The best way to celebrate on New Years Eve is in your pajamas- and by that I don’t mean lounging on the couch watching Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve. I mean, in your pajama’s surrounded by family, friends, good food, and good drinks! That is exactly how I rang in 2012. Jimmy and I hosted a house party to which everyone wore their PJ’s and slippers. It was complete with champagne, drinking games, gunfire as the clock struck 12, and even a
friendly late-night game of Pictionary. We all had a blast!! And, just because the dress code was downgraded doesn’t mean the food was…. On the menu was Sushi, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Filet Mignon Baguettes, Scallop Ceviche, Antipasto, Mini Quiches, Prosciutto Lollipops, and Brie with a Caramel Cranberry and Walnut Topping. Also, I baked up some party favors for my guests to take home (for their pups)…. Banana Peanut Butter Biscotti. Happy New Year!!
Start with a large serving tray, butcher block, or cutting board. Place items in groups around the tray. For the salami roll ups, mix softened cream cheese with a couple Tbsps of horseradish. Then, spread a bit of cream cheese on each peice of salami, simply roll up and tie a chive around each (for garnish). For the cheese log, use a piece of plastic wrap and your hands to mold a brick of cream cheese into a log or ball shape. Then roll in dried cranberries, chopped walnuts, and chopped fresh rosemary. Place olives “up” in a martini glass. Use cheese cubes, crackers, dried fruit, artichokes, ect. to fill in the rest.