Casual supper as 2009’s last meal
When making recent company dishes, I seem to following three threads: Gourmet magazine tribute recipes, Julia Child tribute recipes and recipes from Louisiana, perhaps also a tribute of sorts to New Orelans’ gritty survival four-plus years after Katrina. A few friends came over yesterday evening to usher in 2010 with a simple supper. I didn’t take pictures either during the preparation or when I set the food out (the photo of red beans and rice is from http://www.allyou.com/). We started with drinks and simple cheese and crackers.
Then I put out individual mushroom-shallot quiches, based on a Dorie Greenspan recipe from the October 2006 issue of Bon Appetit. I tweaked it somewhat, mainly by using half shiitake and half white mushrooms rather than all white, and giving it a flavor boost by using truffle salt in place of unflavored salt. I also made red beans and rice, which I think of as a New Year’s tradition in the Big Easy (though I read somewhere that it’s really a Monday tradition).
Our friends lavished us with wine and sweets — assorted holiday cookes that Vivan brought over a few days earlier, chocolate bark from Jody and Doak, and a dense, rich chocolate cake from Andrea and Dana, who also brought a terrific dessert wine from Hawaii. The Volanco Winery located in the town of Volcano on the Big Island makes a sweet, but not cloying, Macadamia Nut Honey Wine that is light in color and subtle in taste. The busy bees work the island’s macadamia nut trees, and the result is delicious.
Finally, we went downstairs to the television room, opened some Piper-Heidsick champagne and watched the replay of Times Square at midnight, with the broadcast of the drop of the big crystal that had actually occurred two hours earlier but was held for those of us the Mountain Time Zone.
Happy, healthy and delicious New Year to all.