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Catholic Recipe: New Year's Eve: Midnight Buffet Menu

It's a pleasant custom to hold open house on New Year's Eve. Friends and neighbors, on their way to late parties, can begin the evening by dropping in for a brief stay and refreshment. Others can come and stay to watch the New Year in with you. Muted music from radio or records, a big punch bowl holding eggnog or a wine punch, thin, thin slices of fruit cake on a silver tray, and plates of delicious not-too-sweet cookies — that's all you need. Unless, of course, you plan to serve a buffet supper to a chosen few after Midnight Mass. Here are two suggested menus for Midnight buffet suppers.

And may your New Year be filled with blessings!


Midnight Buffet I
Game Hens with Pineapple-Walnut Stuffing (see recipe) Hot Buttered Rolls Currant Jelly Mixed Fresh Fruit Salad Paprika Cheese Straws (see recipe) Pistachio Ice Cream Fruit Cake Hot Coffee or Tea (see recipe)
Midnight Buffet II
Ham a la King in Chafing Dish Buttered Green Peas Hot Patty Shells Jellied Pineapple Salad (see recipe) Hot Mince Pie Coffee (see recipe)

Recipe Source: Cook's Blessings, The by Demetria Taylor, Random House, New York, 1965
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