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O.K. It is my first day blogging, and I am being a little prolific.  But, I am trying different ways to post information.

On New Year’s Eve ….2008…. we had our usual party.  Adults for a late dinner, kids arrive fed and ready to watch videos or go to sleep.  This time, we were a smaller group than usual.   Only 6 adults, 6 kids.  The kids had ice cream sundaes before retiring to watch videos. 

I decided that this was the year to make a dinner that celebrated the end of the year and the promise of the new year.  Especially this year.  So, I put together a menu of dishes meant to represent longevity, luck and prosperity.  Everything was delicious.  I’ll post some recipes in the future.  In the meantime, here is the menu from that night.

 Good Luck and Prosperity Menu  

Hors d’oeuvres

 

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp represents longevity because of its hunched back

 

Pigs in Blankets

While not pork, these pigs signify the good luck animal. Pigs are good luck because they are plump and they push themselves forward as they root for food.

 

Risotto Cakes with Wild Mushroom Ragu

Risotto is a symbol of wealth because of its many grains.

 

Dinner

 

Butter Lettuce Salad with Pomegranate and Orange

Pomegranate represents luck and prosperity because of its many seeds and red color.  The Orange is a Chinese symbol of luck.

 

Celery Root Soup with Apples and Bacon

Apples are for a sweet New Year and bacon for the lucky pig.

 

Pan Roasted Chilean Sea Bass with beurre blanc and Lentils

Chilean Sea Bass has silver scales, which are good luck, and lentils represent prosperity in the New Year because of their shape and quantity.

 

Dessert

 

Polenta Almond Cake with Raspberry Filling

Nuts and fruit are symbols of good luck, and Italians give each other golden round cakes as gifts for luck.

 

12 Grapes

In Spain, if you eat 12 grapes at midnight, you will have luck throughout the 12 months.

 

Chocolates with dried nuts and fruits

More luck!

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