12.23.2008

"Oh, honey, you shouldn't have!"

Adam and I have been married for 11 ½ years and I have to admit that we’re showing our age. Physically, of course, but also in the area of gift-giving.

We’ve struggled with gift-giving, for multiple reasons, for our entire 15-year relationship. But this year just seemed more difficult than most. Come this past Sunday night and we still had nothing for one another…with Christmas three days away.

Obviously, we laughed: if this was the most serious problem in our marriage (which it is) then we had to admit that we’re doing pretty good. But we also knew that we needed to pay this some serious attention.

So here is our gift to each other: A class together at the Institute of Culinary Education*. Here is the description of Gourmet Breakfasts:

Start your day in style with four-star breakfasts that will transform even the dreariest morning into a celebration. Pastry Chef-Instructor Chad Pagano will lead you through the steps of sophisticated dishes such as Cornmeal Blinis with Homemade Fig Preserves, Poached Mission Figs and Hand-Whipped Cream; Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon and Dill Cream Cheese; Three-Cheese Frittata (fresh mozzarella, Grana Padano, Parmigiano Reggiano) served with Roasted Red Peppers, Pesto and Broccoli Rabe Sausage; Potato Fritter Pancakes with Foie Gras and Balsamic Syrup; Poached Eggs served with Toasted brioche, Spinach, Cabot Cheddar Sauce and Center Cut Hickory Smoked Bacon; Croissant French Toasts Stuffed with Goat Cheese, Herbs, and Champagne Grapes; and Mushroom Omelet with Shiitake, Portobello, Cremini, and Oyster Mushrooms, served over an Onion Marmalade.

And we’ll be taking the class on a holiday while Kiddo is at day camp. So it’ll be a lovely holiday-weekday thing…thus we don’t have to pay for a babysitter. Perfect.

Eat, drink, and do so with your life partner.


*ICE also has gift certificates, in case you're looking for a last-minute gift.

1 comment:

Grumpator said...

Well, YOU know how I feel about breakfasts - that sounds delightful!

I had a hard time this year, myself. I'm coming to realize that planning special outings together are really some of the best gifts around for us ol' married folks.