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Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Holidays, Parties and Occasions, For the Foodie, Books, Cakes, Christmas | 0 comments

Crostata: Your Smart Sweet Snack

Crostata: Your Smart Sweet Snack

Hailed from Italy, Crostata is a crusty pastry that anyone would enjoy. It’s effortless to make and preferable when serving a huge crowd. You will only need crust and a good filling.

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What’s also nice about this pie is that it’s versatile. You can choose whether it can be bite sized or huge. And you can also experiment with the fillings. It can be sweet from fruits fillings or it can be savory from meat or vegetables. Either way, it’s still delish!

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How easy it is to make Crostata? You will only do 4 simple steps! Know how to make this heavenly pie in a jiffy. This recipe works if you’re planning to host a large Holiday party. Kelli and Merri Ann of The Prepared Pantry used this recipe to serve a huge crowd and it turned out to be a great hit!

Step 1.  Add the water and Mix the dough

Follow the directions on the bag.  Add water and mix for one minute.

Step 2. Roll and cut the dough

Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut six inch rounds.

Step 3. Add the filling and fold

Put three tablespoons of filling* in the center of each round.  Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the side folds together so that it holds its shape.

Step 4. Bake

Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees until lightly browned.

Take note that for the filling, you can use the canned fillings to save more time.

Isn’t it exciting? Lastly, it’s a must for you to know how to make the original Crostata recipe.

What you’ll be needing..

  • 3 tablespoons apple pie filling for each crostata
  • Pie dough
  • Caramel topping

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

  1. Roll the dough to slightly less than 1/4-inch thick.
  2. Using a dough press or other round cutter, cut out 6-inch rounds
  3. Place three tablespoons of apple filling in the center of each round.
  4. Fold the dough over the filling, leaving the center open one inch or so, squeezing the folds together as you go. It does not need to be uniform. The folds will hold together better if you rub a damp towel over the creases to pick up any flour so that the dough sticks together better.
  5. Place each dessert on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until the crust begins to brown. Remove them to a rack while still hot.
  6. Serve warm.

If you choose to make these with fresh apples, for each four crostatas use:

  • 2 cups thinly sliced and peeled tart apples
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pie dough
  • Caramel topping

Bake until the crust is browned and the apples are tender.  It will probably take a few minutes longer with the raw apples.

How to Make a Caramel Sauce

  • 1 lb brown sugar
  • 1 cup (two sticks) butter
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butterscotch flavor
  1. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan. Add the sweetened condensed milk and syrup. When the mixture is hot, add the sugar and salt and stir with wooden spoon until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Wash the sides of the pan down with a soft spatula dipped in water until there is none of the mixture on the sides of the pan. This is to ensure that all of the sugar crystals are washed into the pan and dissolved. Check to make sure that there are no remaining sugar crystals by rubbing a little of the mixture between your thumb and forefinger. You should feel no gritty sugar.
  3. With no sugar crystals in your pan, turn up the heat and cook the mixture while stirring until the candy reaches 240 degrees as registered on a candy thermometer. Remove it from the heat and stir in the flavor.
  4. Best served while warm.

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Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Holidays, Parties and Occasions, For the Foodie, New Year's Eve, Christmas | 0 comments

Rainbow Cookie Guide

Rainbow Cookie Guide

This festive season, our tables deserve to be filled with delightful and enticing sweets. Don’t have any idea yet? Why not try Rainbow cookies! These little treats have vibrant hues and irresistible sweetness that you must relish.

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Creating rainbow cookies are fun and not stressful at all. You just need these basic techniques to start making them.

Step 1 Mix and color/flavor the dough

Make the dough.  Divide the dough into three or four equal parts and add flavor and color to each.

Step 2 Shape the dough

Roll each part into equal logs.  Use your hands and the counter to create square logs and flat logs.

Step 3 Create the patterns

Press the dough logs together into one log to form the patterns.  Refrigerate the log.

Step 4 Slice and bake

Slice horizontal into 1/4-inch slices and bake.

Of course, don’t limit yourself with the color and shapes. Experiment as much as you can and work your creativity.

Making the log seems to be a bit tricky, just remember to keep them uniform.

  1. If you have a kitchen scale, use it to divide the dough portions equally. Make a rough rope out of each.
  2. Roll each rope in wax paper. Roll the waxed paper covered logs on the counter to make smooth logs, stretching and compressing to get them all the same length. Stroking the logs with your hands helps to make them smooth.
  3. For square logs, press them flat on the counter, stroke with your fingers, and turn them and stroke some more. Similarly, make strips for striped cookies.

It’s easier to make the logs than it is to describe how to make them.  After the logs are made, press them together and refrigerate them until the dough is firm.  Cut 1/4 inch thick slices with a serrated knife.

Now that you know the skills to apply let’s start baking those rainbow cookies!

Ingredients:

  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (optional)
  • flavors and extracts (your choice)
  • food color gels (your choice)

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the dry ingredients in two parts, mixing after each. Mix just until combined.
  3. Divide the dough into two, three, or four parts depending on how many different doughs you choose to make.

For the chocolate dough:

  1. For one half of the dough, melt two ounces of chocolate. For one fourth of the dough, melt one ounce of chocolate. While still warm, work the chocolate into the dough until uniform.

For flavored and colored dough:

  1. Add two or three drops of food color gel in each one-fourth or one-third part. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon almond, 1/4 teaspoon peppermint, 1/2 teaspoon cherry, 1/2 teaspoon strawberry, or other extracts to the dough and mix in.
  2. Form the dough into cylinders, squares, or layers—a separate color or flavor for each. Refrigerate until firm.
  3. Cut the dough into 1/4-inch thick slices. To form the shapes, cut each colored cylinder separately but gently press the different colored discs together on the cookie sheet. Bake on ungreased cookies sheets at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are nearly firmed and very lightly browned. Do not over bake. Cool on wire racks.

Make your Holiday celebration colorful and delicious with rainbow cookies!

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Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Events, Decorating and Entertaining, Weddings, Parties and Occasions, Wedding Fashion, Jewelry, Cakes, Flowers and Bouquets, Accessories, See All Wedding Ideas, Outdoor Decorating, Entertaining Tips | 0 comments

Winter Wedding Essentials

Winter Wedding Essentials

Winter Weddings are about 3 W’s: Whimsical, White and Wonderful. The ambience is romantic and the snow landscape makes everything look magical. Some couples opt for this type of wedding because it’s less costly and unique.

If you’re planning to tie the knot on this season then we’re here to guide you on how to pull it off! Here are the winter wedding essentials to give you ideas for your big day. Just click on the bold underlined text to shop for the items.

One of the things to be considered will be your ensemble and accessories. Think about jacket sleeves, thick furs and shimmering stones.

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Photo by: Paper Antler

Ensemble & Accessories-Winter Wedding

It’s better if your wedding gown has a long jacket sleeve to keep you warm. A gorgeous trumpet gown that hugs your body is perfect. Of course, you will need jewelry that will complete your whole look, go for crystal rhinestone bracelet or necklace.

It will be a long day, everyone need something to keep them cozy and comfy. A fur shawl for you and your bridesmaids is a must. Don’t forget some lovely boots to keep everyone moving and enjoying the night.

What gives everyone the “winter wedding feel”? It’s definitely the perfect hue. Let’s go for white and silver.

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Photo by Hative

White and Silver Accent-Winter Wedding

Fill in with flowers that stand out. You can get silk customized bouquets with sparkling stones. Have silver ribbons tied on the chairs for a dramatic feel.

For your tables, have shiny table runners. And of course, your table napkins shouldn’t be just plain white. Get a table napkin with dainty ribbon for a cute look. Plus, it would be nice to put on your tables an impressive silver platter.

Lastly, what make the whole place adorable are decorations. Snowflakes, pinecones and vintage inspired items are what you shouldn’t miss!

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Photo by ItakeYou

Adorable Decorations

A snowflake Mr. & Mrs. Cake topper is superb. Plus, winter-inspired cake knives are irresistible!

You can also put place card holders that are inspired by vintage street lamps. Consider a silver wreath with pinecones to give a holiday feel. For your giveaways, have customizable labels with pinecones.

It’s a day you’ll cherish for the rest of your life, make it special. Let your imagination and creativity flow with these winter wedding items that we showed you.

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Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Uncategorized, Events, Holidays, Parties and Occasions, Dinner Parties, Cocktail Parties, Christmas | 0 comments

Holiday Drinks

Holiday Drinks

Time to raise some glasses because we’ll be talking about Holiday Drinks! Of course, food should not be your only focus – beverages to serve are a must too. Here are sparkling and smooth drinks to brighten up your Holiday celebration. Go ahead, splurge on them.

Just click on the image to get the Holiday drink recipe.

Hot Spiced Drunken Apple Cider

Hot Spiced Drunken Apple Cider

For subtle but interesting taste, go for this Apple Cider punch. It can also be a lovely decoration on your table because of its festive hues.

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Holiday Sparkler

Holiday Sparkler

You don’t have to be a master of mixology to make this pretty punch. You only need cava, cranberry and lime to create this drink. Holiday Sparkler is a delightful thirst quencher.

Holiday Sparkler

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Two Way Wine Holiday Punch

Two Way Wine Holiday Punch

Another berry drink that will make your celebration merry! This punch is inspired from the Spanish beverage, Sangria. But this is less syrupy and much more tastier. This can serve up to 8 people.

Two Way Wine Holiday Punch

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Mulled White Wine with Pear Brandy

Mulled White Wine with Pear Brandy

Tis the season for a good dose of toddy! This fabulous drink offers an insatiable taste of spice that will keep you sipping. We are also loving its enticing aroma. Serve this and make your parties more fun!

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Holiday Manhattan

Holiday Manhattan

You will be delighted with the unique twist of bourbon and dry vermouth. Holiday Manhattan is a bit of boozy cocktail that gives a sweet interesting flavor. Also try olives as garnish for this cocktail.

Holiday Manhattan

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 Dorie Greenspan’s Hot and Cold Chocolate

Dorie Greenspan's Hot and Cold Chocolate

We believe that Holiday drinks shouldn’t be just about alcohol. We also think smoothies that will keep your visitors warm are great to keep the celebration going. No one can resist the tempting flavor of chocolate. You only need 10 minutes to make this heavenly drink. This drink can be served as iced or hot.

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Cheers for a lively holiday celebration with these holiday drinks!

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Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Events, Holidays, Parties and Occasions, For the Foodie, See All Party Themes | 0 comments

Tailgate Party Items and Recipes

Tailgate Party Items and Recipes

The smell from a good grill is in the air, vehicle noise owning the place and many people are cheering. What’s happening? It’s a tailgate party. This legendary tradition has become one of the most participated events in the United States. If you’re heading to a tailgate party or planning to organize one, then you should check this post out! We prepared tailgate party items that you should have. In addition to that, we also featured delicious tailgate party recipes that you must try!

To shop for the party items, just click on the image description.

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A. NCAA Snack Helmet – Well here’s the not so ordinary helmet. This snack helmet has a lot space for your chips and candies. It also includes a microwavable and dishwasher safe tray.

B. Football Tailgate or Birthday Party Supplies – The all in one tailgate party pack is here! It has cups, napkins and heavy duty plates that prevent leaks.

C. GoPong 8-Foot Portable Beer Pong – To make the party more fun, host a beer pong game! This table is easy to bring and set up. This can also be a good table to place your food.

D. Portable & Insulated Football Cooler – We know you’ll need a good place to store the drinks and keep them cool. Have this awesome cooler that definitely meets the theme of the fun party.

TAILGATE PARTY RECIPES

Now that your party items are all prepared, it’s time to prepare the best part – FOOD! We chose unique but super delish tailgate recipes that you can try. Simply click on the image to get the recipe.

Jerk Chicken Kebabs

Please yourself and everyone with this yummy grilled Kebab. This is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Its marinade has an amazing citrus flavor that will keep everyone busy chomping.

Jerk Chicken Kebabs

Bacon-Stuffed Burgers with Pimento Cheese and Avocado

This is completely heaven. Looking for Bacon? Check. Craving for Cheese? Check. Wanting to eat a burger? You’re going to get a lot! You will never believe the delicious combination unless you try it. It’s a burger you will never forget.

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Party Pretzel Bites

Now here’s a sweet snack for everyone. Making these little delights will be a hit in your tailgate party! Indulge on these bite-sized treats now.

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Wonder Fries

Sometimes I wonder, what makes fries irresistible? Is it because they’re easy to eat? Is it because they’re plain but so flavorful? What if fries are added with spice and transformed into something more delicious? We bet it will be hard to share. Introducing, Wonder Fries! Try this superhero potato recipe with an incredible twist.

Wonder Fries

Tailgate Paella

Well the name speaks for its purpose. But we guarantee this meal will satisfy a lot of your party visitors! It’s better to grill this paella if you’re already at the game. You’ll be excited with the savory smokiness it’ll bring. This recipe can serve up to 15 hungry party people.

Tailgate Paella

Moscow Mule

A party is not a party without good drinks. Check out this so easy to make but so hard to resist beverage recipe. Plus it is vodka, we know you love that.

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There you have it, get your A-game on and have fun! Always keep in mind that tailgate parties are made to experience the spirit of camaraderie.

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Posted by on Dec 13, 2015 in Events, Holidays, Dinner Parties, New Year's Eve, Christmas, Health/Diet | 0 comments

Must Try Christmas Recipes

Must Try Christmas Recipes

Holiday is a fun but busy time for everyone. People gather and reunite with loved ones, some are shopping for gifts and some are busy organizing parties. On the other hand, some don’t have a lot of time to cook. We can totally relate. That’s why we are featuring some of Food52’s recipes for Christmas. These meals are all sumptuous and perfect for Holiday. Most of them don’t demand a lot of effort and ingredients.

You’ll definitely be spending more time eating than cooking with these easy recipes. Just click on the image!

Melissa Clark’s Easy Duck Confit

Melissa Clark Duck Confit

“Melissa Clark’s method is very simple, and the best perk is you don’t need to come up with a vat of duck fat before you get going” – Genius Recipes

Don’t worry. This is not the confit you’re thinking. Genius Recipes adapted Melissa Clark’s very easy confit cooking that you can do anytime you want. So go and get some good duck legs, thyme, bay leaf and spices. It’s a fantastic meal that can serve 6 people or more.

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Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding

Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding

“However you interpret the dish, it will be delicious and impressive” – Donna

This is a “go to” meal that you’ll surely enjoy making. It doesn’t demand a lot of process to follow and you can even experiment with the other ingredients. This meal suits to be part of your holiday cooking routine. It can serve up to 4 people.

Savory Mushroom

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Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts & Thyme

Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts & Thyme

“Here is a simple side. The white wine allows the sprouts to be steamed and evenly cooked to a perfect al dente. —Cassie Jones”

A no fuss side dish is what this recipe is all about. There’s no need to deal with the oven, just make this meal with your one and only pan. The preparation is very simple but the flavor is guaranteed to be delish.

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Simple Sicilian-Style Grilled Steak

Simple Sicilian-Style Grilled Steak

“Super easy, with lots of flavor, this is a truly great recipe and one I will use frequently.” —drbabs

What’s not to love with steak? This recipe is a perfect epitome of: flavorful meat. Aside from that, we can’t resist the delicious taste of the marinade. Trust us, you won’t regret each and every part of this steak.

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Brigadeiro (The Favorite Brazilian Sweet)

Brigadeiro (The Favorite Brazilian Sweet)

“Deliciously made with condensed milk, cocoa, and butter, they have unique and velvet consistency.” —My Sweet Brigadeiro

The luscious Brazilian sweet will become your instant favorite! Making this treat is such an easy-peasy, you’d make it an official party and daily dessert. You will never say no to Brigadeiro (bree-gah-day-ro).

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Andrew Feinberg’s Slow-Baked Broccoli Frittata

Andrew Feinberg s Slow-Baked Broccoli Frittata

“The result is a very custardy and creamy texture that traditional frittata do not have.” —Andrew, Genius Recipes

Celebrate Christmas the Italian way. It’s a delectable frittata with a twist. Andrew tried a different method in cooking eggs for frittata which turned out great. Everyone will get to enjoy the savory taste of the broccolis too. A yummy and creamy meal you shouldn’t miss. Bon Appetit!

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Make Christmas preparation fun and effortless with these Christmas recipes. Visit Food52 for more exciting recipes you can try.

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