Wednesday, January 2, 2013


I hope that you had a great 2012, and that your 2013 will be filled with love, peace, joy, friendship and good health.

We spent New Years Eve with great friends and I think that's the best way to bring in a new year.  It also helped that Bob is a great cook!  Wow, did we eat!!!!  And that chocolate martini was a great finish!

I brought an appetizer to the party - Caviar Stars.  The recipe was from Bon Appetit's The Christmas Season.  It is simple to make, and just right for a New Years Eve party.

CAVIAR STARS.  Makes 25.
*  1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
*  1 egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water (for glaze)
*  1/2 cup chilled sour cream
*  1 jar of black or golden caviar (2-ounces)
*  2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
     Preheat oven to 400ºF.  Roll out puff pastry sheet on lightly floured surface to 11-inch square.  Trim edges neatly, forming 10-inch square.  Cut dough into twenty-five 2-inch squares.  At each corner of 1 square, make diagonal cut toward center (without cutting through center).  Fold every other point to center and press to seal.  Repeat with remaining squares.  Brush pastries lightly with egg glaze; arrange on baking sheets.  Bake pastries until golden and puffed, about 12 minutes.  Cool somewhat on sheets and transfer to rack to continue cooling.  (Can be prepared 4 hours ahead.  Let stand at room temperature.)
     Just before serving, spoon sour cream into center of each pastry.  Place 1/4 teaspoon caviar on top of the sour cream, and garnish with chives.