Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Year's Day Dinner Menu

My husband and I celebrated New Year's Day with Little Sis and two of her friends, Joelle and Morgan. Morgan is French so we were anxious to impress him with some good cooking. This is what Kelsey and I decided to make...

Happy Hour Stuffed Mushrooms

Chicken Parmigiana
Shiraz-Cabernet-Merlot, 08 Barren Jack

Bacardi Rum Cake
Chai Tea

We loved the chicken parm so much that we decided to make it again the next night. Pioneer Woman has great photos and step by step instructions for all her recipes. It makes things a lot easier on the chef.   Here are our recipes:

Happy Hour Stuffed Mushrooms
15 medium sized mushrooms
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 clove garlic
5 tablespoons shredded Jack cheese
2 tablespoons dry white or red wine
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs

Remove stems from mushrooms and save for other use. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter; brush over mushroom caps, coating thoroughly. Stir together remaining 4 tablespoons butter, garlic, and cheese until well blended. Place mushrooms, cavity side up, on a rimmed baking sheet. Evenly mound filling in each mushroom, pressing it in lightly. Broil about 6 inches below broiler unit until bubbly and lightly browned (about 3 minutes). Serve warm.

Chicken Parmigiana
See this recipe on The Pioneer Woman blog...

side note: I don't think I can last another day without making this recipe from the same site. It's just looks too mouthwatering!

Bacardi Rum Cake
1 C. chopped pecans or walnuts
1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1 3-3/4 oz. pkg. jello instant vanilla pudding
4 eggs
1/2 C. cold water
1/2 C. Wesson oil
1/2 C. dark rum

1 stick butter
1/4 C. water
1 C. sugar
1/2 C. dark rum

Preheat oven to 325˚. Grease and flour 10” tube or 12-cup bundt pan. Sprinkle nuts over bottom of pan. Mix all cake ingredients together. Pour batter over nuts. Bake 1 hour. Cool. Invert on serving plate. Prick top. Drizzle and smooth glaze evenly over top and sides. Allow cake to absorb glaze. Repeat till glaze is used up. For glaze: melt butter in saucepan. Stir in water and sugar. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in rum.

Many warm wishes for the new year and the new decade!  May 2010 bring you health, happiness, great adventures, and delicious meals with friends and family.


  1. Dinner was lovely! Thank you so much for hosting my friends and I! Can't wait to come back to your little menlo b&b..

    ps. every time i read/hear the word "mouthwatering" i think of the new moon trailer.

  2. It was mouthwatering! I just made it for dinner tonight :)

  3. Sounds yummy. I think we'll try the Chicken Parmesan for dinner tonight. Thanks!