favor- “ette” friday: how to make a decorative ice ring

favor- "ette" friday: how to make a decorative ice ring

December 30th, 2011

I make a big Hanukkah party every year. And since the focus of the evening is my potato latkes, I try to make the rest of the food and drink as easy and streamlined as possible (for those of you unfamiliar with latkes, they are both labor AND time intensive – but soooooooo worth it!). I order in […]

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star light

star light

December 29th, 2011

We had a great evening at the Time Warner Center last night. A friend told me about the “Holiday Under the Stars” light show that they put on each year and it sounded like fun. It features twelve 14-foot stars that hang in the main atrium of the mall. The stars change colors during the […]

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don’t touch

don't touch

December 28th, 2011

I’ll admit it – this trip was mostly for me. I love the Brooklyn Museum – I took art lessons there as a kid and visited often while I was in college, but have not been more than a few times since I moved up to Westchester. I was perusing the web site recently and […]

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a year in my garden: december

a year in my garden: december

December 25th, 2011

Christmas Day – and all of my big chores for the year are behind me. Baking, done and delivered. Latkes, cooked up and served. Gifts, wrapped, given and opened. And the garden is officially closed for business. Winter is the time when gardeners dream and plan for the following season. But don’t stop looking outside, because […]

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favor- “ette” friday (holiday edition, part five): wrapping things up

favor- “ette” friday (holiday edition, part five): wrapping things up

December 23rd, 2011

Literally. Now that you’re finished with your baking, how do you put it all together? Here’s how I wrap up my cookies and cakes to give as gifts –it’s simple, inexpensive and always gets lots of oohs and ahhs. Here’s what you’ll need: Lunch-type paper bags – I love the plain brown but you can […]

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brittle and bark smack down, part two!

honeycomb brittle

December 22nd, 2011

Did you enjoy yesterday’s recipe for white chocolate peppermint bark? Here are the other two I promised you – and these brittles are just as easy to make. The first one is a honeycomb brittle – it gets its name both from the honey in the recipe and the honeycomb pattern that appears when the brittle […]

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holiday baking: it’s a brittle and bark smack down!

white chocolate peppermint bark

December 21st, 2011

GAAAHHH! We’re running out of time and I have so many more recipes to share! Okay – here are three delicious, easy recipes – one bark and two brittles – that  would make a nice addition to your holiday “sweets” mix. They all come together very quickly, with minimal measuring, fussing and clean-up. First up […]

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holiday baking: one pound cake, two ways (lemon poppy)

holiday baking: one pound cake, two ways (lemon poppy)

December 18th, 2011

If the Deluxe Double-Vanilla pound cake from yesterday was too subtle and low-key for you, then you are going to LOVE this version. It’s got it all going on – flecks of lemon zest and black poppy seeds in the batter, and a shiny, lemony glaze on top. This cake is as pretty as it is […]

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holiday baking: one pound cake, two ways (deluxe double-vanilla)

holiday baking: one pound cake, two ways (deluxe double-vanilla)

December 17th, 2011

On the list of all sweet things I love, pound cake………..well, takes the cake. Today’s recipe is from a book I’ve talked about before. Rose Levy Beranbaum’s The Cake Bible has truly been my “bible” for much of my cake-baking life. Her pound cake recipe is the best I’ve ever tried (I’ve made it so often that […]

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favor- “ette” friday (holiday edition, part four): displaying holiday cards

favor- “ette” friday (holiday edition, part four): displaying holiday cards

December 16th, 2011

This week’s tip is, once again, courtesy of Martha. Like most of you, I am inundated at this time of year with holiday cards from family and friends. And I love it – love seeing the cards that my creative friends have crafted, love seeing how much the far-away kids have changed, love all the new […]

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