NYE 2011

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s 2012 – where did 2011 go? I have a few goals for the new year which (as most people are in early January) I’m very motivated to keep! Amongst them: better hone my writing skills, be more daring, be more kind, lose a few lbs, and go back to school for a higher degree! Lots to be thankful for and lots to look forward to.

As any good food enthusiast knows, it’s imperative to celebrate the closing of the ending year and beginning of the new with some amazing eats. And boy did I ever …

My New Year’s Eve dinner was an excellent 5-course meal at my family’s Country Club. We were greeted at the door with a flute of champagne and once seated, with an oyster shooter amuse bouche complimented with lemongrass foam and caviar.

The following courses offered several options for each and we tried to order different things so we could try it all. I took pictures of everything our table ordered and I’ll just tell you now that everything was totally delicious. For the appetizer course, we ordered the short-rib and foie gras bruschetta and the lobster tempura with a beurre blanc sauce.

Next came the salad/soup course, which was a refreshing palate cleanser from the foie gras. The plates we ordered from this course were the Frisee salad which was accented with quail eggs, truffle oil, and a parmesan crisp, all of which was enwrapped in a crisp bacon ring. The Antipasto salad was a beautiful pyramid of crisp grilled vegetables and creamy goat cheese. The Lobster bisque was velvety rich and topped with a salted whipped cream.

The entrees were typical delicious NYE fare – I ordered the filet mignon with roasted potatoes and tomatoes, mother and father enjoyed surf and turf with scalloped potatoes and brothers savored the veal chops with a trio of carrots and morrel mushrooms.

The dessert options were Bananas Foster and Chocolate Opera cake, both were divine but the latter stole the show. The bananas foster featured sauteed bananas, rum semifreddo and candied walnuts, while the opera cake alternated fudgy layers of dense chocolate cake and rich chocolate mousse, all of which was enveloped in a dark chocolate ganache dome and topped with edible gold, which let’s face, it has no flavor but definitely makes you feel special!

And now I’ll spend the rest of this month working off the calories consumed in the final few days of the previous year … Happy New Year!

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