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A Healthy Brunch Menu

 

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As I sit down to write up this menu, I am still full from the Sunday birthday brunch I just came from for my almost 9 year old niece.  My sister in law did got raves for her egg casserole and pecan streusel french toast shuffle, which she noted are her faves because she can prep the the night before.  They were delicious, but after hearing about them, I have to note they were not the healthiest.


 

Party Platters In 20 Minutes Or Less

 

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Last year I judged a food competition at the Nachum Segal Network. We had a blast and it was a fun, food-oriented competition among the talented staff at the network. The competition was close. The winner of the Chopped-style competition beat his competitors simply because of ONE unique item he produced: he made the most incredible pickled shallots. It was that one component on his plate that put him in the lead. This reflects a secret of many chefs and party planners. You don’t need to spend lengthy amounts of time making every component. Use fresh, store-bought ingredients and focus your energy on that ONE amazing component and you will have immediate success and awesome feedback from your guests.


 

Make Your House Smell Amazing With A Healthy Treat

 

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On many a cold winter New York mornings I would drop my then 2-year old son off at his play group to the smell of hot, homemade granola.  It was intoxicating.  Sweet and syrupy the power of suggestion was enough to make me demand that his teacher let me taste, just a little, for research purposes of course.  Teacher Rivky as she was known ran the play group out of her home and was all too happy to cater to my “research”.  She was such a giving person and always sent me on my way with a granola care package big enough to feed me and the growing baby in my belly.

I love the simplicity of the recipe and the fact that almost any substitution works.  Instead of raisins use dried cherries, cranberries or blueberries.  Instead of almonds try walnuts, pecans or peanuts.  If you have the palate of a pregnant woman you can just add all of the above.  Warning – don’t burn that precious palate of yours – wait at least 15 minutes for your granola to cool before taste testing, for research purposes of course.


 

DIY – Homemade Bubbly Cocktails

 

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This time of year sparkling wine and champagne are in high demand.   We love to toast with champagne and we love to mix it up too.   Light and fruity wine cocktails are the perfect complement to any celebration. When you have some bubbles, a bit of spice, and some succulent fruit, you can’t go wrong.

How to choose good wines to use in cocktails?


 

New Year’s Resolutions – Health and...

 

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In the year 5774, just about every holiday table features someone on a special diet. Whether it’s gluten free, lactose free, paleo, clean, vegan, vegetarian, and of course the new year’s resolution diet.  Unfortunately, it’s often the word die that gets the emphasis when you cook following the diet’s guidelines. It doesn’t have to be that way, especially with all the family, food and festivities on Rosh Hashanah.

This salad that eats like a meal is coming to the rescue.  It’s easy to make, healthy, satisfying, filled with nutrients, and diet friendly, whichever diet that might be.


 

Days of Kosher (Sparkling) Wine

 

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Should old acquaintances be forgot and never brought to mind?  Not if that old acquaintance is kosher champagne.  This time of year we have many opportunities to raise a glass and celebrate, whether at the office holiday party or ushering in the New Year or avoiding the fiscal cliff.  While a rich red may keep you warm by the fire at night, an errant drop can ruin a party dress faster than you can say stain stick.  So stick to Champagne or sparkling wine, it’s affordable, light, festive and remarkably drinkable most anytime.  Here are a few of our seasonal favorites:

Drappier Carte Blanche Brut (France); $45.  Fine, fresh, elegant and fruity with apple, yeast and floral notes – a true French Champagne from a prestigious domaine.


 

New Year’s Day 2012 – Brunch Ideas

 

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January 1st falls on a Sunday this year, so now you have two reasons to sleep late and celebrate with a bountiful New Year’s Day brunch.  Tell your closest friends and family to come on over, because you are going to start 2012 off right — with a full stomach and an empty plate.

See how easy it is to kick things up a notch in the New Year with our very best brunch menu…


 

New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

 

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For New Year’s Eve, I am taking inspiration from the small plates (tapas, mezze, and more) that appear on restaurant menus all over the world.  Small plates encourage experimentation in the kitchen and are perfect for sampling and sharing.  Remember how the New Year’s Eve television special shows you celebrations all around the globe?  As 2011 draws to a close, invite your friends over for a glass or two of kosher champagne and ask each friend to bring over 2-3 small dishes from a particular country.  You can have your own international extravaganza without leaving your living room.  Here are a few ideas to get you started, click on the cuisine of your choice for a menu:

Spanish Tapas