Thursday, February 12, 2009

New Years Eve - 2008 (Norm's Paella)

Norm makes one killer Paella. Seriously. He finally got his dad's recipe a few years ago and has since perfected it. We have made it a tradition to have it on Christmas Eve...although this year because of lots of family visits and festivities, we didn't get to have it until New Years Eve.
We spent a quiet night in...and made a night out of eating lots of delicious foods! And lots of wine. Perhaps too much, but that's a whole other story = )

The recipe he uses, makes a ton. So for just the two of us, this is one giant pot of goodness! Not to mention it makes for good leftovers, too.
So we started with a big cheese plate to snack on while dinner cooked. I was so excited to find a basket labeled "just enough" cheeses at the grocery store. Each was just a few ounces...and really "just enough" for two! We had 7 or 8 cheeses (I know, total overkill), apple & pear slices, grapes, olives, quince paste and the cutest litte whole wheat toasts.
And wine...mmmmm wine.

Dinner is served!

I made a tossed salad of baby spinach, apples, walnuts and blue cheese with a balsamic vinaigrette.

Some champagne at midnight. I pumped mine up with pomegranate liquor. good.

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