- To hell with the pig... I'm going to Switzerland.

Welcome to 2012 (Sunday, January 1, 2012)

Yes, I know I haven't updated in an awful long time. But I figured I'd better write about tonight before I forget what we did. Over the course of the holiday season, I confess that I've forced Elaine to attend way too many family events and subjected her to far too many groups of people. So, when she suggested a quiet picnic at home for New Years Eve, I agreed. With the condition that the picnic be over the top.

We began the evening with bruschetta topped with tomato, mozzarella, oregano, and a balsamic vinaigrette.

Our second course was a cucumber salad with craisins, walnuts, and crumbled cranberry white Stilton, tossed in the balsamic vinaigrette.

Our third course was a duck leg confit, served with a French batard loaf, accompanied by a 2003 Bouchard Père et Fils, Beaune Marconnets (a delightful red French, which complemented the duck quite well, but without the usual abusive nature I've come to expect from French reds).

The final course was petit toast topped with crème fraîche and Trader Joe's variety of paddlefish caviar. While the caviar wasn't bad for the price and availability, it was saltier than I would hope for, and it didn't have the rich buttery flavor I've been told to expect from a high quality caviar. But at this price, it was good enough that I'd buy it again.

The caviar and the turn of the new year were accompanied by an Amusant Bubbly Pink Moscato, in place of Champagne. That was a good call. The Moscato has a similar texture to Champagne, but with an almost strawberry flavor. Maybe it's not as sophisticated, but it's definitely tasty.

So Happy New Year! I hope everyone has a healthy and productive 2012!

—Brian (1/1/2012 12:58 AM)


In case anyone was wondering, the Amusant Bubbly Pink Moscato was purchased for $6 at Trader Joe's, where they were giving away free samples. It sells itself, and that's for sure!

Most of the rest of the meal was purchased at Wegmen's.

-- Brian (1/8/2012 10:53 PM)

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