New Year’s Day

The first day of January is not only the start of a new month, but it’s also the beginning of a brand new year. Many people see a new year as a chance to refresh and start new goals to improve their lives. You likely welcomed another year with a celebration the night before, so New Year’s Day is a chance to relax with family and friends—and start thinking about how you’re going to keep those resolutions you made. And good news: We have all the tips and tricks you need to keep any kind of resolution, from cooking resolutions, small cleaning projects, and at-home exercises. But, if the big party is on New Year’s Day instead (those resolutions will just have to wait one more day), we have the tools you need to plan it successfully, from an easy party menu filled with an assortment of favorite cold-weather comfort foods and brunch cocktails you can make ahead of time.

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Peppered Roast Beef With Horseradish Sauce

The zesty horseradish sauce recipe that accompanies this roast beef provides the ideal partner for the flavorful, marbled meat. And while the sauce might evoke expensive steakhouse dinners, it’s actually ridiculously simple to make (shh!). Simply stir together sour cream, plus prepared horseradish, and salt and pepper. Try the spicy, creamy sauce alongside our buttered roast beef—which cooks up in the oven, with a crust of crushed peppercorns, in roughly an hour and a half—or grilled pork or steak. Add a baked potato or a cooked green on the side, and you’ll have a comfort food spread that’s sure to satisfy.

Herb-Roasted Pork Shoulder

This pork shoulder roast, which requires a mere 20 minutes of hands-on time, makes a lovely centerpiece for any celebratory meal. Though you might find that it’s just easy enough to cook up for Sunday supper, or even on a cold, wintry weeknight. A rub of fresh sage, rosemary and chopped garlic lends the meat an earthy, aromatic flavor as it roasts altogether in the oven for upwards of three hours. So you can get this mostly make-ahead main in the oven, then spend some time leisurely finishing up on sides, salads, and even dessert. For family-style serving, put the sliced pork shoulder on a platter with a few more fresh herbs.

Lobster Tails With Cilantro Butter

Nothing says “summer” quite like lobster tails, fresh off the grill. At least in the North East, that is. Recreate that salty time of year on the coast—anytime and anywhere—by serving this tasty entrée, which comes together in less than half an hour and requires 10 minutes or less on the grill. Start with four lobster tails (fresh or thawed, if frozen), and a semi-homemade compound butter. You’ll cut the lobster tails in half and grill them, coating them with cilantro butter after you flip them over the flames. Serve alongside fresh corn on the cob, garlic bread, or both.

Roast Beef With Slow-Cooked Tomatoes and Garlic

One bite of this peanut butter fudge, and you just might vow to keep a batch in the fridge 24/7. Combining the flavor of rich, chocolatey fudge with a peanut butter cup—all with crunchy peanuts sprinkled on top—this dessert checks off all the boxes. No need to turn on the oven, either. You’ll melt the butter, chocolate, peanut butter, cream, and a few other ingredients over a saucepan, before pouring the mixture into an 8-inch-square pan, adding a few nuts on top, and cooling it in the fridge. Cut into bite-sized (or bigger!) squares, and dig in. Sweet.