Friday, December 28, 2012
Bring in the New Year with Ways to Celebrate
Happy New Year, everyone! We will usher out 2012 with a bang, so why not welcome this year with something just as festive? Here are some(resolution-free) ways to celebrate 2013 today.
Gather friends and family for a special brunch experience on a lazy weekend morning. Keep it simple and fresh with easy table setting ideas and treats that are both savory and sweet.
Brunch is a grown-up way to relax tradition and mix delicious foods that might not typically be served together. Start by setting up a buffet in your most light-filled room. Pick a favorite color scheme, like lilac, and lay out a pretty linen tablecloth, napkins, white dishes and juices, like orange and cranberry.
Creative Silverware Display
Serve up silverware in a festive container. Start with rectangular card-stock containers and cut scrapbook paper to fit around the holder. Adhere the paper with double-sided tape, and decorate with self-adhesive crystal embellishments. Use letter stickers to spell out fun sayings.
Simple Place Settings
Create pretty folded napkins with pockets to hold a flower blossom and place card. Start by folding the napkin in half from top to bottom, and then fold the bottom up to the top. Take the top layer and fold it down about an inch. Fold the napkin into thirds by folding each side under to create the pocket on top. Place the flower stem in the pocket.
Set up a Bellini bar with fresh fruits, champagne and bottles of fruit purees. Make your own purees or purchase them in the ice cream section of the grocery store. Fill one third of a glass with the puree; try orange, peach or raspberry. Add two thirds of chilled champagne or sparkling wine, and serve immediately.
Frittata is the perfect one-dish meal and can be served warm or at room temperature. Serve it sliced on a platter or whole in a pretty pie plate.
4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2" pieces
2 medium potatoes, cut into 1/4" slices
6 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1-1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
2 tsp. finely snipped fresh basil or 2 tsp. dried basil, crushed
Using a large cast iron skillet, cook bacon pieces until crisp and brown. Reserve two tablespoons of bacon drippings. Drain bacon pieces on paper towel.
Add potato slices to skillet and cook in bacon drippings. Cover and cook over medium heat for 12 to 15 minutes until tender and brown.
In large bowl, beat eggs, milk, pepper and salt until combined. Stir in cheese, green onion and basil. Set aside.
Spread cooked potatoes in an even layer over the bottom of a nine-inch pie plate. Sprinkle the bacon over the potatoes. Pour in egg mixture. Cover and cook over medium-low heat. Cook 15 to 20 minutes, until top surface of egg is set. Decrease heat to low, if necessary, to allow center to cook without overcooking the edges.
Loosen edges of frittata from pan, and carefully invert onto large serving plate. Cut into wedges. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream or salsa and extra crumbled bacon before serving, if desired.
Homemade blueberry scones are always a crowd favorite. Display in a basket or casserole dish that's been lined with a linen in your chosen color.
2 cups flour
2 tbs. sugar
2-1/2 tbs. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
3/4 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup milk
2/3 cup blueberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and mix well.
In a small bowl, stir together butter, eggs and milk. Pour into flour mixture, and mix until ingredients bind together. Stir in blueberries.
Turn dough out on a floured surface. Pat out dough to a nine-inch circle and cut into eight wedges. Transfer with a spatula to a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Makes eight servings.
Mini Fruit Tarts
With store-bought ingredients, mini fruit tarts are easy to make, but look like they came from a pastry chef. Start with mini pastry tart shells and fill with your favorite vanilla pudding. Cut up an assortment of fruit and arrange on top of each tart. Heat apricot jam in the microwave for a few seconds and use a pastry brush to brush the jam on top of the fruit.
Cream puffs displayed in wineglasses make for a very tempting presentation. Use store-bought cream puffs and dip one cream puff per serving in chocolate. Place two or three cream puffs in each wine glass and then top with a chocolate-dipped one.
Invite friends and family to ring in the new year in stylish and with warmth...
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