My last meal, or, possibly, this year’s Christmas dinner

Julia Child rocks
My childhood hero! Photo courtesy of


I love great food. And I love to cook great food. It’s so much more satisfying than getting great food out. I grew up watching Julia Child in my grandmother’s living room. I have seen her kitchen actually – twice! I have spent countless hours both preparing and talking about food with my mother and my grandmother. I have poured over cookbooks, cooking magazines, and online recipes. I have watched thousands of hours of Food Network shows. My husband says that is the TV’s default channel. Whenever he comes into the room and the TV is on, it’s on Food Network. I plan an entire two-week Christmas menu months in advance.

I decided recently that if we won the lottery I would not hire a private chef, but I would purchase every gadget and every ingredient I ever wanted. I would have a ginormous garden and I would spend all my time gardening and cooking. This is what would make me most relaxed and at ease.

So yeah, I love food, but I have no idea what I would want to eat if it was my last meal. Does anyone really know what they would eat? It must depend on the day and your overall mood and level of hungry. I’m going to plan what I want today, and maybe it will stick with me and that will be my final plan. Or maybe we’ll just have this for Christmas dinner!

this is the finger lakes region of new york state
The beautiful Finger Lakes region! Photo courtesy of


We are very lucky to live in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State where we can get fresh local produce, meat, cheese, wine, and pretty much everything else you would want, year-round. Since this is my last meal I’m going for a full seven-course menu with wine pairings, and I’m going to shout out to my favorite wineries.

Appetizer: Tuna tartare, paired with Heron Hill Winery Chardonnay

Soup: Tomato bisque, paired with Glenora Winery Sangiovese

Salad: Spring greens with figs, blue cheese, and champagne vinaigrette, paired with Lamoreaux Landing Semi-Dry Riesling

Entrée: Pink and green peppercorn crusted prime rib with au jus, garlic mashed potatoes, and sautéed shaved brussels sprouts with pancetta, paired with Americana Vineyards Baco Noir

Cheese: Fruit tart with goat and blue cheeses, paired with Sheldrake Point Riesling Ice Wine

Desert: My mom’s chocolate sugar cookies with whipped cream for dipping, paired with Fox Run Vineyards Ruby Port

Digestif: McKenzie Bourbon Whiskey from Finger Lakes Distilling

And of course, I would prepare all of this myself, except the cookies. But I won’t do the cleaning up!

What would you want to eat for your last meal?


In order to comment on, you'll need to be logged in. You'll be given the option to log in or create an account when you publish your comment. If you do not log in or create an account, your comment will not be displayed.