Cheers! Did you have a fun New Year’s Eve? Dan and I had a low-key evening at home. We didn’t even make it to midnight… when did I get so old? Haha.
But we had a beautiful dinner at home: Dan grilled a rib-eye steak seasoned with Herbs de Provence, I made a potato-leek gratin based on this onion potato gratin from Simply Recipes and sauteed some mushrooms then finished them with a little port and cream. We paired it all with a lovely Syrah. It was a great way to send off 2009.
And in place of champagne (since we already had enough wine between the two of us), we tried something new: Golden Star Tea White Jasmine sparkling tea. I found it at Whole Foods this week. Dan called it a good non-alcoholic grown up alternative to sparkling apple cider. According to the Golden Star Tea web site, their sparkling tea is currently available at Whole Foods throughout California and the Pacific NW, but they will be rolling out throughout the US soon. In the meantime, you can buy it online through their site. [Note: It’s not as cheap as the typical Martinelli’s sparkling cider. It was $9.99 at Whole Foods for 1 bottle. So it really is like a champagne replacement. But for a special occasion if you don’t feel like booze, it’s a nice alternative… it’s pretty like champagne too]