December 31st, 2017 is the Second Annual Stay Home and Drink and Eat All Day New Years’ Eve Extravaganza (Our first last year was equally fun) . I love, love, love staying in on New Year’s Eve now. It’s something that I look forward to! Long gone are the $150-open bar tickets for five hours at Capitale only to step out past midnight into the cold, heels aching, to the sobering lack of transportation options. No more crowding around a bar for 20 minutes, being forced to resort to double/triple/quadruple-fisting glasses of cocktails. And no more standing around in a glittery, sparkly number in heels for 5 hours to wake up with sore, achy feet. No more to all of that! My friend Chrissy has been doing this for years with her husband and she’s quite an expert on New Year’s Eve celebrations at home. Brian and I are new to this and honestly, I’m sad that it took us this long to realize the genius of it.
I ate and drank to my heart’s content, garbed in a onesie, in the comfort of my own home while watching movies on Amazon while snuggled up to my corgi pup, Queen Elizabeth. It was amazinggggg! Brian and I also used a lot of our wedding presents: plates, glasses, & silverware. Sadly, we still don’t have a working oven/stove because of the gas leak in our apartment building so I purchased an Instant Pot to make pasta. The best part? We still have leftovers!
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Yes, I created a menu. I mean, obviously. We thought that going Italian/Mediterranean was the way to go seeing as cooking a roast was completely out of the question. Some of the food I made were inspired by our travels.
On our trip to Rome one year, we stopped by La Prosciutteria and loved it – everything they serve comes on a wooden board and it’s a full assortment of cured meat, cheese, olives, & crusty bread. Meat and cheese boards are not a novel idea but I loved that the restaurant only served those and sandwiches! So we got a lot of italian cured meats and cheeses (thanks Zabar’s!). I also made a salad similar to something we had in Florence at Trattoria la Casalinga – a layer of bresaola, dressed arugula, & shaved parmesan. It was so simple but so, so good! Lastly, on our latest trip (which was in Malta), we had this Mediterranean white bean salad at Cafe Caravaggio which had beans, olives, & parsley in olive oil. I thought was delicious but decided to add tomatoes and feta because why not.
I also made a quinoa salad inspired by my friend Sara’s recipe. She had a get-together at her condo a couple of days ago and she made this dish with quinoa, broccoli, & cranberries! I swapped broccoli for baby kale and I added sunflower seeds & pistachios only because I had it in my pantry and it sounded like a good idea. Spoiler alert: it was.
Finally, our main was bow tie pasta in spicy tomato sauce – the recipe, an amalgamation of a lot of recipes I found on various sites praising the wonders of the Instant Pot, was a product of pure panic and desperation. It was delicious.
After dinner, we watched Tale of Tales, I gave Lizzie some slices of pears and strawberries as a holiday treat, and shortly after sipping champagne at midnight, somehow, My Cousin Vinny was put on the TV and I fell asleep in my Piglet onesie to the sound of Joe Pesci’s voice.
I already cannot wait for next year’s.