By Mary Anna Violi | @MaryAnnaVioli
The door has closed on the previous year, and we now welcome 2016. Fireworks sounded throughout the night in our town. Revelers filled restaurants and bars as midnight approached to herald the New Year. Ours was a quieter celebration, but filled with good cheer, nonetheless.
Around noon I began cooking our classic Italian pasta sauce for our New Year’s Day dinner. This year I used Whole Foods pork sausage, beef chuck and sirloin tips for the meat base. Fresh onion, garlic, oregano, basil, parsley, salt and pepper seasoned the sauce. Simmering away for over eight hours, the sauce will enhance our New Year’s linguine.
We dined at Zing’s, one of our favorite Japanese restaurants during the hours between the lunch and New Year’s Eve dinner patrons. Beginning with appetizers of triangle squares of Scallion Pancakes and “purses” of Crystal Shrimp Dumplings, we delighted also in our Chrysanthemum Flower Tea. We relished the Dragon Roll and White Dragon Roll as we continued to imbibe the unique tea. Taking our time to talk together, and with our personable server, we savored each bite of our repast.
Afterwards, we dashed over to Whole Foods to pick up mixed fresh fruit, and seafood for a late New Year’s Eve kind of snack. We purchased some Tiger Shrimp and a small plank filled with bacon-wrapped Sea Scallops. For a festive dessert, we purchased a small Champagne Truffle Cake and a bottle of bubbly. We put on Nora Ephron’s movie, “Sleepless in Seattle”, and prepared to welcome the New Year. Naturally, we also had to watch Taylor Swift’s new video, “Out of the Woods”, which made its debut last night. Later we retired to read. I immersed myself in one of my Christmas gift books – Rita Mae Brown’s Murder, She Meowed, about villainous events at a racetrack.
This morning we made a scrambled eggs with parsley, dill, onion, and shredded mozzarella. We also indulged in a large cinnamon roll. We washed it all down with David’s Zen Green Tea. This proved a fine prelude to viewing the Tournament of Roses Parade. Now, we will call out of town family members to wish them a Buon Capo d’Anna, and a very Happy New Year!
Ciao for now.