James and I planned a lovely evening for New Year's Eve. He has a new condo in the Downtown area of Columbus with floor to ceiling windows and amazing views so we decided to cook (testing out the new kitchen and cookware), sip champagne and just be together. It was a success... even though, I'll admit it, we didn't stay awake until midnight. Ha!
We broiled Omaha steak filet mignon, cooked whole green beans with almonds and tried an amazing new dish of glazed carrots and pistachios. LOVED it!
I also prepared wedge salads with gorgonzola, homemade ranch dressing and we had strawberries with cream cheese frosting for dessert. The strawberries were fun because I cut them cross wise while they were sitting on their leaves with the point facing the ceiling. Using a icing bag, I piped the frosting into the strawberries. They looked elegant and the taste was sweet and creamy. Wish I would've snapped a photo but there were nice! We had some left over for breakfast the next morning too. Yum!
James surprised me by opening a vintage bottle of Cristal Champagne (isn't he sweet?). I've never had it before but I prefer it over Dom Perignon and Perrier Jouet. We had fun over the holidays tasting different champagne and taking notes. I've learned a lot about different brands, size of bubbles and level of dryness. Here's to more bubbles in 2013. :)
Happy New Year!