Holiday Special – New Year’s Eve Three Ways

How will you celebrate New Year’s Eve?
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Are you looking forward to a romantic dinner for two, a cozy gathering with your favorite pals or a rock the block, all hands on deck party for any- and everyone in the neighborhood?

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If you are ringing in the New Year with champagne and romance kick off dinner with a salad. My Mixed Greens with Roasted Grapes & Feta is a little salty and a little sweet … just like you and your special someone!

Next … try my Creole Shrimp with Cheesy Grit. Make the sauce in advance and dinner will come together quickly and easily, leaving you with lots of time for romance. If you and your sweetheart are looking forward to a great steak on New Year’s Eve, add Creamy Gorgonzola to a perfectly Grilled Steak. Serve the steak with a simple baked potato or some yummy Lemon Roasted Potatoes and Stir-fried Leafy Greens.

For dessert, tiny cups of creamy, sweet and hot White Chocolate will be a lovely finish to your romantic dinner. Add a few pieces of Macadamia Nut Shortbread (skip the ganache frosting) and dinner is complete.

If you are spending New Year’s Eve around the table with your nearest and dearest, think long and leisurely. Relax and chat while you enjoy my my Mixed Greens with Roasted Mushrooms. It is one of my favorite cold weather starters.

Lentils are good luck and perfect to start the New Year. My Lentils with Spinach are perfect with Roasted Salmon with Beurre Blanc and Wild Rice Confetti Pilaf. If you don’t feel like salmon, give my Roast Chicken a try.

For dessert … think rich and creamy … like Ginger Crème Brûlée, White Chocolate & Cranberry Trifle or Triple Chocolate Cream Parfait.

For a more a big crowd on New Year’s Eve … a big, cheesy Lasagna Bolognese with Spinach is a great choice. (It was a big hit at my dad’s eighty-fifth surprise birthday party earlier this week.) Alternatively, a big pot of Jambalya, Cassoulet or Curried Chicken and Lentil Soup are all yummy on a cold night. A big bowl of Caesar Salad with Parmesan Croutons is all you need to complete your buffet table.

Dessert for a crowd … I’m thinking brownies, brownies and more brownies. Bake up a batch of my nieces favorite Peanut Butter Brownies and don’t forget the Triple Threat and Black & White Brownies for the chocolate lovers.

For a complete list of and links to all the recipes on this blog Click Here!!

What are you cooking for New Year’s Eve? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below.

Want more? Click here for more seasonal menus! In addition, I hope that you will take a minute to learn about my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good. © Susan W. Nye, 2011

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