Posts Tagged ‘New Year’s Eve’

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!

At Home: New Year’s Eve 2016

January 1, 2017

Last year, Michael wanted to celebrate his upcoming 75th birthday in January by doing New Year’s Eve up big at Eleven Madison Park. So, we did! This year, it was back to staying home in NJ, having our annual beef fondue, and listening to the WQXR Classical Countdown.

At Home: New Year's Eve 2016

Here’s the beef! Prime Tenderloin (aka Filet Mignon).

At Home: New Year's Eve 2016

I put in my order at Whole Foods a couple of weeks ago and told them I wanted to pick up the meat Friday morning, the 30th. On Thursday, I got a call from WH about my order. I had ordered 2 lbs. but for some strange reason, they had me down for 4-5! Big difference! Once that was corrected, she asked me if I wanted Prime or the next step down which I think was Choice. Definitely Prime, I said. We confirmed the next day pick-up between 11 and noon.  A few minutes later, she called back. Seems they wouldn’t be getting the Prime until Saturday morning. Would I be willing to wait? I was fine with waiting so long as she could guarantee that if the Prime didn’t come in, I would at least be able to get the other. She said that wouldn’t be a problem. She also told me they would be taking off $2 for “the inconvenience.” I never asked exactly what that meant, so I’m not sure whether she meant $2/lb. or for the entire order. In any case, when I showed up on Saturday morning, they had gotten the Prime. The butcher brought it out wrapped, so I asked to see the meat. Just as I requested, there were individual steaks. As you can see, gorgeous! But I noticed that each one was tied, so I asked if he could please remove the strings which he was more than willing to do. (I could have done it myself, but I figured why not have him save me the trouble?). Before rewrapping the steaks, he put them on the scale to get a digital price tag. Whoa! The scale read a little over 3 lbs. I reminded him that I’d ordered only 2. Well, he said that he’d only charged me for a bit over 2. Plus, of course, there was that $2 that was taken off. Though I did ask him why they were giving me this freebee, I’m still not clear as to the reason. In any case, we were gifted one lb. of Prime Tenderloin. A very nice New Year’s present from the Meat Dept. at “Whole Paycheck.”

Chunks of steak ready for the fondue:

At Home: New Year's Eve 2016

I initially cut up two of the steaks each of which weighed 8 ounces and later half of another. Altogether, that was 20 ounces. I wrapped the rest individually and froze them.

Michael used his Coravin to pour himself a glass of Bordeaux.

At Home: New Year's Eve 2016

At Home: New Year's Eve 2016

Having the Coravin is great. Since I don’t drink wine, it enables Michael to have just a glass or two of fine quality wine without actually opening the bottle because after the Coravin is removed, the bottle is resealed and can be kept indefinitely.

We started with a Salad of Red Leaf Lettuce dressed with Homemade Vinaigrette.

At Home: New Year's Eve 2016

On to the main event:

At Home: New Year's Eve 2016

At Home: New Year's Eve 2016

Sauces: Tarragon, Horseradish, Mustard, Garlic

Rösti Potatoes are the perfect side dish.

At Home: New Year's Eve 2016

After a short break while I did some cleaning up, we had dessert. Thanks to Andrews’s delicious ice cream gift

For Michael:

At Home: New Year's Eve 2016

Salt & Straw’s Double Fold Vanilla

For me:

At Home: New Year's Eve 2016

Salt & Straw Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, Chocolate Gooey Brownie + Fox’s U-bet Chocolate Syrup

As for the Classical Countdown, no surprise what was in the Number 1 spot. It has garnered that spot for as long as we can remember Actually, four of the top five were Beethoven symphonies. I guess you can see he’s very popular!

5. Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 “Pastoral”
4. Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
3. Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, “From the New World”
2. Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
1. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 “Choral”

At a few minutes before midnight, we went upstairs, turned on the TV to Channel 7 (ABC), turned off the sound, and watched the ball drop while listening to the final 10 minutes of Beethoven’s Ninth.

This New Year’s Eve coincided with the final night of Chanukah.

At Home: New Year's Eve 2016

Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy 2017!