FOOD FUN: Green Bean Wreath

Deck the halls with…green beans! You can serve this green bean wreath in several ways: Crudités, with raw or blanched fresh green beans and a bowl of dip in the center. Salad, raw or blanched, tossed in vinaigrette. Steamed, and tossed with salted butter and fresh herbs (basil, dill, parsley).   RECIPE: GREEN BEAN SALAD…
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FOOD FUN: Poinsettia Hors d’Oeuvre

Turn spinach dip into poinsettia hors d’oeuvre. The ones in the top photo, from Mackenzie Limited. They have a base of focaccia bread topped with creamy spinach dip with a hint of truffle oil. The flower is made from piped goat cheese flower. We created our own version of the canapés, which pair well with…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Christmas-ize Your Food

As we close in on Christmas, we like to “Christmas-ize” our food, adding red and green garnishes to everything from scrambled eggs (green and red bell peppers or jalapeños) to desserts (mint leaves and raspberries). We have fun doing it, looking for a different red and green combination at every meal. For sandwiches, we plate…
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RECIPE: Christmas Stuffed Avocado

How red and green and Christmassy! Consider this festive avocado as the first course of a holiday dinner. Fresh lingonberries and their leaves have been used to garnish this stuffed avocado, but they are hard to come by. Instead, if you want to use the garnish, substitute pink peppercorns (look for the reddest ones). Note:…
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