Food on Friday ~ New Year’s

What the New Year brings to our tables will depend on what we bring to the New Year.

Next Year I will have a new focus for each week’s food on Friday ~ concentrating on recipes, foods, and dishes to enhance our wellbeing, health, and happiness.  I have no doubt whatsoever that the great cooks I have featured thus far in this series of blog posts will be more than up to the challenge of our creating a healthier lifestyle, while still retaining each of their unique signature styles.

But, for this last Food on Friday of 2018, I want to show you some recipes and dishes which will be great to offer your guests at whatever New Year’s get-together or wild party you are hosting.

No part would be complete without a great cheese board, so from San Diego cook Averie Sunshine we have ideas on just how to make the best cheese board.  I really like that Averie uses prosciutto on her cheese boards!  Me, I like to have a soft blue cheese, or maybe just a good old English Stilton.  There are as many wines to drink with cheese as there are cheeses, but with Stilton it should be a good warm port.

The Very Best Cheese Board

Should you want to drink beer at New Year, then what about having these spinach and artichoke stuffed soft pretzels to go with your brew?  From Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest.  Of course, what we English call beer and the fizzy pop the rest of the world drinks are two very different ales.

Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Soft Pretzels

So, if you live by the sea, then you should serve a dish that reflects that.  I guess none of you live on the Chesapeake, but from Dianes Kitchen I offer you this Chesapeake Crab Strata.  Serve it like slices of pizza.  Here in the North East of England we get some really great crab from the cold North Sea.  Some say you should drink a Pinot Grigo with crab, but I would always prefer a cold Verdicchio.

Chesapeake Crab Strata

After my recent trip to Albuquerque I said that I would never eat meatloaf again ~ but brought to us by Elise Bauer at Simply Recipies here’s an idea for bbq meatloaf bites.  Now I know that the chef, Nick Evans, intended these to be part of a meal for kids ~ but after a few drinks all men are just kids anyhow.  As far as I’m concerned you can drink whatever the fuck hell you like with meatloaf….. personally I would choose a red Cotes du Rhone Villages.

BBQ Meatloaf Bites

From Chungah at Damn Delicious there’s this new recipe collection; 15 best quick and easy New Year’s Eve appetisers…..  My favourite dish here is this really clean-looking dish of lemon garlic shrimp kabobs ~ try these with a really cold vodka martini.

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Kabobs

And finanally for 2018, from Country Living Magazine, we have a collection of 40 unbelievably easy New Year’s Eve appetisers.   From this collection I like the look of these smoked salmon and cream cheese cucumber bites.  Just how easy is that?  If you want to show some real class, then you drink single malt whisky with smoked salmon and cream cheese.

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

not many are man enough to drink Laphroaig

11 responses

  1. those pretzels have me literally drooling Jack…..and beer, a nice Guinness is what I enjoy, responsibly of course. And A glass of a nice Merlot or Cab Sauv with the cheeses….mmmm….getting hungry now. Today our fare is stuff jalapeños (stuffed with cream cheese, boursin cheese, sweet italian sausage and other such yummies) and then smoked on the grill and lightly dabbed with a raspberry chipotle sauce….rough day, I know 🙂

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    1. Life can be such a hard bitch. But somebody’s got to do it. Might as well be us.
      Why? Because we’re here.
      ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. So many great ideas! Thank you!!!

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  3. I don’t live *on* the Chesapeake, but have lived the better part of my life near it. Blue crabs are where it’s at!

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    1. Love to share a dish of blue crabs with you. ❤

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    1. Thank you Sweetheart.
      I like your blog Such powerful poetry. ❤

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  4. Omg omg omg I love foooooood!!!!

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    1. I’m glad that I’ve whetted your appetite. ❤

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      1. I’m always down for a feed haha.

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    2. Down for what kind of a feed?
      ❤ ❤ ❤

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