Month: December 2014

Brunch Ideas

The best way to ring in the New Year (and recover from a fun and lively New Years party), is always a good brunch. You’re just in luck because we have the perfect menu for brunch with your closest friends and family tomorrow! Happy New Year!

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Poached Eggs over Polenta Toast

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Lemon Kale Salad with Parmesan, Apples and Pine Nuts

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French Toast Souffle with Candied Rice Krispies

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Cinnamon Coffee Scones

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Champagne Punch

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Banana Cream Pie Milkshake

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New Years Eve Party: 2 Ways

This year, there are two different parties you can throw for New Years- an X-rated party, filled with 50 Shades of Grey (just in time for the movie to come out) or a family friendly version, for those of all ages. No matter what, don’t forget the champagne! Happy 2015!

FAMILY FRIENDLY: A Time Flies New Years Eve Party

Tick Tock!!! We can’t think of a better way to ring in 2014 than with this fun, chic and super affordable New Year’s Eve Bash.

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How to throw this party:

1) In keeping with the time theme (time has come, time goes by, having a rare old time), collect clocks from your house for easy decoration.

2) Scatter numbers (we used stickers from Home Depot) all over the table.

3) To add to the almost-no-cost decor, get clocks from the dollar store – we used them as chargers under clear dollar store plastic plates, as additional table props and as name cards at each place setting.

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X-RATED: 50 Shades of Grey Party

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How to throw this party:

1) Create a Steele(y)-grey table by wrapping it in inexpensive grey suiting fabric.

2) Hit the hardware store for Shades of Grey paint chips.

3) We used wooden numbers painted in different shades of grey – 365 for our New Years Party.

4) The dollar store is a great place to stock up on plastic handcuffs, masks, black feathers, plastic chains and paper money.

5) Bunch “Red Room” roses in vases filled with shades of grey m&M candies, creating an ombre effect.

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Cheers! Top 10 Bite Me More Shots

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Be the star of the party when you shake up these delicious shots for your guests. Ring in the New Year, celebrate Saint Nick, toast your friends birthday or liven up your weekend when you shake up these classic desserts into a delicious shooter.

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Brunch is all about bacon, eggs and booze – shake up these French Toast Shots for a breakfast of champions!

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Want to have your cake and drink it too? You can with this sinfully delicious Chocolate Cake Shot Recipe.

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We’re nutty for Nutella and that love is what inspired us to shake up these scrumptious Hazelnuts Shots.

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Only thing better than your Crispy Crunch is someone else’s, especially if it’s a shot of it – this one’s for you, Canada (sorry, USA, gotta head North for this flaky chocolate and peanut butter bar)! Try this  Crispy Crunch Shot, a mix of coffee and hazelnut liqueur, creme de cacao and brandy.

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What’s up, Doc? We’re drinking our dessert with this tastes-like-the-real-thing Carrot Cake Shot.

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Craving a cookie? No need to bake – all you have to do is shake, shake up this Oatmeal Cookie Shot!

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How does the cookie crumble? Scrumptiously, as evidenced in this creamy, dreamy Oreo Cookie Shot.

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Looking for a drink that’s as easy as apple pie? You’ve found it with, yup, this terrifically tasty Apple Pie Shot.

og-inline-1904566586Looking for some extra cheer this holiday season? This Christmas Shooter will help you decking the halls!

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Ditch the fork and knife and shake up this delicious Banana Cream Pie Shot.

A New Years Eve Menu

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Cheers to the New Year with these Flaming Shots!

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Macaroni and Cheese Bites

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Easy Focaccia Bread with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Dip

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Creamy Caesar Salad

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Horseradish-Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Herb Gremolata

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Parmesan-Crusted Asparagus

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The Best Double Stuffed Baked Potatoes

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Fudgy Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Black Tie Martini

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White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Blondies

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Looking for the perfect festive bite? You’ve found it with Bite Me More’s delicious White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Blondies, an edible gift for everyone on your list. These easy-to-make chunky white chocolate blondies are elevated to new heights when topped with a creamy white chocolate frosting and crunchy homemade peppermint bark.

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CANDY CANE DAY!

‘Tis the season, and ’tis the day for Candy Canes! That’s right…it’s National Candy Cane Day! We’ve got you covered with this perfect Candy Cane Martini to help spice up your holidays!

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Martinis and mistletoe! Let the merrymaking begin with this perfect, easy and delicious Candy Cane Martini, a holiday cocktail that combines vanilla vodka with white chocolate liqueur and peppermint.

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Christmas Trio Cookies

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Ready for the perfect chocolate trio? We’ve got all our bases covered with milk chocolate (as found in the decadent brownie-stuffed chocolate chip cookie), white chocolate (creamy white chocolate snickerdoodle, anyone?) and semi-sweet chocolate (ever-present in our fudgy chocolate brownie cookies). These cookies make for great edible gifts for everyone on your list!

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COOKIES FOR SANTA!

Our favorite part of Christmas are the cookies…don’t tell Santa, but we always steal a bite. Take a look at these (quite amazing) milk and cookie shots from a bakery in NYC. Talk about a treat for Santa (and you) !!
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Remember the hype that followed the world’s most coveted food hybrid? We’re sure you must have heard about the early morning line-ups and raging crowds as everyone had to get their hands on “The Cronut.” Well, having been deemed by The New York Post as the “Willy Wonka of NYC,” Cronut mastermind and culinary inventor Dominique Ansel has just introduced the world to his latest creation: Chocolate Chip Cookie Shots.

The latest Ansel treat puts a convenient spin on the classic combo of milk and cookies, allowing consumers to purchase a chocolate chip cookie shaped as a glass with a shot of cold milk held inside. Now, you can sip and nibble all at once without having to lift more than one hand!

Dying for a milk-filled cookie cup? This snack is making its debut at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas and we have a feeling these lines are going to be long and winding. What do you think? Worth the wait? Will this be the new Cronut? Now all we have to do is find our way to Texas…

Want more cookie recipes? Check out:

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chunky Peanut Butter and Banana Cookies

Gooey Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hot Chocolate Cookies

Tips and Tricks Tuesday

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“Just gimme some Lysol spray
Just hand me a moist towelette
Don’t tell me I’m paranoid
I know that they’re after me
Look under the microscope
See??”

-Weird Al Yankovic

Lisa wears “eau de hand sanitizer” and uses antibacterial wipes to clean everything from airline armrests to hotel TV remotes. My sister is mega-cootie-conscious, and, thanks to her, kitchens across the globe will no longer be Petri dishes for all-things-nasty. Here are her top tips to keep bacteria at bay:

1) THE SPONGE
The warm, moist kitchen sponge is enemy #1. Not only is this porous, spore-producer grimier than a public toilet, but it also acts as a vehicle, spreading germs from surface to surface.
The fix: Either zap it in the microwave 1-2 minutes on a weekly basis and then run it through the dishwasher or replace sponges with microfiber towels that you launder regularly.

2) THE SINK
The kitchen sink is another place where contamination runs wild. From the basin to the drain and taps, nowhere is safe from the perils of raw food.
The fix: In the evening, spray the drain, basin, faucets and spigot with disinfectant.

3) THE TOWELS
Dishrags are a hotbed of bacterial growth. Like the sponge, they give germs a free ride across kitchen counters, onto your hands and even onto that freshly washed apple you’re shining
The fix: Launder towels regularly and dry on high heat. Alternatively, switch to paper towels, and for those who are eco-friendly, use the 1/2-size sheets of recycled paper.

4) THE FRIDGE
Raw meat and poultry isn’t the only culprit that makes this a bacteria-box – raw, unwashed fruit and veggies come with pesticides and other germs.
The fix: Wipe down the inside of your refrigerator once a week and do a deep clean once a month. As well, clean refrigerator handles on a daily basis.

5) THE CUTTING BOARD
Cracks and crevices caused by wear and deep knife cuts make the cutting board a damp, dark, safe harbor for bacterial growth.
The fix: If using a wood board, rub it with mineral oil monthly. As well, to disinfect, use a bleach solution of 1 tbsp bleach with 1 gallon of hot water. If using a plastic board, run it through the dishwasher and use separate ones for produce and meat/poultry.

6) SECRET CROSS CONTAMINATORS
Be aware of these lesser-known germ carriers:
Can Opener: Wash with hot, soapy water
Fruit Rind: Wash before slicing through the fruit
Reusable Shopping Bag: Machine wash regularly
Kitchen Telephone: Clean with antibacterial wipe
Salt & Pepper Shaker: Wipe surfaces with disinfecting wipes
Raw meat/poultry: Don’t rinse before cooking – proper cooking gets rid of harmful germs
*and of course outside of the home, beware the
Shopping Cart: Littered with bodily fluids and bacteria

Don’t fret. It’ll all be ok if you wash your hands like a surgeon and never consider keyboards, escalator railings, playgrounds and communion cups…

Make Your House Smell Like Christmas

It’s so simple to follow your nose! Combine the ingredients, along with 4 cups of water, in a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat, allow to simmer and sit back and inhale as your kitchen (and the rest of your home) starts to smell divine.

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Bring home the holidays with this festive combo of cranberries, oranges, cinnamon, pine, cider and so much more…a gift with every whiff!

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