So we decided to make our own tradition. Our vision: to have a meal of affluence, to symbolize our prosperity in a decadent meal that included . . .
Almonds, a lovely olive bruschetta, some foie gras, and caviar. Admittedly, the caviar was not the best quality but that was not the intention. The idea was to have the symbolic representation of affluence. We may not have had beluga imported this year but next year . . .
Our next course included a creamy Lobster Bisque and Oysters Rockefeller. Rob kept saying, "Nothing says 'money' quite like Rockefeller." I can't really argue. And the oysters were oh so yummy. I am not a huge fan of lobster so the bisque was okay. It certainly had a delicacy of flavor that surprised me. And yes, the decadence continued.
New York Strip steak, pan seared, served with a stuffed baked potato. To be honest, I didn't have a potato because I simply couldn't eat that much more. And I suppose this wasn't "screaming" decadence but let me tell you that the dogs were in for a pleasant surprise as we actually gave them about 2 or 3 ozs of our steak. From taking home doggy bags in restaurants to actually giving our dogs our leftovers . . . now that is aflluence! They certainly appreciated it.
For dessert, Rob made (yes, from scratch!) some