OK, I'm definitely ready to be done with the holidays. Turned all the leftover roasted veggies, marinated mozzarella, and pesto from NYE into a lovely pesto pasta salad. Chopped all the fruit real fine and tossed it with yogurt and coconut to make a fruit salad. Cheeses will get used in cheese sauice for baked potatoes with broccoli later this week. Dolmas and feta and hummus are getting served tomorrow night alongside avegelemono with artichokes. The cooked shrimp became lunchbox shrimp salad. My daughter is delighted at all the Christmas cookies and sweets that are getting packed in her lunchbox for dessert. So I'm through most of what's left. The rest will simply have to get trashed - I'm tired of looking at it! I am soooooooo ready to eat simply again. Nothing decadent, nothing too creamy or cheesy or rich. No courses. (Well, techincally, I guess that would be no meal. Okay, I'll settle for one course.) Tonight's supper was perfect. I made a nice pilaf, using I believe it's Barb's concept - rice and broken vermicelli noodles cooked in stock - using a combo of 1/4 c each white rice, brown rice, wild rice, and pasta. Topped that with chopped roasted hazlenuts (also leftover!). Served alongside a nice warm and cozy pot of white beans. I like to cook them all day with a couple tablespoons of butter, so the 'pot likker' or whatever yuo like to call it, becomes thick and yellow. Cooked them with some carrots, celery, parsley, salt& pepper, and sage. Topped with carmelized onions and shredded parmesan. Yum! One of my favorites! Rounded it all out with a simple salad of romaine, grape tomatoes, and green bell pepper. Thinned down my invented-in-a-pinch dip of stilton, chives, and walnuts with some buttermilk to make a dressing for it. Dessert - well, there's plenty of candy from the stockings, and the cookies and sweets that i'm getting tired of looking at. But I think I'll probably have some fresh berries instead. Maybe a macaroon or 2 with it. And I'm ready for some winter soups and stews, since this is going to be a chilly and wet week here. Thick and hearty but definitely NOT company food!