Home Cooking 9

New Year's Day open house -- menu ideas & critique pls

NYchowcook | Dec 27, 200811:00 AM

I decided it's time to meet the neighbors -- 2-1/2 years and virtually the only time I'm seen them is when my ex-husband was cutting up the limb that fell onto the front yard during the recent ice storm. Nothing says male-bonding like a man using a chain saw!

I thought I'd host an open house New Year's Day 'cause I love to cook, am eager to meet the neighbors, and heck, what does anyone do that day anyway? Might as well go to that new neighbor's house. . . . I live in the country. I was thinking 1-4 pm

I tend to go overdo it when entertaining, and want to be sure to have time to relax and chat w/ neighbors most of whom I have never met.

Here's my tentative menu (and excesses). Critique please.

Hot cider, pellegrino, tomatoey juice
spiced nuts, olives
shrimp cocktail
blue cheese dish (blue cheese blended w/ cream cheese & port -- fab); maybe just a cheese plate w/ crackers
baked ham w/ rolls
flank steak salad w/ arugula (recipe on this site)
southwestern style crab quiche w/ jalapenos
stuffed mushrooms w/ sausage
crudites w/ dill dip

chocolate cookies
apple bundt cake

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