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Cranberry Daiquiri

December 30, 2011

It is time to toast the end of another year.  If your year was like mine it was full of a myriad of experiences and emotions.  Looking back on 2011, I would like to accept the challenges I faced and hope to gain strength from them, celebrate the happiest of moments that my family and I shared, and give thanks to all my friends and family that share my life.  I raise my glass to all of you and wish you a 2012 full of health, happiness, and prosperity!

Cranberry Daiquiris are a festive way to toast the new year.  Cranberry and lime juices are balanced with a cranberry infused simple syrup and a shot of rum.  Not to sweet, not too strong, you will want to make these by the pitcher full.   For an unexpected touch, float a couple of slices of jalapeno in each glass.   Happy New Year!

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Wine Braised Short Ribs

January 1, 2011

New Year’s Eve demands attention.  It is the last day of the year, and like many big deadlines,  it pressures us to make the most of our final minutes.  We often feel obliged to stay up late and live large on this cold night.  We either celebrate the blessings of the previous year or say good riddance to a year that treated us harshly.  For my husband and I however,  times have changed.

This year we did not ring in the new year as we once had.  There were no loud parties, drunken dances, or boisterous cheers.  Perhaps it is as the checkout gal at the butcher shop and I agreed, we have paid our dues by partying wholeheartedly in previous years and we deserve a night off.  Perhaps we are lured by the calm and seemingly more desirable option of staying in with a delicious meal and a bottle of bubbly.  Perhaps we just don’t have a babysitter.  Whatever it is, the food made the night (and the company of course!).

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