Unravel the foil lip off of the tapered end of a bottle of bubbly and pop the tight, spongy, vacuum-packed cork to celebrate the beginning of a wonderful new year!
I celebrated the beginning of 2007 (and the end of 2006) simply: with my closest friend and warm, freshly baked bread (savory olive bread and sweet panettone--a tall, fluffy Italian bread eaten during the holidays and made with dried fruits, citrus rind, and toasted nuts) from the local bakery. Add herbed water crackers, thin slices of salty summer sausage, a thick wedge of brie, a full cluster of juicy grapes, and a plate filled to the edges with crisp, bite-sized crudité (baby carrots, sugar snap peas, and broccoli florets), and you're ready to usher in the new year as I did--the simple way!
I hope you had a wonderful New Year's celebration with your friends and family!
Also, a note to my loyal readers and friends: thank you for encouraging me and for visiting Passionate Eater this past year, and I hope to hear more from you and that you'll continue to tune in during 2007 for more passionate eating!