Now that it's the fourth of January (where does the time go??), I figure it's time to post about our New Year's Eve celebration.. . . and David and I got down to cooking. We'd ordered a pork crown roast from our local butcher, and he'd been kind enough to tie it up for us already. I felt a little bit like we'd cheated, but I'm not complaining. All we had to do was make the herb rub while David pulled together the stuffing (with onions, apples, and pecans). We slathered the meat with the herbs and got our hands really dirty shoving the stuffing down into the center of the pork.
I've been dying to make a pork crown roast for ages now, or some other of impressive holiday-table-but-not-a-turkey sort of meaty magnificence. We're not huge New Year's Eve partygoers (for the last few years, we've simply taken a very late reservation at a nice restaurant), so we figured a night in with friends or family, cooking good food, would be just about our speed. Happily, Michael and Maureen were more than willing to oblige.
We pulled out the Christmas china one more time and got the table all dolled up for the occasion . . .
Here's a photo of the roast just before it went into the oven:
And when it came out. It got a little bit lopsided as it cooked (the end chops didn't have bones in them, so the side where they came together was softer than the bone-in sides), but it was still delicious.
After dinner, we played my absolute favorite game, Taboo. Typically, I am a Taboo MASTER, but for some reason I was off my game that night. David and Maureen beat Mike and me handily, and I'm still a little bitter about it. I'll be demanding a rematch sometime very soon, provided we can talk David into playing again.