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New Year's Eve dinner for four

Last year's New Year's Eve dinner didn't turn out as well as I would have liked. The ham turned out a little dry. And the whole assembly process was just too rushed and disorganized. This year I want to make sure it goes at my own pace and gives me more time to socialize too. Kevin and Vivian are again invited. This just might turn into an anual event from now on.

So here's the menu:

Starters(chit-chat session): tortilla chips served with two salsas -- mixed tomatoes salsa; beets with apples and ginger salsa.

Soup: buttercup squash and celery root soup. (this is not a typo. Buttercup is not the same as butternut. Buttercup is close to (or the same as) the asian squash variety called Kabocha)

Entree: homemade cornbread and sweet italian pork sausage stuffed turkey thighs, served with maple glazed parsnips and creamed spinach with bacon and pearl onions. Turkey gravy and cranberry chutney on the side.

dessert: mini cream puffs filled with chantilly cream and raspberry jam, dr…
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My first post!!!

This morning I just woke up with the thought of having a blog! Thanks mostly to Joe whose blog site inspired me to have one of my own! I'll be posting some pictures from my cooking, and also just thoughts on food in general. I will also post some restaurant reviews, if the dining experience calls for memorable logging.

So for a start, I do have some pictures of this cake I made a while ago. Actually I can't remember who or what event it was for, but from the look of it it was a birthday cake. The cake it self is an angel food cake. I used Alton Brown's recipe on foodtv.com.
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Cake is sliced in half. The middle filling is whipped cream with raspberries. It's also frosted with whipped cream, topped with raspberries and strawberries. They are glazed with some apricot jam thinned a bit with water.
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Angel's food cake after it is unmolded