DIY Party Blowers

New Year’s Eve is the time to make a lot of noise to welcome in the new year. Make your own party blowers out of drinking straws, colored velum, patterned paper, tape, and a pen. Use fun patterns, colors, or write cute little messages on the paper for a personalized feel.

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Bruleed Pears with Prosciutto, Cranberry Sauce, and Goat Cheese. The best holiday appetizer ever!

The only item that needs to be cooked is the cranberry sauce, which can be made in advance.  All that is needed for the rest is just assembly.


3 fresh Asian pears
Juice of 1 lemon
6 tablespoons light brown sugar
Freshly ground black pepper
12 slices of prosciutto or Parma ham
¾ cup cranberry sauce
Crumbled goat cheese
Sprigs of thyme

  1. On a cutting board, slice pears to make 4 rounds from each pear. Remove the core from each round using a melon baller or sharp spoon.
  2. Dip pear slices into lemon juice diluted 1:10 with water to keep them from browning. Pat dry, place each round on a platter, and sprinkle ½ tablespoon of light brown sugar on top of each round. Using a culinary torch, brulée (brown) the sugar. Sprinkle a dash of pepper and top with a slice of prosciutto. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the cranberry sauce on top of each and sprinkle a little goat cheese on each piece. Garnish with a sprig of thyme. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Bacon Wrapped Pineapple for the party

It sounds like an odd combination but is delicious.

Yield: 24 appetizers

12 strips thick-cut bacon (16 to 18 slices per pound)

1 (15-ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1. Position an oven rack as low as possible. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Cut bacon strips horizontally in half. Wrap a half-strip around a pineapple chunk; secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining strips and pineapple chunks. Arrange pieces in a baking dish or half-sheet pan in a single layer. Sprinkle with brown sugar.

3. Bake on bottom oven rack until bacon is crispy, about 20 to 35 minutes. Serve hot.

Per piece: 35 calories; 2.5g fat; 1g saturated fat; 5mg cholesterol; 2g protein; 1g carbohydrate; 1g sugar; no fiber; 125mg sodium; no calcium.

If you double this recipe, use two baking dishes. Don't place more than 24 pieces in a single baking dish or the bacon will render so much fat that the appetizers won't cook properly.