I think we're what people call "foodies" . There's a Wiki for foodies, it says things like non-professionals to the food industry who simply like food...! That's us, and many of our friends. It also says that foodies are a distinct hobbyist group in the United States... I beg to differ, some of my favorite, and best foodies live in Germany. They may not know they're foodies, but they will soon!
My husband is a great cook, and he outdid himself on Christmas Day. Our friends and I did our part, but he was the star. And wow! Cooking together and enjoying a great meal is one of the best ways to celebrate, I think. But then, I'm a foodie.
At one point during the preparation, albeit after a glass of wine, I witnessed my husband adding butter to bacon. The result was delicious, but seriously, butter to bacon?!? Saw it with my own eyes. I said nothing.
He soaked the goose in ice water for a few hours which made the outside so crispy. Stuffed that goose with brussel sprouts, apples and fresh chestnuts. Potato dumplings with bacon and bread cubes in the middle, thus the butter in the bacon. A fresh salad, with pears, walnuts and chevre. Wonderful cheeses, not to mention the homemade cookies. I am in awe of people who bake cookies, such patience and they're gone in a single bite. Champagne, red wine and of course a bit of grappa and schnapps to help with the digestion.
Now if you read the Wiki on foodies, they distinguish them from gourmets. Whereas gourmets are professional, foodies are amateurs. I beg to differ, there was nothing amateur about our Christmas Dinner for 2007.
Time for a workout.