Tuesday, January 1, 2008

ringing in the new year!

we didn't ring in the new year as much as we ate, drank and danced in the new year!

on december 31st this annual gathering makes mincemeat of the proverb that "too many cooks spoil the broth." this year we broke tradition and stayed fairly close to home with the theme for our annual end of year feast by focusing on "southern cooking" - in previous years our food journeys have taken us outside of the u.s.a and we have 'gone to' france, spain, greece, asia, and latin america.

I wish I had the recipes to share from all the marvelous dishes, but alas, that would have called for a much higher level of organization than partying and community cooking allowed. instead a list and some pics of a few of the highlights. we had a dip that was incredibly tasty made of mustard greens, cheese, and bacon -(of all things! I don't actually know if mustard greens have ever tasted so good); a layered salad which was assembled in small springform pans - the first layer consisted of avocado mixed with cilantro, then a layer of corn (w/seasoning), then an artfully arranged layer of shrimp and grape tomatoes and once freed from the springform topped with a drizzle of a spicy balsamic vinaigrette - I will dreaming of this salad for a long time. m&g made a spicy crab soup which truly was out of this world - I will have to get the recipe for this soup. there were green vegetable side dishes (all delicious) and the main events included a gumbo which transported us directly to new orleans, we did not pass go and my f's famous pulled pork - smoked and cooked to perfection for at least 12 hours. desserts included bread pudding that d & d brought, served with a whiskey sauce (which by the way was worthy of pouring a glass of - I think I may have seen someone doing that!) and "sister mary's buttermilk pie" - I've named the recipe that as it is from my sister-in-law and I have been making and loving this pie for 30 years - it is my favorite pie. I will be happy to share the recipe if there is interest!

dinner was served over the course of a few hours with breaks to clear dishes, dance & shimmy to make room for the next food extravaganza. we finished eating by midnight (barely) and had enough time to move to the living room where we laughed, swapped a few more stories and wrote out our lists for the annual midnight burning of bummers. champagne was uncorked and at the stroke of the new year kisses and wishes were exchanged.

I hope everyone rang in the new year in a manner that was special. in case you were busy working or sleeping, I invite you to attend our party

wishes from the mouse to you for a year filled with health, happiness, love, laughter, and loving kindness.


Dumdad said...

Your words and photos have made me hungry! Sounds and looks like you had a great time. What wonderful food.

Maurice and I wish you a very Happy New Year!

Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Happy '08! That layered salad and soup makes me wish I were there, to say nothing of the great company. Pulled pork? Oh, I think you'll hear from Kusala, Salty Jill and Bryce Digdug about that. The pulled pork reminds me of a trashy cousin who "pulls parts" for a living. Took me the longest time to grasp what kind he was talking about.

Colette Amelia said...

oh my, I think I gained weight just looking. Loads of happiness in 2008!

msb said...

Happy new year, Mouse.

Seraphine said...

I can't even imagine what would
go into a buttermilk pie.
I'm intrigued. I love the photo
of the family gathered around
the dinner table. It's beautiful.
Happy New Year.

jenclair said...

Food, dancing, friends, and a lovely fire - that is the way the old year should be shown out and the new ushered in! Great slide show!

Reya Mellicker said...

Yum! Looks delicious and sounds like lots of fun. I made a simple dinner, shared one bottle of champagne with my roommates and was in bed by 10:30. Perfect, for me that is.

Happy New Year!

Salty Miss Jill said...

Buttermilk pie! I've been coveting that recipe. Could you send me a copy? bitterwaitress72@yahoo.com

And yes, the pulled pork is being taken into consideration.

lettuce said...

that sounds so great.

especially the spicy crab soup.
and the gumbo
oh and the smokey pork

and whisky sauce

and everything!

wishng you a wonderful 2008 and looking forward to nibbling some cheese with you


WAT said...


"Chairman Meow." That's too cute a pun and actually made me smile.


Happy New Year!

kimy said...

happy new year everyone! I'm glad you joined the party and the pictures made some mouths water.

msj - I will be emailing off the recipe! but I might post it too, as it's too good (and easy) not to share!

reya - I think I had to recover from the holidays and all the non-stop visiting and visitors and ended up in bed BY 10 and only made it through a paragraph in my book.

let - I am looking forward to nibbing on much cheese together! I have to email you about locations (pa vs dc - or and)

I've been assured from my friend the crab soup recipe will soon be on it's way! I might have to wander into food blogging for a bit and post both the buttermilk pie and soup and if I can secure the layered salad recipe (I swear I did dream about that last night)

wat - I love chairman meow's name too, but, he's a total sweetheart, unlike his namesake.

maurice, however, I'll keep chairman meow away just in case he isn't a sweetheart to mice.