Wednesday, January 19, 2011
For the past 2 or 3 years, we've been hanging at home and having a Caribbean or Hawaiian themed dinner for New Years Eve. I normally have to work on NYE, but this year I was off, so I wanted to go out and do something. I looked up parties, and started thinking of plans in October or so.
Then, things just got busy and time got away from me and suddenly it was Christmas week and I'd made no plans and coordinated with no one. I was sick and we were going to Florida and I just ran out of time. So, the week of New Years, we still had no plans. I ended up deciding that I would go ahead and cook, but I wanted the dinner to be extra-fancy and extra-special this year. No jerk chicken or kalua pig like we did in years past. I wanted LOBSTER! I demanded LOBSTER! Todd asked for steak with the lobster, so we decided on surf & turf.
I'd never made or purchased lobster before. I had no idea how expensive it was before I made my declaration that we'd be having it for dinner. I went to Wegmans on the 30th and picked out the two biggest lobster tails they had and then went to the self checkout. This was when I noticed the price tag. Ouch. The filet mignon came from Miller's Food Market near my house.
I went with this recipe: Lobster Tails with Ginger Dipping Sauce. I was nervous about it because I didn't want to screw up the $30 a piece tails. For the filet, I used Classic Steak House Rubbed Filet Mignon. I served it with steamed green beans and champagne (oh la la!!). It was oh-so-classy.
Dessert was Todd's pick and he chose a Sour Cream-Lemon Pound Cake. I couldn't find my tube pan, so I ended up making two loaf cakes.
The whole meal was phenomenal! It was just like being out at a fancy restaurant, except that I was wearing fleece sweatpants and there was a cat around.
After dinner, we did the usual thing of watching the ball drop in Times Square. Happy belated new year!