Holiday Almanac December 12: Frankly Fancy Dinner

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Tonight's instructions are to plan a family night in and cook something from Betty Crocker's Frankly Fancy pamphlet. I have a sneaking suspicion that the title Frankly Fancy is actually a pun and everything in it involves hot dogs, but I haven't done much research and truthfully I don't actually want to know.

 Mussels, Arugula, Sparkling wine and bananagrams? Sounds like a perfect saturday night in to me!

Mussels, Arugula, Sparkling wine and bananagrams? Sounds like a perfect saturday night in to me!

Since I obviously don't have a copy of Frankly Fancy, we planned a night in with my favourite easy-but-still-seems-fancy dinner: Smitten Kitchen's vermouth mussels, a recipe from her cookbook that has been tantalising me since I bought the book years ago. The Holiday Almanac's directions encouraged me to include 'games, watching TV, and a songfest,' but I think Judson's version of 'All I Want For Christmas (Is a Bacon Roll)' sung to the tune of Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas (Is You)' this morning was probably enough singing in the Cowan house for one night.

We enjoyed our mussels with a baguette and a green salad, all finished off with leftover gingerbread cupcakes, and I must say that frankly, we felt quite fancy indeed.

The verdict:

5 spoons out of five. Any night I have an excuse to cook from Smitten Kitchen is a good night to me, and taking a break from all the hectic Christmas festivities to regroup with a delicious (and in-season!) meal was the best idea I've had all weekend.