December 8, 2006

Recipe News: New cookbooks to warm up your winter

"I didn't realize how much my cooking skills had improved over the years until we were iced in early this month — trapped in our Seattle home, unable even to get out for work. We hadn't shopped since returning from the Thanksgiving holiday, and now dinner, as well as lunch, breakfast, and any and all snacks, was reduced to whatever we could make out of the fixings in our pantry and refrigerator.

I admit, I felt a little proud to be able to use my cookbooks, online recipes, and my own creativity to turn out varied and healthy meals from what was around the house. My family has been spoiled by the fact that we're just six blocks from two giant grocery stores, four minutes from a wonderful weekend farmer's market, and until recently, enjoyed home produce delivery. But my adventure with the wintry weather was a good lesson in using up what we have, both clearing out the fridge and cupboards and requiring some creative recipe wrangling. The cabin fever did set in after about three days, but it wasn't brought on by any limited food choices."

Full article here.

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Recipe News: HOLIDAY DRINKS: Making spirits bright

"The holidays are a great time to reconnect with friends and family, give thoughtful gifts and contemplate the greater things that tie us all together.

They’re also the ultimate way to clean out your liquor cabinet.

Unfortunately, society seriously frowns on re-gifting opened liquor bottles, however full the item or grateful the recipient. And pouring it out is just wrong.

Instead, pick a Friday, Saturday or even weekend night out of the calendar this month, leaving yourself time to clean the day before. Run through your cell phone contacts, call up some friends and nearby family, and plan on having a Ridiculously Holiday-Themed Get-Together, with a little help from a few drink recipes Night & Day has put together for you.

For the three drinks you saw on the cover, all credit goes to Frank Ryan, bartender extraordinaire at Western Door: A Seneca Steakhouse at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. A few other recipes will help set up your basic nog and virgin drinks.

Relax, enjoy something red and green, and drink responsibly."

includes recipes for:


  • Champagne cocktail

  • Man overboard

  • Eggnog cocktail

  • Mistletoe kiss

  • Traditional egg nog

  • Fancy egg nog

  • Hot Perked Punch

  • Party drink

Full article here.

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December 4, 2006

Recipe News: Cheesiest trend returns: Fondue recipes hot again

"Any bride and groom who got married in or lived through the 1960s and ’70s know what a fondue pot looks like. They know because they inevitably got several dozen as wedding gifts.

Sure, they were probably avocado green or harvest gold, but who cared? Fondue was fun. So sad that they fell out of favor in the early ’80s and all but disappeared from the must-have lists in the ’90s.

But wait, what goes around comes around, and the culinary world has again embraced the concept of fondue. This time around, however, there are a slew of high-tech fondue pots and upscale gourmet recipes to make the fondue experience twice as much fun as it was in the last century."

includes recipes for:


  • Toblerone Dark Chocolate Honey-Almond Fondue

  • Garlic Cheese Fondue

  • Sweet Corn Fondue

  • Caramel Fondue

  • Apricot Dipping Sauce

  • Peanut Sauce

  • Honey Onion Sauce

  • Milanese Sauce

Full article here.

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December 3, 2006

Recipe News: Low cholesterol recipes

it seems like more and more people are finding out that they have high cholesterol these days and it is hard to think of low cholesterol meals. Try these they sound great.

includes recipes for:


  • CHICKEN BREASTS STUFFED WITH RICOTTA AND GOAT CHEESE

  • SPICED SHISH KEBABS WITH HORSERADISH CREAM

  • STRAWBERRIES ROMANOFF

  • MISO CARAMELIZED HALIBUT

  • TOMATO AND ASPARAGUS TARTARE

  • SAN FRANCISCO HALIBUT

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Christmas cookie recipes

"It's Christmas cookie time, when millions of home bakers pull out the mixer, cookie cutters and decorating supplies for the annual extravaganza of edible good cheer. If you're a sane individual who sprinkles colored sugar on your cookies and calls it a day, you can stop reading right now.

If, on the other hand, you are a crazy person who decides that elaborately decorated cookies are an essential part of the holiday experience - the kind of baker who stays up until 3 a.m., tweezers in hand, placing gold dragees on a gingerbread reindeer - honey, come sit next to me.

I realize I could make hundreds of gorgeous, sophisticated cookies in the time it takes to create a handful of decorated cutouts. But one big, beautiful cookie on top of the stocking is worth two dozen rum balls in my book. I've picked up a few tricks along the way, and share in the spirit of the season. Merry Craziness to you."

includes recipes for:


  • Viennese Chocolate Pepper Cookies

  • Aunt Helen's Chinese Chews

  • Florentines

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Lighten Up: Lighten Up: Chef Emily's Chocolate Cookies

Traditional cookies and confections are always welcome at holiday time as a nibble for your guests, as a hostess gifts for parties or for those famous Wisconsin cookie swaps.

Unfortunately, cookies and holiday treats come loaded with needless calories and a host of unhealthy nutrient-devoid ingredients. Let's be honest. Everyone needs a good bite of sweet something from time to time.

As a chef, what never ceases to amaze me is the amount of sugar in recipes. We don't need all of that sugar. I took a traditional chocolate cookie recipe, exchanged the white sugar for brown sugar and then cut the amount of sugar called for in the recipe from 3½ cups down to just 2/3 cup. The result is a delicious, dark chocolate morsel."

includes recipe for:


  • Chef Emily's Chocolate Cookies

Full article here.

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November 30, 2006

Recipe News: Recipes for hot buttered rum and hot cherry chocolate

"A day on the slopes — or even just an hour of shoveling the driveway — calls for a rich, hot drink to help return feeling to frozen digits."

includes recipes for:


  • Hot Buttered Rum

  • Hot Cherry Chocolate

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Pretzel recipe: Jingle Bells Chocolate Pretzels

This would make a good gift for Christmas.

includes recipe for:


  • Jingle Bells Chocolate Pretzels

Full article here.

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November 25, 2006

Recipe News: Special Chicken Soup Recipe Used To Fight Flu

"Homemade chicken soup has been making people feel better since the 12th century which is probably why your grandmother made it for you.

It's been scientifically studied as a germ fighter and the research has been published in several respected medical journals.

Studies have shown that a grandmother's original chicken soup recipe worked wonders at relieving cold symptoms.

The hot chicken broth will unclog a plugged nose but it's the ingredients in the broth that chemically work to keep you from coughing and help thin out a thick head.

The vegetables used are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants which will help make you feel better. The onions and celery are especially good at soothing a sore throat."

includes recipe for:


  • Special Chicken Soup

Full article here.

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November 14, 2006

Recipe News: A Holiday Classic: Low-Carb Gingerbread New York Style Cheesecake

"Nothing beats a well-made cheesecake just about any time of the year. But when Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around each year, there's something special about creating this decadent and delightful dessert for friends and family members.

Your cheesecake need not be loaded with carbohydrates either and I've got just the recipe for you, too! Using the unique secret ingredient--DaVinci Gingerbread Syrup--this is a cheesecake you can be proud of and delight your guests with whether they are livin' la vida low-carb or not. You'll make this recipe a holiday tradition for many years to come!

Special thanks to our friends at Low-Carb Connoisseur and Low-Carb Luxury for sharing this simple yet festive cheesecake recipe with us today. ENJOY!"

includes recipe for:


  • LOW-CARB GINGERBREAD NEW YORK STYLE CHEESECAKE

Full article here.

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