Happy New Year!

If I had waited any longer to post, I may have missed even the Chinese New Year!  The In-Laws arrived late on Christmas Eve and, after a couple of schedule changes, The Husband and I spent a night in St. Louis sans Tartlets before our New Year’s Eve party.  We special ordered a sofa from Dolnick’s (the middle column, 22nd row — in plum microfiber!). We got back and spent a couple of days in a cooking and cleaning frenzy. I don’t have pictures though! What was I thinking? We had a pretty small group this year with a number of people out of town, so the menu was pared down a bit from initial plans, but still it was a lot of food!

This was the menu:
Veggie tray (carrots, celery, jicama, mushrooms, olives, peas, and grape tomatoes)
Misc pitas and crackers
Dips: ranch, garlic chive hummus, roasted red pepper hummus, orange & cranberry cream cheese, artichoke and red pepper
Cheese plate with Havarti, muenster, cheddar, pepper jack, and herbed goat cheese
Misc chips with a mild chunky salsa, chipotle salsa, and guacamole
Mini calzones
Egg rolls
Chicken Skewers (simple peanut butter, yogurt & BBQ sauce marinade)
BBQ meatballs

Fresh fruit with pineapple, honeydew, and red seedless grapes
Baklava (made with pistachios rather than walnuts)
Apple Toffee Bars
Orange Nanaimo Bars
Almond Balls
Orange Cheesecake covered with Chocolate Ganache

And for the punch, I mixed grape juice and apple juice (100% juice) with soda water for a high fructose corn syrup-free punch! I used to always make punch by mixing the juices with Sprite/7-UP/generic lemon-lime soda, but this was just as tasty and much less sugary. I still made a ring of frozen juice with lemon and lime slices in it instead of adding ice.

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