New Year's Eve Blog

Peanut Butter Like You've Never Had Before

Simple. Delicious. And totally worth a shot.

That's all I have to say about that.

So ready.


2 tbsp peanut butter

1 garlic clove

Juice of 1 lemon

fresh oregano

3 tbsp EVOO

3 tbsp water

Salt and Pepper

2 eggplants

red pepper flakes

Okay, so to start puree the peanut butter, garlic clove, some oregano (to taste) and the juice of 1 lemon. Afterwards, blend in the water, EVOO and S&P.

On the other hand, thinly slice the eggplants, brush each side with EVOO, season with S&P and lightly grill each side. It takes about 3 minutes per side since eggplants are so tender already.

Top your side dish with the peanut dressing, some red pepper flakes and more oregano if you like.

Now how simple was that?

A Sassy Way To Enjoy A Summer Treat

Watermelon has always been associated with the summer but Food Network Magazine has changed that forever. It is not just for summer anymore, add it to your New Year's Eve menu as a light and interesting first course dish.

All you need is:

4 cups diced watermelon

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced and soaked in cold water

1 cucumber, seeded and sliced

mint leaves

goat cheese

A Pork Dinner That Will Knock Your Socks Off

Picking a dinner option for the party of the century (well, New Year at least) is quite tricky so why not try something that appeases most palates, like pork. This recipe is different though because it combines a little bit of the ocean with the land.

It requires tuna fish. An odd combination I thought but not too shabby. That'll do Good Housekeeping. That'll do.

Use this:

2 tbsp EVOO

2 small pork tenderloins

2 medium shallots, roughly chopped

1 medium carrot, roughly chopped

4 fresh sage leaves

1 cup dry white wine or water

1 5-6oz can light tuna packed in olive oil, drained (but reserve about 2 tbsp of the oil)

Stuff Your Artichoke With This!

Stuffed artichokes are one of my favorite things to eat (yeah, I have a lot of favorite things to eat haha) and this year you should bring them to your New Year's Eve party.

They're an easy grab-and-eat treat and this Food Network recipe does not disappoint.

You'll need:

3 lemons; 1 zested, 3 juiced (squeezed lemons reserved)

4 large artichokes

5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

2 oz bacon, finely chopped

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Fresh Cucumber Bites

Okay. Simple. Fish. Delicious. That's all I have to say about that.

Cucumber Cups with Creamy Salmon Whip

1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese

1 tbsp non-fat milk

4 scallions, white parts only, sliced

4 oz. thinly sliced smoked salmon

1/4 cup whipped cream cheese

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

fresh ground white pepper

2 large english cucumbers

1 tbsp chopped fresh chives

Food processor needed. Now take the cottage chees and milk and toss it in the food processor until smooth as a cucumber (I couldn't help myself). Add the scallions, salmon, cream cheese, lemon juice and just a pinch of white pepper and process that until smooth.

Give Me That Banana Pop!

Okay. Quick dessert treat for the kids (or adults) on New Year's Eve.

Simplicity. That's what this is about.

Take however many banana's you want. Cut them in half. Insert a wooden popsicle stick and then freeze those banana's (about 2 hours).

Buy some dipping chocolate, melt it and dip the frozen banana's in it.

Here's where you can get creative... buy some of your favorite sweet treats and you can smash 'em up and dip your chocolate banana's in that as well! Or, you can just leave them the way they are, you're choice.

Once you're done, freeze them again and then you're all set!

See. Simple.

Stuff Your Guests With Cheese!

So I know that finger foods are your best bet for your New Year's Eve party because it's not easy to double fist your drinks when you have to hold onto what you're eating. A quick pop-it-in-the-mouth treat is what you need and it's what I got for you right here.

I'm a big fan of bleu cheese, it's my favorie salad dressing and I can't get enough of it. This dish right here is a tricky way to say you're eating healthy since it involves celery, or water, whatever you want to look at it as. Either way, it's scrumptious and an easy treat to pass around to your guests. So munch on...

Twix Fix Please.

I love cheesecake. I also love that oreo cookie crust from the foodstore. On top of that, I love twix. So i'm going to share this dessert with you that's filled with a bunch of things I love and that I know some of you do too!

2 8oz. bars of cream cheese

16 fun size bars of twix, chopped

1/2 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 chocolate cookie pie crust

Now take your electric mixer and beat the cream cheese, sugar and eggs at room temperature. Mix in (manually) the twix pieces and when done pour into your chocolate cookie pie crust. And don't sneak a taste! I know you want to.

Bake at 325 degrees for about 40-45 minutes and then cool. Chop up some more twix bars and cover the top with them, chill it for a few hours and then EAT!

The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Pig?

New Year's Eve is the perfect time to try out new recipes and this one is a sure-fire hit! You can impress your guests with the delicious combination of sweet and hearty packed together in this single dish. Just be careful about your guest's allergies because this dish contains apples and that could turn your party from fun to terrifying. So make sure people know what you're serving.

A cute idea is to send out a dinner menu option list to your guests, have them check off what they would want and then head to the kitchen from there!