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What are you serving for New Year's Eve?

Happy Healthy New Year to Everyone!

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  1. Maybe I will get some inspiration from this thread! We were supposed to dine at one our favorite spots (Craigie on Main in Boston) but our babysitter has bailed and at this late date our chances of finding another is pretty much non existent.

    Right now the plan is go for some early bowling and then come home for game night. Most likely I make some pizza dough and we will do "make your own" pizza with sparkling cider for the boy and the real stuff for us.

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    1. re: foodieX2

      Very simple. Pork chops, cole slaw, black eyed peas and cornbread. Can't wait either. I'm not superstitious but this is a favorite meal!

      1. re: foodieX2

        foodie, I heard the local Boston-area going rate for babysitters tonight was $30/hour. I think it's probably good you're staying in! :-D

        1. re: LindaWhit

          Its crazy! Our regular sitter had agreed at her regular rate but then ran into issues with her family. No hard feeling, total legit, but ARGH! We had one option to sitter share but it meant we had provide transportation there and back and it was still $20 an hour! Add to that Craigie prices? Ouch!

          Happy New Year Linda!

          1. re: foodieX2

            That's what I was thinking - the 3-4 hours to the babysitter, and then the price of dinner (which would absolutely be worth it at Craigie...but still!).

            I should have hired myself out tonight for babysitting. :-)

            1. re: LindaWhit

              I saw you are alone tonight. You could probably double the going rate!

      2. Fondue!

        Our neighbors received an electric fondue pot in a Christmas gift exchange and didn't think they'd use it but knew we would so they gave it to us... just in time for New Years Eve!

        It'll be a traditional cheese fondue with tiny potatoes, bread, artichoke crowns, andouille, asparagus tips, hearts of palm, shrimp, rare tenderloin, granny smith apples, asian pears and cornichons.

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        1. re: weezieduzzit

          the electric fondue pot i bought on a severely extended business trip this year was the best 30 bucks i've spent on a kitchen piece in a while... it worked for much more than just fondue ;-) enjoy! yum!

        2. We are taking a spicy seafood gumbo/soup with us to our friend's house, along with a mixed green salad from our home garden. The gumbo recipe is from an old Bon Appetit Restaurant Recipes cookbook, and originates from Commander's Palace in NO.

          Our friend's hubby has many food allergies, so I made some gluten free blond brownies with coconut and pecans for him (and the rest of us). For those who don't have dietary issues, I made a small Red Velvet cake with boiled frosting for my birthday at midnight NYE.

          DH is making up a batch of buttermilk-pineapple sherbet to cool off the palate after the spicy gumbo.

          1. It's just hubby & I, & we'll be enjoying the same "grazing menu" we've been enjoying for decades now.

            This year's offerings will include American Hackleback, Alaskan Salmon, & French Trout caviar (& yes, I know that those are really considered "roes" & not true caviar, but what the heck - it's New Year's - lol!), whipped cream cheese, crackers, smoked salmon, Lobster Rangoons, baked clams, turkey "Pigs in Blankets", a cheeseboard, lentil soup, & a few other things I'll pick up tomorrow, plus a variety of Proseccos & Cavas in the fridge.

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            1. re: Bacardi1

              Ummm.....I'm sure a third person won't be noticed, will I? ;-)

              1. re: LindaWhit

                Not in the least! Especially since we never finish everything off & end up having the leftovers as appetizers before the big New Year's Day French Cassoulet.