Winter Entertaining at Home #2 – Nostalgic Game Day

Who doesn’t love Dominoes, Monopoly, 1980s Trivial Pursuit, or the Game of Life? Nostalgic games are perfect for any group of friends or family including older kids. The beauty of this type of get-together is that everyone already knows each other as well as the rules of the games to be played. A Nostalgic Game […]

Hanukkah: the Menorah, Sufganiyot and a Potato Pancake

The first of the December Festivals of Light to be celebrated this year is Hanukkah, which begins on December 22. I was familiar with the story of Judah Maccabee and the menorah that burned for 8 nights but not why two traditional foods: sufganiyot and latkes, are eaten during this festival. Hanukkah, known as the […]

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Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

Ingredients: 8 extra-large eggs 4 oz smoked salmon 2 oz room-temp cream cheese 1/2 cup sour cream 1 TBSP lemon juice 2 TBSP mayo 2 TBSP fresh chives, minced (plus enough for the garnish) salt and pepper to taste Directions: Cook the eggs hard-boiled. Cool and peel. Slice in half, lengthwise. Prepare an electric mixer […]

Peach Blue Cheese Flatbread

Ingredients: 1 peach 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2 pieces flatbread 1/2 cup fresh arugula To Make:  Preheat oven to 375. In a small saucepan, heat the vinegar over medium heat until it reduces by half. Set aside. Meanwhile, thinly slice the peach. On top of each flatbread, lay out the […]

Baked Lemon Gin Wings

Ingredients: 4 pounds chicken wings 1 cup light brown sugar 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup gin Zest and juice of 1 lemon Salt and pepper To Make:  Preheat oven to 425. Whisk together all ingredients and toss with wings to coat well. Place in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for […]

Roasted Stuffed Jalapenos

Ingredients: 12 jalapenos, halved 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped To Make:  Preheat oven to 425. Remove seeds from the peppers and set on a foil-lined baking sheet. Mix together the cheeses and cilantro and stuff 1-2 tablespoons in each half. Roast for about 15 […]

Stuffed Tomatoes

Ingredients: 6 medium tomatoes 4 slices crisp bacon, crumbled 1 small onion, chopped 1/4 cup celery, chopped 1 cup crumbled cornbread Salt and pepper 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded To Make: Preheat oven to 350. Slice the tops of each tomato and carefully cut out the inside of each with a paring knife. Chop the […]

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Ingredients: 1 1/2 pounds brussels sprouts, quartered 8 slices thick cut bacon Fresh cracked pepper Salt To Make: Steam brussels sprouts for about 5 minutes, or until they just start to soften. Crack pepper directly on to the bacon and press in firmly, flip and repeat. Slowly cook the bacon in a large saute pan […]

Lemon and Garlic Hummus

Ingredients: 2 cups chickpeas, drained and well rinsed 2 teaspoons minced garlic 3 tablespoons lemon juice 3/4 cup vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt To Make: Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Season to taste with additional salt or lemon if you life. Serve with cut pita wedges.