Am I going to have to make my own ravioli, or what?
Since we're staying home for New Year's Eve, we're planning our traditional Plan B. That's where we go to the lake house, eat a staggered meal with Champagne and watch movies. It's what we do when we don't take a winter trip.
In previous years, I have made stuffed lobster tail, but we're tired of that, so this year, we've got a new menu that goes like this:
• Goat cheese crostini with orange marmalade
• Dried cranberry salad on endive leaves
• Individual brie en croute
• Roasted duck with butternut squash ravioli and broccoli rabe
• Espresso-chocolate cheesecake
I made a grocery list from the recipes and hit the local stores yesterday, and would you know it, I came up empty on three key ingredients. Not one store in this town has endive, the squash or the broccoli rabe. Not one! Well, actually, I didn't check Wal-Mart, but that's because I have an issue with the place. It's a complicated one, so I won't go into that here.
I can find a substitute for the vegetables, but plain old ravioli just won't do. And now I'm thinking I'll have to make my own, not a task I had budgeted for when sorting through the timing of everything. At least No. 1 has agreed to make the cheesecake.
What do you usually do on New Year's Eve? And do you hate it when your grocery stores don't anticipate your every food need?