Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What are you doing for NYE?

New Years Eve... it may seem that one year you have several party invites and the next year nothing to do! What will you be doing this year? Not sure yet? We've got some ideas for you!

Going out?
Many bars charge a steep cover on New Years Eve but there are other inexpensive & free activities out there! Here are the "First Night" festivities in the closest cities to us in York, ME. Some events require the purchase of First Night buttons while others are free to the public!

• Boston, MA: http://www.firstnight.org
North America's oldest First Night Celebration! Activities include ice sculptures on Boston Common and fireworks at midnight. There is also an earlier 7PM family fireworks show. Check the website for a full event listing.

• Portsmouth, NH: http://www.proportsmouth.org/firstnight.cfm
Portsmouth has indoor and outdoor activities including music, arts, and fireworks. Some downtown streets will be closed so check the site for more info!

Staying in?
We recommend having a game night and watching the ball drop (via your TV) at midnight! Why not grab a bottle of champagne, make up a few appetizers and spend time with family & friends?

By the way, did you know that only sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France is actually called Champagne? Bottles of bubbly produced in other regions are called sparkling wines. Although many people still refer to it as champagne, in Europe it is illegal to label any non-champagne as such! Now that you'll be more knowledgeable heading off to the wine store; are you looking for a great deal this New Years? Jim Stott (co-owner of Stonewall Kitchen) recommends Gruet Sparkling Wine as an excellent yet inexpensive bottle of bubbly! He says you can find it at the NH state liquor store.

Of course, no party is complete without some tasty snacks! Do you still need to come up with some appetizers to serve? Check out our recipes page where you can search by product, ingredient, or recipe type! I absolutely love this one using our Roasted Garlic Onion Jam:

Baked Camembert

Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 1 8-oz. wheel of Camembert Cheese, or two 6- oz. wheels
  • 1/3 cup Stonewall Kitchen Roasted Garlic Onion Jam
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. walnuts or pecans, toasted
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet by greasing lightly or lining it with parchment paper.
  2. Making sure you only cut through the rind of the Camembert cheese, run a knife around the top (¼ inch in from the edge of the cheese). Make several cuts across the cheese forming small triangles, and then gently remove the top rind forming a shallow cup to hold the jam.
  3. Spread the Stonewall Kitchen Roasted Onion Garlic Jam over the top of the cheese. Sprinkle the rosemary and nuts on top. Place on baking sheet and bake 20 minutes, or until the cheese is warm and soft.
  4. Transfer cheese to a serving dish with a spatula. Serve warm with crackers or French bread toasts.

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