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Baby…it’s cold outside

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

“What did you do for New Year’s Eve?” Pretty much every person I ask tells me they stayed home and went to bed early.  Makes me feel better that my husband and I did that exact thing!  We stayed up a little later than normal, drank a little more than usual, and finished watching season 2 of Stranger Things!  Talk about party animals…

We thought about going out to dinner, thought about meeting friends for a drink, thought about going to a New Year’s Eve party at the Hotel Vermont….but we didn’t.  Before we truly gave up on all plans, we decided to start with a special dinner at home.  I sent my poor husband out in the freezing weather to fetch lamb chops and turn on the grill.  When he got back inside, one look at him and I knew, we weren’t going anywhere.

The below zero temps and even more extreme wind chill kept our grill, our favorite way to cook lamb, from heating past 175 degrees. We cooked inside, which was much more comfortable!  A simple preparation of garlic powder, salt & pepper, pan fried in some butter, the lamb was cooked to perfection!  We paired it with a rainbow assortment of salad fixin’s and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

The salad is the real art of the evening.  Cucumbers first, so your fork has something to spear at the bottom.  Then romaine for the same reason.  Mixed greens for their hearty color and the vitamins that come with it.  Topped with thinly sliced cabbage, carrots sauteed in lamb chop drippings, and crumbled blue cheese.  Dressed with olive oil and balsamic.  YUMM

Nothing says celebrate like a great meal.  It brings people together to prepare for, indulge in, and even clean up after.  Everyone has celebratory “go-tos,” whether its a favorite recipe, traditional family meal, or something that generally symbolizes a PARTY like cupcakes or champagne…the list goes on.  Anyway, FOOD: it’s a chance to spend quality time with the quality people in your life.

So…how did YOU celebrate NYE?

Until Next Time,

Corrie Austin

Posted: 1-7-2018

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

"What did you do for New Year's Eve?" Pretty much every person I ask tells me they stayed home and went to bed early.  Makes me feel better that my husband and I did that exact thing!  We stayed up a little later than normal, drank a little more than usual, and finished watching season 2 of Stranger Things!  Talk about party animals... We thought about going out to dinner, thought about meeting friends for a drink, thought about going to a New Year's Eve party at the Hotel Vermont....but we didn't.  Before we truly gave up on all plans, we decided to start with a special dinner at home.  I sent my poor husband out in the freezing weather to fetch lamb chops and turn on the grill.  When he got back inside, one look at him and I knew, we weren't going anywhere. The below zero temps and even more extreme wind chill kept our grill, our favorite way to cook lamb, from heating past 175 degrees. We cooked inside, which was much more comfortable!  A simple preparation of garlic powder, salt & pepper, pan fried in some butter, the lamb was cooked to perfection!  We paired it with a rainbow assortment of salad fixin's and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. [playlist type="video" ids="4643"] The salad is the real art of the evening.  Cucumbers first, so your fork has something to spear at the bottom.  Then romaine for the same reason.  Mixed greens for their hearty color and the vitamins that come with it.  Topped with thinly sliced cabbage, carrots sauteed in lamb chop drippings, and crumbled blue cheese.  Dressed with olive oil and balsamic.  YUMM Nothing says celebrate like a great meal.  It brings people together to prepare for, indulge in, and even clean up after.  Everyone has celebratory "go-tos," whether its a favorite recipe, traditional family meal, or something that generally symbolizes a PARTY like cupcakes or champagne...the list goes on.  Anyway, FOOD: it's a chance to spend quality time with the quality people in your life. So...how did YOU celebrate NYE?

Until Next Time,

Corrie Austin

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

"What did you do for New Year's Eve?" Pretty much every person I ask tells me they stayed home and went to bed early.  Makes me feel better that my husband and I did that exact thing!  We stayed up a little later than normal, drank a little more than usual, and finished watching season 2 of Stranger Things!  Talk about party animals... We thought about going out to dinner, thought about meeting friends for a drink, thought about going to a New Year's Eve party at the Hotel Vermont....but we didn't.  Before we truly gave up on all plans, we decided to start with a special dinner at home.  I sent my poor husband out in the freezing weather to fetch lamb chops and turn on the grill.  When he got back inside, one look at him and I knew, we weren't going anywhere. The below zero temps and even more extreme wind chill kept our grill, our favorite way to cook lamb, from heating past 175 degrees. We cooked inside, which was much more comfortable!  A simple preparation of garlic powder, salt & pepper, pan fried in some butter, the lamb was cooked to perfection!  We paired it with a rainbow assortment of salad fixin's and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. [playlist type="video" ids="4643"] The salad is the real art of the evening.  Cucumbers first, so your fork has something to spear at the bottom.  Then romaine for the same reason.  Mixed greens for their hearty color and the vitamins that come with it.  Topped with thinly sliced cabbage, carrots sauteed in lamb chop drippings, and crumbled blue cheese.  Dressed with olive oil and balsamic.  YUMM Nothing says celebrate like a great meal.  It brings people together to prepare for, indulge in, and even clean up after.  Everyone has celebratory "go-tos," whether its a favorite recipe, traditional family meal, or something that generally symbolizes a PARTY like cupcakes or champagne...the list goes on.  Anyway, FOOD: it's a chance to spend quality time with the quality people in your life. So...how did YOU celebrate NYE?

Until Next Time,

Corrie Austin

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"What did you do for New Year's Eve?" Pretty much every person I ask tells me they stayed home and went to bed early.  Makes me feel better that my husband and I did that exact thing!  We stayed up a little later than normal, drank a little more than usual, and finished watching season 2 of Stranger Things!  Talk about party animals... We thought about going out to dinner, thought about meeting friends for a drink, thought about going to a New Year's Eve party at the Hotel Vermont....but we didn't.  Before we truly gave up on all plans, we decided to start with a special dinner at home.  I sent my poor husband out in the freezing weather to fetch lamb chops and turn on the grill.  When he got back inside, one look at him and I knew, we weren't going anywhere. The below zero temps and even more extreme wind chill kept our grill, our favorite way to cook lamb, from heating past 175 degrees. We cooked inside, which was much more comfortable!  A simple preparation of garlic powder, salt & pepper, pan fried in some butter, the lamb was cooked to perfection!  We paired it with a rainbow assortment of salad fixin's and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. [playlist type="video" ids="4643"] The salad is the real art of the evening.  Cucumbers first, so your fork has something to spear at the bottom.  Then romaine for the same reason.  Mixed greens for their hearty color and the vitamins that come with it.  Topped with thinly sliced cabbage, carrots sauteed in lamb chop drippings, and crumbled blue cheese.  Dressed with olive oil and balsamic.  YUMM Nothing says celebrate like a great meal.  It brings people together to prepare for, indulge in, and even clean up after.  Everyone has celebratory "go-tos," whether its a favorite recipe, traditional family meal, or something that generally symbolizes a PARTY like cupcakes or champagne...the list goes on.  Anyway, FOOD: it's a chance to spend quality time with the quality people in your life. So...how did YOU celebrate NYE?

Until Next Time,

Corrie Austin

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10 responses to “Baby…it’s cold outside”

  1. Happy New Year Corrie! Your stay-at-home,
    celebratory dinner sounded wonderful. I enjoy reading your posts very much and am a big fan of all things Bronwyn does. I am also a grammar fanatic and am wondering if you should have written “cooked perfectly” instead of “cooked perfect”.
    All the best,
    Christine Fraioli
    Lincoln, VT

    • Corrie Austin says:

      Hi Christine!

      I am a huge Bronwyn fan, as well! I’m sure there are many of us. She is quite the woman!

      Thank you for the critique…it seems so obvious now that I see it written out; sometimes it just takes a fresh set of eyes! I have decided to change it to read: “cooked to perfection.”

      -Corrie

  2. Kellie Kutkey says:

    We tried and tried to stay up. I checked the time just before closing my eyes to sleep and it was 1145. How much closer could we get?
    The bottle of champagne is still unopened. It’s chilling on the porch. We don’t have your extreme (extremely? Christine?) cold weather out here on the left coast.
    Ah, well. It’s going to be an eventful and adventurous year, even if I wasn’t there to greet it.
    By the way, my mouth started watering over your salad!

    • Corrie Austin says:

      Hi Mom!
      I can’t believe you didn’t make it the last 15 minutes! Oh well, it was almost 3 am on the east coast, so by my standards, you did great!
      Happy New Year,
      Corrie

  3. Charly Collins says:

    Your NYE and your dinner sound heavenly! Any special balsamic for your salad? My daughter and I visited an olive oil/vinegar shop on NYE-eve, and found so many varieties of balsamic (both white and traditional). Any recommendations or special recipes?
    I bought a raspberry in both white and traditional, and my daughter bought a white pear balsamic. I cannot wait to see what she will do with hers.
    Keep up the lovely blogs – we really enjoy them!

    • Corrie Austin says:

      Hi Charly!
      So glad to hear you enjoy the blogs. They are fun to put together; it’s nice to know I’m not just doing it for my own enjoyment! I have tasted many delicious oil and vinegar combinations at shops like the one you visited with your daughter. I really enjoy the fig balsamic, although the white pear is delicious, as well. I also found a tasty ice wine vinegar called NuVine from Vermont’s Mt. Philo Farm and Vinyard. Check it out here: https://numondo.com/products/nuvine-ice-wine-vinegar. For a refreshing drink, I put 1tsp-2Tbsp (depending on potency and taste) of vinegar in my soda water.

      My favorite go-to balsamic is actually from Costco. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Kirkland-Signature-Balsamic-Vinegar-1-liter/dp/B013XTHODK
      I dress salads, toss veggies in it before or after roasting, or marinate chicken with some honey, balsamic, oil, salt and pepper before grilling or roasting.

      BTW-I LOVE all things vinegar: pickles, mustard, balsamic, kombucha, etc. Glad to meet another vinegar lover!

      Happy New Year,
      Corrie

  4. Happy New Year, Corrie! I’m finally home and plugged in after a very busy and intense NYC city visit. Just love the salad recipe and the whole post. You continue to bring such energy and fun to the ITKWB blog. Merci beaucoup!

    • Corrie Austin says:

      I was wondering when I would hear from you again!
      Glad to know you are back home safe and sound. The weather made travel difficult for many.
      Let’s make a date again soon!!
      XO
      Corrie

  5. Zach Kutkey says:

    Corrie,
    That salad looks unreal… I’m just now realizing and appreciating how well you feed us when the family and I come to visit. Thank you!

    • Corrie Austin says:

      Hey Brother!
      Thank you for the kudos! I love preparing food, and it’s nice to have a change of pace (as in, not just cooking for David and I!) Really looking forward to seeing you this summer. I will cook you many meals 🙂

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