The Year in Review – Appetizers, Drinks and Light Meals to Bring in the New Year

Last Updated on April 16, 2022


Well, December 25 is over, and now all we have to wait for is the New Year celebrations. I thought I would make a list of some recipes that have been popular this year, or you might want to make for your New Year’s Eve event.

Every year, I make a special New Year’s Day dish, but I’m going to hold that one for another post, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I think that you might find yourself making some of 2011’s most popular recipes for your own festivities.

Appetizers and Light Meals

  1. Our most popular post has been about How to Roast a Perfect Turkey in a Nesco Oven. I would imagine that everyone is finished with turkey by now, but the Nesco can be used as an extra oven to roast just about anything.
  2. A lot of people wanted to know how to make Pasta Fagioli Soup. This would also be an excellent soup to serve as small meal after coming home from festivities. You can make it ahead, and heat it up when you get home.
  3. The Hot Tin Roof Salad was popular, and would be a good salad to put on a buffet table. It’s pretty, simple, and delicious.
  4. Apple Cranberry Raisin Puff Pastries are impressive for a festive occasion.
  5. The appetizers that I served at Spane’s eighth birthday party would be very good for a New Year’s party as well:
  6. Shrimp Stuffed Wontons make great finger food and are easy to prepare.
  7. Buffalo Wings and Waffles would make a good New Year meal, either separately or together!
  8. Stuffed Mushrooms in Wine Sauce are always a crowd pleaser.


Unique and interesting drinks can make a party sparkle. Here’s some of the drinks I have made during the year. I must caution you that if you are going to be serving alcohol to your guests that are driving, then make sure that there is a designated driver. If there is no designated driver, then take the person’s keys and hand them a pillow and blanket.

  • Caper Martinis for the Martini set are quite good and unique.
  • Like Bloody Mary’s? Then you will certainly like her sister, Bloody Margaret.
  • Want a martini that roars? Try the Grapefruit Tiger Martini.
  • For the beer drinkers among you, you might like the Hop, Skip and Go Naked. But, please do the last part of that drink at home.
  • Of course, the designated driver deserves something to drink, as well as any children that might be up late to bring in the New Year. You can make a Festive Punch for those who do not want or should not have alcohol.
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As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

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      Ambrose Bierce The Devil’s Dictionary

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