Thursday, December 27, 2012

link-o-rama, new year's eve edition

Happy (almost) New Year!

Dan and I will be ringing in 2013 at home, dreaming of balmy New Year's Eves past spent with friends in Florida. There's nothing like cocktails and sparklers on the back patio in December. But then again, there's something nice about bundling up and heading out into the cold for dinner at a cozy restaurant that's bursting with happy, red-cheeked diners. Or eating a big cheese plate in your toasty apartment as you watch all those shivering Times Square fools on TV.

If you're staying in, I found lots of recipe inspiration for you. Starting with these lovely little chocolate croissants. It's an absolute no-brainer recipe (just three ingredients!), and absolutely delicious. I made some for a party recently and debated making a double batch to store in the freezer (AKA, eat all by myself later). Shoulda, but didn'ta.

The recipe, by Nigella Lawson, is here, but one extra key thing to add is a little sprinkling of flaky salt on top of the croissants as soon as they emerge from the oven, all puffed and golden. See, they are so good I'm reverting to Nigella-speak. Make them for New Year's Eve and eat them warm with some sparkling wine. You'll go to bed very happy.

More links after the jump!

If you're going the cocktail party route, Bon Appetit has five steps to throwing a "crazy awesome" one, from bar snack suggestions to how to build a better bar. [via BA]

Food + Wine has 16 champagne cocktails and 20 fast appetizers, which is just about all you need for New Year's Eve. Well, maybe not that many. [via F+W]

I've been waiting for an excuse to make these flatbreads with honey, thyme and sea salt [via Smitten Kitchen]

Over at iVillage, we have 3-ingredient appetizers and no cook appetizers [via iVillage Food]

A new twist on an old favorite: bacon-wrapped dates with asiago cheese [via The Best Remedy]

OMG, ham and chive fritters! Want! [via Spoon Fork Bacon]

Easy make-ahead appetizers like spinach and caramelized onion dip [via Real Simple]

However you're celebrating, I wish you a happy, healthy 2013 that's full of everything you want.

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