Saturday, January 1, 2011


 After catching up with friends in Portland the day before,
we started our New Year's Eve with a looong drive down to Oakland.
Luckily the roads were clear...

Earmuff and Mount Shasta

Winter views

I am not sure I have ever seen such a clear view of Shasta.

Q. and Shastina

Back at home we set to work making delicious NYE appetizers:
This was immediately after I doused the kitchen
in bacon grease (accidentally).

Dipping bacon-wrapped water chestnuts in secret sauce!!!

Totally delicious!

Thank heavens for parchment paper...

Quatchi enjoys them with an effervescent vinho verde.
Next up: Danish Delights, aka Polish Mistakes!

These were just two of my family's traditional NYE appetizers,
but we could only eat so much...

We ended the evening watching
Bay Bridge fireworks from my roof!

The ever-changing billboard

John also welcomed 2011 with the vuvuzela!
He was answered by several other hooting devices
in the neighborhood.

The next morning we tested out our new waffle maker!!
Cornmeal waffles, mmm!

Eat up, Quatchi.

 We also made another family dish:
Chicken casserole (covered in crumpled potato chips)!!!

Accompanied by stuffed mushrooms!

And we decided to drink the champagne
that we were too sleepy to drink last night.

Quatchi is so fat.
Time for a New Year's diet...
Happy 2011!!!
Here are recipes for all the foods we have mentioned:
Bacon-wrapped Water Chestnuts
1 can water chestnuts (typically found near Asian foods)
1 package bacon
1/2 c. ketchup
1/3 c. sugar
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  Cut bacon strips into thirds or quarters.
Drain chestnuts and wrap in bacon. Secure with a toothpick.
Line baking sheet with parchment or tin foil.
Bake for 30 minutes at 400.

Make sauce by combining remaining ingredients.
Dip baked chestnuts in sauce.
Bake again for 20 minutes at 400.

Danish Delights aka Polish Mistakes
1 lb hamburger
1 lb breakfast sausage
1/2 lb monterey jack cheese
1 tsp thyme
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 loaf 'party' rye or whole grain danish rye

Saute hamburger and sausage until cooked.
Add cheese, thyme, and w. sauce.
Scoop onto party rye.
Bake for 20 minutes at 400.

Chicken Bake Casserole
 3 cups chicken, cooked and cut up
1 cup rice, cooked
1 tsp. salt, dash of pepper
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 cup grated or chopped cheese

Combine all items and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Before baking crumble potato chips over the top.
Bake 30-45 minutes at 375.

Stuffed Mushrooms
1 lb mushrooms
2 tbsp butter
1/4 c. chives
1/4 c. crumbled bread
1 tsp. worcestershire sauce 
1/2 tsp dried dill

Wash and stem mushrooms.
Chop stems, chives and crumble bread.
Saute mushroom stems, chives, and bread in butter.
Add w. sauce, dill and salt.
Stuff mushroom caps with filling.
Bake for 6-8 minutes at 425.



  1. Geez. You made lotsa stuff. It looks amazing.
    How were the waffles?

  2. I know, we are still eating the food we made and the waffles were great! The Belgian variety is overrated...

  3. Thanks for the recipes! Much appreciated! The Q clan can't wait to nom on them!!!