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For Kids Of All Ages: A Very Gooooy Treat!
Originally posted on Kids Are From Pluto - A Mother's Guide to a Child's World:
One of my favorite things about Halloween is being able to use this day as an excuse to eat more dessert, good ol’ Halloween sweet treats. =) Sure you’ll be passing out candy to trick-or-treaters or to your child’s friends and classmates, but is that going to stop you from sneaking in a piece or two? Of course not, it’s Halloween!
If you’re in the giving mood and want to make treats for your family, friends, coworkers, or anyone else really, you definitely have plenty of options in terms of Halloween-themed food ideas. You can obtain inspiration from my Halloween Board, bake Halloween-themed cupcakes, follow my kid-friendly pumpkin recipes, or do an endless Google search for Halloween inspired dishes.
“Food is nation building and back breaking business”
Humidors & Vintage NY License Plates, gotta have one: GIFT!
Originally posted on FineTobaccoNYC:
News from our friends over at Nat Sherman, via the blog of Michael Herklots:
In partnership with Daniel Marshall, we are proud to offer these beautiful custom humidors featuring Vintage New York License Plates. The humidors are each one of a kind, with a hand carved design, Spanish Cedar lining, and come equipped with Humidification and a Hygrometer. The humidors hold 125 Cigars, and are available exclusively at the Nat Sherman Townhouse, 12 East 42nd Street, in New York City. Call 646-442-1850 for more information. ($1,595)
If you’re from a big city, you know culture; It’s what is often most talked about when remembering home: food, friends, music!
Originally posted on FinerThingsLA's Blog:
We have been trying to track down the details on the St. Felix Bottomless Mimosa Brunch for what seems like forever. Obviously our efforts were of the laziest variety: checking their website, sending twitter messages, scanning Facebook. All futile efforts for the past couple months. And then we had the bright idea to call them… JACKPOT! And all the glorious boozy information is now in our hands:
Boozy Brunch Spot: St. Felix, Hollywood
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Originally posted on LeadToday:
One of my favorite stories is the one about the hot dog vendor. Maybe it’s because I love hot dogs, or maybe it’s because it is such an insightful story.
Perhaps you have heard it before. There’s this guy who runs a hot dog stand in the city and he does pretty good with it. Good enough in fact that he can afford to send his son off to college. While his son is off to college the dad continues to grow his business, by the time his son graduates from college his dad has 10 hot dogs stands around the city and no less than 15 employees. His business is booming!
You know you want this!
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Originally posted on en quête de saveur:
Just because the warm days have left us does not mean that we can’t enjoy summer staples. This is an egg salad with a protein boost and spice kick. I thank my mother for this recipe. She would make this with potatoes and hard boiled eggs and put it in pita bread to make warm sandwiches for lunch. I left out the carbs and added more protein with the chicken. Also, this really is figure friendly because it has no mayo that normally lathers typical egg salads. The cumin adds a comforting warmth and stuffed into a toasted pita pocket, this will be your next go to weeknight dinner this fall !
- We’ve Been Eating Cupcakes Wrong Our Entire Lives (businessinsider.com)
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Originally posted on Desa's Dishes:
A few weeks ago I made an offhand comment in…well, a comment about making these cupcakes as a way to spit in the eye of all my friends with dietary restrictions. This recipe has animal products, refined sugar, alcohol, gluten…pretty much everything you need to cut people out of dessert time except for nut allergies. The comment was born out of break-up aggravation and anger, and I figured channeling that through defiant cupcake baking was more productive than lashing out or boring my friends. Also, it was my sister-in-law’s early birthday celebration the same weekend and she loves these, so win win! In fact, I first made these when we went bridesmaids’ dress shopping for her wedding two years ago. Cupcakes + prewedding diets = still totally delicious.
Irish car bombs are a pint of Guinness with a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream dropped in them and chugged before the cream curdles. I’ve had one, at a college Model United Nations party (oh yes, I was quite the cool one), and they can go to your head. Like immediately. They are tasty, but I’m not great at drinking quickly, so I prefer these cupcakes. Last warning: these are incredibly rich. The cake is moist and intense, and the frosting is very sweet – don’t slather it on too thick. Add a rich chocolate ganache filling to the party and it becomes a one cupcake is enough dessert.
Speak Like A Pirate Day fun!
Origin of Uncle Sam Day:
There are two theories as to how Uncle Sam emerged. Both date back to the early 1800′s.
The officially recognized theory dates back to soldiers stationed near Troy, New York during the war of 1812. Barrels of meat they received were stamped “U.S.” The supplier was Samuel Wilson of Troy, New York. Solders jokingly referred to him as “Uncle Sam”. In 1813, the first image of “Uncle Sam” appeared. In 1961, the U.S. Congress issued a resolution recognizing “Uncle Sam” Wilson, and authorizing a monument in his hometown in Troy, NY.
There is a second, less popular theory of the creation of Uncle Sam. During the early 1800′s, Irish immigrants were coming to America. Some believed that Uncle Sam emerged from these immigrants. In their Gaelic language, the United Stares of America was “Stáit Aontaithe Mheiriceá”, abbreviated “SAM”.
Uncle Sam Day became official in 1989, when a joint resolution of Congress designated September 13 “Uncle Sam Day”. This date was selected, as “Uncle Sam” Wilson was born on September 13, 1776.
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I Luv Pickles, go for it!
Originally posted on The Not So Super Mama:
Yes, you read right. 3 days! I LOVE pickles. My last pregnancy I ate an entire jar of pickles and a pint of ice cream for dinner on more than one occasion. When they are small and crisp and a bit of spice to them- WOW! But, I never thought of making them myself. It seemed too fussy, and I wasn’t experienced in canning. Then I saw this recipe on www.frugallysustainable.com and thought I would give it a try. I am so glad I did. What a hit!
I don’t have much of a garden, we’ve had such a mild summer here. So I bought some pickling cucumbers at the farmers market last weekend. The smallest ones I could find, and just enough for one quart size jar. It was hard to wait three days to try them, but it was worth it, and now that I’ve almost finished this jar, I’m heading to the market this weekend for some more cucumbers!
Starting Wednesday, millions of American women will no longer pay for birth control pills, Pap smears or mammograms — not even a co-pay.
- Catholic Diocese Files Lawsuit Over Birth Control Mandate (pittsburgh.cbslocal.com)
Looking at the side of the Watermelon, the white part of the rind is aproximate 1 inch thickness, which is perfect for salad since we will be removing the green outer part, and as much of the pink fruit as possible. Please use a cutting board to cut the green skin off the melon, and cut the pieces in manageable sections, after removing the pink fruit (fleshy part for everyone to enjoy). If one particular piece proves too difficult to remove the green skin, go on to another piece.
Once the green skin of the Watermelon is removed, get each piece ready to julienne (which means you will cut into strips just like french fries)! Put each piece of rind face up (concave shape to your hand, convex shape to cutting board), and start cutting at right, or left side, into thin strips (not too thin nor thick for this recipe).
Please don’t worry about perfect strips in your julienne rind, that is not going to change the flavor of the salad, be glad it’s done! Woot! Also, you will have used aprox half of the watermelon to equal 10 cups.
Now your watermelon rind is ready for the three (3) Kiwis. Remove the skin of the Kiwis, and cut the fruit in slices right over the watermelon rind, which is julienne. Please cut the slices of Kiwi in about 1/4 inch thickness, otherwise they will, well you know…. disintegrate!
You are ready to give another dimension of flavor to the salad! Take 4 scallions (washed and with root cut off bottom), cutting into slices about 1/2 thickness; add to the kiwis, and rind. I like to toss the scallions on top of the kiwis, so the fruit will absorb some of the flavor from the scallions!
In the mean time, in a separate bowl, add 1 tablespoon of garlic powder, and 2 cups of balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing, and blend together. Now put the rind, kiwis, and scallions into garlic, and balsamic vinaigrette, mixing well with a large spoon, or spatula.
Now that the salad is ready, put into a clean bowl chilling for about 1 hour, so that flavors all blend together! Before you put in fridge, add the juice of a fresh squeezed lime, or lemon. Optionally, you can add 6 crushed leaves of mint (spearmint) for a really fresh zing!!
A healthy, and delicious salad that definitely spells summer, is high in citrulline amino acids good for a healthy heart. There is another practice that is very important: being frugal, and eating well!! I hope you enjoy my salad recipe with BBQs, or meals of choice!
Kitchen Tools You Will Need:
- Cutting Board
- Large Dish (1)
- Two (2) Large Bowls (I prefer non metal bowls)
- 1 large mixing spoon or spatula
- 10 cups peeled watermelon rind
- 3 kiwis
- 4 scallions (washed,a nd roots cuts off)
- 1 lemon, or lime juice fresh squeezed
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 cups of Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
- 6 crushed mint leaves (optional)
Once I have made my salad, I like to dunk a couple pieces of bread in to the mixing bowl, to reward myself for a job well done!
It has been my pleasure to create the Eros Food Garden BBQ Salad just for you, family, and friends! Enjoy!!
- Please Do Not let your children try and cut the green skin off the watermelon, it is a very hard skin, and is dangerous for them.
- Wash the watermelon throughly before cutting it.
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Rules De L’Engagement and I don’t mean social media!
Originally posted on DeLeDesserts:
Yes, even War has rules! How blase, boring, predictable, and almost deplorable! Which leads us to engagements. Le ring, ‘le put a ring on it if you like it” (those Americains), heirlooms (very Francaise), le must, de rigueur, mandatory R-I-N-G!!
Perhaps, this ring is a bit out of the ball park at Seven Million USD, but it does spell L-O-V-E, and that’s what it’s all about! Really. There’ll be cries of “too ostentatious”, but please remember that when you have your first child, not the ostentatious mon cheri, the cries! Being a Wife and Mother has to be amply rewarded, and whether you know it or not that is where le road is leading.
The Soda Jerk vs The Barista? Genius!
Originally posted on KafeMandela:
Back in the day, when drug stores occupied the neighborhood corners, as staples of the landscape and the need of the community, there was a job vacancy known as the Soda Jerk. Not so much that the neighbor’s kid applying was a jerk, but more like they would need a strong arm to jerk the soda machine, you see! It was the landscape that Edward Hopper painted about, the neighborhood that we came to know as home.
The Corner Drug Store was indeed a diner as well, where you could meet up with friends, or go for a bit of solitude when reading the Sunday paper you just bought, sound familiar? If so, you probably have caught on to my catchy title. Really many things could be said, but the importance of coffee in our society, has replaced the Soda Jerk with The Barista! When was an egg cream replaced by a capuccino mocha? I don’t know, but it’s worth finding out. How did our needs change so drastically? Wasn’t coffee considered something to drink at meetings, business conferences, other serious stuff, and not much fun! After all, the soda jerk was not only responsible for jerking the soda arm to pour the fountain drink, he (I’ve never seen a woman soda jerk) was to make it look like fun, creating a show in the process. People went to the counter to get an Italian Soda, but also to see a show! And if Hopper didn’t do it for you, check out Norman Rockwell‘s rendition in the Saturday Evening Post!
Monsanto’s Roundup: Good or Bad?. Don’t we all have random thoughts in the start of our day? The other morning I was thinking, “Oh my gosh we pay so much attention to making money”! Then just as the thought came, and went, a new inspiration came to me: “Don’t Make Money, Make More Honey”!! As soon as I stepped out my door, I met a beautiful big Bumble Bee that was busily walking on the ground. And as I write this, a new thought: Did the Bumble Bee pick up on my thought, and send me its thought, or did I pick up on the energy of the Bumble Bee?! Which came first? PS- I have short video with the Bumble Bee…Oh my! – LifeDelicacy
Blow My Mind Too:
Originally posted on invadercee:
Dunkeld is a quiet country town, with not much else other than the Royal Mail. It’s at the base of the Grampians, about 3.5 hours drive from Melbourne. Odd to have a Michelin-star-quality restaurant in the middle of nowhere, but somehow, it lends to the charm of the place.
The Royal Mail Hotel has been on the ‘to-dine-at’ list for S and myself for some time now, so when we finally got around to it, expectations were pretty high. I must warn you that there is likely to be many superlatives in this post because, in short, this place completely blew me away.
Not only was the meal one of the best I’ve ever had, but the room, surrounds, ambience and staff were exceptional.
Carrying your color theme throughout is an excellent idea, you can do this with dishes, glasses, flowers, place mats, table cloths, or other accessories. Remember to infuse with three, or more colors! If you go monchormatic (the use of one color only), it will have a formal look.
Food selection can be just as fun as eating it, old fashioned favorites are always a hit. Just add a new twist, like a side dish with lemon, or lime to liven up the pallete. No wonder Eve had such a hard time resisting the apple!
This fabulous place setting can really lend its self to be formal, or informal. The use of various tones makes the setting feel lively, and helps set the tone for the get together.
A basket of biscotti was strategically place by the door. Every guest will feel really special, and the printed label says “Thank You”, and has a sweet message.
There are many ways to choose your color for a personalized theme, and flowers are just one of them. I hope this has inspired you, please do send in any of your party pictures, or blogs, that you would like to share!
What You Can Add: When you go to staple the Thank You bags, take a small ribbon and staple the ribbon to the bag on top. Tie the ribbon to create a pretty bow, hiding the plain stapler. An extra touch, creating a completely finished look!
Notes: Printed Labesl are from Martha Stewart Crafts!
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BOOKS: Mindful Loving by Henry Grayson, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams by Deepak Chopra
While a slice of rustic bread supports the vegetables on this open-faced sandwich, grilled eggplant is the real foundation. Grilled eggplant has a sweet, smoky flavor and would be delicious eaten alone. But I layer tangysweet grilled onions and ripe, seasonal heirloom tomatoes into the mix to add beautiful colors and additional flavors that meld well with the buttery eggplant. Right before serving, the sandwich is brightened with Creamy Celeriac Sauce.
If you can’t grill, the eggplant and onions can also be cooked in an oven. Just place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet 3 to 4 inches from the heat and broil for 3 to 4 minutes, until browned and slightly crisp. Turn them with a fork and broil for another minute or so. After removing the vegetables, place the bread under the broiler for about 1 1/2 minutes per side, until lightly browned.
Recipe courtesy of The Inspired Vegan: Seasonal Ingredients, Creative Recipes, Mouthwatering Menus by Bryant Terry, 2012. Published by Da Capo Lifelong Books.
- CREAMY CELERIAC SAUCE:
- 1/2 pound silken tofu
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- A few pinches of cayenne
- Coarse sea salt
- Freshly ground white pepper
- 1/4 cup minced green onions (green and white parts)
- 1/2 cup loosely packed peeled and coarsely grated celery root (celeriac)
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 medium-size eggplant (about 1 pound), sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch rounds
- 2 medium-size red onions, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch rounds
- 4 heirloom tomatoes, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
- 1 loaf of rustic bread cut diagonally into eight 1/2-inch slices
- Freshly ground white pepper
- For the sauce: In an upright blender, combine the tofu, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of the parsley, garlic, agave nectar, mustard, olive oil, paprika, cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper and blend until smooth. If necessary, season with additional salt and pepper to taste
- Transfer the sauce to a bowl, stir in the green onions and celery root, and garnish with the remaining parsley.
- For the sandwiches: Preheat a grill or broiler. Soak eight 12-inch wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, salt, cayenne, and black pepper and mix well with a fork.
- Add the vegetables to the bowl and toss to coat.
- If grilling, thread the onion slices onto two skewers each. Transfer the onions and the eggplant rounds to the grill and cook, turning once with tongs, until browned and slightly crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
- After turning the vegetables, add the bread to the grill. Cook, turning once, until crisp and golden on the surface but still soft inside, about 4 minutes.
- Assemble the sandwich by layering a slice of eggplant, a slice of tomato, and several slices of onion. Slather on some celeriac sauce, then sprinkle with salt and pepper before serving.
Rhubard Pie very charming indeed:
Originally posted on 124 park:
Terribly sorry, everyone. I have been dreadful about posting over the last couple of weeks due to a trip home and a computer being upgraded. I also seem to have contracted a penchant for writing rather like a 19th-century Englishwoman, which may or may not be due to the fact that I have reread all of my favorite Jane Austen novels over the last several weeks.
Anyways, my love for Emma and Pride and Prejudice is not why you are here. My trip home was rather a whirlwind, mostly spent with family and much of it spent in the car on the five-hour drive to Iowa (which was quite pretty, actually). However, I did manage to take a few pictures of my grandma Nancy’s famous rhubarb cream pie, homemade the day of my arrival by my mom. I can thus claim no credit for this recipe, but I do hope to pick up some rhubarb at the farmer’s market this weekend to try to recreate it in my (much smaller) kitchen.
Easy Potato Salad, unlike my friends:
Originally posted on Shortcut Girl:
For some reason, growing up, I had an aversion to mayonnaise. I was a notoriously picky eater with very little besides bread, chicken fingers, french fries, Bologna, peanut butter and pizza in my diet (Hmmm, this might explain that “chubby phase”). But, as an adult, I have learned to taste, nosh and binge on all the food aversions of the olden days. Now I love anything prepared with mayonnaise and perhaps like it a little too much.
Potato, macaroni, egg, chicken and tuna salad were something I dared not to try until my 20′s. Look at all I was missing! Luckily, my husband has exposed me to all of the above and more with his very broad and varied palette. Through him, I came across this potato salad recipe. I never thought I would be the type of person to bring potato salad to a party. When I saw my Mom make it growing up, it always took much, much, much too long (and I am pretty sure my Mom always made any kind of salad for a party of 45 or more). But this potato salad is easy, peasy. Complete with a little extra snazzy ingredient there that will impress your friends. Capers.
Please do not bully your old flat panel, after all you can re-assign it to another room; or donate it to a charitable cause!
Intriguing combination for cream-soda!
Originally posted on daisy's world:
Italian soda is a refreshing drink, especially perfect on a warm, sunny day. Despite it’s name, this drink was actually invented in San Francisco’s North Beach, not in Italy. It gets its name from the flavored syrups that originated in Italy that are used to make it. The drink is simply flavored syrup mixed with carbonated water served in a tall glass with ice. Add a splash of cream and it becomes an Italian cream soda or cremosa. Either way, an Italian soda is a nice alternative to store-bought soft drinks.
What a delcious concept to Mother Your Own Business! Well it should be Mothered, after all don’t our clients need it sometimes? On this Mothers Day, I thought it particularly important to focus on getting a bit personal in business.
Getting personal may take a nicely baked cake, a half-baked idea, or a good swift kick in the pants!
Mothers Day 2012, let’s also give our Moms some kudos, after all she helped create the entrepreuneral genius that your are, and have M.D. stand for Mothers Day!
Just a thought! So, Mother your clients, and reward your Mom! Genius. Of course!
Notes: A Purse shaped cake is a good reminder that the relationship still involves $$$,
prompt payments are still expected, as per contractual obligations (Mom is very
proud of this last line)!
- The Promise of Motherhood. (mynewfavoriteday.com)
- Kelebogile Leepile: my mother, my heroine! (mzantsipatriot.wordpress.com)
- A New Appreciation for My Own Mom (blogher.com)
- #Mother’s Day (leggotunglei808.wordpress.com)
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This was really nice, an invitation to one of the city’s most raved about restaurants. I needed to cancel one date, to go on the other, but what should I say? Neither was anything serious, but I really preferred the company of the Austrian one, so I said “yes”. Admittedly, I can’t recall what my excuse was to the gentleman that was turned down; not to worry. The restaurant was a vision of lovely people (as upper-crust as any pie I’d ever baked).
Our table, adroitly situated, gave a full view of the room; it certainly doesn’t hurt to date the Chef’s close friend! Not just any Chef, but an icon at age 27, and also Austrian. Looking around the room, the polite conversations were only drowned by the sipping of champagne, and the finest wines.
A few tables away, was of course (I’d know her anywhere) Happy Rockefeller; quite the usual in NYC’s restaurant scene (especially if the Chef has appeared on the covers of a few top magazines).
Smart, refined, handsome, edgy enough to be interesting, all said, my date was perfect. I decided on Coquille St Jacques, and sipped on my wine, enjoying every moment and taste.
One more glance around the room. My eyes fixed on a table, with a hand desperately waving at me!! I barely waved back, and really amazed that the guy I canceled on, was in the same restaurant the whole time!!
The only thing more delicious than lying for food’s sake, and being caught, was having the Chef take a bow and step over to our table!
As with many of life’s delicacy, what remains is the simplest of treasures.
Tobacco, and Brandy, of course in NYC!
Originally posted on FineTobaccoNYC:
This week, I was happy to be invited to 2 cigar events in NYC. The privilege of being wined and dined at flagship NYC cigar establishments is not wasted on me. I humbly enjoy every minute of spreading the good word of FineTobaccoNYC.com and The Cigar Rights of America.
The first was a release party at The Nat Sherman Townhouse for Mi Amor Reserva Cigars. This Nicaraguan blend made for Ashton was a nice full bodied smoke. Not too spicy, but not mild. As usual, no tasting notes from me, as you know, I have no palate.