Back from a road trip to Switzerland, France and Norway for a little business and a lot of visiting friends and family, including the fifth generation of Pollacks with whom I've shared a table. The photo is taken at a little street market in Switzerland, where these partly-split logs are apparently a combination hand-warmer and signature item. It wasn't very cold anywhere I went, but it's so distinctive, it was hard to resist, a sort of immense long-burning candle.
I wrote about some of the food I had, including a lot about the traditional Norwegian Christmas dishes, on Facebook. I know some people Don't Do Facebook. That's fine, but if you want to see it, click here. Just scroll down to the entries that begin December 19.
And happy new year to all my friends and family and readers I haven't met.