Month: September 2014

A Goodbye to Summer Lunch

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“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.” -Orson Welles

Yes. We hoard. When summer ends, we feel the need to layer our bellies with mounds of food, stockpiling for the long, cold winter. Squirrel-like, Lisa sniffs out and creates the finest food. Bear-like, I gather and make a cozy den for all to join.
Together, we create a memorable fall feast for 40 friends and family. Here’s how we did it…

THE FOOD
As people would be arriving at different times, we needed food that would hold well over a period of time. We steered clear of chicken and meat, opting for an assortment of salads, fish and sweet casseroles.

Strawberry Salad with Sugared Almonds
Broccoli Grape and Cranberry Salad
Chopped Greek Salad
Sweet Noodle Pudding
French Toast Soufflé with Candied Rice Krispies
Blintz Soufflé with Sweet Strawberry Sauce

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Dessert

The Best Fudgy Double Chocolate Layer Cake
Light Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
Creamy Blueberry Pie with Sweet Streusel Topping
The Best Chunky, Chewy Blondies

Soft Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

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THE MOOD

Lisa’s allergic to hay and I didn’t want to go pumpkin route- saving that for Halloween/Thanksgiving…my house was going to become a sweet apple orchard. Went to the craft store, bought 2 foam boards, silver lame tissue paper, a Martha Stewart apple hole punch, red stock, glittery trees and some raffia. Then, went to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and got my red classic candy apples (note: keep these in the fridge until ready to use…they start to melt once at room temperature) and to the fruit store and bought 12 bags of mini Macintosh apples. The fall harvest was lookin’ bountiful and needless to say, everyone grabbed an apple (candied and otherwise) on their way out the door.

THE CUED

A meal is not complete without music to munch to. Here’s the playlist for our so-long summer:

Autumn Almanac – The Kinks
Harvest Moon – Neil Young
Autumn in New York – Billie Holiday
September Song – Willie Nelson
Fall in Philadelphia – Hall & Oates
Autumn Sweater – Yo La Tengo
September in the Rain – Sarah Vaughan
Autumn – Paolo Nutini
October – U2
California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & The Papas
Early Autumn – Ella Fitzgerald
When September Ends – Green Day
September – Earth, Wind & Fire

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Sweet Citrus Spiced Salmon

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If you’re a fan of this omega-3 rich fish but prefer when it doesn’t taste, well, too salmony, this Sweet Citrus Spiced Salmon recipe is for you. Salmon is marinated in pineapple and lemon juice and then baked with a sweet and spicy topping, leaving every bite the perfect blend of flavorful (but mellow) fish!

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NATIONAL COFFEE DAY!

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In honor of National Coffee Day, we have enough coffee inspired recipes to have you jumping off the walls!

Begin by throwing this High Octane Coffee Brunch, complete with a Jumpin’ Java Jam playlist. Don’t forget the Creamy Irish Coffee, Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin and Triple Chocolate Coffee Brownies for dessert! Delish!

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Tomato, Cucumber, and Pita Salad

Meatless Monday

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While we love stuffing them, we’re thrilled to cut up our pitas for this easy and refreshing Middle Eastern salad. A combination of juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, sliced pita and peppers tossed with mint, parsley and a lemon dressing, this pita salad is both fresh and fantastic.

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The BEST Cinnamon Bun

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I really don’t have to do much of a sell job on these, but here are the adjectives that best describe these fluffy, gooey, rich, warm, blissful, sweet pastries swirled with buttery, cinnamon-brown sugar and smothered with a cream cheese frosting: amazascrumptabulous. If that doesn’t sell these to you, the intoxicating aroma of these finger lickin’ rolls of kryptonite will certainly seal the deal.

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Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

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Looking for cupcakes with a huge FUN factor? You’ve found them with these Vanilla Funfetti Sprinkle Cupcakes, moist and flavorful (thanks, fresh vanilla beans!) sprinkle-studded cupcakes topped with creamy and smooth vanilla frosting and finished with homemade (and addictive) white chocolate Rice Krispie crunch. Oh, and did we mention that there are sprinkles everywhere?

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HAPPY NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY

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What better way to start your weekend than with pancakes?! We’ve got the perfect recipes to help you celebrate! Grab your syrup and a handful of berries, and you’re set!

Maple and Brown Sugar Pancakes

Carrot Cake Pancakes

Graham Cracker Pancakes with Cheesecake and Blueberries

 

TOP 5 JEWISH HOLIDAY RECIPES

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1. Traditional Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls 

A pot of this traditional chicken soup beats a trip to the doctor, every time.

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2. Sweet Noodle Pudding 

By revealing this sweet, raisin-loaded noodle pudding we’re breaking an unspoken code held by generations of Jewish women – you can kibitz about Auntie’s moustache, kvetch about cousin ’s wet kisses, but, under no circumstances should you be a yenta about your secret noodle pudding recipe. We’re taking a risk, but we think the public has
a right to know.

3. Bagel and Smoked Salmon Strata 

Hosting a brunch and don’t know what to serve? Why, bagels and smoked salmon, Bite Me Style, of course. This SUPER EASY Bagel & Smoked Salmon Strata serves up brunch in every bite – bagels, smoked salmon, dill, capers and sour cream – and is guaranteed to get rave reviews.

4. Bubbies Cherry Cake 

Lisa delivered big-time on this scrumptious Cherry Cake. Bubbies Anne, our late grandmother, was a dynamo, often cooking for her 23 grandchildren. The instant her Cherry Cake showed up, elbows flew and punches were thrown in efforts to get a piece of the cinnamon sugar-topped cake. A traditional Bubby, she fed us, remembered our birthdays and didn’t write down a single recipe. When she was gone, so was her Cherry Cake, or so we thought. Cousins, aunts and uncles…it’s time to rejoice because Lisa, with her bionic sense of taste, smell and gastronomical recall, has unlocked the secret and taken us back to the delectable days of Cherry Cake combat.

5. Blintz Souffle with Sweet Strawberry Sauce

The Eastern European cousin of the crepe, a blintz is a thin pastry wrapped around a filling. As much as we love them, we also love not spending all our time rolling, folding and frying each individual blintz. Instead, we’re doing blintzes freeform. We’ve transformed a 13×9-inch baking dish into one giant, creamy, sweet-cheese-filled blintz. All of the flavor and none of the labor, this puffy and golden soufflé is served topped with sweet strawberry sauce.

National WHITE Chocolate Day!

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The only thing better than Chocolate Day is WHITE Chocolate Day! In fact, let’s make every day a type of chocolate day!!

In honor of this delicious day, we are whipping up White Hot Chocolate, Chunky White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies, and Creamy White Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookies. Talk about DE-LISH!