"Fresh Ideas" for NYE

So what are your plans to ring in the New Year? Are you joining someone else’s party or planning one of your own? 
Either way, it’s cause for celebration and Dan Hittle of Albertsons joined us on GMW with some cocktail, “mock tail” and appetizer ideas that are sure to please a party crowd or maybe just you and your family or friends as you’re gathered to watch the crystal ball drop in Times Square.

These recipes add a kick to your traditional champagne toast:

Korbel Natural Sparkler
Korbel Natural champagne
1 oz strawberry puree
Dipping chocolate
This one’s easy; mix the strawberry puree with the Korbel and then heat up the chocolate, dip the strawberries and serve together.

Korbel Pink Lady
4 oz. KORBEL Brut Rosé champagne
2 oz. pink lemonade
A little grenadine for color
Once again, mix the Korbel with the pink lemonade and add a splash of grenadine for color.

It’s always nice to welcome in the New Year with a little bubbly but of course, we hope that everyone drinks responsibly.

Mock tails
And since grenadine is on our list – it’s the perfect ingredient to make “mock tails” (drinks without alcohol). Here’s how to make an alcohol free Mai Tai

Mai Tai
1 large lime
1 cup pineapple juice
2/3 cup orange juice
6 ice cubes
2 tablespoons grenadine
Juice the lime and add it to the pineapple and orange juice;
Blend it with the ice cubes and pour it into the glasses
Add a small amount of grenadine to each glass

To decorate the glass rims:
Dip each glass in grenadine and add sugar

Pom Ade
Here’s another favorite non-alcoholic drink which is part pomegranate juice and lemonade.
1 cup lemonade
½ cup club soda
¼ cup pomegranate juice
Ice cubes
Mix all of the ingredients into a small pitcher. Fill two glasses with ice, pour the mixture over and serve.

Let’s talk appetizers . . .
Italian appetizer Kabob:
This recipe is easy!
Assuming you’re going to make a big batch, like 28 or so. . 
8 ounces Essential Everyday Mozzarella Cheese
7 ounces Genoa salami
28 grape tomatoes
28 fresh basil leaves
1 (5.75 ounce) can Essential Everyday Jumbo Pitted Ripe Olives, drained
28 (6 inch) wooden skewers
¼ cup Essential Everyday Italian Dressing
Cut mozzarella and salami into 28 cubes.  Wrap tomatoes with basil leaves.
Thread basil wrapped tomatoes, cheese, salami and olives onto skewers in desired pattern.
Brush with Italian dressing. Sprinkle with cracked pepper and salt, if desired.
Tip: Cooked shrimp or 1-inch cubes of cooked turkey, chicken or ham can be substituted for the salami, if desired.

Food People eat on New Years Day to bring luck throughout the New Year

Black-eyed Peas
A common good luck food in the southern United States, black-eyed peas are thought to bring prosperity, especially when served with collard greens. Try these recipes: Hoppin' John; Pulled Pork Pot Pie; or Baked Black-Eyed Peas.

In Germany, Ireland, and parts of the United States, cabbage is associated with luck and fortune since it is green and resembles money. Try these recipes: Cabbage with Ginger and Cumin; Five-Spice Braised Pork and Cabbage; or Corned Beef and Cabbage

Long associated with abundance and fertility, pomegranates are eaten in Turkey and other Mediterranean countries for luck in the New Year. Try these recipes: Pomegranate-Berry Smoothie; Waldorf Salad Deluxe; or Pink Grapefruit and Endive Salad

Thought to resemble coins, lentils are eaten throughout Italy for good fortune in the New Year. Try these recipes: Red Lentil and Vegetable Soup; Salmon with Lentils and Orange-Basil Dressing; or Lentil, Kielbasa, and Garlic Stew.

In many Asian countries, long noodles are eaten on New Year's Day in order to bring a long life. One catch: You can't break the noodle before it is all in your mouth. Try these recipes: Soba Noodles with Shrimp, Snow Peas, and Carrots; Sesame Noodles; or Tofu and Vegetable Stir-Fry with Noodles
In North America, Asia, and Europe, people eat fish to celebrate the New Year. In some countries, people associate fish with moving forward into the New Year since fish swim forward. Other people think fish symbolize abundance since they swim in schools. Try these recipes: Snapper Livornese; Salt-Baked Fish; or Spiced Salmon Steaks