Christmas-ing at the Weidman House!

| 11/29/2016 9:24:00 AM

Andrew Weidmanlights

Christmas carols are playing courtesy of Bing, Elvis, Louis Armstrong, and Julie Andrews. Outside the dining room window, candy-colored lights glitter on the house a street over. Inside, Sophie and Scamp lounge at my feet, dreaming of squirrels and rabbits, no doubt. The aroma of melted chocolate fills the kitchen thanks to Jessie and Isaak — our last teenager.

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Isaak is receiving a lesson in Christmas candy economics and "chocolatiering" while Jessie wears multiple hats: instructor, sous chef, and taste tester. She explains the workings of a double boiler, the importance of temperature control, and which spoon to use for stirring the chocolate. "Use a metal spoon — wooden or plastic spoons can add moisture and ruin the temper of the chocolate."


They start with a mix of melting milk chocolate and special dark chips — "Chips don’t coat as well as block chocolate, but I think they have better cocoa flavor." The bottom pot reaches a boil, and Jessie turns the heat back to medium. Izzie stirs the coating until no lumps remain.

12/4/2016 8:31:35 AM

Andrew, Tis the season for yummy baking and tantalizing aromas creeping out of the kitchen. Not so much coming out of my house since my wife passed away but still I received many plates and boxes of goodies from family, friends, and neighbors during the Christmas season. I'm much delighted to receive them all. It sounds like your traditions are living on for another year at your household. We received our first snow of the year yesterday so it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas Everywhere I go, Take a look in the five-and-ten, it's glistening once again With candy canes and silver lanes that glow. Yes, I still love the old songs of Christmas that get dusted off and sang every year. Have a great Christmas and New Year.