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Archive for November, 2010

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Have a delicious Thanksgiving. Photo
courtesy iGourmet.com.

 

Wishes For Today:

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!

– Anonymous

Thanks to SaucyMamaCafe.com for reminding
us of this holiday verse.

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RECIPE: Pumpkin Fritters

THE NIBBLE’s Kids & Family Editor, Cricket Azima, says that if you haven’t settled on a pumpkin dish for your Thanksgiving dinner, these South African Pumpkin Fritters are a snap. You can also serve them for dessert with ice cream or whipped cream, or make them for brunch over Thanksgiving weekend.

The recipe is from Cricket’s cookbook, Everybody Eats Lunch.

These fritters are topped with cinnamon sugar. If you’d rather take a savory approach, top with plain nonfat Greek yogurt (or serve it on the side) and garnish with pumpkin seeds (optional).

PUMPKIN FRITTERS RECIPE

Serves 4 (16 fritters)

Ingredients

  • 1 can pumpkin (15-ounces)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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    Mmm, pumpkin fritters. Photo © Blueee |
    Fotolia. Serve with the main course, for
    brunch or for dessert with ice cream or whipped cream.

     
    Preparation

    1. In large bowl, combine pumpkin, flour, egg, 1 tablespoon sugar, baking powder and salt.

    2. Heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

    3. Cook in two batches. Drop spoonfuls of mixture into pan and lightly flatten with a spatula. Cook until golden, about 4 minutes per side.

    4. In small bowl, combine remaining sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle over hot fritters before serving.

      

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    GIFT OF THE DAY: Heat & Dry Dish Rack

    Let hot hair dry your dishes. Photo
    courtesy Bon Home.

    Your hand-washed dishes will dry in 10 minutes on your countertop! All you have to do is press the “on” switch on this first-of-its-kind dish rack. Hot air will waft up from the bottom of the rack and dry the dishes.

    The Heat & Dry Dish Rack from Bon Home is much faster and more sanitary than towel drying—and it’s whisper quiet.

    • No more towel lint, no potential breakage most of us have experienced when hand-drying.
    • It’s perfect for hand-washed items too delicate to put into the dishwasher—like fine crystal.
    • At $99.95 it may seem pricey, but use it daily for a year and the cost equates to 27 cents a day. We’d gladly pay that, never to have to hand-dry glassware again! Buy online at BonHome.com.

     

    See all of our favorite kitchen gadgets for Holiday 2010.

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    TIP OF THE DAY: How To Manage Holiday Eating

    Thanksgiving celebrates the season’s bounty. In addition to an elaborate dinner, there’s often a generous amount of pre-dinner munchies: cheese, dips, spreads and more.

    While they’re all delicious, they can fill up guests so that by the time they sit down at the table, the edge is off the appetite. Some people may have even filled up on the pre-dinner goodies.

    One way to make sure that everyone has room for the turkey, stuffing, yams and pumpkin pie, is to pass the hors d’oeuvre, crudité platters, cheeses, etc., instead of setting platters in the middle of seating and conversation areas.

    You can enlist older children to circulate with trays, with a reward of 10 iTunes songs as their tip to ensure good service. They can enjoy playing cater-waiter and coming up with the most engaging ways to say, “Ladies, may I offer you some spinach dip?”

    Your guests will thank you.

    Don’t fill your guests up before
    dinner begins. Photo courtesy Artisanal Fromagerie & Bistro, NYC.

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    TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: eCreamery Customized Ice Cream

    Mix up your favorite ingredients. Photo
    courtesy eCreamery.com.

    One of the most delightful products of the year—and a wonderful holiday gift—eCreamery allows you or your gift recipient to customize the ice cream, gelato or sorbetto flavor of your dreams.

    We’ve become eCreamery addicts: We can’t wait to make the next flavor…and the next.

    In addition to choosing the flavor (there are 80 for ice cream and gelato, and nine for sorbetto) and two mix-ins, the pints are custom-labeled with your creative name for the blend: Happy Elf Eggnog, Mom’s Youth Serum, Cher’s Chocolate Fantasy, and so on.

    The products are top-quality, and the fun experience is memorable.

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