Wow, what a great party and special thanks to everyone who joined us for the last Saturday of 2007 to make it a very memorable night. I don’t think anyone has ever tried to organize something like this before, which made it very exciting.
Picture this: You have to bring a dish to a potluck party. Ah, but this is not just any pot-luck party, this party’s theme requires you to select a dish from a menu of previewed items of the online receipts. What a concept – someone call HGTV!
Our only drawback from this approach is that as each person or couple arrived, they may need access to the kitchen to make final preparations. It was a frantic picture, but we managed. As each dish was completed and plated, of course it had to be photographed next to its own label naming the dish and chefs.
You can review the list of everything we tried. There were great salads and appealing appetizers, gourmet main dishes of lamb and scallops, and decadent desserts that included a custom-mould gingerbread house made by famous cake decorating expert, Laurel. There was even a blended eggnog cocktail that was VERY popular. We totaled 27 entries in all and each one was unique and incredible!
All this was all accompanied by 9 different bottles of wine that we enjoyed from 6pm until our last guests left at 1:15am! We can’t think of a better way to wrap up 2007 and welcome an exciting new year than a unique party of friends willing to go outside the box to prepare and share good food!
Happy New Year!
Ps1. For Sabrina’s version of story, please click HERE.
Ps2. For more pictures, please click HERE.
– 2007 Food Network Party Potluck Final Menu –
Santa’s Sleigh Cocktail – Delia & Julio
Holiday Mulled Wine Cider – Mark E. (see receipt in the bottom )
Holiday Salad – Amy & Doug
Pear, Stilton, and Chicory Salad with Crispy Chestnuts – Jonathan, Dianna, and Matt
Five-Spice Chicken Salad in Wonton Shells – Min & Bill
Orange Juice-Braised Sweet Potatoes – Julia & Jason
Eggplant and Mozzarella Roll-Ups – Shira & Jory
Crab Salad with Ginger and Dried Orange Peel – Pamela & Luke
Parmesan Cheese drizzled with a honey infused truffle oil – Delia & Julio
Tomato, basil,and mozzarella kabobs – Delia & Julio
Lamb Meatballs with Mint Mark E.
Leg of Lamb with Caper Sauce Jonathan, Dianna, and Matt
Beef Stew with Belgian-Style Pale Ale Linda & Greg
Beef Yakitori with Eggplant Sabrina
Spicy Pork Kabobs with Moorish Flavors Heather & Eddie
Herb-and-Cheese-Filled Chicken Thighs Annie & Chi
Honey, sesame and ginger chicken Sabrina
Seared Scallops with Tropical Salsa Anita, Michael and Frank
Scallops in a Saffron and Rioja Wine Sauce Julie & Harry
Shrimp Marinated in Lemon and Olive Oil Tao & Anders
Apple Coffee Cake Catherine & Bruce
Orange Cardamom Cookies Tao & Anders
Tapioca Pudding Linda & Greg
Berries with Balsamic Vinegar Anita, Michael and Frank
Ginger Bread House Laurel & Howard
Wine Michael Wen
Wine Bob Brooks
Cranberry Mulled Wine
1 750ml Bottle Wine – Yellow Tail Shiraz works nicely
750ml Martinelli Apple Cider
2 Cups Cranberries
1 Cup Sugar
by heating the wine on medium, add the cranberries. Cut each of the
fruit in half. As you put each piece into the heating wine, squeeze
each one into the wine but try to make sure that the seeds do not get
into the mixture. (if they do, you can pick them out or strain later).
the wine and fruit to heat slowly (about ½ hour) but not boil if you
can; here you now need to wait until about half the cranberries pop to
release their juice (you will hear them as they pop). Now add the
sugar and apple cider. Return to low heat for about ½ hour.