RECIPE: Eggnog “Martini”

The Eggnog “Martini” in sunny Napa Valley. Photo courtesy Boon Fly Café | Carneros Inn.   Can you call any a cocktail poured into a Martini glass a Martini? Of course not; otherwise you’d call a Cosmopolitan a Cranberry Lime Martini with triple sec substituting for vermouth. The Martini is a cocktail made with gin…
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RECIPE: Cranberry Baked Brie

Baked Brie in pastry with dried cranberries, honey and almonds. Photo and recipe courtesy Zabars.com.   Here’s a recipe to serve with your favorite bubbly. It’s a favorite of Olga Dominguez, cheese buyer at Zabar’s in New York City. For the holidays use dried cranberries; for Valentine’s Day substitute dried cherries or strawberries. This party-size…
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SPARKLING WINE: Limited Edition Chandon Blanc de Noirs

The limited edition bottle for Holiday 2013 is wrapped in snowy white and festive stars. Photo courtesy Chandon.   If you’re looking for a special yet affordable bubbly for the holiday season, take a look at this limited edition sparkler from Chandon, a Blanc de Noirs champagne-style wine. Blanc de Noirs means “white from black,”…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Make A Healthy Food Resolution For The New Year

Plain Greek yogurt substitutes well for sour cream and whipped cream. Photo courtesy Salad-In-A-Jar.com, which offers a recipe for homemade Greek yogurt.   The new year means new beginnings. That’s why we have the tradition* of New Year’s resolutions: to set goals, make lifestyle changes, accomplish big projects, and so forth. Dieting is on the…
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COCKTAILS: New Year’s Eve Cocktails

For your imbibing pleasure, we present the final two cocktails of the year. Both are made with your choice of sparkling wine: Cava, Champagne or Prosecco. Cava and Prosecco are less expensive and work just as well in mixed drinks. First, the Ginger Sparkler, created by New York City caterer Canard, Inc. It combines vodka…
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