Our Traditional New Year’s Day Open House

So last year we had to import the Timily’s friends to throw an open house for New Year’s.  This year we had enough of our own.  Despite a New Year’s Eve that included our car getting stolen, our New Year’s was a lot of fun.  As a acolyte of my mother in law’s method of entertaining (which is to do everything in advance – she sets the table the night before an event!), I really did have everything done ahead of time.  This was as stress free an event for 20 could possibly be.

We were even less stressed when a lot of people who RSVPed let us know they were felled by the same cold/flu/illness that J’s been struggling with this week.  As it turns out, a lot of people who didn’t RSVP came so we ended up with the amount of people we expected.  We did spend the first hour chillng out alone because the open hosue format meant anyone could stop by between noon and 5pm.  But the rush of people came at 3:30 and it was a party!

Here’s the menu:

lumpia (frozen from Ranch 99 market)
satay meatballs
shrimp with wasabi aioli – mayo with lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of wasabi powder and finely minced garlic
Curried deviled eggs with dungeness crab
Our awesome cheese platter
shortbread cookie sandwiches with damson jam
chocolate chip cookies
Barefoot Contessa chocolate-white chocolate chip cookies

One recipe thing is that I have the Nestle Toll House cookie recipe committed tom memory.  I had to recall it many times in my Junior Year Abroad when we made chocolate chip cookies with chopped up Mars bars.  (typing purely from memory)

2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1 cup) of butter
3/4 cup of brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 eggs
1 bag chocolate chips

Mix dry ingredients together (everything up to the salt) and set aside.  Cream sugars and butter together until light and fluffy.  And eggs and vanilla and beat until uniform.  Add dry ingredients and beat until mixed.  Fold in chocolate chips with a spoon.  Bake on standard cookie sheet 12 to a sheet on a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

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