Well Happy New Year folks!!! I feel like a bear waking up from hibernation. I missed you all and hope your holidays were awesome. Do you even bother with New Year’s Resolutions? I used to come up with a list and of course never completed most of it every year. This year I am not making any resolutions. That’s right- ZERO! As most of y’all know by now, I got engaged on 12-12-12. I have a wedding to plan for which is kinda stressful enough without setting any more goals that I may or may not achieve. And by the way, I really don’t want to be one of THOSE bloggers who become obsessed with their wedding and don’t blog about any thing else. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just not me. I may be reaching out and asking your thoughts on some things here and there regarding the wedding but I hope not too much. Remember I’ve NEVER been married before.
I will say that I have already become a little overwhelmed by just trying to set the date. I cant decide on a venue which is holding up the decision on the date. I am in a little shock too how EVERYONE has the nerve to tell me the what and how and where to have the wedding. I have suggested a tentative date and my family members said “ oh no you don’t want to do then” its too hot. Guess what people, I live in Frickin Texas where it’s a few degrees less than Hell most days. I wore shorts and flip flops last month in December so I’m kinda out of options for a “cool” month. Oh well. I WILL find a place and I WILL set a date and it WILL be Wonderful!
Moving on, did you go to any parties , throw your own parties, or anything special for New Years? My Fiance (giggle- that takes some getting used to) and I went to a party of some close friends of ours and we had so much fun. They are very much into wines and they hired a Sommelier for the evening. They paired up wines by regions and had snacks that compliment the wines. I am so excited that I found a few more wines that were incredible and cant wait to go buy. I also made an appetizer while there and it was a huge hit! Even the lady sommelier said she would be using my dish for future wine tastings. I cant take the credit for the recipe because a friend in Northern California made it for me one night when I was working in Cali. I don’t know if there is a name for it either so I just call it “ Pear Crostini’s”.
Here’s the funny thing- I don’t even like pears. I love the smell but I think it’s the gritty texture part that gets to me. Anyhoo…. Here’s the what and how:
3 large pears of any kind
Sprinkles of sage ( or chopped cardamom)
Stick of butter
A container of Gorgonzola or Blue Cheese crumbles ( the gorgonzola is awesome but I had to use blue cheese the other night).
A skinny loaf of French or sour dough bread.
Put half of the stick of butter in a skillet and add your pears that have been chopped up very small. Add the sage but very small so that it doesn’t overtake. Let it sauté to get very soft (almost mushy). While the pear is cooking, slice your bread to several small round pieces. Melt the other half of butter and use a brush to butter the small breads. Heat oven to 350 and toast them for about 15 minutes. Once pears are done, grab small spoon and add the mixture to all the crostinis. Then put cheese crumbles on top of the pears and put back in oven until the cheese melts (10 minutes).
For the record, they were paired up with the Merlots and it was heavenly!
|Me making my crostinis (the gal on left was the sommelier)|
I do hope to blog much more and stay less in my funks. If I haven’t said lately, thank you for all of you who follow my blog and you’re sweet support this past year.