I went to the market yesterday to pick up some items to prepare a dinner for myself on New Year’s Day.
I could, if I were so inclined, have the traditional pork and sauerkraut at Flinchy’s, who spoons out the Pennsylvania Dutch treat said to bring good luck for free, but I’m going to take a stab at it myself this year.
Luckily, I have scored myself a significant helping of Carl Hursh’s homemade sauerkraut (if you want to try this oft-mentioned treat, go to Flinchy’s on New Year’s Day – that’s his stuff!). I plan to plop a jar of that with a fresh pork loin in my slow cooker and let it do the work.
I haven’t decided whether I will include the local potatoes in the slow cooker or whether I’ll save ’em and make mashed potatoes for the first time in my life.
Last night I was chilling in the DJ booth at Dfly with Smooth and “LJ.” LJ kindly uncorked a bottle of bubbly and we had a brief discussion about cheap sparklies. Since both he and Smooth said they learned something new from my quick tutorial on the stuff, it was suggested that I blog it. LJ said, “I don’t think people know this!”
So here goes:
Champagne is a sparkling wine that is produced only in the Champagne region of France. If it’s not from Champagne, it’s not champagne. Much like a genericized trademark, where Band-Aid and Kleenex have become accepted terms for bandages and tissues, champagne is often used to describe any sparkling wine.
However, other sparkling wines are just as good. For instance, last night we were sipping on prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine. It was a cheapy, but good (I don’t recall the brand). I like Zardetto – and look how affordable
I like dry, so I’m a fan of the Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut, which is cava from Spain. This one is fun because, like some other brands, it is available in splits (individual mini bottles) – I bought a 3-pack at the liquor store for under $10 before Christmas.
Of course, tonight, who cares what it’s called, so long as you have a glass (or maybe some sparkling grape juice) at midnight – in fact, I find it most fun to call it “champers!”
Each year, many of us resolve to improve our lives with the tradition of New Year’s resolutions. More often than not, these changes we aim to make – often revolving around better health, productivity and stress – don’t last much past January or February.
I have accomplished a handful of resolutions, though some were one-stop-shops like “get high-speed Internet access.” This year, I have a new plan.
- 1 oz. cranberry
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 oz. Plymouth
- Schweppes ® Club Soda
Mixing instructions:Stir the gin, cranberry and lemon juice in a highball glass filled with ice. Top up with soda.
Option: Sprinkle with dried, or fresh cranberries and a lemon wedge.
Offer it without the Gin and you have a refreshing non-alcoholic drink.