Alas, we'll be apart for the first New Year ever. And I won't get to see It Happened One Night at the Belcourt as we did on our first New Year's together. We got engaged then. I have, for years, believe I did the proposing, but was recently corrected when telling the story as I recalled it by, "Um, Babe, I remember getting down on my knee at one point, so....."
I digress. So apart for the actual holiday, we're going faux, and we're cramming all the New Year things in all at once and stretched out, too. It's new for awhile, right?
I made a big pot of peas last night. Black eyed peas. With CSA pork blade steaks, onions, garlic. And hot cornbread. Southern tradition for bringing luck in the New Year. Greens will have to wait. (for prosperity.)
Tonight, another skillet of hot cornbread, this time served up with chowder to which oysters will be added. The Mister's family always had a milky oyster soup on New Year's Eve. Over the years I've improved upon it. And put a little of this southern woman into the man's Swedish dish. Because it's what I know to do.
We'll do some kind of marathon series watching on disc over the course of however many weekends. Harder these days with early mornings every day of the week. This will start at some time in the nearish future. In our earliest years, we were all PBS crazy. And since, we've done Deadwood, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Office (with Ricky Gervais,) and his other series, Extras. I'm hard pressed to say which we enjoyed more, though the Mister would unequivocally say The Sopranos and Deadwood are a close tie. This year we've not chosen a series. (Suggestions welcome.)
And getting in while the getting's good prior to swearing off the sugar for a time, I'm making up some Cracker Toffee tonight. And I'm sharing the recipe with YOU.
Chocolate Cracker Toffee
1 12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 sticks butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
Preheat oven to 300.
Pam a foil-swathed cookie sheet and line it with
Melt butter and sugar in a saucepan. Let it boil a
little while. Our it evenly over the crackers and bake
for 3 minutes in oven.
Remove, pour chocolate chips over everything evenly
and let it sit for 5 minutes.
When chips have melted, use the back of a spoon to
spread chocolate in an even layer on top.
Chill and then break like toffee and serve. Yum!!
-- Now what I do differently:
I use fewer chocolate chips, because I'm cheap. I find you can use less topping per crackers, and it goes further. So actually, I'm stretching the butter, the brown sugar AND the chips. By rather a lot, really.
I sometimes have subbed part coconut oil for some of the butter.
I also always do nuts. Pecans, almond slices, whatever. I dry toast them in a skillet first, and press them into the top of the crackers once dressed with caramelized butter / sugar and the chocolate chips.
I find popping the cookie sheet into the freezer to be helpful.