Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year's Eve Dinner

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




Charla said...

It looks just lovely! The blackberry dessert certainly must be delicious. Happy New Year to the two of you.

Linda Primmer said...

Lovely table with your snowflake theme. Target does have some nice goodies. Your dinner sounds delicious! I wish my hubby could cook. Happy New year from your newest follower.

Kathleen said...

Your table looks lovely! What a wonderful meal you had!
Happy 2014, and thank you for linking to Let's Dish! Please join in again in February, we'll be back in full swing.


OMG I want to go to your house! Your table setting is gorgeous with gorgeous dishes and incredible food...I'M SO HUNGRY!!!
Thank you for your sweet visit. Happy New Year!

Debbie Moore said...

Hi! Thanks for visiting my site ... I enjoyed your post. I'd forgotten how good Parmesan Crisps are ... they really are a nice addition to a salad. Going to do that soon! Hope you'll come by again.

Christine Vandormolen said...

wow that looks awesome!!!! YUM