Friday, January 2, 2009

Jamie is the best dinner guest.

So for New Year's Eve I planned an ambitious menu to cook for my family and friends (including Jamie)... I had flour on my face, pots and pans everywhere, and was completely in over my head as I made pizzas, squash, kale and brisket - don't ask, it totally went together! It could have been a disaster, but all went to plan and dinner was over by 11:30, with just enough time to pour some champagne and set up dessert in front of the television to watch the ball drop in Times Square.

Gotta love that Jamie Paxton though.... she showed up at our house with the most glorious, most incredible, most delicious gift one could ever possibly show up to a dinner party with - breakfast for the next day.

And not just any breakfast, Zoe Nathan's Cranberry Orange Cornmeal Cake seen first on The Wednesday Chef. I cannot possibly stress how friggen phenomenal this cake is.... not too sweet, with just the right amount of tang, and the consistency of the finest corn muffin. It was a huge hit.

I didn't think it could possibly be any more delicious, but this morning, the day after New Year's Day, my Dad got the bright idea to toast thin slices of the cake in a frying pan in butter - holy crap!

Happy New Year!