Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Fizzy Peach

New Year's Eve is my favorite holiday. I think it's because it's the last hoorah before life returns back to the pre-holiday hum-drum. It's also because it's the most laid back of the holidays, simply all about hanging out with friends, playing games, staying up late, and eating massive amounts of insanely delicious junk food. Pure junk food. None of this full meal nonsense, just one whole evening of unabashed indulgence. There are some things I have to have on New Year's Eve. My mom's bacon wrapped little smokies...puppy chow...chips and dip...a baked brie (although, sadly, this year I had to forgo that one, due to my pregnancy- soft cheeses are not recommended because of their increased likelihood to carry bacteria), and our traditional sparkling grape juice toast at twelve o'clock. But I also like to mix it up a little each year, try out some new recipes, give us something different to enjoy. This year our culinary cameos were a drink I've dubbed "The Fizzy Peach" and some Cheesy Crescent Pinwheels.

The Fizzy Peach is quite simple, as all good drinks usually end up being. All you do is scoop some peach sherbet into a well-chilled glass (I am all about freezer chilled glass glasses for fun drinks...they're so much better that way), and then pour some Peach Citrus flavored Fresca over the top. Yum! It gives you something fun and special to ring in the new year, but with absolutely no effort! Tasty.

The Cheesy Crescent Pinwheels are hardly more complicated.

Simply roll out your tube of crescent rolls into a sheet, mix up some cheeses and a little bit of mayo and butter, spread the paste over the crescents, roll the crescents into one long log, then cut slices. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes, and voila, a tasty, fancy looking hors d'oeuvres. I used cream cheese, parmesan, and shredded cheddar, about 2 oz of each cheese, paired with 3 tbs each of mayo and butter.

Mmmm...these cameos may have to make a surprise comeback next year!!

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