Amazing. It seems like we just moved to Boston yesterday, but we've been here a full year. This year ended similarly to last; with a move. Joe and I have the worst timing, and once again we found ourselves moving between Christmas and New Years. We decided to go in with a bang this year and throw a dinner party two weeks after the move. It was hectic, but worth it. We had a great evening.
Dinner began with help from our friends. Cheese, crackers, potato latkes and 3 types of Stromboli started the evening. Next we had French onion soup paired with Ayinger Jahrhundert beer.
The main course was braised shortribs served on top of baked polenta. For dessert I found a really interesting recipe in Baking with Julia for a creme bruleed chocolate bundt cake. Essentially you make a chocolate chiffon cake and a custard. Right before serving you fill the middle of the cake with fruit mascerated in sugar and alcohol. The recipe suggested fresh raspberries with chambord, but I used fresh cherries and pomegranate seeds with a little vanilla sugar. Once you fill the middle of the cake with fruit, you pour the custard over the cake, sprinkle sugar all over it; and then brulee.