Breaking news from the depths of Bavaria!
A. You can indeed eat your weight in homemade Stollen, roast duck, potato dumplings and buttermilk-marinated venison, and live to tell the tale (even if it means the New Year's resolutions will start a week early, no matter if you'll be spending New Year's in Paris or not).
B. Butterschmalz is not, as you - or I, really - may have thought, a mixture of butter and chicken, goose or pig fat. It is clarified butter! Sitting cheaply and humbly in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. I don't know why I find this so thrilling - maybe because ghee always seemed so exotic and hard to track down in New York? - but there you have it.
C. I am writing this post on my phone in a house in a tiny Bavarian village. Huh. This is a first.
Guten Rutsch, everyone! Here's to happy and healthy 2011's for all of you, with plenty of leafy greens, hot sauce and Champagne to smooth the transition.