Catholic Recipe: New Year's Day Refreshments
The afternoon of New Year's Day is the traditional time to go calling, so be prepared to receive guests. You can serve the same refreshments as were suggested for New Year's Eve, or you can serve an afternoon tea or coffee collation, as you prefer.
For this you will need a quantity of small, dainty sandwiches filled with a minced shrimp or chicken salad mixture, liver pâté, deviled ham mixed with cream cheese, chive butter, water cress, pineapple-cheese spread, relish cheese spread, and so on. Choose any three or four, and use thin slices of white and whole wheat bread. Trim off the crusts and cut in "fingers," small squares, or triangles. Brew the coffee or tea to perfection (see recipes for Perfect Coffee and Perfect Tea), use your daintiest dishes and best spoons, be sure to have cream, milk, sugar cubes, and lemon slices ready. If you wish to serve a sweet, make tiny St. Joseph's Cream Puffs (see recipe).Recipe Source: Cook's Blessings, The by Demetria Taylor, Random House, New York, 1965