Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year and Some Recipes

Every year we celebrate New Years Eve by watching Fred Astaire movies and eating appetizers. 
 Green Goddess Dip

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 anchovy fillets

  • 1 medium shallot, coarsely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar

  • 1 garlic clove, peeled

  • 1 large ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, quartered

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • Combine lemon juice, anchovies, shallot, vinegar, and garlic in processor. Blend until shallot and garlic are finely chopped. Add avocado, sour cream, parsley, tarragon, and basil; blend until almost smooth. With machine running, add olive oil through feed tube in thin stream. Transfer dip to small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.   Serve with crudites.

     Cheese Ball 

    1 package of cream cheese at room temperature
    generous cup of white cheddar cheese
    1/4 cup of raisins
    3 tbsp of rum or brandy

    Soak the raisins in the liquer.  Beat the cream cheese and cheddar together and then add the raisins.   Put the cheese on plastic wrap and form into a ball.  Serve with Carr's water crackers.

    Oysters Rockefeller

    2 pints of shucked psters
    1 1/2 sticks of melted butter
    1 1/2 sleeves of Ritz crackers
    white onion chopped
    1/2 cup of half and half 
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp pepper

    Preheat oven to 350.

    Crush the crackers in the food processor and set in a bowl.  Melt the butter in the microwave  and add to the crackers in the bowl and stir to combine.

    Spoon one third of the cracker crumbs in the bottom of a baking dish (I use a small oval dish that is about 8 by 11.)  Top with 1 pint of the oysters and half of the onion.   Then layer on half of the remaining cracker crumbs and the remaining oysters and white onion.  Stir together the half and half and salt and pepper and pour over the oysters and then top with the remaining cracker crumbs.  

    Bake for 45 minutes.  


    1. Well how did you know I got new Dip Trays for Christmas? I might just have to try that dip recipe - thanks!
      Happy New Year to you all, I hope 2012 brings you health and happiness! =^..^=
      Oh and loving the new header!

    2. I love your guys glasses! Very cool, very cool!

    3. Yummy recipes. We'll have to try them out sometime. Your guys look so cute in their jammies. Did you make them?

    4. Happy New Year! Love the photos of the pups and the new header photos look great!

    5. You guys look awesome ... Happy New Year! Love Zoe, Peyton, Webster & Liberty

    6. We LOVE Fred Astaire films. Those snack recipes sound awesome too.

      Love and licks, Winnie

    7. BOL...did we see you in Times Square watching the ball drop, BOL
      Happee New Year
      Benny & Lily

    8. Wow! New Year's Eve fashionistas! LOL! Great recipes, too!

    9. Happy New Year to you too!!! I love the quote in your header. It is so true.

    10. What a great way to bring in da new year! Happy 2012!

      Woofs and Licks,
      Maggie Mae and Max

    11. You guys look great. Mom and Dad invited one of our favorite humans to spend the night so we got LOTS of extra attention.

    12. Love the outfits and accessories! Happy New Year to all of you!