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New Year’s Eve Ensemble with Kreve & Tricky

Posted by  on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 at 10:16 am

In celebration of our kick off of 2011, Tricky (Trish & Rick) invited Kreve (Krissy & Steve) over for a VIP double date complete with champagne, caviar, and a 5 course gourmet dinner.

The setting: Tricky’s apartment adorned with holiday decorations galore, a twinkling Christmas tree, and a candlestick ready and polka dot complete place setting.
Caviar

The menu:
1st course: Grilled Lobster and Avocado Cocktail
2nd course: Arugula and Radiccio Salad with Vanilla Roasted Pears and Candied Walnuts (posted earlier by Miss Dining Detour herself)
Pear salad

3rd course: Homemade Papparadelle with a Mushroom Ragu
Papparadelle with Mushroom Ragu

4th course: Baked Chilean Sea Bass with a Breadcrumb Crust
Chilean Sea Bass

5th course: Chocolate Torte Almond Cake
Chocolate Torte Almond Cake
The goal: Small, gourmet-ready portions plated to perfection to delight and impress our besties and former food connoisseur loving couple.

Kiddies…I’m not going to lie…this was a lot of work!  What I’ve learned in my culinary exploration is that a dinner party for four requires almost as much time and effort as a dinner party for fourteen.  There are still as many recipes and ingredients…all that changes is portions.  Rick and I were up at 7am sharp and had made the cake batter and pasta dough and done all of the sous chef prep work by 11am.  But there was an entire day spent in the kitchen…chopping and mixing and baking and broiling and juicing…you get it.  Luckly I had Krissy to come in as a pinch hitter in the final hour to help handle the plating and serving, all while making it look completely effortless to the extremely lucky men in our life.

In the end, dinner was a huge success and the night was a blast, complete with drinks and dancing a plenty.    Nothing is better than great food and great company and there was no shortage of either!

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Trish's Dish:

Success! Me love Dining Diva!

January 26th, 2011 at 10:41 am

Wowza! That is FANCY and amazing! You are both so inspirational! Makes that spaghetti and meatball dinner I was planning this weekend seem like peanuts!

January 26th, 2011 at 10:48 am

Also: is that fist picture showing pancakes? they’re so cute!

January 26th, 2011 at 10:50 am

Trish, you really outdid yourself with New Years. Steve and I were super lucky guests!

January 26th, 2011 at 12:31 pm
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Janice Regan:

Trish and Rick – I am so impressed, looks yummy!

Janice

February 1st, 2011 at 6:13 pm

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