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Happy New Year, everyone!  For anyone wanting to add last-minute appetizers to their spreads tonight, I highly recommend this lovely NYT article from last December that features 101 simple appetizers ready in 20 minutes or less.  Last year we made no. 38 (marinated mushrooms) and they were divine and delightfully simple.

We have much of our menu for this year planned (we’re prone to stay in on NYE as a rule, and the fact that another six inches of snow is falling today is solidifying those plans), but we’ll likely go out after lunch to pick up the remaining pieces:

  • Fennel salad (fennel is cut using a mandoline) with fresh oranges and shallots
  • Squid ceviche with grapefruit, orange and lime juice, interpreted from Andrew’s (of Top Chef season 4) winning recipe
  • Black or red lumpfish caviar with Havarti cheese and likely crackers
  • Seared scallops
  • Chorizo, potentially with homemade salsa (provided Romeo’s has decent tomatoes)
  • Homemade focaccia
  • Marinated mushrooms (again!)
  • Grapes to eat at midnight

We also have quite a few wines on hand, including three sparklers:  a bottle of Asti Spumante (to remind ourselves of visiting the city), a bottle of Prosecco, and a bottle of California extra-dry.

Anyone else planning fun NYE dinners?  I know Diana and Penny are…

And for no reason other than wanting to post a photo, here is some grilled chorizo and salsa we served last year (on ciabatta rolls):


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