30 Dec2011

I am not kidding when I say this is a beautiful, but highly restrained, or should I say, toned down version of a typical dessert spread at Sister’s over the yuletide holidays. I gather brother-in-law was doodling with his new phone camera and he sent this picture (pretty darned clear for a phone) via email. So for Millet and anyone else who was wondering what (at least part of) Sister’s spread might look at, your questions have been answered… I suspect this was the sweet ending to a rather smallish holiday dinner party, but it still features two immaculate looking pecan pies, two fruit pies, rugelach, fruitcake in the glass thingee, fresh fruit and nuts, and champagne. Besides the edible stuff, and Sister will have to disclose details if she would like to, lovers of fine tabletop doodads will probably notice part of her collection in use… antique cut crystal of varying periods, stunning silver, china and linens you would cringe for if someone spilled red wine on them… :) By the time guests were expected to arrive, the tapered candles would have been lit, the champagne bathed in ice and this gem of dessert table would have been but one of the edible presents in their home that evening…



  1. Carla says:

    This is beautiful. It puts the paper plates and plastic utensils tradition of our celebrations to shame :)

    Dec 30, 2011 | 3:57 pm


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  3. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    Table is divine,elegant use of china ,silver,and crystal those pecan pie!! wow ..such perfection!! Lovely ..sister attention to details is impeccable.

    Dec 30, 2011 | 4:11 pm

  4. corrine says:

    simple yet elegant!

    Dec 30, 2011 | 5:55 pm

  5. PITS, MANILA says:

    your sister has very good taste, MM! very elegant. i worry about candles near curtains …

    Dec 30, 2011 | 6:14 pm

  6. bearhug0127 says:

    I’d bet the pecan pies and the fruit pies and the fruitcake are to die for…..

    Dec 30, 2011 | 7:20 pm

  7. Betchay says:

    Very classy! As a guest, you will surely feel how important you are being served with heirloom linens,plates, cutleries,etc.I am salivating for the pecan pie!!!!

    Dec 30, 2011 | 8:34 pm

  8. natie says:

    expected nothing less from Sister….it’s like a page from a classy food magazine….

    Dec 30, 2011 | 9:26 pm

  9. Gej says:

    Could not help but notice how neatly placed the pecan nuts were. Thanks for sharing!

    Dec 30, 2011 | 9:48 pm

  10. ConnieC says:

    Pardon me sister, but did somebody forget to water the poinsettias? Couldn’ help but notice it behind the elegant table setting. I have been nagging my busy daughter to make sure she takes care of my houseplants and the poinsettias just reminded me to remind her again.

    Dec 30, 2011 | 10:55 pm

  11. hiddendragon says:

    Can I ‘friend’ your sister in Facebook?

    Dec 30, 2011 | 10:57 pm

  12. Thel from Florida says:

    Ang Galing, very elegant/classy! Siguradong super delicious. Sister, daig mo si Ina Garten.

    Dec 30, 2011 | 11:04 pm

  13. marissewalangkaparis says:


    Dec 30, 2011 | 11:39 pm

  14. atbnorway says:

    Waaah, MM, bitin!!! More pics, please???

    Dec 31, 2011 | 1:42 am

  15. wisdom tooth says:

    Simply gorgeous and fabulous, Sister!!

    Dec 31, 2011 | 1:45 am

  16. sister says:

    Connie C, Yes, the poinsettia needed water and revived when attended to.
    No, we did not light the candles until after we removed the curtain so we could look across the street at the tree lit in the townhouse, all 14 ft. of it.
    I didn’t expect to see this online, you can tell Sister’s husband was playing with his new toy that the kids sent. This was dessert for a small dinner party where the menu included crab salad and Cassoulet.
    Table was not yet complete, hence the white plates under the pies. I didn’t get around to the cookies this year except for some rugelach and some pecan crescents.
    Thanks for all your kind comments.
    Happy New Year to all marketmanila readers!

    Dec 31, 2011 | 2:33 am

  17. marilen says:

    Sister, what a wonderful spread!!! Happy new year to all!!

    Dec 31, 2011 | 2:54 am

  18. millet says:

    very elegant! Thanks, MM and sister! “Lovers of fine tabletop doodads” indeed! Am drooling over the silver footed pie servers!

    Dec 31, 2011 | 7:16 am

  19. friedneurons says:

    I love rugelach! Unfortunately my favorite ones are made by a bakeshop all the way out in Carmel-by-the-Sea. *sigh* I’m hungry now.

    Dec 31, 2011 | 9:04 am

  20. Jill says:

    Those Pecan Pies look absolutely amazing! Did she bake those herself or did she buy those?

    Dec 31, 2011 | 12:20 pm

  21. Marketman says:

    Jill, aaacckk! how could you even ask?! heeheehee. :) DEFINITELY HOME MADE.

    Dec 31, 2011 | 12:56 pm

  22. farida says:

    Ayayay, beautiful indeed. What can I say. WOW!! And yes, Jill, don’t ever say that word “buy” for the desserts. LOL.

    Jan 1, 2012 | 2:09 am

  23. Carol says:

    Hi MM and Sister – just wanted to say thanks for the Sister’s fruitcake recipe. My Mom has a fruitcake recipe which we follow every time we make one, but since this is the first time in years I have made fruitcakes again, my sister has not emailed to me My Mom’s recipe in time for my fruitcake baking expedition 4 weeks ago. So, I googled Sister’s fruitcake recipe in the archives and made them for this year’s fruitcakes (I also did David Lebovitz Choco Cherry Fruitcakes ). I got great reviews from family and friends, esp since Sister’s fruitcake recipe calls a lot of nuts! The smell of the nuts and candied fruits which I have marinated in brandy overnight was simply exhilarating and brought back the wonderful smell of Christmas for me when my Mom and my Dad would bake these fruitcakes. I only have 4 loaves left and we would have them over the next month or so. I plan to bake another batch next weekend, this time, using Mom’s recipe, so we can have our fruitcake supply to last until June ! Thanks again, Sister for sharing your fruitcake recipe. Happy New Year to you and your family and God bless always!

    Jan 1, 2012 | 7:51 pm

  24. sister says:

    Carol, I’m glad you tried the fruitcake recipe, I’ve used it for years, sometimes varying the amount of fruit and nuts to please different requests; some want more cake, some more fruit, some no nuts, etc. but the cake batter remains the same. Christmas does not begin until the smell of fruitcake fills my apt.
    Happy New Year to you, too!


    Jan 1, 2012 | 8:58 pm

  25. Guia says:

    Such class, taste, and elegance, Sister.
    Happy new year to you and family. Abundant graces always in 2012.

    Jan 3, 2012 | 4:47 am

  26. rita says:

    nice setting. if Sister is afraid of wine stains or any stains on her linen – she could always spray that with Scotchguard. I do that even to the finest silks, linens and other fabrics i have at home and it works wonderfully! if wine was inadvertently spilled on it, use club soda to remove the stain. but just be careful when it comes to the fading of the fabric. test in small area first.

    Jan 3, 2012 | 7:25 pm

  27. Marketfan says:

    a scene straight out of a good cookbook with a vintage feel..must be the lighting

    Jan 4, 2012 | 12:26 pm

  28. wil-b says:

    OMG! those Pecan Pies loooks yummy :D

    Jan 4, 2012 | 7:46 pm

  29. jack says:

    and this is just the dessert table… how about the main course :)

    Jan 4, 2012 | 10:18 pm


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