(Thank God it’s two-thousand twelve!) For realsies. It’s high time for a new year. 2011 wasn’t all bad- but, it certainly had its moments. I’m glad it’s long gone and I’m excited at the prospects for a new journeys and exciting things to come.
So, as I discussed in my last post this holiday season has been hectic, and after the whirlwind that was Christmas weekend I was looking forward to some downtime for New Years. New Years & I have a strained relationship, and the older I get, the less I like it. There’s so much pressure to do something really fun, go to a crazy party- pay a ridiculous cover to a bar, drink champagne and kiss someone at midnight. As my Dad calls it, “amateur night.” I would much rather spend the night with close friends, family, and keep things low-key, certainly pop some bubbly, maybe play a round of Scrabble and watch a movie.
This year, my plan was to cook myself a delicious meal and relax; the ultimate treat these days. I did just that and it was magnificent. I didn’t feel lonely or sad, it was just perfect. I am my own best date sometimes. So here’s to 2012, living to the fullest, staying true to me, and making it all work.
Here’s what I made to ring in the new year…
Chicken au Champagne or shall we say… Chicken con Prosecco.
I made this recipe a few years ago with the real deal- Veuve Cliquot, but I couldn’t justify the nearly $50 bottle for just me. And, to be completely honest, I prefer Prosecco and Cava. To me they are drier and more palatable than the traditional French Champagnes.
Look at that roasted beauty…
And to go with it, Ina Garten’s Herbed New Potatoes and roasted brussel sprouts
And of course… dessert… Gluten-Free brownies and Vanilla Ice cream.. oh yes.