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baby arugula salad with grapefruit & avocado

Serves 6 as a side salad I love the creaminess of avocado combined with the bright flavors of grapefruit and tender baby arugula. This salad would also work well with baby spinach. 6-ounce package baby arugula 1/2 cup fresh or canned grapefruit sections, cut into small pieces 1 Hass avocado 1 lemon, halved 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Salt and pepper Rinse and ...

beef canapés with horseradish

This crowd-pleaser is like a mini steak sandwich. 3⁄4 pound stew meat, cut into 2-inch cubes Salt and pepper 1 tablespoon garlic powder 2 tablespoons olive oil plus 1 teaspoon 1⁄4 cup soy sauce 1⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar 1 loaf rye cocktail rounds or squares 1 tablespoon dried tarragon 3 tablespoons horseradish Preheat oven to 375°F. Season the beef cubes with salt, pepper, and garlic ...

shrimp & crab bisque with parmesan croutons

Makes 10-12 hors d'oeuvre-size servings I serve this creamy soup in lots of different ways. In the Holiday Toast, I used it as an hors d'oeuvre, presenting it in elegant small glasses, but this recipe can serve up to six people as an appetizer course before a meal, or four for a main course (try serving ...

salty-sweet cheesy popcorn

Makes 6 cups This popcorn is great anytime and is so quick to prepare. 1 package microwave popcorn 2 tablespoons brown sugar Salt 1⁄2 stick butter, melted 1⁄4 cup grated Parmesan cheese Pop the popcorn. Meanwhile, add the brown sugar and salt (to taste) to the melted butter. Drizzle the salty-sweet butter over the popcorn, top with Parmesan cheese, and serve.

nectar of the goddess yogurt salad

Serves 6–8 This is a great do-it-yourself brunch treat that works well for a buffet. The key is to use high-quality honey and Greek yogurt, which is truly the most delicious yogurt on earth! 16 ounces Greek yogurt 1 jar honey 1 cup fresh strawberries, cleaned and chopped 1 cup fresh blueberries 1 cup fresh raspberries 1 cup fresh or canned pineapple 2 ...

Celebrating Your Graduate!

Congratulations to all the graduates out there for all your hard work!  You deserve a pat on the back and a well-earned break. A graduation party is not only a time to celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of your favorite scholar.  In many parts of the country it’s also sometimes the first opportunity you have to host ...

timesaver: gift wrap stash

  I don't know how many times in my life I have been running out the door to join friends at a birthday bash or holiday party and I've been forced by an unfortunate combination of disorganization and lack of time to stop at a drugstore to purchase wrapping paper, tissue, scissors and tape.  I've wrapped ...

venue search: hudson valley magic

Every once in a while, a spectacular private property becomes available for hosting a social event. Set on the banks of the Hudson River, 5 miles outside the charming town of Rhinebeck, NY, just 2 hours from New York City, is Locusts-on-Hudson, celebrity hotelier Andres Balazs' country estate. With a main house that accommodate 20 overnight guests, ...

great gift ideas for the home host!

I recently received a catalog from Chef Michael Chiarello’s Napastyle (napastyle.com) line of products for home and entertaining.  Like his shows and recipes on the Food Network, Chef Chiarello’s picks for everything from spice rubs to tabletop items are spot-on stylish and tops in quality.  Check out some of my faves: I ...

Looking for tips to spice up your summer barbecue? Check out my article on the Daily News about hosting a budget friendly evening with great food, drink, and decor ideas! Learn what's in season, and in style, for your summer get-together, and ENJOY! Click here to see the article!