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Holiday cooking is no easy feat. Meals tend to be more time-consuming and complex to prepare than standard fare. But by planning ahead, you can make all those delicious meals and treats in record time without undue stress. Stock Up Early Don’t leave your grocery shopping for the last minute. The stores will be overrun with other eleventh hour shoppers. The first thing you should do is to plan your menu in advance. Then take inventory of your fridge and pantry, and compose a detailed shopping list accordingly. When you’re crunching on time, the last thing you’ll want to do is run to the store because you forgot

that crucial ingredient.   Beef Up Your Kitchen Be sure your kitchen is well-stocked with the right tools to ensure proper execution of all those tasty holiday treats. Be sure your knives are sharpened and ready for the onslaught of meal prep. An extra set or two of measuring spoons and mixing bowls is also a great idea when you’re making so many dishes at once. You probably already have a food processor or traditional blender, but adding a hand-held immersion blender to your kitchen tool box will aid you in quick preparation of pureed soups, sauces and homemade whipped cream. The wrong gear can ruin a great recipe. Many

holiday recipes call for zesting to add flavor and garnish to cookies, cakes, pies and drinks. If you’re trying to zest with a peeler or poorquality zester, you may be adding the bitter pith of citrus fruits to an otherwise delicious treat. Opt for a zester with v-shaped teeth that skim across the surface of citrus. For example, the Edgeware Better Zester has nonstick coating, ensuring smooth zesting and easy clean up. It also features a container with measurements, and a non-slip end piece for stability, so you can easily and comfortably follow your recipes accurately. More information on proper zesting can be found at www. edgewareproducts.com. Cook and Bake Ahead Not every kitchen task needs to happen on the day of your festivities. Lighten your load by prepping what you can beforehand. Bake cookies, brownies and breads in advance and store in the freezer with wax paper or an airtight container. Just be sure to let them cool to room temperature before storing. A sauce’s flavor improves with time, so prep your sauces a day in advance. Dice vegetables for side dishes ahead of time and store in plastic baggies in the fridge. Make a salad the day before and dress just before serving. Don’t let the joys of holiday entertaining be a cause for sorrow. Streamline your meal preparation with a little planning.   


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Yummy Holiday Baking Ideas

The holidays are all about tradition, and there’s no better way to evoke the spirit of the season in your holiday baking than by highlighting every crowd’s favorite flavor -- vanilla. From vanilla flavored snaps to biscotti, you can give the classics a fresh, bold twist this year.

Vanilla doesn’t have to be boring! “For too long, vanilla has been misunderstood as plain, taking on only a supporting role in recipes,” says Shauna Seer, author of the new cookbook “Pure Vanilla: Irresistible Recipes and Essential Techniques.” “With the right recipe,

vanilla can really shine through -even in traditional holiday baking.” Sever contends that the way to do this is to use whole vanilla beans and fullflavored pure vanilla extract, steering clear of the imitation variety. Even chocolate lovers will be tripping over each other for seconds and thirds. For some sweet holiday inspiration, try whipping up light and airy Vanilla Sugar Puffs using this simple recipe from Sever. Vanilla Sugar Puffs (Makes about 30 two-inch puffs) For the dough: 1/2 cup whole milk

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted 5 large eggs, at room temperature 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract For decorating: 1 large egg 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Pinch salt Swedish pearl sugar, to taste • Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

• In a heavy-bottomed 2-quart saucepan, combine milk, 1/2 cup water, vanilla bean, butter, sugar and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Carefully remove vanilla bean and scrape remaining seeds into liquid. Bring to a boil. Add flour, lower heat to medium and begin stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon until the dough starts to come away from the sides of the pan and form a loose ball. Keep stirring for about two minutes to dry the dough. • Transfer dough to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat in eggs, one at a time on medium speed. Beat in vanilla extract. Drop dough by the tablespoonful onto prepared baking

sheets, leaving about two inches of space between dollops. • In a small bowl, beat together egg, vanilla extract, salt and 1 teaspoon water until well blended. Brush each puff with this egg wash and sprinkle generously with pearl sugar. • Bake for 15 minutes, then rotate sheets from top to bottom and front to bake. Continue baking until deeply golden and sound hollow when their crisp exteriors are tapped, another 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer puffs to a wire rack to cool before serving. For additional information and recipes, visit www. QuirkBooks.com. Whether you’re baking holiday cookies or brewing up hot drinkable desserts, ‘tis the season for vanilla.

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Holiday food safeTy Tips

Great food is the centerpiece of any holiday celebration, and practicing safe food handling in the kitchen is an important part of holiday meal preparation. There are certain steps you can take to keep friends and family safe from food poisoning. “The kitchen can be chaotic and it can be challenging to keep food safety top of mind when dealing with a whole holiday meal, from turkey to trimmings,” cautions Shelley Feist, Executive Director of the nonprofit Partnership for Food Safety Education. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in six Americans will get sick from dangerous foodborne bacteria this year. But these crucial safety tips can help you create a safe and tasty holiday celebration: Clean Prevent the spread of bacteria by keeping a clean kitchen and washing hands. Cutting boards, dishes,

utensils and counter tops should be washed with hot water and soap after preparing each food item, and before going on to the next. Keep plenty of clean cloth towels or paper towels handy for cleaning surfaces and drying hands. Enforce a strict hand washing policy for all holiday kitchen helpers. Use warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling food. Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running tap water just before eating or preparing. Rub firmskinned produce under running tap water or scrub with a clean vegetable brush while rinsing with running tap water. Separate Cross-contamination is how bacteria spread. Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs and their juices away from ready-to-eat foods, like salad ingredients. Using separate cutting boards is one way to reduce opportunities for

cross-contamination. Cook Temperature matters! Bacteria can survive if foods aren’t cooked to a safe internal temperature. Even an experienced cook can`t tell if food is cooked safely by how it looks, so use a food thermometer to ensure you’re cooking turkeys, ham, egg dishes and other foods to a safe internal temperature. Download a temperature chart at www. holidayfoodsafety.org. Chill The holiday celebration is great -- and even better if you have delicious leftovers. Just remember to enjoy them within four days. Bacteria spread fastest at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, so chill food promptly -within two hours -- at a refrigerator temperature of 40 degrees or below. Appliance thermometers are inexpensive and can help you monitor your refrigerator’s temperature. Bring on the Bird

Learning how to cook a turkey safely may be one of the biggest holiday meal challenges. Never thaw your turkey on the counter. Turkeys are best thawed in the fridge. So allot plenty of real estate to your turkey before your celebration. If you’re going to stuff your turkey, stuff safely. Cook stuffing to a minimum temperature of 165 degrees, whether inside or outside of the bird. Visit www. Holidayfoodsafety.org, for a complete guide to the safe handling, preparation, serving, and leftover storage of your holiday turkey. You’ll also find guidelines on turkey size, how to thaw a turkey and cooking times. By taking precautions to prepare food safely, you can ensure that bacteria won’t be guests at your holiday celebration.

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THis Holiday THink MoBile gifTs If you have a jet-setter in your life, the holiday season is the perfect time to show you care. While travel can be glamorous and exciting, it can also be fraught with frustration. This year, consider giving a gift that helps ease the burdens of a mobile lifestyle. Not only will this gesture be appreciated, you may just make life a bit more comfortable for your loved one while he or she is on-the-go. Whether you’re shopping for a business traveler, an adventurer or leisure-lover, here are some great gift ideas for smooth sailing and happy recipients. Fresh Travel Personal care should never take a vacation. Keep your traveler looking and feeling their best with goodies designed for mobile prepping and pampering. For example,

a compact batteryoperated toothbrush that’s as powerful as a traditional electric toothbrush is ideal for packing and makes for an affordable stocking stuffer. Likewise, a jet lag prevention treatment and a sleep mask pair perfectly to boost energy and prevent bags under-the eyes during long-distance travel. Look for a homeopathic treatment that has no side effects or interactions with other medications, such as No-Jet-Lag. Wired Travel Whether one is computing for work, entertainment or keeping in touch, a laptop and accessories that are thin and light but robust are essential these days for both every day mobility and heavy-duty travel. Luckily, new

technologies are making it easier to stay productive, entertained and connected while mobile. For example, the HP ENVY m4 notebook contains features that account for many hazards of travel, guarding against data loss if the notebook is dropped and against intruders if the machine is tampered with or stolen. It can also guard against boredom, as it has abundant storage and a quick processor for working, gaming, listening and viewing. When possible, help your traveler streamline tech gear. For example, an HP 90W Universal Power Adapter is compatible with virtually all notebooks and features a built-in USB port that charges a notebook and mobile device simultaneously. Just because you’re on the go doesn’t mean

you need to sacrifice great audio-visual experiences. A Bluetoothenabled wireless speaker delivers the clear sound of a stationary speaker; while the HP Webcam HD 4310 lets users connect and communicate with friends and family in widescreen 1080p HD -- and offers three-way video calling, auto focus and auto-exposure to ensure images are clear and bright. With the right accessories, you can make that wait for the next plane, train or automobile

more productive and enjoyable. More information on enhancing the mobile computing experience is available at www.hp.com. Quick Travel Any traveler would welcome opportunities to make the airport security line fast and convenient. Great

gifts for those in a jiffy include comfortable slip-on shoes, a transparent toiletry bag or a backpack that offers quick access to computers, phones, and other media. This holiday season, give mobile loved ones the gear they need for hassle-free adventures and they will get many happy returns.

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wHaT every Holiday Cook needs To know There’s one simple step every home chef needs to take this season to save time, money, stay safe and make the task of cooking holiday meals more enjoyable. Sharpen those knives! With roasts and turkeys to carve, and all the chopping, slicing and dicing of holiday entertaining, now isn’t the time to let knives go dull and make time in the kitchen more trying. “No matter how highquality your knives are, they must be sharpened periodically to maintain and restore their edges,” says Sam Weiner, president of Chef`sChoice, a cutlery and knife sharpener manufacturer. “Before you start carving the turkey or ham, you need to be sure you’re using sharp knives that will

do the job properly.” Save Time Ever heard the old adage “work smarter, not harder?” The task of carving your turkeys, ham and roasts should not require brute force. With a properly sharpened edge, you can eliminate the frustrations you may have learned to live with as your knives have dulled over time. Save Money Gearing up your kitchen is advisable before the mad rush of holiday cooking begins. If you’re thinking of giving yourself an early present of a new set of knives, think again. You can save money over the long run with a high-quality sharpener that can help you maintain the knives you

already own. Don’t fret. Knife sharpening doesn’t have to be a formidable task. Select a sharpener with these features for best results: 100 percent diamond abrasives because they will sharpen any metal alloy; precision angle guides to insure easy, uniform sharpening and angle control; and multi-stages because the strongest knife edges are archshaped and provide more metal support to the cutting edge. For example, the Chef’sChoice Edge Select

120 is fast, precise and of professional quality, but easy and safe to use at home. It works with any type of knife, including serrated and is designed to precisely hold your blade securely against the angle guidelines, eliminating guesswork on your part. Stay Safe According to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, emergency room visits due to kitchen injuries are commonplace on holidays. Don’t put a damper on your celebration with an avoidable cut. Dull edges can force you to apply excessive pressure on the knife while you’re cutting, increasing the chance of knife slippage causing serious injury. When holiday

carving or prepping food, make sure you use sharp knives. Have Fun Cooking for friends and family should be a pleasure, but can be stressful during the holidays for even the most talented chefs. Make sure to use well-maintained equipment to make your life easier. This will speed up tasks and make i more enjoyable. Demonstration videos and other information on maintaining sharp knives can be found at www.ChefsChoice.com. Serious cooks know that sharp knives are a crucial element of a well-run kitchen, when it comes to making tasks easier and safer.


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CrafT ideas To TransforM your HoMe for THe Holidays This year, forego those store-bought plastic reindeers and craft your own holiday décor instead. Personalization adds a unique and elegant touch to your home. And with a little ingenuity, even items you’d normally throw away like candy wrappers and old magazines can be transformed into spectacular vases, holiday gifts and jewelry. “Grab a sheet of paper and hold it in your hands. Think of all the things you can do with it: Crumple it, fold it, rip it, paint it, weave it, stitch it, tear paper into strips to make papiermâché or cut it into intricate designs. Each sheet of paper contains endless possibilities,’

says Kayte Terry, visual merchandising manager for Anthropologie stores and author of ’Paper Made,’ a new crafting book full of project ideas made from every day materials. Here’s a project you can try at home, that just takes 10 steps. Terry is offering directions for a “Ring Around the Rosey Vase,” so you can plant your Holly this year in a vase made by you: 1. Use a craft knife, ruler, and cutting mat to cut magazine pages into 600 1/4 inch strips. 2. Use cylindrical objects of different sizes as rolling instruments. Roll the strips around the object once, then brush glue on the next section of the strip and roll again. Dab

glue at the end of the strip to seal the coil. 3. Brush each roll with decoupage medium and set aside to dry. 4. Trace the bottom of the jar onto the cardboard with pencil. Add 1 inch to the diameter, and use a craft knife to cut it out. Cut a magazine page in a circle 2 inches larger in diameter than the base. 5. Brush one side of the cardboard circle with white glue and center and press it facedown onto the magazine circle. Use the craft knife to cut slits 1 inch apart from the edge of the magazine circle to the edge of the cardboard circle. 6. Brush edges of the magazine circle with glue and wrap each

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7. Brush glue along the outer edge of the circle and attach a row of paper coils around the base. Vary the size of the coils, making sure that each coil’s edges of touch the next. 8. Continue gluing the paper coils, stacking them in uneven rows. Every three rows,

brush the inside and outside of the vase with decoupage medium and let dry. Leave more space between the coils as the rows stack higher. 9. Check the height of the vase by placing the jar inside it. Add paper coils until they rise about 1” above the glass jar. 10. Remove the jar. Brush the inside and outside of the vase with decoupage medium

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Great Tips for Holiday Gift Baskets

Looking for a thoughtful gift this holiday season? Give a gift basket! Don’t be intimidated by the task -- it`s easy to create the perfect gift basket for even the fussiest person. “A food basket is a welcome gift for all occasions,” says Bonnie

Tempesta, founder of the cookie company Boncora Biscotti. “You can make it as elegant, whimsical or celebratory as you want -- and at whatever cost your budget allows.” Gift baskets also offer a chance to inject some personality into a gift.

“What you choose to put in a gift basket is a reflection of who you are as a gift giver,” says Jean Thompson, Owner and CEO of Seattle Chocolates, maker of premium chocolate bars and truffles. “It`s a great way to share your good taste.” Follow these simple tips to make unique gift baskets for everyone on your list: • Decide what you want to include before you buy the basket so you can pick the right size. No matter what

size basket you use, it should be overflowing. • If a traditional wooden basket isn`t your style, look for other vessels: a colorful paper bag, a pretty pastry box, a flower pot. The possibilities are endless -- and inexpensive. • Fill the basket with higher- and lower-priced items to keep overall costs down. Include items of varying heights to add visual interest. • Arrange the contents around a theme, such as all things red or everything handmade or all chocolate! • Choose foods you love or products you`re excited about trying. Chances are, if you were wowed by a treat, your gift recipient will be too. • “Go for edibles that don’t need to

be eaten right away,” says Edmond Sanctis, co-founder of Sahale Snacks. “Treats that can be nibbled and shared all season long are ideal gift basket additions.” Splurge on indulgences your recipient normally wouldn`t buy for him or herself, like limited-edition holiday chocolate from Seattle Chocolates. You can find a wide range of such products in all colors and styles to suit any gift basket theme at www. SeattleChocolates.com. • Add a food item that’s new or hard to find. For example, Boncora Biscotti, available only online, are handmade to order. Plain or dipped in chocolate, they go great with a cup of joe, so pair this gift with some gourmet coffee. Read more about Bonnie Tempesta’s handcrafted

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ways To Make your HoMe fesTive THis season Though one of the best parts of winter is getting out of the cool, crisp air and into the cozy, comfort of your home, trendsetting crafters are bringing the beauty of nature inside their houses when decorating for the holidays this year. This holiday season, the outdoors are in, says Nicole Long, Manager of Inspiration for JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores. Pine cones, evergreen, moss and grapevine can give your traditional décor a rustic, natural look. If you’re having trouble getting inspired, here are some ideas from the experts at Jo-Ann: • Dress up the entrance of your home with an especially festive look. Wire a small twig wreath to a larger grapevine wreath and then decorate with dazzling embellishments, stems and greenery. • Give your mantel a cozy makeover by hanging knitted stockings, embellished with berries and leaves. Then fill them with gifts galore! • Deck the halls with pictures of loved ones and celebrations past. Turn a traditional pine

garland of berries and pine cones into a personal keepsake of fond memories by adding handcrafted wire frames of your favorite family photos. • Paint pine cones red, gold, burgundy and green. Don’t be afraid to add a little glitz with a coat of clear glitter on each one. Showcase them in a simple glass container for a beautiful centerpiece or side table decoration. • Fashion a hanging basket out of grapevine wreath. Place batteryoperated lights within the basket and fill with ornaments. • For a delicious holiday goodie bag, dip peppermint sticks in melted chocolate and decorate with sprinkles or chopped nuts. Place them in treat bags with ribbon then give to family and friends throughout the season. • Print Victorian-era designs onto paper, then decoupage onto wood shapes. Glitter the edges and tie on a shiny ribbon to create a lovely, vintageinspired ornament. For more tips and directions on transforming your

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How To Make a differenCe THis Holiday season life? The holidays are the perfect time to reach out to the less fortunate. Here are a few ways you can help this holiday season: Work at a Soup Kitchen Many people have made it a yearly tradition to volunteer at a soup kitchen during the holidays. You can help the homeless Meaningful gifts can help those in need, abroad and at home. and hungry (c) Peter Biro - The International Rescue Committee get a hot meal and give Better than any toy, gift that would actually them the small gift of a trinket or fruit basket, make a profound full stomach. Contact what if you could give a difference in someone’s

your local soup kitchen to see how you can help. If you don’t have time to volunteer, consider donating non-perishable goods, as many soup kitchens have a food pantry as well. Help a Family in a Crisis Zone A gift from the mall is nice, but donating to a philanthropic organization on behalf of a loved one is a much more meaningful way to celebrate the holidays. There are an estimated 40 million people around the world who have been uprooted from their homes by war and disaster. They live in limbo, struggle to survive and have no place to call home. By purchasing a “Rescue Gift” to honor friends and family in lieu of store-bought

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greaT gifT ideas for kids To give Between family, friends, coaches and teachers, some children give as many holiday presents as they receive. Helping your child pick out great gifts can be tricky and often times, impersonal. This year, encourage your child’s creativity with easy kids’ crafts they’ll give as gifts. Do-it-yourself handmade gifts are a growing trend, thanks to the popularity of sites like Etsy and Pinterest. “Unlike a store-bought present, a handmade present is a personalized treasure made by you!” says Meg Survil, general manager of the brand MakIt, which preserves children’s artwork on objects like plates and bowls. Here are a few suggestions for

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Great Holiday Gift Ideas for the Men in Your Life Holiday shopping is not always easy, especially when you place a premium on giving your loved one the perfect present. But this year, don’t let shopping for the men in your life stress you out. By pinpointing their interests and shopping accordingly, you can scratch this task off your to-do list with ease. Here are some great ideas to get you started: Home Theater Buff Enhance your home theater buff’s viewing experience by beefing up his projector with a newer model. For example, Casio has just introduced a new line of projectors that feature enhanced connectivity, improved audio, higher brightness levels and 3D capabilities. You’ll be helping him cut

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How to Save Money This Holiday Saving money while holiday shopping may sound impossible, but you don’t need to be a Scrooge to budget. Through smart strategizing, you can find the perfect gift for friends and family and keep your wallet intact. Here are some tips to give you a leg up on your New Year’s financial resolutions: Just Say No When it comes to purchasing warranties, there are times you can just say no. Refusing extended warranties doesn’t strip you of all protection. Reputable manufacturers will back products for three to six months and some credit cards extend or even double manufacturers’ warranties. If you do purchase a warranty, be sure the terms are worth the cost.

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Celebrating a Holiday Get-to-gether… Book your Holiday Party with us. Anywhere from 10 to 75 people. Many menu choices available.

Get your orders in for our Nut & Fruit cakes! Also taking orders for any of our: Authentic Italian cookies, Cut out cookies, Ginger bread cutouts, Cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, Pie Pops, and more...

Gluten-free baked good are availble. Gift Certificates, Delivery are availble. (We can ship tins of cookies & fruit cake)

Serving 3:30 to 10:00. Features will include a Petite Surf & Turf and many other homemade entrees. Call 665-3520 for your reservations.

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Easy Tips to Make Holiday Parties Healthier Give guests a leg up on their New Year’s resolutions with these tasty, healthful tweaks to your favorite holiday dishes. Simple substitutions will jazz up appetizers, main dishes and desserts with both flavor and nutrition. Here are some crowdpleasing ideas that draw on seasonal ingredients and are easy to prepare: Appetizers Holiday appetizers don’t need to be deepfried, fatty or breaded. Finger foods should whet a healthy appetite without raising the cholesterol count. Keep guests happy and well nourished by pairing sparkling white wine with nuts rather than simple carbs and empty calories. Nuts are a good source of protein, fiber and healthy, monounsaturated fats. Plus, many studies have

shown that nuts have powerful cholesterollowering effects. A cheese ball made with goat cheese is a great choice for a party tray. It’s lower in fat and contains fewer calories than cream cheese, while having more calcium, protein and vitamins A and B-6. For a fun, sophisticated finish, roll the cheese in a nut coating that’s free of artificial preservatives and flavoring, such as Sahale Crunchers Cranberries, Sesame Seeds + Honey. Serve with apple or pear slices instead of crackers. Main Course Butter-basted turkey sounds good, but turkey is naturally tasty and doesn’t need the added fat or sodium. Oven roast your turkey with spices and fresh herbs. Try using cayenne pepper, cardamom and

cinnamon, and herbs like sage, thyme and dill, rather than extra fats, to flavor meats and vegetables. For stuffing, use whole grain breads instead of white bread to add fiber, vitamins B6 and E, magnesium, zinc, folic

acid and chromium. For green bean casseroles, skip the French-fried onion rings and add a sprinkle of almonds for crunch. Instead of adding brown sugar or marshmallows to yams, add a blend of nuts and dried cranberries for extra flavor and texture.

Salad Serving a tossed salad is one of the easiest ways to bring fresh greens to the table. Leave off the croutons and extra cheese and give your salad some unique flair that guests will find irresistible. Here’s a salad recipe worthy of any holiday spread: Green Salad with Apples, Almonds and Walnut Oil Vinaigrette 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 2 Tbs walnut oil 2 Tbs honey 2 Tbs minced shallots 1/8 tsp salt 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper 6 cups mixed greens 1 cup thinly sliced apples 4oz package Sahale Crunchers Almonds

with Parmesan Cheese + Herbs.In a small bowl, whisk together apple cider vinegar, walnut oil and honey. Whisk in shallots, salt and pepper. Toss sliced apples with 1Tbs vinegar to prevent browning. Place the greens, apples and Crunchers in a large bowl. Drizzle with vinaigrette and toss gently to coat. This recipe yields 4-6 servings. Dessert Fresh, seasonal fruit is always a great choice for dessert. Simple baked fruit crisps and crumbles topped with nuts are also festive and satisfying. More great ideas and holiday recipes can be found at www. SahaleSnacks.com. Make this year’s holiday season the happiest, healthiest yet.

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Yarn For Ewe Chautauqua County’s Largest Yarn Selection! Hours: Tues. 5–9pm, Wed.–Fri. 11-5pm, Sat. 10–3pm | Open House: Sat., December 8th

Yarns in every price range!

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Bernat Brown Sheep Universal Mary Maxim Canadiana Feza And more!

Sock yarn galore!

We have classes in knitting and crochet for all levels, from beginners to advanced. We have a full line of notions for knitters and crocheters including the full line of chiao Goo needles and hooks. Lace needles are here! Gift items and Gift Certificates available too. Crocheters are not left out! We have crochet books, hooks, and threads including the new Lizbeth crochet thread for trims, doilies, and lace. Yarn For Ewe is just a mile from I-86, Exit 14 located on Route 394. It’s a friendly, cozy shop where people love to gather.

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greaT ways To Make your Holiday parTy BeauTiful The holiday season is the most festive time of year, from singing in the streets to gatherings

with friends and family. So if you’re going to be entertaining, you’ll want your party to feel as cheerful as the season

itself and to add some style and flair to make your party sparkle.

From the décor to the table settings to the food, a few unique twists can make guests feel welcomed, impressed

and ready to party upon arrival. So set the mood accordingly. Delight on Arrival You can delight their senses right away with a lit fireplace or by brewing a holiday punch or cider with cinnamon and other aromatic flavors. Also, be sure that your entranceway is decorated for the season and that there’s music playing. A crooner like Bing Crosby performing holiday hits is a classic choice. Just keep the volume

at a conversationfriendly level. Think Small Presentation Instead of hosting a multi-course sit-down dinner, make life easier on yourself and more fun for your guests with a splendid spread of small plates. A small plate dinner means guests can eat whenever they arrive and mix and mingle as they do so – it’s an easy, fun way to entertain. When it comes to parties, the visual impact of your food is as important as its taste. This is where small plates shine, as little tastes can have a big impact with their colors, shapes and designs. Give guests’ a taste surprise with a roundthe-world line up of cuisines, from traditional sliders to more exotic

choices like dumplings and Mediterranean dips. For inspiration, turn to a cookbook devoted solely to miniature appetizers and desserts, such as those from author Robert Zollweg. Aim for each dish to feature about four to six bites of food that can be eaten comfortably seated or standing, and arrange dishes on small, sleek plates, such as Libbey Just Tastings mini dinnerware collection. Both the Just Tastings collection and cookbook line are available at Bed Bath & Beyond. For the sake of presentation, be sure your dishes present a great array of colors. Attendees will naturally end up moving around the room in order to taste everything. Make sure to coordinate

tablecloths, napkins, candleholders and centerpieces in a seasonal color scheme. You can find a colorful assortment of each at www. bedbathandbeyond. com. Don’t be afraid to think creatively! Dress it Up You can dress up your party space with a few simple and elegant flourishes. You can make stylish centerpieces by taking clear bowls and filling them with colorful ornaments and pretty greenery. And you can fill glasses with colored stones or small candles to add a sophisticated glow to the room. By setting a mood that is both cheerful and chic, you can make a great impression on guests and throw a party they won’t soon forget.

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greaT ways To keep kids reading over THe Holidays While breaks from school should be fun, they don’t have to be breaks from learning. The down time of the holiday season is the perfect time of year to keep kids entertained with books. And with recent adoption of the Common Core State Standards, which set expectations for what students should be learning so they will be college and career ready. “As a parent, you can play an important role in helping your children meet the Common Core State Standards while on break,” says Donna Elder, senior literacy specialist for the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL). “By using fiction and their interests as a springboard for informational reading,

you can make this a fun experience.” Elder is providing reading ideas to feed your children’s interests. It’s all about offering them books on subjects in which you already know they are interested: • For example, if your child enjoyed “The Cricket in Times Square” by George Selden, you can help foster his or her interest in crickets with “Insectiopedia” by Douglas Florian, “Chirping Crickets” by Melvin Berger, or “Cricket”s by Cheryl Coughlan. • After reading “The Snow Child: A Russian Folktale” retold by Freya Littledale, follow up by encouraging your child to read about the science of weather with “The Kids’ Book of Weather

Forecasting” by Mark Breen and Kathleen Friestad or “Weather” by Seymour Simon. • Teens who couldn’t put down “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins may be interested in learning more about the origins and history of real athletic competitions. Start with “The Olympics: A History of the Modern Games” by Allen Guttmann.” Or entertain a newfound interest in the outdoors with “The Ultimate Survival Manual” by Rich Johnson or a field guides to birds. • Together, visit the non-profit website www. Wonderopolis.org, voted one of TIME magazine’s 50 Top Websites of 2011. Wonderopolis is an effective way to teach nonfiction reading, which the Common

Core State Standards identify as a critical skill. The site’s feature, “Wonder of the Day,” is aligned with these standards, examining a new topic daily. • Is your child interested in baseball? From historical accounts like “Baseball: A History of America’s Favorite Game” by George Vecsey to a book that explains how bats are made, such as “Good Wood: The Story of the Baseball Bat,” by Stuart Miller, you can help kids score an academic homerun. • Inspire the innerchef in your children

and test their ability to follow instructions with “Kids’ Fun and Healthy Cookbook,” by Nicola Graimes. Or opt for a picture-book biography like, “Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child” by Jessie Hartland. Don’t let “educational” and “boring” mean

the same thing in your household. By seeking out reading material that engages your children on their level on subjects that are meaningful to them, you can help them meet the Common Core State Standards, while having a very merry holiday season.

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