DECEMBER 30, 2008
Preparing for the New Year
A long-standing tradition of ours—for the past 30 years—is a big New Year's Day party that goes from early afternoon until midnight, give or take an hour. It began as a brunch for friends way back when we lived in the carriage house behind Maguire's. Over the years it's expanded and contracted, adding more card and game playing while getting less adventurous on the food front. We've mostly given up on having a food theme in favor of a few dishes that are both good and easy to make in quantity.
Here in the Dave's shopping cart are ingredients for some of the standbys: deviled eggs, several kinds of pizza, pulled pork sandwiches, Equal Exchange coffee, and beer.
We'll also have spinach dip in a pumpernickel bread bowl, potatoes au gratin, Creole lima beans and punch made with orange juice, ginger ale, pineapple juice and champagne.
This is always supplemented by whatever treats people bring with them. Around the middle of the day there seems to be more food than we can possibly eat, but as the game-playing goes into the evening the food—and beer—supply dwindles, occasionally to zero.
Just in case
Walking home tonight after dinner at Johnny Mango we cut through the St. Pat's parking lot and saw this truck advertising Jim's services.
Never know when you'll have a bat, mole or ground hog you need removed. Actually, earlier in the year I saw two grown skunks rummaging around in our back yards, so I may have to call Jim sometime.