Here are a few highlights from the last few weeks:
As part of our celebration, we opened a bottle of wine from our friends Amy and Lisa: a 2000 Chateau Haut-Bailly. They brought this wine to us almost four years ago, shortly after we moved to Queens. Amy said now was a very good time to drink it, and we thought that it was the perfect way to celebrate the new digs. Needless to say, it was goooorgeous.
Another way to celebrate the new apartment? A housewarming party!!! Or, as Bug called it, "the swarming party." Indeed it was. About 30 people crammed into our small place? It was cozy and our new home was indeed warmed. We made my stand-by Red Pepper and Cannellini Dip, Chipotle and Rosemary Nuts, and Prosciutto Breadsticks (the original recipe suggests brushing the breadsticks with truffle butter before adding the prosciutto - I highly recommend doing so). I served a gorgeous blue cheese with Carr's Wheat Crackers as well, and I also sliced up some salami and cucumbers - which are a surprisingly delicious pair together.
And our friend Laura brought us some lovely flowers.
We even managed to bring back our chalkboard wall.
And how about those garlic chives that I was so sad to leave behind? The night before we moved, I remembered I had left them out on the balcony so I ran outside in my pajamas and quickly transplanted them. They're now sitting in our front window and they're in heaven: all the sun and warmth, none of the cold.
They're as happy as we are (and, as evidenced by my hack job, you can see we've already used the heck out of them).
Eat, drink, and make a new home.