New Years Menu

IMG_6217New Years always poses a problem for me, mostly because I am so deeply ambivalent about it. This year my friend Michael and I are have a small dinner here (Neil is away at an annual silent Zen retreat which ends at Midnight) and then maybe venturing out to some gay bar, maybe.

In doing research for tonight I thought that maybe a seasonally appropriate cocktail might be in order.  Here’s how the article at the Guardian started out there piece on New Years Eve cocktails:

We may pretend that the Christmas holiday is all about the little baby Jesus, family or goodwill to all men, but, deep down, we know it is about one thing: booze, and plenty of it, in an endless variety of forms.

You gotta love the Brits.  Unfortunately I wasn’t inspired by their cocktails.  Seems to me New Years is the one night of the year you actually might spend the money on real champagne so why sully it by adding things?

Anyway thanks for stopping in and wherever in the world you are I hope you are having or have had a great night and will continue to have a happy healthy and prosperous new year.

Lamb stew recipe tomorrow!



About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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