New Year’s Eve Fare: Blackened Sirloin With Sparkling Prosecco

This week, we’re focusing on New Year’s Eve with some great ideas to spice up your special event. When planning a cocktail or dinner party, we like to keep things simple and fun to ensure the food and beverage will be a success.  We try to find recipes that can be prepared in advance, so…
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Christmas Favorites: Homemade Marshmallows

Tony and I were the coordinators for our son Giovanni’s 5th grade class Christmas party this week, and one of the biggest hits on our treats menu – with the kids and parent helpers alike – was the sweet little homemade marshmallows we served with steaming cup of hot cocoa. Several of the kids – both…
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Christmas Favorites: Norwegian Krumkake

The holidays are a wonderful time to reconnect with our ancestral heritage, and for Gio and me that means making some of our favorite Norwegian specialties. In addition to the Norwegian meatballs and gravlax that we serve at our Christmas Eve feast, we love to make Norwegian krumkake to feature on our sweets table. My…
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Christmas Favorites: Panettone Bread Pudding

Today’s Christmas Favorite features a traditional Italian fruitcake called Panettone, which originated in the city of Milan. Not to be confused with our American version of fruitcake, Panettone is a light, moist, flavorful cake more like a bread, with candied orange peel, lemon zest and raisins. Panettone is wonderful served in slices after a meal,…
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Christmas Favorites: Sicilian Christmas Salad

Today’s featured holiday recipe is our Sicilian Christmas Salad, featuring oranges, fresh fennel, mint, red onions, green olives and extra-virgin olive oil. If blood oranges and/or the lighter pink cara cara oranges are also available, we’ll layer them in, too. This is a salad that can be enjoyed throughout the citrus season, but is especially…
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