Bacon and bevies help ring in 2012

The New Year is on its way. This isn’t our first rodeo. Relax, enjoy some bacon and bevies.

The New Year is on its way. Some ancient calendar readers are telling us this is the last one. Let’s get serious. This isn’t our first rodeo. Relax, enjoy some bacon and bevies. We all have a long long life ahead of us. Make the best of it and enjoy. Happy new year’s!


Real hot chocolate

4 cup  half-and-half

1 cup  bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

½ cup  milk chocolate, finely chopped

tiny pinch of salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Warm about one-third of the half-and-half, with the chopped chocolates and salt, stirring until the chocolate is melted.

Whisk in the remaining half-and-half, heating until the mixture is warmed through. Add the cinnamon.

Use a hand-held blender, or a whisk, and mix the hot chocolate until it’s completely smooth. Serve very warm.

Finish with whip cream and chocolate sprinkles


New Year’s perfect punch

1 bag (12 ounces) fresh cranberries, for swizzle sticks

1 bunch mint, for swizzle sticks

2 cups freshly squeezed pomegranate juice (about five pomegranates)

3 cups freshly squeezed tangerine juice (about seven tangerines)

5 cups cranberry-juice cocktail

2 bottles (750 ml each) sparkling wine or Champagne


Spear three cranberries alternately with two mint leaves on each wooden skewer. Place skewers on a baking sheet; cover with damp paper towels, and refrigerate up to one hour.

In a large punch bowl, stir together fruit juices.

Fill the glasses with ice, and ladle about 1/2 cup punch into each glass; top with sparkling wine. Garnish each glass with a swizzle stick.

Use a citrus reamer, juicer, or press to extract the pomegranate juice; strain liquid through a fine sieve set over a bowl, and discard solids.

Now how about some yum yum to go along with the bevies. The only way to play, sweet and salty.


Bacon wrapped dates

1 (10 ounce) package pitted dates

½ lb bacon sliced into quarters

Cook bacon until partially cooked but not browned

Wrap each date with a strip of bacon and secure with a wooden toothpick

Broil on low for 3 minutes, turn dates, and continue broiling 3 to 4 minutes or until browned

Drain on paper towel and serve warm.