Simple New Years Eve with Sam’s Club…

(Blackberry and Sparkling Wine Geletina…yep that’s dessert, not a drink!)

I am a stay at home kind of gal when it comes to New Years. There is nothing better than filling up on food and wine and then only having to walk three feet to the bedroom. :) Sam’s Club asked a few of us bloggers to throw out some New Year’s Eve party ideas. My theme was Simple New Year’s Eve. Alright, definitely up my alley. I was all good with this until I found out I had to come up with decorations. Umm, Martha Stewart and Sandra Lee I am not. There are not table scapes in my future. So I panicked a little, until one day I came in and my dog (I leave the TV on for her) was watching a painting show on PBS. The lady was paining a bowl a fruit. And there I had it. Fruit is not only art, but edible…and so it began.
Off to Sam’s Club I went to find as much fruit as I can. And what goes better with fruit, than cheese! You already know that Sam’s Club offers some great cheeses, I just had to narrow it down a bit. I planned my menu to have some fruit in every bite. But let’s keep in mind that nuts and olives are fruits too. :) No, it’s not cheating. :P I also planned my menu to be as simple as possible, often using some of the same ingredients throughout the party dishes. The Ballarini Gorgonzola is used twice in my appetizers, first in the stuffed dates, and then in the crostini topped with Gorgonzola and a Pear-Onion Jam. The pine nuts that are topped on the dates are also used in the Hummus, which to save time was the Sabra pre-made Hummus, which I buy on a weekly basis (especially the pine nut flavor).
Add a nice Feta Walnut spread that is super simple to make, and is made that much better with a few Diamond Walnuts candied on top. The Zeal Sauvignon Blanc pairs really well with the Feta Dip (lucky for me they had a chart of what wines go with what cheeses right at my Sam’s…because truthfully, I’m not skilled in that area :D).
The centerpiece, which is essentially a bunch of fruit. But the fruit doubles as part of the appetizer as pears, grapes, and apples all go lovely with cheese. Or even better, how about a cheese that already has fruit in it, the Wensleydale Cheese with Autumn Fruits has both currents and apples mixed into and aged with the cheese. Yummy.
And for dessert, I went with something that usually surprises people. Blackberry and Sparkling Wine Geletina. Geletina is a fancy way of saying Jell-O. Yep, wine Jell-O. I know it seems a little odd. But if you are a champagne or sparkling wine fan, you will really enjoy these. I made them a few years back with Prosecco but tried them this time with the Beciano Mocsato D’asti. Either work. These are light and refreshing and what is a better way to toast the New Year than with dessert!!!
So head on over to Sam’s Club this holiday season to help make you New Year’s Eve party Simple and Easy. And have a Fruitful New Year! Feel free to come talk a little New Year’s Eve party planning with me over on the Sam’s Club Facebook Page.
*As always, I was compensated for this post, was given a Sam’s Club membership, and a gift card to purchase the food that is in the post, but opinions are that of my own.

If you want to add a little extra cheer in your New Year, why not enter the Sam’s Club “New Year’s Eve Resolutions” Twitter Contest. It starts at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) on December 27, 2010 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on January 1, 2011.
You have the chance to win a 14-piece Cuisinart Cookware Set (Value $149.98)! I could use some new cookware right about now, how about you?
All you need is a Twitter account. Go to Sam’s Club Twitter page to become a follower of Sam’s Club. Tweet your response to the Contest question: “What New Year’s Resolution Have You Achieved?” using the hashtag #jumpstart and mentioning @Samsclub in the tweet. You have the option of tweeting their response on the Sam’s Club Twitter page OR their own Twitter page. However, the correct #jumpstart and @Samsclub must be present in the answer in order for the response to be counted as an Official Contest entry.
One entry per person. There is one winner and contest entry will be judged based on the clear relationship between the tweet and the following criteria: Originality (40%); Pertinence to Theme (40%); Difficulty (20%).
To see more info, go here.

(My attempt at a centerpiece :P)

Fruitful New Year’s Eve Menu

Red Grapes
Medjool Dates Stuffed with Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts (recipe follows)
Feta Walnut Spread with Candied Walnuts (recipe follows)
Crostini with Gorgonzola and Pear-Onion Jam (recipe follows)
Hummus with Olive Tapenade and Pine Nuts (tapenade recipe to follow)
Wensleydale Cheese with Autumn Fruits and Keebler Entertainment Crackers

Blackberry and Sparkling Wine (I used Beciano Mocsato D’asti this time around) Gelentina (see recipe here)

Zeal Sauvignon Blanc

Beciano Mocsato D’asti

(Feta Walnut Spread with Candied Walnuts and Hummus with Olive Tapanade and Pine Nuts)

Feta-Walnut Spread with Candied Walnuts

8 ounces Feta Cheese, at room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
Pinch of cayenne pepper
2 TBSP minced parsley
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 cup chopped walnuts

Using a food processor, blend all the ingredients until smooth. Place spread in bowl and top with candied walnuts.

Candied Walnuts:

3/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Pinch of sea salt

Place a sheet of parchment paper onto a baking sheet.
Using a medium saucepan, add sugar. Use a wooden spoon or any heat resistant spoon to stir around to avoid clumps. Sugar will turn liquid and start to turn a nice brown color. Don’t go too dark or it will be bitter.
Toss nuts into the caramel sugar and coat the nuts with the caramel. Sprinkle sea salt.
Pour onto prepared pan to let them cool.

Hummus with Olive Tapenade and Pine Nuts

1 (1 pound , 9 ounce) container of Sabra Roasted Pine Nut Hummus
Olive Tapenade
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted

Place Hummus in a serving bowl. Place tapenade in center of dip and top with pine nuts.

Easy Olive Tapenade
1 cup pitted black olives
2 cups green olives
3 tsp. olive oil
3 tsp. Balsamic vinegar
3 TBSP pine nuts
1 clove garlic, minced
Combine all ingredients in the blender or food processor and blend for a few seconds until smooth.

(Crostini of Gorgonzola and Onion-Pear Jam and Dates stuffed with Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts)

Crostini with Gorgonzola and Pear-Onion Jam

8 ounces Gorgonzola, at room temperature
8 ounces Cream Cheese, at room temperature
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
2 baguettes or French bread if you can’t find
Recipe for Pear-Onion Jam (get recipe here)
Using a stand mixer, blend together the cheese and spices until fully incorporated.
Slice baguettes thinly. Spread a generous tablespoon of cheese mixture on top of bread. Place under broiler until cheese gets bubbly.
Top with Pear-Onion Jam. Can be served at room temperature.

Dates Stuffed with Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts

1 pound Medjool dates, halved with pit removed
8 ounces Gorgonzola, at room temperature
8 ounces Cream Cheese, at room temperature
Salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup pine nuts

Using a stand mixer, blend together the cheese and spices until fully incorporated.
Pour pine nuts into a large shallow bowl.
Spoon or pipe cheese mixture into date half. Press cheese side into pine nuts, so that they stick to top. Serve at room temperature. Amount of appetizer depends on size of dates.


  1. I don’t usually like to serve pre-packaged food…but the 7 layer dip from Sam’s club is SOOO GOOD

  2. Many fabulous ideas Peabody! Hope you have a great New Year!

  3. Happy New Year Peabody,

    I really like the looks of this foe New Years day while watching football. GO Michigan State and beat ‘Bama) Most can be prepared ahead of time and things like the crostini can be assembeled as needed.

    Only problem is that the link for the pear onion jam is not active.

  4. Thanks, fixed the link!

  5. Love all of your ideas!! I’m going to make your stuffed dates for our party :)

  6. That sabra pine nut hummus is my favorite too Peabody! Gotta love the huge sizes you can buy at sams club!

    Hope you had a good holiday my dear and everything with the newly found singledom is working out as well as it can.

  7. Love the centerpiece idea! I have lots of too-small-to-use wired ribbon bits, and these are a great way to use them up and coordinate with the tree and wreath ribbon. Who says you’re not MS/SL? (ducking and running away)

  8. I love Moscato d’asti and we drink it all the time. Making jello with it sounds interesting!

    I’m a stay at home girl too. I hope that 2011 is a good year for you.

  9. I for one am so very glad that you are not Martha or Sandra. I love the ideas you came up with. I have a membership to Sam’s Club and I have to say that they can be a life safer at times. I love the Crostini with Gorgonzola and Pear-Onion Jam and the Gelatina looks stunning.

  10. Your tablescape looks amazing. And the food looks so easy and delicious. Definitely gonna try the hummus. Happy New Years!!

  11. Thank you for the recipes, can’t wait to try them they sound delicious!

  12. I love your table settings… I see Ina use fresh fruit, vegatables and candies for table decorations all the time! I’m absolutely going to make the dates and onion jam for New Years! Best of everything to you in 2011!!!

  13. Simple – that sounds like me! I love the keep it easy menu you’ve put together. And I agree – staying home is my favorite way to celebrate New Year’s.

    I hope you have a lovely New Year’s Eve and a much improved New Year!

  14. The gelatina is so beautiful! Love that idea and I’m totally stealing it for a future party.

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