What Happens At Christmas author Victoria Alexander loves the holidays, but her previous career in TV made it difficult for her and her husband to find time to celebrate. So they created a unique holiday tradition all their own. Victoria tells us all about it, plus shares a classic New Years recipe - today on the NOOK Blog.
Once upon a time, my husband and I both worked at television stations which meant we rarely had holidays off unless they fell on our usual days off. Instead of having a New Year's Eve party, we started having a Not-On-New-Year's-Eve party which traditionally falls on the Saturday between Christmas and New Year's (unless New Year's Eve actually falls on a Friday or Saturday, then it becomes The Not-On-New-Year's-Eve Party on New Year's Eve).
We have been having this party every year forever; it is our big holiday entertaining tradition. The house is completely decorated (it really does look its best at Christmas), and we invite everyone we know. We've often joked that even if we didn’t have the party, people would show up anyway.
The tradition begins by coming up with unique invitations, and when you do something a little different, you have to keep doing it; people expect it. Nothing is sacred on these invitations—not even the dogs. Since we send out party invitations instead of Christmas Cards, I’ve mention it on the invitation, i.e.: even if you can't make the party—Happy Holidays!!!
The menu tends to change every year with one exception—my pâté. I generally do not like liver in any form, but I love this. I guess if you include mushrooms, wine and butter—anything will taste good.
Really Good Pâté
Sauté 1lb mushrooms, 1 bunch sliced green onions, 6 cloves of garlic and 1 stick butter until soft
Push them to one side, and add 1 lb chicken livers
Cook livers just until done
Add 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp rosemary, ½ tsp dill, ½ tsp dry mustard
Cover almost completely with red wine
Simmer until liquid is reduced by half
Throw it all into a food processor and blend with 1 stick of butter
Serve with crackers or toasted baguette slices
While the Not-On-New-Year's Eve party is our big holiday party it's not the only entertaining we do. We usually have all sorts of casual gatherings and always have a table full of friends for Christmas dinner.
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