Thick fog outside and a hearty potato and corn chowder inside, with dried red chile and chopped green chiles and grated Emmenthal, and a myriad of Belgian beers and French wine and a cozy family gathering at a friend's borrowed house in the countryside outside Brussels. Oh--the bread! The cheese! And tomorrow, oysters and crevettes grises, the tiny shrimp from Belgium's coast, and braised Belgian endives and turkey and celeriac salad and more, including a chocolate Buche de Noel.
We send warm greetings to you all.
( Belgian beer poster from http://www.belgian-beer.net/images/belgianbeers.jpg)