Friday, January 1, 2010

Ringing in the New Year

It was my absolute pleasure to create a lovely meal for friends to welcome in 2010. What I didn't realize until I came home from the grocery was that there was no more beautiful celebration to a New Year than the creation of this meal from the freshiest of ingredients. See my before and after and enjoy the menu:

- Vegan Chili with the addition of Black-Eyed Peas for good luck and fortune for the New Year

- Black bean and corn salsa
- guacamole

- low fat cornbread and jalaleno cornbread (I did mini-muffins for people to crumble in their chili)

- and, in my mind, the highlight: Poached Pears with Marsala wine, vanilla bean, and cinnamon stick syrup (I had to get creative since I am not eating sugar)

Everything turned out wonderful and the company was even better!

SO, that was mt way of celebrating the Eve of a new decade. I had friends and family that found different ways to celebrate with food (and sent me pics to boot)

Laurie - her first attempt at cakeballs

JT - Bacon Explosion (not fast food, but probably the grossest thing I have ever seen...Pete and I almost drove off the road looking at the pics) You can click on the link for the full "artistic" process
Jamie - Matza ball soup from the Carnegie Deli before entering Times Square for a 7 hour party!

I hope your celebration was filled with incredible food, and dreams hopes and blessings for the year to come!

Welcome 2010 and Bon Appetit!


  1. Brownie's Bacon Explosion looks awesome. We started the year with an annual winter favourite: cassoulet (picture and write up here: ).

  2. The bacon explosion was AWESOME!

  3. By the way, I ate broccoli on new years day.

  4. David would love the bacon explosion! The matza ball soup rocked!

  5. The bacon explosion scares me.

    JT - I love that you ate broc (this after Katie hid spinach in your lasagna) and lived to talk about it!!

    Jamie - we knew that David and JT would get and bacon explosion.