Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Keep the old, add the new

Feeling it a little today, folks? Does it pain you to see this photo?

Mmmmm. Not me. It was goooooooood. Lemme tell y'all ALL about it...

First, we started off the day with our playgroup's annual "countdown to noon" party. It's such a cute idea and of course if we mommies never get to midnight we feel like we did our celebratory duty.

This was great because I wanted to keep the kids out of the house so it would stay clean for our surprise guests!! Hubby didn't know his B-school friends would be joining us for dinner.

But with these friends, there is no "joining", there is DINNER.

You see, this couple includes exactly one chef and two foodies. Years ago, we were neighbors and enjoyed their dinners on a regular basis.

One New Year's Eve, in particular, we agreed nothing could best their food if we decided to go out, so we set a price, let the chef shop to his heart's content, and we ate to our souls' collective delight.

So for New Years this year, I had planned on attempting to half- recreate this gift for some new friends, and in feeling nostalgic, texted our old friends to see if they could magically join us (or, at the very least, reveal some recipes.)

As serendipity would have it, they were able to come, and we decided NOT to tell hubby.
Here's them taking over our kitchen within the first hour of their arrival.

Needless to say, hubby was pleasantly surprised. 
Funniest moment: hubby shouting from downstairs: 
"Babe! There's a minivan in the driveway! I assume this is for you??"
It was fab, fun, and food for the soul, as well as our rapidly growing tummies.

The addition of four new souls since the last time we did this, was icing on the proverbial cake.

The fact that our drunken speculation throughout the night was completely off when determining exactly which year and what menu we had experienced that last time, provided more entertainment the next morning when I was able to produce this hard copy of the menu!

New babies + new friends + old friends + old souls 
= a blissful balance.
[p.s. no sitter $$ and because of playing in the snow the kids were all down by 7!!]

New Year's Eve Gala 2012

Course 1: Baked Bried with Blueberry Chipotle Glaze
Horseradish Cheese
Pairing: Matadors a la Garces and Kir Royales from the Bar 
Mark West Pinot Noir, 2011

Course 2: Black bean soup with hamhock & tomato
Pairing: Donnhoff Riesling, 2009

Course 3: Stuffed Poblano Peppers with brown rice, fresh mozzarella, currants, pine nuts, and the very necessary avocado cream to soften the heat!
Pairing: More Riesling & *milk*! 

Course 4: Chestnut pasta with poached salmon, apples, and brussel sprout leaves
Pairing: Korbel Extra Dry Champagne

Course 5: Weisswurst with buttery mashed potatoes & carmelized onions
Pairing: Solane Valpolicella Ripasso, 2010

Course 6: Dinosaur T-Bone steak with roasted purple potatoes and fennel
Pairing: Terlato Syrah, 2007

Course 7: Butter lettuce salad with spicy beets, toasted almonds and horseradish cheese
Pairing: Finishing up Terlato

Course 8: Creme Brulee tart courtesy of our new friends 
[who sadly couldn't join at last minute :( ]
[it was delish, thank you!]
Pairing:  the one, the only, Veuve Clicquot at midnight

HAPPY 2013!! 

1 comment:

  1. Oh,my, that sounds like quite the meal!! I love fun events with friends that don't require babysitters.


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