This week’s #SundaySupper theme is Reflections and Resolutions. Fitting right? It is that time of year when we sit down and reflect on the year that has passed and set resolutions/goals for the new year ahead. For me, this past year has been filled with many new and exciting things. 2013 has been a year of transitions. I accepted a new position with the school district that I work for. It has been a wonderful experience and I am truly thankful for it, but it also cemented the end of my role as a stay at home mom. My oldest has gone off to high school. This is still strange to me. My baby will be in middle school next year. This Christmas was the first year in my life as a mother, where there were more clothes and shoes under the tree than toys. All transitions, one phase of life into another.
This dish that I am sharing is an appetizer. It represents all that I am looking forward to in 2014. An appetizer as a New Year’s Resolution? Yes… stay with me for just a moment while I explain. It is made with a bakery fresh baguette, pancetta, goat cheese, olives, radishes, fresh herbs… fresh, fresh, fresh. There are no highly processed ingredients. This year, 2014, I am getting back to my unprocessed way of life. Fresh foods, simplicity, all the things that I enjoyed when I was a stay at home mom. Things that I sometimes got away from when I transitioned back to work. After having this transition time, I am looking forward to a year of settling into my new phase in life, embracing it and growing from the experience.
Pancetta & Goat Cheese Crostini
- 1 Baguette (sliced into 1/4 inch thick rounds or on an angle)
- 1/4lb Pancetta
- 16oz Goat Cheese
- 1/2 cup Kalamata Olives
- 3 radishes (sliced thinly)
- Basil (leaves sliced into ribbons for garnishing)
- pinch kosher salt
- pinch fresh cracked black pepper
I could seriously live on this kind of appetizer. Why don’t I? That is a good questions. It makes me want to drink lots of red wine and talk loudly… maybe just maybe my Italian ancestry is showing? It is such a simple appetizer but the flavors really meld well together and would compliment any main course you are serving. These are great for just appetizer and cocktails kind of party too. Or, have them for lunch, which is what I did.
Be sure to check out all the great #SundaySupper recipes being shared. Perfect for your New Year’s Eve party or a quiet day of reflection with family at home. There really is something for everyone.
- Snowman Eggnog Pancakes from Shockingly Delicious
- Baked Oatmeal from In The Kitchen With Audrey and Maurene
- Chia Seed Breakfast Pudding from girlichef
Appetizers & Snacks
- Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Popcorn from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Moroccan Cigars from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Baked Camembert with Caramel and Pecans from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Pancetta & Goat Cheese Crostinis from Country Girl in the Village
- New Year’s Brezel from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Sweet and Savory Mixed Nuts from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Glazed Snickerdoodle Bars with Walnuts from Pies and Plots
- Champagne Shrimp and Pasta from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Main Dishes & Sides
- Minestrone Any Way from Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
- Pecan-Crusted Rainbow Trout from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
- Mushroom Risotto from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Zapiekanka (Polish ‘pizza’) from Curious Cuisiniere
- Hoppin’ John for Good Luck from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Italian Vegetable Soup from The Foodie Army Wife
- Chicken stuffed with Mozzarella and Prosciutto from Family Foodie
- Black-Eye Pea and Greens Casserole and Wine Pairings from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
Desserts & Drinks
- Candied Bacon Bourbon Bloody Mary from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Peanut & Pretzel Bark from Killer Bunnies, Inc.
- Cherry Almond Blondies from Mess Makes Food
- Apricot Fizz from Magnolia Days
- Celebration Mimosas from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
- Dark Chocolate Cake Doughnuts from What Smells So Good?
- Gluten Free Cronuts from No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
- Spiced Cranberry Apple Crisp from Neighborfood
- Blood Orange Mimosas from Take A Bite Out of Boca
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