Make New Year's Different This Year!

New Year's Eve is a fun holiday, dontcha think? All that potential for the year to come, just waiting to be revealed. I love it. And I also love that it signals the end of the holidays and I don't have to hear Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer anymore. So, I like to make a treat out of New Year's by making a fancy dinner for my husband and me before we go out and hit the town.

The latest issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray has an Italian New Year's Feast worth considering. Those of you who are having a dinner party should definitely check this New Year's Eve menu out. I was a bit intimidated when I first gave them a glance, but the recipes are actually pretty simple. They aren't 30 minutes meal though!

Since it will just be the two of us for New Year's a feast probably isn't in order. So, I took a tour through Rachael Ray's old 30 Minute meal show recipes to see what looked interesting. Last year we made Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Spinach and Cheese Cakes with some roasted potatoes. It was so good that it's tempting to just make it again but these menus are also under consideration:

  • Top Drawer Dinner - Tabasco Shrimp Cocktail, T-bones with Fried Green Onions and Creamy Parmesan Spinach.

  • A Taste of the Good Life - Wild Mushroom Fricasee Over Polenta, Sage Veal Chops, Arugula Salad with Pear, Blue Cheese & Apricot Vinaigrette (definitely one of my all-time favorite Rachael Ray salads).

  • Exquisitely Simple, Supermarket Fancy - Broccolini with Garlic & Asagio, Veal Marsala with Egg Fettucine and Quick Tiramisu.

  • Fast 'n Fancy - Roasted Baby Potatoes with Rosemary, Green Beans and Portobello Mushroom Saute, Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Gorgonzola and Creamsicle Liqueur Dessert (this is the leading contender).

  • 30-Minute Festive Fixins' - Fruited White and Wild Rice, Brandy & Orange Chicken Breasts Topped with Stuffed Shrimp.

I'm accepting votes on what you think I should make!

[Photo from Every Day with Rachael Ray]


  1. Are you accepting offers for additional guests? :)

  2. Hey look it's Silvio from the Sopranos! LOL!

    I love Italian food, but for some reason I don't really care too much for lamb. Everything sounds so good though!

  3. The article from the magazine about their little party is pretty cute, too!

  4. I plan on making the Tuscan Cacciatore Risotto recipe from the December/January 2007 issue!

  5. I was eyeing that one Rachel. You'll have to post about it!

  6. You guys - I got the funniest comment today. Someone (anonymous, of course) wrote a whiney comment about a grammar mistake (which I have now fixed), but the person wrote it as if Rachael Ray wrote this post. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black, huh?

    Maybe I should make the "Madeline" at the end of each post bigger?

  7. OK, whoever write this ... this is from the "whiney"(maybe, whiny??) person who complained about grammar. The message stands. Rachael - and you,I guess - bad grammar. And yes, we folk out here take note of that.
    First impression, y'know ...
    I'm a personal chef (degreed) and a cooking class instructor. There are no black kettles here.

  8. Anony - seriously, you are making this too easy for me. It's spelled both ways, but good try!

    I just think it's pretty sad that you go trolling the internet to find a place to say mean things about Rachael Ray. And even worse, that you do it anonymously so that no one can criticize you or your overzealous use of punctuation.

    I am not sure how your degree or cooking instructor credentials excuses your lack of reading comprehension, but whatever.

    I recommend that you stop reading this blog because (a) my grammar ain't perfect (see?) and (b) the author of this blog (that's me, not Rachael, in case you forgot already), is a Rachael Ray fan, so there might not be much here for you.


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