In the mean time, it's New Year's Eve! Now, I have to confess, I have not always been the biggest fan of NYE. It always seems to be filled with expectations that somehow fall flat, leaving you with this sense of disappointment and, I don't know, loser-dom. However, I changed my attitude over the last few years. I embrace whatever I end up doing and make sure there are elements to it that are sure to make me feel great. Having said that...
Last year my lovely friend and neighbor along with her husband and children joined us at our house (see NYE at the McKane's), and we had a lovely evening filled with great food, fun conversation, and of course a bit of bubbly. This year my neighbor is returning the favor and hosting us at her house. I am contributing the dessert, Tres Leches cake, and my husband is making the bread, a lovely ciabatta. In addition, I am bringing over the makings for limontinis and amaretto sours.
I have the most lovely outfit planned for this evening! While visiting my father in Portland, OR over Christmas, I bought the most gorgeous vintage emerald green wiggle dress at The Pop-Up Shoppe. Coupled with decadent stockings and the most divine lime green and black lace bra and panty set from Jane's Vanity (you guys know how I love them!) I will feel like I am ready to start the new year off well dressed and well loved.
Notice how I balanced the brightness of the green with a neutral black stocking and black patent stiletto? If it were spring or summer, I would have gone with a nude heel, but it being winter and evening, I chose to set off the rich color with a black.
I am going to show you two recipes today, my dears. The first is true, from scratch Southern biscuits. I've been meaning to show you this recipe for a while, but never got around to it. Seeing as that it is the end of the year and all, it seemed like a good time to just post it!
4 T. unsalted butter
4 T. all purpose flour
2 c. milk
salt and pepper to taste
Milk gravy is silky, creamy goodness. Add the fact that it's dead easy and you've got a winner
Melt butter over medium heat. Add flour, stirring with a whisk and cooking for 1 minute. The butter/flour mixture should be bubbly and light golden brown, otherwise your gravy will taste like uncooked flour (blech).
Slowly add milk and cook over low heat until the gravy begins to thicken. If you like your gravy thinner, just add a little more milk. Add salt and pepper to taste. I add about 1/2-3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4-1/2 teaspoon pepper.
Pour over everything. Yep. It's that good.
Cheers! And thanks to everyone for making my first year of blogging a great one!