Twas the night before Thanksgiving when all through the house,
all creatures heard carols, yes even the mouse.
The tidings came early, flooding the air,
to remind all good shoppers of Christmastime near.
Yet one song stuck with me, a repetitive sort,
the 12 days of Christmas, I gave a small snort.
What sort of lover would think that his mate,
would be overjoyed without food on her plate?
With birds aplenty, a dancer or two,
12 pipers piping and a cow that goes moo,
all of this ruckus and additional hay
would stink to high heaven and send her away.
This lover is foolish with gifts that he brings,
for his only savior, was five golden rings.
It doesn't take much to create the right mood
the answer is simple, just give her good food.
Our fair city is bursting with food and good cheer,
and if you'll allow me, I'll fix it all here.
Here are my suggestions for a uniquely Buffalo Twelve Days of Christmas, one delicious gift a day until Christmas Eve. Traditionally the 12 days of gift-giving follow Christmas, of course, but this way you’ll have plenty of time to prepare.
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
• A veal rib chop from Hutch's Restaurant
Hutch's veal rib chop ($55) remains the Western New York standard, one of Buffalo’s premier dishes, 20 years after the restaurant opened.
This meat monolith is stuffed with Fontina and sage, wrapped in prosciutto, roasted and served in a sage jus. The roasted meat with sticky jus is a perfect marriage of flavors, and a decadent winter meal to enjoy with a date. An expensive choice, but like a fine diamond, the memories of this gift will last for years.
Info: Hutch's Restaurant, 1375 Delaware Ave.; 885-0074
[Read Andrew Galarneau's restaurant review of Hutch's, which found a place in his Top 20 Restaurants So Far]