless you’re up for a bit of goosenapping at one of the many suburban ponds and lakes, a first class Christmas goose will set you back a pretty penny. A fresh 10 to 12 pound free-range goose from D’Artagnan in New Jersey will set you back a cool $185.99 plus shipping. The Christmas geese at Whitney Farm in England are sold out. Even a frozen Sassafras Farms eight to nine pound goose goes for $90 and $10 handling.
On the home front, German restaurant Grunauer in the Freight House District dishes up goose from time to time. Grunauer won’t be open Christmas Day but say they may have it Christmas Eve, based on availability.
Anybody up for a good goose?