To bring in the New Year, I again had the opportunity to give a party and create new art in the form of food for friends and family. Made to enjoy, engaging all five senses was at least my goal, it is only my hope that the guests agreed.
Thank you to my friend Ayu: I have wonderful pictures of all the food because of her care and time to photograph every single dish!
Another huge thank you to Kim and Maureen Bowyer for loaning many wonderful dishes as well as coming early, setting nearly everything up! Because of them, the end was relaxed, and under control as guests arrived.
And my siblings. For cleaning house, excusing my absence from everywhere other than the kitchen, and putting up with my banging around until 2am in the morning finishing projects.
Last but not least, thank you to my parents, for letting me once again, fill their freezers and fridges full of containers stocked with waiting to be assembled foods, filling the kitchen with dishes and messes, and on January 2nd, filling their house with lots and lots of noise, games, vibrating walls, messing fingers and full bellies–all in the forms of humans.
I will be sharing a few of the recipes. Most of the dishes were “Culinary Premiers.” In other words, first time experiments; but the former sounds much more tactful when talking about serving to 50 guests a dish for the first time–All to say, many of the recipes I forgot to write down as I went, and thus do not remember what I put in them.