New Year recipes and tips

New Year ‘s Tea Sandwiches

  • Tomato-Cheddar Spread mayonnaise on white bread. Sandwich with sliced tomato, aged cheddar and watercress. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

    2. Ham, Brie and Apple Spread softened butter and Dijon mustard inside a split loaf of French bread. Fill with deli ham, sliced Brie and sliced green apple. Cut into pieces.

    3. Cucumber-Butter Mix 4 tablespoons softened butter, 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs. Spread on white bread and sandwich with sliced cucumber. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

    4. Watercress-Butter Make Cucumber-Butter Sandwiches (No. 3) but fill with watercress instead of cucumber.

    5. Grilled Shrimp-Ham Puree 1/4 cup jarred piquillo peppers with 3 tablespoons mayonnaise. Spread on white bread. Sandwich with grilled shrimp and sliced serrano ham. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

    6. Steak au Poivre Mix 4 tablespoons each softened butter and chopped fresh herbs. Spread on baguette rounds. Top with thinly sliced steak and crushed peppercorns.

    7. Pea-Prosciutto Puree 1/2 cup thawed frozen peas with 1 tablespoon each olive oil and water in a blender; season with salt and pepper. Spread inside a split loaf of focaccia and fill with prosciutto and shaved Parmesan. Cut into squares.

    8. Olive-Focaccia Mix 1 cup chopped olives and 3 tablespoons chopped parsley. Drizzle the inside of a split loaf of focaccia with olive oil; fill with the olive mixture and sliced provolone. Cut into squares.

    9. Asparagus Mix 3 tablespoons softened butter with 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs. Spread on pumpernickel bread; cut into rectangles. Slice cooked asparagus tips in half lengthwise; lay on the bread and drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil. Top with chopped hard-boiled egg, salt and pepper.

    10. Anchovy–Lemon Butter Mix 1 stick softened butter with 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest. Spread on white bread. Sandwich with anchovies, sliced tomato and Bibb lettuce. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces,

    11. Salmon-Cucumber Spread softened cream cheese on white bread. Sandwich with smoked salmon and sliced cucumber. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

    12. Shrimp Salad Mix 1 cup chopped cooked shrimp with 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon each grated lemon zest and juice, and 1 teaspoon each chopped chives, parsley and capers. Sandwich white bread with the shrimp salad and Bibb lettuce. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

    13. Crab Salad Make Shrimp Salad Sandwiches (No. 12) with 1 cup crabmeat instead of shrimp. Add sliced avocado.

    14. Curried Egg Salad Mix 3 chopped hard-boiled eggs, 3 tablespoons each chopped celery, red onion and cilantro, 2 teaspoons each dijon mustard and lime juice, and 1/4 cup mayonnaise. Cut white bread into pieces and spread with mango chutney. Sandwich with the egg salad.

    15. Pesto Chicken Mix 2 teaspoons pesto with 2 tablespoons olive oil; brush on thin baguette rounds. Top with sliced cooked chicken breast and halved grape tomatoes. Drizzle with more pesto oil.

    16. Bresaola-Artichoke Mix 4 tablespoons softened butter and 1/4 cup chopped jarred artichoke hearts; season with salt and pepper. Spread on thin baguette rounds. Top with sliced bresaola and drizzle with olive oil.

    17. Country Pate Spread Dijon mustard on white bread. Layer country pate and chopped cornichons on top. Top with bread spread with butter. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

    18. Peanut Butter–Bacon Spread peanut butter on white bread. Layer chopped cooked bacon and sliced banana on top. Top with bread; spread with mayonnaise. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces.

    19. Liverwurst-Onion Spread Dijon mustard on pumpernickel cocktail bread. Sandwich with liverwurst and sliced red onion.

    20. Manchego-Quince Trim white toast crusts and cut the bread into pieces. Top with sliced manchego, quince paste and sliced almonds

    21. Mortadella-Watercress Spread softened butter on white bread. Sandwich with sliced mortadella and watercress. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces. Top with sliced olives.

    22. Ham-Cornbread Mix 6 tablespoons softened butter, 2 teaspoons chopped scallion and 1 teaspoon honey. Spread on split mini corn muffins, and fill with sliced ham and pickled jalapenos.

    23. Meatloaf-Tomato Spread mayonnaise on potato bread. Sandwich with sliced meatloaf and tomato jam. Trim the crusts and cut into pieces. Top with more jam.

    24. Prosciutto-Fig Spread softened butter and fig jam on the inside of a split baguette. Fill with prosciutto, sliced pears and Bibb lettuce; season with salt and pepper. Cut into pieces.

    25. Camembert-Fig Toast brioche slices and cut into pieces. Spread with camembert cheese. Top with sliced fresh figs and candied walnuts.

    26. Eggplant-Yogurt Fill mini pita halves with chopped grilled eggplant and diced cucumber. Add a dollop of Greek yogurt mixed with chopped mint.

    27. Roast Beef–Horseradish Spread horseradish cream on rye cocktail bread. Sandwich with sliced cucumber, roast beef and watercress; season with salt and pepper.

    28. California Chicken Cut whole-wheat toast into pieces. Spread with green goddess dressing. Sandwich with sliced smoked chicken, sliced avocado, diced tomato and sprouts; season with salt and pepper.

     Dressed-Up Jell-O Shots For Your Classiest Cocktail Party

  • Champagne Jello Shots

    yield: 15 JELLO SHOTS

    ingredients:

    10 oz plus 5oz champagne (or prosecco or sparkling wine)
    1 tablespoon sugar
    3 envelopes Knox plain gelatin
    White sparkling sugar

    directions:

    Place 10 oz of the champagne and sugar in a sauce pan and then sprinkle gelatin on top. Let gelatin soften for about 2 minutes.

    Place saucepan over low heat and stir until gelatin has completely dissolved, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and add in remaining 5 oz of champagne and stir to combine.

    Pour mixture into a loaf pan (I used a square tupperware container) and chill for at least an hour.

    To release Jello, dip the pan into warm water and use a knife along the sides to gently release the Jello. Use a sharp knife to cut squares. Before serving, dip the tops in the sparkling sugar and serve with a festive toothpick.


    Lime Redbull and Champagne Jello Shots
    (makes a little over a dozen)
    1 can Silver Edition Redbull
    2 packets of Knox Gelatin
    1 cup Champagne
    2 limes for the rind twists
    2oz plastic shot glasses buy these from amazon 
    *For a stronger shot substitute tequila for the champagne

    1. Pour 1 cup of Lime Redbull into a sauce pan. Sprinkle one whole packet and then almost all of the second paket (I don’t like to use a full two packets because it makes the jello too firm) on top and let it sit for a few minutes.

    2. Whisk the gelatin and Redbull and turn on medium to high heat until simmering. Slowly (if you pour it too past it will bubble over) pour 1 cup cold champagne into the Redbull mixture.

    3. Fill your shot glasses with the jello mixture and put them in the refrigerator. Wait about 60 mins until the jello is firm.

    4. Before serving, use a veggie peeler to take the rind off of limes and twist them. (I peel the rind and then use a knife to cut them in thin slices and then twist)

    Cranberry Redbull and Champagne Jello Shots (makes a little over a dozen)
    1 can Red Edition Redbull
    2 packets of Knox Gelatin
    1 cup Champagne
    15 or so sugard cranberries )2oz plastic shot glasses (buy  from amazon)

    SUGARED CRANBERRIES

    YIELD:Makes 2 cups

    Ingredients:

    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/3 cup water
    • 2 cups fresh cranberries, room temperature
    • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar (for rolling)

    Directions:

    1. Place sugar and water in shallow pan and heat until simmering (not boiling) and stir until sugar is dissolved.
    2. Place cranberries in pan and submerge. Make sure cranberries are well coated. Using a slotted spoon transfer coated to cranberries to a wire rack to dry for an hour.  Separate cranberries as much as possible to avoid clumps of simple syrup that will lead to clumps of sugar.
    3. Place granulated sugar in a shallow pan or bowl and working in small batches, roll cranberries through sugar to coat. Transfer coated cranberries to a clean surface for furthering drying, about 1hour.


    *For a stronger shot substitute vodka for the champagne

    1. Pour 1 cup of cranberry Redbull into a sauce pan. Sprinkle one whole packet and then almost all of the second packet (I don’t like to use a full two packets because it makes the jello too firm) on top and let it sit for a few minutes.

    2. Whisk the gelatin and Redbull and turn on medium to high heat until simmering. Slowly (if you pour it too past it will bubble over) pour 1 cup cold champagne into the Redbull mixture.

    3. Fill your shot glasses with the jello mixture and put them in the refrigerator. Wait about 60 mins until the jello is firm.

    4. Before serving top with a sugared cranberry .

    Champagne Strawberry Jello

    serving: 7 – 10 molds
    Ingredients:
    3 tablespoons or 3 envelopes of unflavored gelatin powder
    2 cups cold water
    1 cup sugar
    1 1/2 cups cold champagne
    1 1/2 cups cold ginger ale
    1 cup sliced fresh strawberries

    Preparations:
    In a saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the cold water and allow the gelatin to absorb the water for 2 minutes.

    Bring the water with the gelatin powder to a boil over high heat while stirring until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Remove from the heat.

    Transfer the gelatin mixture to a bowl, add the sugar, and stir until dissolved. Then, stir in the champagne and ginger ale.

    Refrigerate until thickened a bit. Make sure the mixture is still partially liquid. Fold in the strawberries. Spoon into 7 to 10 individual molds or a big mold. The smaller the mold the firmer the jello will be. Remember, metal mold acquire firmer jello than glass mold. Refrigerate until firm. Unmold and serve.

    To unmold, run a knife around the top of the jello and put it in a bath of warm water for 10 – 20 seconds. Flip it over and shake it or give it a light pat.

    The Cutest Mini Champagnes Bottles To Get You Through Shower Season

    La Marca Prosecco

    These adorable baby blue bottles of Italian bubbly typically go for $6, which means you can totally stock up and stay under budget.

    Freixenet Cava

    Hailing from Spain, this cava ($3 to $4) is completely party-ready. Its sleek, black matte bottles look luxurious—as seen on some of the best bridal blogs—so they feel fancy without racking up a hefty bill.

    Chandon Rosé

    Chandon is known for its adorable packaging so we wouldn’t expect anything less from the brand’s split size of sparkling rosé. Carry these pale pink and deep green beauties around and everyone will envy your bubbly game.

    J. Rogét Brut

    With a vintage-looking label and wallet-friendly price tag (about $6), this little wonder should be your go-to when you want to impress a crowd—like when The Lovely Bits handed them out at an engagement party.

    Pommery POP

    At about $15 each, these bright and bold bottles are more of a splurge item. But when you’re celebrating something special, who’s counting?

    Le Grand Courtage

    We fell in love with the look of these frosted bottles paired with shiny, silver foil tops when we first saw them on Be Well with Arielle. At $8 each, this brand settles into the comfortable spot between dirt-cheap and bougie.

    Stella Rosso

    Grab a curly straw for these pretty-in-pink numbers, which have been featured on entertaining and design siteswith glittering gold-ribbon stirring sticks. The best part is that they only cost about $4 each.

    Moët

    Another more luxurious option, the mini Moët Imperial (about $15 a piece) is refined yet fun. Pass them out among your closest friends and toast to how damn classy you are.

    Verdi Spumante

    Though these super affordable babies ($3 each) only contain 5 percent alcohol, that only makes them more ideal for session-style drinking. Plus, they’re imported from Italy and make up for any shortcomings with a jazzy, gold-and-green presentation.

    8 Dishes to Bring You Luck in the New Year

    You may be a bit skeptical, but some foods are believed to be luckier than others. Feast on these beneficial dishes to ensure good fortune—or at least to ensure you start 2016 off full of great meals.

    Homemade Bagels
    Round foods, like bagels and doughnuts, are a tasty way to start the day and also symbolize coming full circle. As this year is coming to an end, it’s good to remember that 2016 is just about to begin.

    Warm Soba in Broth with Spinach and Tofu
    In Japan and China, long noodles represent longevity—but only if you don’t cut or break the noodles. Thankfully, this recipe serves them in a dashi broth, so slurping should be a bit easier.

    Lentils with Leeks and Cotechino Sausage
    Cotechino con lenticchie (pork sausage with lentils) is a traditional New Year’s dish in Italy. The tiny, green legumes resemble coins and plump while cooking, symbolizing growing wealth.

    Roasted Branzino with Caper Butter
    Roasting fish whole not only keeps it moist and adds extra flavor, but eating it from head to tail is said to give you good luck from the beginning of the year to the very end.

    Grilled Pork Chops with Concord Grapes
    Pigs, who root forward while planting their feet in the ground, signify forward movement. That makes these savory pork chops a very positive protein choice. If you want to be a bit more traditional, don’t cook the grapes as instructed in this recipe. In Spain, it’s customary to eat 12 of them at the stroke of midnight to bring prosperity in each of the coming months.

    Peppered Cornbread
    This cornbread isn’t just super tender, but it’s also the same color as gold—to indicate a year of riches.

    Collard Greens with Black-Eyed Peas
    A classic Southern combination, this recipe is perfect for New Year’s. The greens look like paper money, and the peas resemble coins. Eating this recipe of tender Collards and flavorful peas will not only be good for your health, but also (hopefully) your wallet.

    Double Chocolate Bundt Cake
    Much like bagels and doughnuts, the circular Bundt cake is a delicious reminder that every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

    Bonus tip: While you may be tempted to eat as much of these favored foods to give you the most prosperous year yet, it’s important not to get greedy. Having food left on your plate after midnight is associated with a stocked pantry in the New Year.

     

    7 Ways to Have a Champagne-Soaked New Year’s Eve

    Simply sipping Champagne with dinner, include the fizzy wine in the meal itself. Here, the best reasons to stock up on a few extra bottles this New Year’s Eve and cook up one amazing Champagne-drenched meal.

    1. Oysters Rocafella 
    In this take on Oysters Rockefeller, chef Mario Carbone tops raw oysters with a tangy vinegar-shallot mignonette, plus a Champagne-infused foam.

    2. Champagne-Roasted Cauliflower with Gruyère 
    For the ultimate New Year’s Eve side dish, roast whole heads of cauliflower with Champagne, then top with a creamy cheese sauce.

    3. Scallops with Potato Pancakes and Caviar Sauce 
    Vinny Dotolo found inspiration for this elegant dish by thinking about New Year’s Eve classics. Both Champagne and caviar flavor the butter sauce that he spoons over seared scallops set on mini potato pancakes.

    4. Champagne-Tomatillo Fritters 
    The batter for these fritters is deliciously light and crisp thanks to Champagne. It would also be great with sliced eggplant and zucchini.

    5. Strawberry-Champagne Granita 
    Blending fresh strawberries with sparkling wine, Andrew Zimmern’s beautiful and refreshing granita is the perfect dessert for an elegant dinner.

    6. Chocolate Pâté with Champagne Sabayon 
    This decadent chocolate dessert is accented with an airy Champagne-spiked sabayon.

    7. Cranberry Champagne Gelée with Oranges 
    These easy gelatins are as beautiful as they are delicious.

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