Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Eve Menu

Both DB~ and I dislike New Year's Eve. For me, it's "forced fun". You're being told to have fun and get crazy specifically on this night. And if you want to go out to dinner, enjoy a reduced menu at an inflated price with a maitre'd floating over your shoulder putting you on the clock in you chew too many times. Then add in the idiots cruising around drunk behind the wheel. No thanks.

So we decided to be hermits and stay in but make an outstanding dinner just for the 2 of us.

Here's was the menu:
Spinach, Pear, Gorgonzola, Walnut salads w/ Honey Mustard Vinagrette
Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Vanilla, Brown Sugar, and chopped Walnuts
Parmasean Risotto with Pears
Grilled Quail with a Lemon, Garlic, Olive Oil brushing with various seasonings
and for dessert...
Creme Brulee

Both of us agreed that everything was fantastic, but we both enjoyed making the Creme Brulee for the fact that we got to use the little butane torch. There was a gleam in DB~'s eye when she lit it up the first time. The picture is when I was able to wrestle it out of her hands to glaze the final ramekin of creme brulee.

This meal, per person if ordered in a restaurant, would easily have been $40 or more, but we were able to make it for half that in just the food costs.

Even though it was cold and there was snow on my deck, it was worth it to taste the crispy grilled quail. Quail is like a big chicken wing, and a little pricey ($18.50 for 4 quail at Market District in Robinson), but fun to eat and present on a plate.

It was a great night and we didn't miss being out at all.

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