My New Years Eve is never the same. It has been spent everywhere from bartending a hotel party to standing in the middle of Times Square less than a foot away from Bill Clinton.
Last year my friend Amy and I spent it at Mohegan Sun, which yes, we spent a small fortune on the room, but it was so much fun and well worth it. This year, my friend Jen came up from Albany and we celebrated in Lakle George.
There can be a lot of pressure with New Years, but you can make it super simple. We did a nice dinner at home and then went to Duffy’s where we rang in 2015 by sipping a glass of champagne and then watching fireworks over the lake. Afterwards, we came back to my place and had dessert and played with the dogs.
I have three or four bubbly that are my go-tos when I need them. One is Chandon. It is moderatly priced and from California. But, more than either of those things, I really like the taste and it goes with almost anything. It is not too sweet and not too dry.
We started out with a blackeyed pea hummus I found on Pinterest, served with pita bread and organic blue corn chips. Eating blackeyed peas on New Years is supposed to be good luck.
This was followed by tri-color herbed quinoa-stuffed mushrooms, and vegan, gluten-free sage butternut squash gnocchi.
The gnocchi came amazing! Way better than it did on Christmas. I am super happy about that and will share the receipe soon. You can find the mushroom recipe on my site.
When we got back from teh fireworks, I served sparkly vegan, dark chocolate covered strawberries, and vegan, glurten-free brownies.
The brownies were a mix, but the strawberries were hand-made. I will share that soon, too!
We got some fun hats at Duffy’s and thought the dogs should get to play with them, too.
Because, seriously, how cute is mu friend Jen’s dog? Toby and Maddux would never stay still enought for that.
How was your NYE? Hope it was fab!