A Toast to the New Year!


I was on a search yesterday, as per usual, in my many accordion files filled with recipes, for something or other. And once again, what I was looking for had been misfiled! I hate it when I do that! Anyway…when I began checking the other sections in said file, I stumbled upon a section of memories: memorable meals from Christmas season’s past shared with family and friends.

The first thing I found was a menu from our annual Christmas Eve open house where we always served Tourtiere, salad and a wack of hors d’oeuvres…looking at it now I see the difference 14 years can make in one’s energy level…whew! And there was the menu for Christmas dinner the following day: keep it on the simpler side but still there was the roast turkey, stuffing, gravy and a couple of vegs. Luckily I could make the Danish red cabbage a couple of days ahead, make my gravy base the day before and prepping a couple of pounds of green beans doesn’t take too long.

Those were the days! I made a Christmas pudding well ahead….I was kind of missing Christmas pudding this year! And last but definitely the best, was the menu for New Year’s Eve 1998 with two very good friends!



Duck Confit Salad

*Amarone della Valpolicella 1990

Homemade Fettuccine with Wild Mushroom Sauce, Drizzle of Truffle Oil

*1995 Canoe Ridge Merlot

Pan Seared Veal Chops, Apple Bourbon Sauce

Haricot Vert with Lemon, Shallots & Parsley

*Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay 1996

*Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc 1995

Steamed Lemon Pudding with Orange Brandy Sauce

*Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve

*Chateau Ste. Michelle Late Harvest Riesling

Aah, those were the days! Sitting down to dinner at 9:00 and still going strong well past midnight. Like I said earlier, we had a lot more energy 14 years ago and stayed up to ring in the New Year and then some…now we just ring in the New Year as it’s happening in some other time zone because we usually can’t make it in ours!

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy, Healthy and Joyous New Year! Felice Anno Nuovo a tutti!


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    • I would not have remember either if I didn’t stumble upon the menus I made up for everyone! Are you kidding!!! It was pretty simple here this year…fantastic crab cakes, stir fried beef and Chinese noodles with veggies. But there was some really nice Prosecco and Riesling! BTW…what Prosecco do you usually buy? We really like the stuff from Bastianich Winery in Fruili (Joe Bastianich). Love the design on the bottle!

    • Felice anno nuovo to you Frank! Here’s a toast to fantastic “blogging” in 2015 for both of us! That was a great New Years Eve dinner to be sure! This year we cooked a Chinese meal and managed to stay up until 11:00! We made a really great dinner on New Years Day for two of our really good friends, had some terrific wine…so nice to have such great friends! Especially as these ones not only love food but own one of the top resto’s. in Vancouver!

      Looking forward to “talking” with you! I really do love to receive your comments!

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