So we spent a fair portion of New Year’s Eve 2007 in squalor with Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight and an assortment of other depressing loons of New York. Midnight Cowboy was great. Once again, an amazing choice. This is one of those movies, if you haven’t seen, you should. Immediately. Just to think the academy could have picked the bloatiest of all bloated musicals, Hello, Barbra!, er Hello, Dolly! or that cutsie western cut-up Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, or another Henry VIII picture Anne of the Thousand Days. This year, 1969, they chose wisely. This movie is sooooo 1969. Times Square when it was depraved and un-Disnified. New York when it was dark and mean and scary and artsy and Warholian. The performance of Messrs Hoffman and Voight are spectacular, too. ( But apparently not that great, John Wayne won for Best Actor that year). What a great team Jon & Dustin were though, oodles of chemistry: I’m surprised they never made another film together. Yet, there’s still time.
For some stoopid reason the Academy failed to nominate, Midnight Cowboy’s theme, that great Harry Nilson song “Everybody’s Talkin'”Why, Academy? Why?
For our dinner, it was a hard choosing a theme. But I think we came up with a good one. In honor of the only X-rated academy award winning movie we ate foods that sounded kinda porny. We started with what I’d liked to call a oo-la-la ….
Naked Waldorf Salad
If you have a mandolin or a v-slicer slice one Granny smith Apple into matchstick sized pieces.
Blanche a handful of snow pea for about 1/2 minute, immerse them in cold water to stop them from cooking (they should be a very vibrant green) slice them into thin strips and add to the apple. add a little champagne vinaigrette ( 2teaspoons Dijon mustard,1/4 cup champagne vinegar, any fresh herbs you have around (thyme works nicely) about 1 teaspoon, ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pinch of freshly ground black pepper) you could add nuts to this too. This is a much lighter, stripped down version of that heavy mayonnaise based Waldorf salad that everyone’s mom used to make. Yum.
Next we had some hot and sizzlin’ New York Strip Steaks. Get it, strip? Sounds dirty, sorta.
Jim put some Char Crust on a big, beautiful NY strip and grilled it outside in the freezing cold and snowy night. Perfect. Thanks, Jim!
We always boil up some lobsters on NYE but I had to take my kids to the Art Institute that day and the store that we get them from (Supreme Lobster) ran out of whole live lobsters by 11. So, instead we broiled some seductively sexy lobster tails. With hot, dripping butter. Decadent.