I hope that everyone has a nice, safe New Year’s eve. This should have been posted earlier. But life catches up at times. Keep the hints handy to use next year.
Know what a distributer cap looks like and how to remove one from a car in case you can’t get the keys away from a guest who is determined to drive home. Let the passed out guest lay where they landed unless they are blocking the doorway to the bathroom and cover with a blanket. Don’t use the dog’s blanket. Do not give a drunk coffee, no one needs a wide awake drunk and it does not sober a person up.
A word about champagne, I think it is far beyond nasty. It is almost drinkable if you add a teaspoon or two of brown sugar to the glass. A bar in Kansas City used to do that back in the last century. You can dress it up more by adding a cherry, strawberry or thin slice of fruit. Leftover champagne can be used as part of the liquid in cream sauce, spaghetti sauces or as a pouching liquid for chicken, fish, shrimp or fruit.
An adult milk shake can be made from any flavor brandy blended with ice cream. Peach brandy and peach ice cream is one example. Chocolate ice cream with brandy tastes too good.
Cheeses and all things to munch on should be made the day before but are still good if made at the last minute. Cream cheese is your friend. You can mix almost anything in it. Bring it to room temperature first. The things you can add include; bits of crisp bacon, grated cheese, minced onion, minced bell pepper, dried beef, minced garlic cloves, sliced olives, diced fruit, grapes, flaked tuna, cooked cutup shrimp, bits of cooked sausage meat, finely diced chicken, grated carrots, finely chopped spinach, diced celery and so forth. For extra flavor you can add any of the following; Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, hot peppers, paprika, soy sauce, tarragon, oregano, basil, or other herbs. You can also use part cream cheese and part sour cream in dips. Parsley is always good in cheese spreads, logs or balls.
Mash the ingredients until they are a good consistency. You want it a little firm if you are going to make a ball or log. Otherwise put it in a nice bowl, sprinkle chopped nuts on top and serve as a spread. To make a ball form the cheese mixture into a ball and roll it in a shallow plate containing chopped nuts. If you don’t have any nuts you can use seasoned bread crumbs or corn flakes crushed fine. Roll into a ball and chill. To make a log it is about the same. Form the mixture into a log shape and roll in chopped nuts. Roll up in plastic wrap and chill. Logs are better than cheese balls because they can be sliced.
If you run out of sour cream but have cottage cheese you can use it to make a dip. Drain well and put into a blender and blend until the curds can no longer be seen. Pour into a bowl and stir in a package of dry onion soup. Other things can be added such as minced peppers, or grated vegetables.
If you run out of crackers make toast and cut each piece into four triangles. You can also make a quick batch of biscuits and use those for sandwiches. Biscuit dough rolled about ¼ inch thick is almost like a cracker. Use a fork to make holes in the top. Mix an egg white and a bit of water together. Brush the egg wash on the tops and sprinkle on some salt, seeds or herbs. Bake at 425 degree F. Watch that they don’t burn. Roll the dough thinner and larger. Cook in an ungreased heavy frying pan and use as tortillas. Cook only until lightly browned on each side.
He who works woke up and looks hungry. I made a batch of chili yesterday so I’ll go warm it up. At least I don’t need to cook tonight.