So what wound up happening was a medley of foods I'd always wanted to make but never had the time/money/ambition to do so, including my first time ever cooking live crab.
|This is the Crab Man and Steve Francisco Crabby Pants. Steve was the one who joined us for dinner.|
So, the menu consisted of a couple hor d'oeuvres, in which Mr. Crabby Pants made a starring appearance! Photos to be posted later.), lamb tagine, saffron lentils and rice, and for "birthday cake" I made this chocolate malted ice cream pie and pumpkin cheesecake squares. For liquid refreshment I made Pear Sparkler, which is quickly becoming my go-to party punch.
|The most dangerous and delicious punch on the planet!|
I found the original recipe to make a bit much, especially since this is such a strong drink! This is my version, which makes a little less and has more lemon juice.
- 1 bottle riesling
- 1 bottle sparkling wine/champagne (I used a dry sparkling wine which complimented the sweetness of the pear much better I believe.)
- 1 1/2 cup pear nectar or juice
- 2 cups pear flavored vodka
- 2 tbls triple sec
- juice of 1 lemon
- underripe sliced pears for garnish
So now, a year older (and hopefully wiser!) I'm ready to face 2012 with a list of New Years resolutions and a million recipes begging to be made!