i celebrated national hangover day, so there was no fancy new year's day meal happening unless i got off the couch to cook it...and i did not. i did pass by mc d's for a big mac, fries and a coke, though. woo hoo! gourmet! in my opinion it's the greatest hangover cure; forget your bloody marys and your menudo and whatever else. mc d's should just name it the hangover combo meal and get it over with!
new year's eve was a different story, though. to start, we nibbled on olives, salami, cheese, crostini, hummus (not italian, but i love it) and a yummy cannelini-garlic-artichoke spread and sipped prosecco with frozen raspberries. i did up a huge pot of marinara sauce from scratch and made a mountain of meatballs. served over rotini with loads of grated peccorino romano, crusty italian bread and a green salad, it really hit the spot. for dessert, we had a "fancy" trader joe's tira misu, some cheesecake and chocolate and almond biscotti with grand marnier whipped cream for dipping. at midnight, we popped a bottle of blanc de blancs from schramsburg, one of my favorite california wineries for sparkling wine.
so, happy new year to all of our foodie friends! we wish you all success, health and happiness...and many great meals!