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At Home: New Year’s Eve 2019

January 1, 2020

We changed things up this year. Instead of our usual beef fondue, we decided to have Beef Wellington. I’d never made it before but was game to give it a go. Via the Google, I found a number of recipes as well as a YouTube video of Chef Gordon Ramsay preparing it. And here’s the kicker. During the past year, I purchased a Digital Probe Thermometer and a Dot Probe Alarm from ThermoWorks, so I receive lots of email from them. Imagine my surprise when their email yesterday morning highlighted a recipe for – Beef Wellington! The inclusion of specific tips for roasting made it especially welcome.

Truth be told, I ran into some problems assembling the Wellington. No need to bore you with those details. In the end, it turned out pretty well.

Beef Wellington

One thing I will say is that the Dot Probe Alarm enabled me to roast the Wellington to the exact temperature so that the tenderloin was a perfect medium rare. Ergo, no guesswork!

Earlier in the day, I made a Potato Gratin.

Potato Gratin

We started with a Salad.


Mixed Lettuces, Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Red Onion, Homemade Vinaigrette

Also, slices from a French Baguette I bought at Wegmans in the morning. (They were just taking them out of the oven.)

French Baguette

My Main Course plate:

Main Course

Beef Wellington, Potato Gratin, Green Beans

I didn’t take a photo of Michael’s plate, but his slice was much thicker. And he had a second slice. I was satisfied with just this one slice.

To drink, I had lemonade (no photo). Michael used his Coravin to pour one glass of this wine:

Côte du Rhône

A Van Leeuwen shop recently opened a few blocks from our apartment. Their French Vanilla Bean has become a favorite. So, when we were at the Whole Foods near our house buying the meat for the Wellington and happened to walk down the ice cream aisle, we were thrilled to discover that they carry Van Leeuwen.

Ice Cream

Perfect for Dessert!

Michael’s bowl:

Ice Cream

With Kahlua

My bowl:

Ice Cream

With Bananas, Fox’s U-bet Chocolate Syrup & Kahlua

We followed our tradition of listening to the WQXR Countdown. The top three spots were Beethoven symphonies: the Fifth was No. 3, the Seventh was No. 2, and as has been the case for as long as we can remember, the Ninth was No. 1.

My sincerest thanks to everyone who has stopped by this blog during the past year. Best wishes for a Happy, Healthy 2020!