Another year is quickly coming to a close. They say that the older you get, the faster time flies. If that is the case, I might as well leave the Christmas decorations up because it will be here again before I know it!
How do you welcome in the New Year? Do you gather with family and friends New Years Eve? Do you need an appetizer to take to a party?
I thought I would share a few of our favorite appetizers and drinks with you.
Double Tomato Bruschetta – This is wonderful stuff, addictive even. What makes it even better is that it is so darned easy to throw together. On more than one occasion I have had to come up with an appetizer on a moments notice and this is the one I turn to. Even if you don’t have the toasted baguette, make it and serve as a dip with crackers or pita chips. Don’t have fresh basil? Use a teaspoon of pesto!
English Sausage Rolls We don’t have a family gathering without these sausage rolls making an appearance. Of course you can make your own puff pastry and I often do, but when I am in a hurry the Puff Pastry sheets do just fine. Even better is that the folds in the pastry are just the right width to hold the sausage.
Shrimp Sauteed with Garlic If you and your guests love shrimp and garlic, this is for you. Simple to prepare & cooks quickly are two big bonus points for me. These can be served in tasting spoons with a dollop of cocktail sauce or on a platter with cocktail sauce and / or garlic aioli on the side.
Cream Cheese Penguins add a whimsical touch to any party. I suggest purchasing Colossal olives for the bodies. These are a great appetiser if you have kids, they love them. If you are brave – make a couple and let the kids make some of their own. Pre-cut the carrot feet and beaks – then make them eat the ones they make. (they will have done plenty of licking and touching)
A salute to 2013 and to all of you, Happy New Year!
Manhattan 2013 took my friend Linda and I to NYC for the first time and I loved the energy and vitality of New York. I don’t drink Manhattan’s but isn’t this drink beautiful? I thought it a fitting tribute to a wonderful 2013 adventure to meet Ina Garten at the Meredith Publishing Offices in NYC. No, we didn’t share Manhattan’s with Ina but we did share a wonderful lunch and yes, she is a gracious as she appears to be.
Mormon Champagne A fitting tribute to my grandchildren who love to celebrate with ‘fancy’ glasses. New Years Eve celebrations need to include a special drink and this is perfect for both the children and adults that prefer a non alcoholic choice.
Classic Margarita In April 2013, Sauza Tequila was an AllRecipes Brand Ambassador sponsor. The Southern California Brand Ambassadors wasted no time planning a Mexican themed party to make and sample some great authentic Mexican food and ‘test’ a variety of Margarita recipes.
Indiana Martini A combination of lemon-lime flavored soda, triple sec, raspberry-flavored vodka and a maraschino cherry.
I did not make it to Indiana, darn it! But isn’t this picture wonderful! Makes me want to make a Martini.
Luscious Slush Punch This is a sweet, non alcoholic punch that just has a special Island flair and can easily be doctored up with coconut rum.
October 2013 took me to Maui with a group of AllRecipes foodies. What a special treat that week was. A week of food, friendship and laughter. No wonder this year has flown by!