Tomorrow evening we are hosting a small dinner party to celebrate the end of 2008 and the incoming year of 2009. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has mixed emotions about this event. It's somewhat bittersweet, and I guess that's why I wanted to do something fun this year. When the Christmas holiday, or the month of December for that matter, do not meet our expectations for whatever reason, it's nice to feel like you end the holiday season on a good note.
I began cooking today (I chose a menu with lots of make ahead options) and had a few successes as well as a few disappointments. Why oh why do I try new recipes on nights like this instead of relying on old favorites? I really need to learn this lesson once and for all :)
On the revised menu for tomorrow...
Crudites with Herb Buttermilk Dip
Crostini with Prosciutto, Mushrooms & Blue Cheese
Spiced Pecans (add half the amount of salt)
Potato Fennel Gratin
Fennel Crusted Pork Tenderloin
Three Lettuce Salad with one of these vinaigrettes
Sauteed Haricots Verts
Ginger Cake Trifles with Carmelized Apples, Cranberries & Whipped Cream; I may end up substituting this ginger cake recipe based on its reviews...we'll see.