As I put together my menu for Christmas eve and day, I turn to one of my favorite food writers for inspiration. M.F.K Fisher wrote many wonderful books, including the memorable Consider the Oyster. I re-read this short book often as some elemental wisdom is contained in the words–possibly because it was written in 1941, in the shadow of the decline and death of the love of her life. She once wrote “…It is three basic needs, for food and security and love are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of…