For the last several years, Wonderful Hubby and I have enjoyed a New Year's Eve LUNCH at a nice restaurant. Then we hit the local grocery store to find something we can fix together for our dinner. We've found it's a good time to reminisce and we enjoy our time together!
This year, I set a table with these cute snowflake plates I found at Target! They are melamine! Can you believe it? The mercury glass dessert plates were from Target, too. I had the silver chargers and the little snowflake-shaped plates were from Kroger. I thought they all worked pretty well together.
We started with a simple salad with parmesan crisps. So easy! Simply grate parmesan cheese, place piles of it on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake them 5-7 minutes at 350 F. Let them cool and harden up a bit and place them on the salad. I also made a simple balsamic vinaigrette dressing to go with this.
At the grocery, WH found these large shrimp that I roasted in the oven at 400 F for about 6 minutes with just a little olive oil, salt and pepper. They were so tender and delicious, we wished we gotten a few more!!
The stars of our New Year's Eve Dinner were boneless choice ribeye steaks that Wonderful Hubby grilled to perfection! He used a little seasoning salt and onion pepper. Mine was the smaller one, which was a bit less rare than his. These steaks were so tender and delicious!!!
We also had some roasted asparagus sprinkled with parmesan and baked potatoes. Our wine was a delicious Missouri Norton.
(You can see I put the salad dressing bottle in a ramekin to save the tablecloth! A little tacky, I know, but I didn't want to have to do laundry!)
For dessert, we had blackberry tarts with pastry cream!
I brushed the top with some blackberry jam thinned with a little water. It brushed on well and sweetened the berries a bit.
I guess after 25 years together, we've finally learned to cook pretty well!!
Happy New Year Everyone!
Linking to these great parties:
Let's Dish at Cuisine Kathleen
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm