1. Our appetizer spread started out simply. 2. Even if watermelon radish didn’t taste amazing, I would still love it for its color. 3. We cleaned out the old pickling experiments so we’d have enough mason jars for drinking.
I’ve never met a new year celebration I didn’t love. The year we ran through Times Square, trying to make it home to Queens before midnite? Loved it. The years I grumbled about the cold, watching fireworks in Prospect Park while drinking champagne from the bottle? - Loved them. The year we spent with Jon and Kim in our dingy Astoria apartment when Bill and Lori ditched us for warmer weathers? Loved it.
My point is: I can think of no better way to end a year than with the ritual of a day spent cooking rewarded with a day with friends. This year was no exception. We ate, drank, and of course, we were merry.
Lobster and Seafood Coconut Stew
Shrimp and Sausage Fideo cakes
Salt-baked Stuffed Clams
Baby Octopus with Olive Oil, Capers and Lemon.
Kim’s “Anis” Cookies
Smashed Pea Shoot Dip
Lori’s Pickled Jalapeno & Relish Deviled Eggs
Smokey Oyster Dip
Grilled Bruschetta on Home-baked Bread