Chestnuts roasting, la, la, la.
I am sure you remember that "old chestnut," sung by everybody's favorite, Johnny Mathis. If we were in Europe right now, we would be able to buy chestnuts roasted right before our eyes. Vendors have small tin charcoal stoves in which they roast the nuts. The smell is so wonderful -- smoky, sort of like burning fires.
I love the way chestnuts taste. They have a haunting flavor and are a bit like artichoke hearts in texture. Chestnuts are used in all kinds of food and candies, sweet and savory. I used to order chestnuts in a jar, cooked and peeled. Well, I was looking through a Sunday supplement several weeks ago and saw chestnuts advertised for about half the price of the ones I had been ordering. In a state of disbelief, I hopped in the car and zipped -- no, I was not speeding -- over to see if the ad was correct. The chestnuts were genuine, imported from France and delicious. I was, for a moment, transported to the bois de blah blah in Paris. I regained my composure and bought two jars. They will be delicious in our stuffing and mixed with my roasted brussels sprouts.
Still, nothing can beat standing in the middle of a lovely spot in France on a cold, frosty day with that wonderful aroma beckoning you, except maybe the sight of birds setting out for their day over the marsh at the crack of dawn.
All decorating must be done by Nov. 25 if you wish to enter the fun event. The winners will be announced Dec. 3, also the day of the Bluffton Christmas Parade. There will be gift certificates and flower arrangements as prizes.
Don't get your tinsel in a tangle, though. Just have fun!
I'll see you at the grocery store ... bon appètit!