LOCAL POCONO MOUNTAINS
Priceless, Please Take One Holiday | December 2011 & January 2012
In this Issue 20
6) Letter from the Publisher 8) LF Go! 10) Holiday Happenings 12) Celebration Guide
14) LF Give!
18-36) Holiday Gift Favorites 38-39) Feature: Ray Price Motors 40) Chriskindlmarkt
42) Feature: Briar Patch 44) Feature: Pocono Farmstand 46) Feature: Poke-A-Nose Pottery 48) Kitchen Chemistry 50) Out and About • S'mores for a C'ure • Northampton Community College • Pocono Community Fundraiser • Jade Hair Salon's Cut-A-Thon 58) Fresh from the Farmhouse 60) LF Guide
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It’s the holiday season already? Wow! There is so much happening throughout the Poconos this time of year. We were so inspired by American Express’ “Shop Small” campaign that we picked as many of our favorite local shops as we could, and we did the shopping for you! Check out the great holiday gift guide in this issue of Local Flair on pages 18 through 34. It is no secret that it is a challenging time to be in business, and there are certainly no bail-outs available for the “mom and pop” shops. These are the small businesses which are the back bone of the country, and employ about half of private sector employees in the United States. We learned, for every $100.00 spent at a local store, 68 of those dollars are regenerated into the local economy. That is one of the reasons why we are shopping small this year. Technology has made it too easy for us to do everything with the “touch of a screen,” that we forget to go experience the delight of actually seeing, feeling and exploring our specialty stores. I personally appreciate the service, and the fact I am not just an order number, but rather, that the shop owners know my name. So we hope you will use these pages as an inspiration for your holiday shopping. Also, The Pocono Manor is hosting their annual Magical Fireside Christmas. As usual, the grounds will be adorned in holiday splendor! This year, make sure to stop by the Inn and check out the renovations. Stroudsmoor will host it’s annual Christmas Tree lighting and tree decorating contest, too. For more information on the many holiday events happening in our area, check out pages 8 through 12. We wish you all a wonderful holiday season! We will see you in January.
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On the Cover Original Art by Andrei Protsouk Andrei Protsuk has been painting in the Poconos for over 15 years. As the area's resident artist, you can see his creations by stopping by his gallery at 7 N. Sixth Street in Stroudsburg, or by visiting www.andreiart.com
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out loud as you watch Nuncrackers on December 7 and 14 at Mount Airy Casino. Presented as the first TV special taped in the Cable Access Studio built by Reverend Mother in the convent basement, comes a show filled with typical Nunsense humor, and stars the nuns you love, plus Father Virgil and four of Mount Saint Helen's most talented students. Featuring all new songs plus some of your favorite carols, this show will make you die of laughter. Visit www.MountAiryCasino.com or call 866.468.7619 for tickets or more information.
TRAVEL to Longwood Gardens near Philadelphia from November 24-January 8 and prepare to be wowed! See Longwood landmarks recreated in gingerbread, stand beneath towering trees adorned with gingerbread ornaments and take in the candy-laden Music Room overflowing with sweet holiday cheer. This is a holiday outing the entire family will eat up! With over 45 acres of Christmas and winter plants and half a million lights, this is one event you should refuse to miss. Visit www. LongwoodGardens.org or call 610.388.1000 for tickets or more information.
EMBRACE the holiday spirit and take in The
Shawnee Playhouse’s Home for the Holidays on December 2-22. The show includes all your favorite traditional holiday music while you join the production’s very special family as they gather to remember, celebrate, and give thanks. Home for the Holidays decks the halls and cheers the season with spirit, joy and wonder. Visit www.TheShawneePlayhouse.com or call 570.421.5093 for tickets or more information.
REMEMBER an old favorite, but with a twist. Come see
The Shawnee Playhouse’s production of A Christmas Wizard of OZ. Join Dorothy as she travels to the North Pole and tries to find her way home in time to open presents with the aid of a snowman, tin soldier, and stuffed lion. The show runs from December 2-22. Visit www.TheShawneePlayhouse.com or call 570.421.5093 for tickets and more information.
ENJOY Hawley for Hawley Winterfest 2011 on December 9-11 for an event-filled weekend that is certain to get you in the holiday spirit. Take a train excursion into town on the Stourbridge Line, tour the historic Hawley homes decorated for the holiday season, listen to seasonal carols by the internationally acclaimed Virgin Consort, partake in a memorable culinary experience replete with jazz performers, watch a winter ice-carving, enjoy custom-created holiday theater, holiday shop in and around town, and so much more. Visit www.HawleyWinterfest.com or call 570.226.4064 for more information. HIKE to the top of a scenic overlook while enjoying a
night under the stars. Take part in the Pocono Environmental Education Center’s Moonrise Hike on December 10 from 5-7 p.m. and you will get to see the best of nature draped in moonlight. Visit www.PEEC.org or call 570.828.2319 for more information.
to the sounds of the season as you take in Twelve Twenty Four on December 15 at the Sherman Theater. Known for their high energy, the band brings its full-scale holiday rock orchestra concert to the area. Featuring music off their debut album as well as the sounds of the Trans Siberian Orchestra, this show is a must see. Visit www. ShermanTheater.com or call 570.420.2808 for tickets or more information.
LEARN a new snow sport at Shawnee Mountain on
January 6. Call in sick to work and take advantage of Learn a Snow Sport Day. Shawnee Mountain will offer 100 introductory learn-to-ski packages, including a beginner lift ticket, lesson, and rental all for $15. All proceeds will be donated to the Bushkill Outreach. Visit www.ShawneeMt.com or call 570.421.7231 for reservations or more information.
CHIP your way across the ice on January 29 at the 21st Annual Ice Tee Golf Tournament. Play nine holes of golf when you attend the Pocono Environmental Education Center’s atop frozen Lake Wallenpapack, and see if you can handle Introduction to snowshoeing on December 3. Strut through the the obstacles of this frozen tundra. The event will be held at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Banquet Center in Hawley and the snow while you enjoy the outdoors and learn a new activity. cost is $15 per golfer. Visit www.LakeRegioncc.com or call Equipment will be provided. Visit www.PEEC.org or all 570.226.3191 for more information. 570.828.2319 for more information.
SLOSH your way through the snow like a professional
KICK OFF the holiday season with a dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol. For $5 you can take part in an annual tradition and experience the real spirit of Christmas. Visit Grey Towers National Historic Landmark on December 3-4 at 2:00 p.m. to take part. Call 570.296.9625 for more information.
with the Chabad Chanukah Festival and the annual kindling of the largest Menorah in the Poconos at Stroudsburg’s Courthouse Square on December 22 at 6:00 p.m. Celebrate the holiday while you enjoy doughnuts, latkes, soup and more. Call 570-420-8655 for more information.
EXPERIENCE an old-fashioned Christmas of the 1800s, as guides dressed in period clothing lead you by candlelight throughout the farm at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm December 3-11. Enjoy a tour of a live Nativity, a visit from the Belschnikel, caroling, storytelling, and more. Your visit into Christmas Past will end in the Engel Education Center with complimentary refreshments. Visit www.QuietValley.org or call 570.992.6161 for more information.
VISIT with Santa and take a horse-drawn carriage ride on
Saturdays in December in Downtown Stroudsburg. Enjoy Christmas shopping as Santa visits downtown shops from 11 – 3 p.m., and enjoy the holiday decorations in a horse-drawn carriage ride available from 1-4 p.m. with Sugar Mountain Horse & Carriages. Visit www.Stroudsburg.net for more information.
DEC Cracking the Line-up
3-12 The Nutcracker premieres at Shawnee Playhouse
happenings Each year brings an abundance of events that we all want to see. With so little time, how do you pick which ones are a must? Local Flair has done the research, and here are some events you won’t want to miss!
Based on E.T.A Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and The Mouse King, The Nutcracker ballet has been synonymous with the holidays for as long as we can remember. With the score written by Tchaikovsky, it’s no wonder people flock to see this holiday staple year after year. The ballet premiered in 1892 in St. Petersburg and has delighted in the hearts of many ever since. Telling the story of a girl named Clara’s adventures on the night before Christmas, the tale has something for every age to enjoy. This year, The Shawnee Playhouse will give you the opportunity to enjoy this must see holiday event December 3-12. Visit www.TheShawneePlayhouse.com or call 570.421.5093 for tickets or more information.
ALL A Dickens of an Event
DEC Jim Thorpe brings Victorian Christmas back to life with their Olde Time Christmas Christmas is a time that tradition comes alive. There’s nothing that says tradition better than the Victorian Christmas, and nobody does a Victorian Christmas better than Jim Thorpe. So grab your top hat and warm up your caroling voice, because Jim Thorpe’s Olde Time Christmas will transport you to a time of yuletide fun and merriment. The event takes place on weekends throughout December. For more information or a schedule of events, visit www. JimThorpeOldeTimeChristmas.com or call 888.JIM.THORPE.
DEC Light Up the Night 4
Stroudsmoor holds 23rd annual Tree Lighting
On Sunday, December 4, Stroudsmoor will hold its 23rd annual Tree Lighting Celebration. This Stroudsmoor tradition started in 1988, when the Pirone Family decorated a modest little tree in the center of Stroudsmoor proper. Through the years the event has grown to include various competitions, talented groups of entertainers from the Pocono Community, a lighting display created with over 50,000 twinkling white lights, and a tree nearly five times the size of the original. For more information visit www.stroudsmoor.com or call 570.421.6431.
DEC Leave the Competition Crumbling 9-11 Skytop holds annual Gingerbread Weekend
Each year Skytop devotes a weekend to all things gingerbread. See a life-sized gingerbread house and learn how to make your own gingerbread masterpieces at this year’s event on December 9-11 and 16-18. In years past, the display has contained 1,000 pounds of gingerbread, 500 pounds of icing, and 300 pounds of candy! For more information visit www.Skytop.com or call 570.595.7401.
DEC Settle into the Holidays 2-3
The Settler’s Inn Victorian Christmas
Don't miss out on The Settler’s Inn’s most popular event of the year. The Victorian Christmas event on December 2-3 really lends itself to all the finery and nostalgia of an old fashioned Christmas. Nothing rings in the holidays like choirs, candlelight and the warmth of the fireplace. Stay at the inn, enjoy a three course meal, and hope for snow. For more information or to make reservations visit www.TheSettlersInn.com or call 800.833.8527.
Celebration Guide Want to take a break from cooking and entertaining this year?
You're in luck!
Local Flair has compiled a list of places that will entertain you this year. Check out these restaurants and get-away packages for great holiday fun!
The French Manor
Stroudsmoor Celebrate the holidays with the Stroudsmoor Country Inn’s annual Thanksgiving Meal on Thursday November 24. Enjoy the best seasonal foods, and don’t forget to finish the night with a piece of all American apple pie. For more information, or to make reservations, visit www.Stroudsmoor.com or call 570.421.6431.
Pocono Manor Join The Inn at Pocono Manor for Thanksgiving Dinner. The Feast will feature a hearty soup and salad bar, carving stations, children's buffet, pastry stations and more. For more information, or to make reservations, visit www.PoconoManor. com or call 570.839.7111 ext. 7670.
The Lodge at Woodloch Celebrate and give thanks at The Lodge at Woodloch. Spend the Holiday relieving yourself of stress, nourishing your body, discovering your inner self and staying away from the oven. For reservations, or more information, visit www. TheLodgeAtWoodloch.com or call 866.953.8500.
Crescent Lodge Visit the Crescent Lodge for a feast you won’t forget. Allow them to cater to you as you sit back, relax and enjoy the holiday. For more information, or to make reservations, visit www. CrescentLodge.com or call 570.595.7486.
Mount Airy Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at Mt. Airy’s table this year. The restaurant offers a decadent Thanksgiving feast featuring classic trimmings and contemporary cuisine. Mount Airy is the perfect place for your holiday gathering. For more information, or to make reservations, visit www.MountAiryCasino.com or call 877.532.0340.
Celebrate the New Year in style. This elegant New Year’s Holiday package includes a cocktail party followed by a Black Tie eight-course dinner on New Year’s Eve at 9:00 p.m. and includes a selection of wines served throughout dinner, champagne at midnight, party favors and entertainment. For more information, or to make reservations, visit www. TheFrenchManor.com or call 1-877-720-6090.
Cove Haven Bring in the New Year at the hottest resort in the Pocono Mountains. Party the rest of the year away with family and friends at Cove Haven Entertainment’s New Year’s Eve Bash. You'll find everything you need, from delectable dining to exciting entertainment. For more information, or to make reservations, visit www.CovePoconoResorts.com or call 800.432.9932.
Stroudsmoor The tables are set, the band is cued and the champagne is ready to pour. Celebrate the New Year in grand style at Stroudsmoor. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.Stroudsmoor.com or call 570.421.6431.
Shawnee Inn This year Shawnee turns 100! The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is celebrating with an event perfect for saying farewell to the past and hello to the future—The Centennial Winter Carnival and New Year’s Celebration. The event will include ice carving, sleigh rides, snowman making, bonfire, hayrides and much more. There will also be a Centennial New Year's Eve Celebration party featuring a five-course meal, cocktail hour, and live music. Visit www.ShawneeInn.com or call 1.800.Shawnee for reservations or more information.
The Settler’s Inn Enjoy a traditional celebration any way you want it. The Settler’s Inn offers two options for your holiday experience. Keep it calm with an a-la-carte dinner in the main dining room while enjoying a laid-back atmosphere, or dress up for a gourmet three-course tasting menu in the Undercroft while celebrating at midnight with hats, noisemakers, champagne and music. For more information, or to make reservations, visit www.TheSettlersInn.com or call 570.226.2993.
This time of year often brings on a sense of caring and giving... We look to show people how much they mean to us and try to appreciate time together. But many people out there are simply trying to survive. What better way to celebrate the season than by helping out those people? In an economy that has people watching every penny, Local Flair has put together a list of charities and ways you can make someoneâ€™s season without breaking the bank!
The Salvation Army is a great way to volunteer your services. Their East Stroudsburg location offers emergency shelter services, food services, seasonal services, a boys and girls club and so much more. You can also drop off clothing and items you no longer want to benefit those in need. For more information, call 570.421.3050.
Through its unique volunteer allocations process, United Way ensures that Community Impact dollars go to human service programs that are best positioned to meet the needs of the community. To find out how you can volunteer or donate, call 570.629.5657 or visit www.UnitedWayMonroe.org.
Sheep Shed offers a chance for you to help out local victims of abuse. By donating your used furniture you can help struggling victims make it on their own. To donate, call 570.595.7381.
C.A.M.E - Christian Awareness Ministries Ecumenical food pantry serves people in Barrett, Paradise and Price townships and always needs people in the community to fill the pantry shelves. Collection boxes are set up all over Barrett Township. For more information about services or volunteering, call 570.595.9141.
Each year Toys for Tots helps those less fortunate enjoy the holidays too. Make a child smile this season by donating new, unwrapped toys to the organization. To find out more on how you can help support our local chapter, or where to find a drop-off location, visit www.toysfortots.org
You can help The American Red Cross by donating or volunteering. To learn more information call 570.476.3800 or visit www.RedCrossPoconos.org.
The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest national organization composed of and representing local, communitybased Senior Nutrition Programs, and we have one right in our own backyard. For more information on how you can help, call 570.424.8794.
Since its inception in 1974, Big Brothers Big Sisters has strived to provide high quality mentoring services to the children and families of Northeastern Pennsylvania. You can help, too, by mentoring, volunteering, or donating. For more information call 570.421.2877 or visit www.bbsnepa.com/monroe.
Family Promise of Monroe County relies on donations to assist homeless families. You can make a monetary donation or simply donate your time helping to cook and serve dinner or work an event. To make a donation or find out more about how you can help, call 570.420.8589.
Habitat for Humanity has been dedicated to ending homelessness and substandard housing for years. You can help them in this effort by donating your time or money to a worthy cause. For more information call 570.476.9846 or visit www.HabitatMC.org.
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American Candle www.American-Candle.com 570.629.3388 Rt. 611, Bartonsville, Pa 18321
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1) Byer's Choice Dolls: Gingerbread Women, $68, Gingerbread Girl, $68, Gingerbread Santa, $72, Gingerbread House, $80 2) Swarovski Crystal Winter Tree, $150 3) American Candle Holiday Jar Candle, $14.99 4) By Dept 56 (left to right) Green Grocer, $85, Joseph Edward Tea Shoppe, $75, Glenford School, $95 5) Jim Shore German Santa from Santas Around the World Collection, $28.50
The Queens Treasures 1.
www.TheQueensTreasures.com 570.424.7333 1 Foundry Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
1) 1930s School Desk complete with 6 piece school accessory kit, $49.99 • 1930s Cotton Dress, 14.99 2) Country Square Table and 2 Chairs, $54.99 • 5 pc Baking Accessory Set, $6.99 • 6 pc Kitchen Tool 18” Doll Accessory Set, $14.99 • Complete Chef's Outfit and Accessories, $18.99 3) Coconut Smoothie Shaved Ice Stand and Accessories, $89.99 • Beach Play Set, $4.99 • Hula Girl Swim Outfit, $16.99
Moravian Book Shop www.moravianbookshop.com 610.866.5481 428 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
1) Michael Aram Olive Branch Olive Oil Dispenser, $98, Michael Aram Poppy Cracker Plate, $99 2) Nambeâ€™ Copper Canyon Chip & Dip with clear protective coating that is food safe, $210, and Nambe' Copper Canyon Candlesticks 8", $101 for a set of two 3) Large 24/7 tote, $180, with little baby cake wallet, $16.50 4) Table Art Napkin rings Poppy, $27, Michael Aram Lemon Poppy Cutting Board, $78
Theo B. Price www.theobprice.com 570.595.2501 Routes 191 & 390, Cresco, PA 18326 Items from each collection available in various prices: 1) Villancourt Chalkware Folk Art, made from antique candy molds 2) Musical Carousel 4) G. Debrekht handpainted nativity set, made in Russia
Carroll & Carroll Booksellers Monday – Saturday • 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
740 Main Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360 570.420.1516
All Angles 1.
570.839.6313 2608 Rte. 940, Pocono Summit, PA 18346
1) Firefox necklace & earrings, $65 for the set 2) Erda bracelet bag 3) Stone placemats 4) Backyard Creations soaps, $10 each 5) Copper & brass bracelet, $35, Copper & brass necklace, $55
Planet Earth Gallery
570.620.9599 Route 611, Scotrun, PA 18355 1) Assorted jewelry - Chakra Collection pictured, $40-$70 2) Singing bowls, $32, Kuan Yin, $47.99 3) Eco-friendly tabletop collection starting at $12.95 4) Crystals and minerals, varying prices
Josephine's Fleur-de-Lis www.josephinesonmain.com 570.476.7909 601 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360 1) Michael Aram’s exquisite pieces are inspired by nature and honor the joy of entertaining our loved ones, $49-$250 2) Patience Brewster’s hand-crafted ornaments include the whimsical Eggplant with Tutu, Pen, and Joyful Flying Pig, $29.95-$43 3) Come home for the holidays with Vietri’s hand-crafted serving pieces from Italy, $38-$110
Stonehedge Gallery 570.595.2560 Route 191 South, Cresco, PA 18326 1) Live. Love. Life. Beautiful sterling silver jewelry handcrafted with genuine butterfly wings, $39.95 and up 2) Beeluxeâ Holiday Package, A $44 value, only $24.95 3) Handcrafted Sterling Silver and Paua Shell Jewelry, under $10 4) Art Glass Vases Blown with Genuine Silver starting at $28
Hair Excellence Wishing you a beauty in this holiday season. Gift cards are available!
570.424.6015 www.hair-excellence.com Find us on Facebook! 1300 North Fifth Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360 We use only certified organic products.
The Gallery at Liztech www.liztech.com 570.424.3177 95 Crystal Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
1) Lizcuff â€“ These unique and fashionable bracelets range from $75-$79 2) Chamilia bracelets: Beads start at $35, and sterling silver bracelets average $65. 3) Primitives by Kathy â€“ These gifts come in an assortment of wall art, boxes and magnets ranging from $4-$88 4) Tree of Life Pin, $78
www.dunkelbergers.com 570.421.7590 585 Main Street Stroudsburg, PA 18360
1) Brighton Whitney tote, Brighton City Girl Soft Phone Case, Brighton Love Beat Card Case 2) Brighton Highland Park Watch, Brighton Diamond Bar Watch, Brighton Bel Air Watch 3) Merrell Taiga Buckle Waterproof Boots, Merrell Luxe Shoes, Merrell Encore Flurry 4) Orvis Wool Fedora, Orvis Battenkill Fishing Watch, Orvis Lamb's Wool Scarf 5) Smartwool Socks
14 Kt. Gold Outlet www.the14ktoutlet.com 570.421.5081 611 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
1) 14 kt Gold Slide .20 Carat Center Diamond .21 Carat Diamonds. $1,800 & $998 2) 14 kt Gold .85 Carat Pink Sapphire & .65 Carat Diamonds, $2,600 & $1,275 3) 14 kt 6.85 Carats of Emeralds and 2.74 carats of Diamonds $10,000 & $4,900. Other pieces available for all budgets.
2 Charming The Christmas Factory
www.thechristmasfactory.com 570.223.0717 Business Route 209, Marshalls Creek, PA 18335
1) & 2) Jim Shore licensed ornaments and figurines. Also available in Muppets, Rudolph, and Disney. Snowman $46, Santa $50 3) Spartina 449 Handbags support the preservation of Daufuskie Island in South Carolina. Shoulder Bag in Gracie, $139 4) Chamilia Beads Unique. Exceptional. Unlike any other! Sterling Silver with Swarovski elements, $35-$70
Second Story High-End Thrift www.facebook.com/ssthrift 570.420.9948 756 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
1) Necklaces made from the fabric of repurposed blouses with polished stones, various prices 2 & 3) Handmade Jou Jou Bee and Hummingbird made from water bottles and strips of denim, starting at $20 4) Silk scarves made of repurposed clothing and vintage buttons, various prices
Planet Earth Specializing in Unique Gifts with Nature in Mind
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www.redrungallery.com 570.643.9075 Rte 940, Pocono Pines, PA 18350 (Near intersections of Rte. 423) 1) Steel reindeer, $25 2) Glass and brass bracelets, $12 each; Glass box $20 3) Sold cherry wood hair combs and sticks handmade in PA by Hanna Simmons, $7-$25 4) Leather cat handbag with shoulder strap, $25 5) Fused glass coasters handmade by Chris Paulson, $35 for a set of 4
The Dressing Room 570.420.0994 114 Washington Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
1) Adorable Boiled Wool Bags start at $48 2) Gorgeous Latico Leather Wallets and Handbags starting at $42, Luxurious Silks to Colorfully Warm Wool Scarves, $39 and up 3) The Latest Leather Bracelets by Desert Heart, $64 4) Teresa Goodall's earrings are fun and fabulous, starting at $28.
Spanx Tights NEST candles $32
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The Apple Tree
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Festive Donna Morgan dress $150 M. Schiff necklace $93 M. Schiff matching bracelet $49
Linda Richards scarf, Boots by Aquatulia
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Rainforest jacket $395 White+Warren cashmere sweater Deco scarf $35 AG Jeans Corduroy Pant Coralia Leets earrings
M. Schiff necklace $45
MZ Wallace bags $175
Paul Mayer shoes
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A driving Force
By Eric Mark
When Ray Price opened a car dealership in the Poconos in 1913, the year before World War I began, he faced challenges. For one thing, he had to teach many of his customers how to drive. Also, Price did not receive merchandise deliveries shipped on trucks. He picked up crates of automobile parts via railroad, towed them back to his shop and assembled the cars piece by piece. In those days, automobiles played second fiddle to horse-drawn carriages and sleighs on local roads. That caused more challenges. The cars required different wheels for summer and winter driving. In summer, car wheels had to fit in the track of horse-drawn carriages, while in winter, wheels had to fit in the tracks of horsedrawn sleighs. “The sleigh tracks were slightly narrower,” said Price’s grandson, also named Ray Price. “We don’t have to worry about those things today.”
Diane Datesman, signed on even younger. “I started just before I graduated high school in 1962, and I’ve been here ever since,” states Datesman, a bookkeeper and former manager. Datesman’s first boss was the middle Ray Price, son of the company’s founder. She described him as “a very nice person to work for.” Datesman was the sole office employee when she started work at the dealership. “Today, we have six or seven in the office,” she said. “It’s certainly grown a lot.” She seems in no hurry to leave, after almost 50 years. “It’s been nice working here,” she said. “I’m probably going to retire soon, but I don’t know when.” 6
Since Price entered the business, when his father died after a sudden illness, Ray Price Motors has grown, expanded and diversified. “When I started in 1981 there were four of us working at three full-service dealerships: a Ford/Lincoln dealership on Ninth Street in Stroudsburg, a Honda/Mazda/Volvo location off Route 447 in Stroud Township and a Chevrolet/Ford/Suzuki site in Mount Pocono.” But it’s the last one that stands out. “As far as I know, we are the only combined Ford/Chevy dealership in the nation,” Price said. It took “a lot of negotiations with Ford and General Motors” to make the unusual arrangement happen, he added. The arch-rivals eventually agreed to do the deal because they both realized it was in their best interests, according to Price. He cited Mount Pocono as a nearly ideal location to sell a wide range of vehicles, from small gas-sipping cars aimed at commuters, to all-wheel-drive SUVs for customers in the icy upper reaches of the Pocono Plateau. Ray Price Motors weathered the recent recession fairly well, with no layoffs, thanks in large part to a loyal base of repeat customers, said Price. “We did not drop off nearly as much as did some other dealerships. We worked hard for a long time on customer satisfaction.”
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The original Ray Price Dealership, Mountainhome, PA, in 1913
Family and tradition are big at Ray Price Motors. Price’s wife, Lynn, and his younger brother, Walter, are also involved in the family business. Danielle Singer, general manager of Ray Price Honda/Mazda/Volvo, has worked for the company since she was in college. Singer’s mother,
Christkindlmarkt Crafting a New Tradition By Karen Tetor Travel and Leisure magazine has taken notice of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and in a big way. The publication has described the annual holiday favorite, Christkindlmarkt, as one of the top holiday markets in the world. This honorable distinction will not let organizers remain content, though. In its 19th year, the holiday marketplace plans to soar even higher than usual and celebrate its rich traditions with some old and new aspects. Christkindlmarkt, running from Novemeber 17-December 18, allows visitors to celebrate the season basked in tradition. “Christkindlmarkt is a destination where families can come together and celebrate the holidays,” says Mark Demko, a spokesperson for ArtsQuest, the nonprofit arts organization that presents Christkindlmarkt. With many different activities, it leaves something for the whole family to appreciate. Taking his own five-year-old daughter to sit on St. Nicholas’ lap, bite into warm apple strudel, and listen to costume-clad carolers has become a custom in his own family’s holiday routine. While you make a tradition out of visiting, the market incorporates history and tradition in its own way. This year, the market has moved to a new location, taking up space at the PNC Plaza on the SteelStacks campus. SteelStacks has transformed the area around the former Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces into a year-round arts center that celebrates the city’s industrial past in the midst of its colonial roots. Christkindlmarkt finds a perfect setting in this city, a place who treasures its own tradition of christening the town on Christmas Eve in 1741. Christkindlmarkt combines traditional and contemporary like no other. Last year, over 60,000 visitors attended the market to enjoy glassblowers magically transforming molten glass into Christmas treasures, ice carvers wielding torches and chainsaws to shape frozen holiday scenes, nonstop holiday performances, and myriad food vendors. The marketplace leaves something for both the young and old at heart to enjoy. “Christkindlmarkt is part of the whole Bethlehem Christmas experience,” explains Demko. It provides entertainment in so many different ways. Over 60 events take place in the city over the holidays, including evening walking tours led by historians dressed in 18th century garb and carrying lanterns, nightly lightings of the 70-foot-long “Bridge,” and “Alchemy” fire sculptures on the Air Products Town Square at SteelStacks. Repeat vendors and events keep people coming back, while new twists never leave you bored. “The artisans are always changing,” says Demko. Plus, “This year’s market stretches over five weekends, rather than four, and different vendors will be joining the mix every weekend.”
Folk artist Patricia Cobb, one of the 100+ artists and vendors from over 15 states, is excited about the changes and the new venue. “Having Christkindlmarkt at SteelStacks will give it even more energy,” the Emmaus artist explains. Cobb’s hand-carved Santas, some of which are from the wood of an American Chestnut salvaged from an 1860s Pennsylvania barn, have attracted the market’s shoppers for over 10 years, and this year will be no different.
"Christkindlmarkt is a destination where families can come together and celebrate the holidays" In addition to Cobb’s art you can find pottery, blown glass, stained glass and jewelry, as well as vendors offering handmade wooden drums, homemade soaps, hand-painted family coats of arms, handmade children’s and doll clothes, cinnamon scented beeswax ornaments and even edible birdhouses. With so much to see, you’re bound to make this event a tradition of your own. 6 For more information on hours and pricing visit www. ChristmasCity.org or call 610.332.1300.
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I don’t know about you, but I absolutely live for this time of year. As soon as the first crisp day of autumn approaches I am counting down the days until the Christmas music starts, and houses and streets are lit up bright enough to guide the landing of a 747. But my favorite experience, by far, is cutting down the Christmas tree. What makes the real Christmas tree shopping experience leaps and bounds better than braving the stores for the stiff, unscented, fake trees of today, you ask? That’s easy. It’s places like the Briar Patch and Thornhurst Nurseries. There’s something about the atmosphere of a quaint, traditional Christmas shop and tree farm. It screams caring, family, and celebration. The Briar Patch embodies this idea throughout all aspects of its establishment. Their mission statement gives you a bit of insight as to how Proprietors Kathy and Steve Rector feel about this holiday. Reading, “Born from our love of the Christmas spirit. Dedicated to the child in all of us,” I immediately knew this was my kind of place. The Briar Patch and Thornhurst Nurseries Tree Farm provide you with 15 acres worth of trees to peruse. It offers you the experience to choose the perfect tree for your home while enjoying the rural setting in a scene that could easily be featured in a Norman Rockwell painting. Capture that warm holiday feeling while trekking through the grounds to find the tree that jumps out and begs to be taken home. As you search for this essential Christmas decoration, you will be surrounded by traditional ornamentations and an atmosphere that truly captures the holiday spirit. Old sleds line themselves up against the barn adorned with seasonal trimmings outside, and more await your arrival inside.
"Everybody visits, talks, and there's no pressure to buy anything. You can take your time."
After you gather your tree, continue over to the Briar Patch, and you will be met with old antiques and decorations that create the perfect setting for your holiday shopping. A step inside the store suddenly transports you to a time of country simplicity. No matter what the season, Kathy and Steve Rector have made a business out of keeping it personal. “We try to create a family atmosphere,” states Steve. “A lot of our customers are returning customers, and we remember when they were carrying their babies in here.” Many years later, these same people visit and “it’s almost as if they’re coming home. Everybody visits, talks, and there’s no pressure to buy anything. You can take your time.” When you visit Briar Patch, you will find quality-crafted gifts and unique items that don’t exist in the land of commerciality. It is impossible not to enjoy the decorations, the atmosphere, the experience and the proprietors when you visit. In a time when Christmas has become so commercial, it’s worth the trip to take a step back in time, slow down life, and truly appreciate the season and what it means. There is no place out there that does it quite as well as this place. 6 For more information visit www.BriarPatchThornhurst.com or call 570.842.1266.
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Christmas Day the Easy Way By Roseanne Bottone
The holidays have a way of creeping up on us, bombarding us with tasks, and exhausting us with a daunting schedule. This year why don’t you do things differently and leave some of the work to the professionals? Pocono Farmstand can help you with all your seasonal needs. Tom Lovito must be doing something right. The little farm stand he opened in the 1980s in Tannersville has grown to cover 5.5 acres and is a popular Poconos landmark today. “I’d be lying if I told you it was my life’s ambition to own a farmstand,” Lovito said. “I started with a little stand selling local produce, and it sort of just took off from there.” What was once a small fruits and vegetables production has grown into a thriving business, offering a wide variety of trees, shrubs, landscaping, and hardscape. Not to mention, their delicious pies and fresh cut Christmas trees. Lovito boasts, “We’ve been known as the little pie place that pumps out pies like you wouldn’t believe. Pull into the parking lot, and we’ll lure you in with the smell of hot fresh pies, cookies, doughnuts, pastries, and fruit breads or whatever else we have baking for that day.” What better time to take advantage of homemade pie than the holidays? “Leave the baking to us,” Lovito suggests. Wow your guests with a fresh pumpkin or rhubarb pie. No one has to know you didn’t roll out the dough yourself. Leave a little flour on the tip of your nose, and they’ll think you’re amazing. (You can tell them about Pocono Farmstand later.) No need to stop at pie. You’re busy. Gather some gifts while you’re there. Pick up a selection of the Farmstand’s own brand of jams, jellies and preserves for a unique gift for the hostess of your next holiday party. Instead of creating a typical basket, present your treats with a contemporary edge by using an environmentally friendly shopping tote, or wrapping cellophane around a recycled wooden bowl. The possibilities are endless.
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If you’re planning a large holiday family reunion or office party, the Farmstand’s Live Plant Rental Service can help you create a lush setting and festive atmosphere with plants. For personalized assistance, make an appointment to meet with a consultant and choose from a wide variety of potted annuals, flowering perennials, English garden topiaries and more. Make sure you invite a lot of people, though, because this service requires a minimum order. Don’t forget to decorate your home for Christmas and dazzle your neighbors with a one-of-a-kind wreath to brighten up your front door. Styles range from a simple look to the more lavish and ornate. They are always expertly crafted using beautiful dried flowers, berries, and gorgeous pine cones. Take your kids with you to the Farmstand to select a Christmas tree, too. Grab some delicious, fresh-baked cookies on the way out and throw a tree-trimming, family party when you get home. As the proprietor of Pocono Farmstand, Lovito has been proudly serving our community for almost 24 years. He says, “We love what we do. Our staff is knowledgeable, and we have the time to really assist our customers. We’ve been successful because we provide excellent service.” While you’re out and about running holiday errands, remember to treat yourself well. Today’s modern woman doesn’t need to wait for someone else to send her flowers. You’ll find gorgeous long-stemmed roses at the Farmstand, and Lovito’s staff can fashion a professionally arranged cut flower bouquet that is as special as you are. Go ahead, splurge on a gift for yourself. 6 For more information visit www.PoconoFarmstand.com or call 570.629.4344.
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Need some relief? Kick back and enjoy your home’s surroundings in your expertly designed backyard. Using the latest technology we will work with you to design the retreat you’ve been dreaming about. Whether your backyard needs an entire makeover or just a few updates, Erb’s Landscaping is equipped to take on any challenge. From paver and lighting projects to lawn sprinklers and irrigation systems, let us make your backyard dreams come true. Dan Erb, Owner Landscape Design & Landscape Construction Commercial & Residential • Fully Insured Fully Certified Credentials, TYPE, NCMA, & CAST
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Make a Christmas Memory By Roseanne Bottone
After their college days ended, Poke-A-Nose Pottery owners Jason and Kelly Camillo wanted the freedom and challenge that comes from creating their own work. The optimistic duo decided to start their own business and follow the trend of contemporary ceramic studios. With a degree in Fine Arts, this was a perfect fit for Kelly. And with no business like it in the Poconos, the setting was ideal. Kelly met Jason when they were students at the University of Tampa. Their exposure to the many art studios all over campus was the genesis for their business plan. After graduation they settled in the Poconos to live near family. Neither desired a traditional nine to five job. “My husband and I wanted to work for ourselves, and we chose Bartonsville as our location to minimize commuting so we could help care for my grandparents,” explains Kelly. With help from a guardian angel, Kelly’s mother, this dream became a reality. Mary Graziano, who passed away in 1999 after a battle with lung cancer, left a bittersweet legacy: life insurance proceeds that Kelly and Jason used to open their studio in August of 2002. “My mom knew I wanted to start this business and she encouraged me to follow my dreams,” shares Kelly. “She told me, ‘Do your best and don’t let anything get in your way.’ My mother always
appreciated my artistic leanings. When I was little, anything that I gave her she praised in some way—even when it was awful.” Today, Kelly is a talented artist, and she can help you create a unique gift for Christmas that will surely be cherished for years to come. “One of our most popular items is the handprint plate,” Kelly revelas. Trace your child’s handprint on a piece of pottery and Kelly will paint it and turn it into a holiday motif—or anything else you request. “Recently, we turned a footprint into a cell phone.” The piece has to be glazed and fired in their kiln, so make sure you get there before December 18 for pick up on Christmas Eve. If you’d prefer to create your own artwork, walk in without an appointment; the studio is open seven days a week. Paint an ornament, snowman, Santa or reindeer. Like something functional instead? There’s a selection of boxes, piggy banks, mugs, bowls and plates. Choose from 70 paint colors and hundreds of stamps and stencils to help you decorate. A large platter suitable for a Thanksgiving turkey might thrill Grandma and become a family heirloom, too. “We also have glass mosaic pieces. You create a design on an indoor wall hanging, like a star or letter, and I’ll grout and seal it for you,” explains Kelly. You can also make a mosaic picture frame, trivet or serving tray. A lot of fun activities will take place at the Poke-A-Nose Pottery studio this holiday season. Take advantage of their “Drop and Shop” service on Black Friday. Drop the kids off at the studio anytime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. while you go out Christmas shopping. The kids will enjoy snacks and drinks while they paint pottery, and you’ll enjoy a few hours
"My mother always appreciated my artistic leanings. When I was little, anything that I gave her she praised in some way—even when it was awful." of escape. Plus, the jolly old elf, Santa Claus himself, will be at the studio for a children’s party on Saturday, December 10. You’ll even get to meet the couple’s own kids: Drake, their 13 month old son, and Pixie, their Yorkie mix. “She’s our first-born fuzzy child,” laughs Kelly. “She’s going blind, and we try to tell everyone that comes in to watch for her…she won’t know that you are there, and she doesn’t know to get out of your way.” Don’t leave all the holiday fun to the kids, though. Throw a soirée of your own. Kelly and Jason will host a “Wine & Design” event on Friday, December 2. Come with a group of friends, bring your own bottle, relax, listen to holiday music and use your imagination to create a one-of-a-kind gift. For more information call 570.688.0044 or visit www. pokeanosepottery.com. 6
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A Delicious Tradition By Kaitlin Johnstone
Nestled among the many unique shops that encompass Main Street in Stroudsburg lies a gem you certainly don’t want to miss. Kitchen Chemistry has brought the traditional bakery back to life in a way that will leave your mouth watering. Proprietor Lisa Diemer makes her cupcakes fresh everyday, and with different flavors each week, she always has something new for customers to try. Averaging over a thousand cupcakes a week, Diemer is always busy trying to find new ways to satisfy her customers. While she has a standard list of “Classic Cupcakes,” she always has a few new ones to add into the mix. But this change doesn’t satisfy just consumers; it keeps Diemer entertained as well. “It’s fun,” she exclaims. “We make a new cupcake, and people go ballistic. It’s fun to see what cupcakes people go crazy over.” Crazy is an appropriate word. One cupcake Diemer developed, the Fluffernutter, has obtained what she describes as a cult following. “It used to be an occasional cupcake, but people loved it so much we had to add it to our classics.” Diemer also brings the spirit of the Poconos into her creations. “We always try to do a theme cupcake,” she explains. “During the Ironman, we had an Ironman cupcake loaded with healthy ingredients. And when the hurricane came, we had a hurricane berry cupcake. We even did a pink one for the Spirit of Women’s Shop Hop.” She also makes holiday creations, with a sweet potato cupcake for Thanksgiving, and perhaps a fruitcake one in store for Christmas. As if leaving our eyes widening and mouths watering isn’t enough, Diemer also offers many classes enabling her to pass on her knowledge. While many of us stare at fancy bakery creations doubting we could ever make anything resembling the sheer artistry, Diemer is breaking the news to her students that they can stop dreaming and start doing. “I love enabling people so they can see that they can do these things. I take the mystery out of it for them, and suddenly it’s not so hard. My gratification comes from seeing that they’re excited that they learned a new technique,” she reveals. While their excitement is Diemer’s priority, she has an underlying wish as well: that her classes make a real difference in peoples lives.
“We make a new cupcake, and people go ballistic. It’s fun to see what cupcakes people go crazy over.” Lisa Diemer, above, Owner of Kitchen Chemistry
“I wanted to offer things that people can take home with them and use in their everyday life, because it’s really very gratifying to be able to do this stuff. It’s a giving of yourself. I really encourage that people do it with their family. When you do it together, you create a life long memory.” In fact, many of Diemer’s memories come from her family’s own baking traditions. “My Grandmother made special doughnuts and put a dime in one. Whoever got the dime was thought to be lucky for the year,” she explains, offering insight into just one of her many memories. Diemer thinks it’s important for you to continue these customs or even start your own traditions. “Everybody’s lives today are pulled apart in so many different directions that it’s hard to have traditions. But when you start out with something small you can create that tradition and have a few more special memories.” What special memory does she create every year? “To this day I go down to my nieces and nephews and I let them make gingerbread houses, and they love it. Every time they see me they ask if I have gingerbread houses. I also make cookies with my mom and aunts each Christmas. It’s just nice to get together with them.” Diemer offers you a way to start your own tradition with her many classes. With cupcake decorating, candy making, and soap creating classes to name a few, there is something for everybody to choose. The holidays offer a gingerbread house class as well. So grab your loved ones, head over to Kitchen Chemistry, and start a tradition of your own this holiday season. 6 For more information visit www.kitchen-chemistry.com or call 570.730.4944.
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S'mores for a C'ure Photos by VIP Studios On September 30, Barley Creek hosted the first annual S'mores for a C'ure event, arranged by Lisa Ambrose in memory of her father, Dario Belardi. Aimed at helping raise funds for the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center, the event included all you can eat s'mores, as well as games and tons of fun. With over 100 people attending the inaugural event, the fundraiser was able to raise over $3,000 for the new cancer center. Do you recognize these faces? Go to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LocalFlair and tag your friends.
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Northampton Community College Breaks Ground By Kaitlin Johnstone Photos by Stephen Lippay On October 18 Northampton Community College held itâ€™s groundbreaking ceremony for the new Monroe County Campus. With speakers from the community, faculty, and student body, attendees gained the full insight into what we can expect when the new campus opens in January 2014. The 72-acre lot located at the center of Monroe County will leave no stone unturned. After years of increased enrollment and changing facilities, it was time to permanently accommodate the 26 per cent of enrolled students who claim Monroe county as their home. The building is set to have over 20 classrooms dedicated to the large variety of majors the institution offers. To accompany these classrooms, the facility will also boast five computer labs and state-of-the-art science labs for everything from biology to physics. The school will also possess a student life center to rival any college out there. With access to a bookstore, food court, fitness center and community room, students will hardly be disappointed. They will also be able to access quiet places for study, tutoring facilities, disability and career services, art studios and gallery, and a library boasting an open design with lots of natural light and a 27foot ceiling. Not only will the new campus benefit students, but it will also greatly impact the community. After completion, the school is slated to support over 600 jobs. In addition, many businesses will benefit from the facilityâ€™s conference center, as well as its Center for Business and Industry to provide technical and leadership training. Businesses that have taken advantage of this in the past include sanofi Pasteur, Pocono Medical Center, Weiler Corporation and Tobyhanna Army Depot. Many individuals can gain from their lifelong learning classes and their onsite childcare as well. With additional room to expand should the need arise, the Monroe Campus will be a great asset in the years to come. Who do you see here? Go to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LocalFlair and tag yourself or your friends!
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Pocono Mountains Community Fundraiser
sanofi pasteur holds Eight Annual Event Photos by VIP Studios This year marked the eighth annual Pocono Mountains Community Fundraiser. Organized and funded each year by Sanofi Pasteur, the event aids non-profit organizations in Monroe County by providing them with financial support for programs that help establish a safety net for the neediest individuals. The event started in 2004 based on a vision from Damian A. Braga, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations at Sanofi Pasteur. To qualify for funding, area non-profit organizations complete a rigorous application process, and winners are selected based upon the stability of the organization, intended use of the funds, and alignment with critical needs of the community. Each year, the event has been held at Skytop Lodge in the theme of a traditional New England style lobster bake where guests dance under a chandelier-lit tent. Sanofi Pasteur, along with dozens of corporate sponsors— many local—and thousands of attendees over the years have helped turn this event into this the largest single fundraiser in Monroe County. Additionally, this year marked several milestones for the fundraiser. Attendance and funds raised were at all time highs. The total amount raised over the life of the event surpassed the one million dollar mark, reaching $1,064,896. This year’s recipients are: • The Center for Vision Loss, which will implement a state-of-the-art vision screening to serve more than 3,300 Monroe County children. • Monroe County Youth Employment Services will help area youth obtain leadership skills, career direction, job shadowing, and work experience. • Pocono Area Transitional Housing will provide temporary housing and individualized support services to local homeless families. This year attendees were provided a ballot and asked to vote for one additional winner. Women’s Resources of Monroe County took the honor and is putting the money toward services for Spanish-speaking mothers and children who have been abused. In all, 26 projects, helping 20 non-profit organizations, have been funded since the program’s inception. Funding has been provided for a variety of causes, including enriching food banks, helping low-income residents with basic necessities, and aiding victims of physical and sexual abuse. Since Sanofi Pasteur pays for all event costs, all funds raised directly benefit the non-profits. Do you recognize these faces? Go to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LocalFlair to tag yourself or your friends.
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Hair Salon Hosts Cuts for the Cure On October 23, Jade Hair Salon hosted the second annual Cuts for the Cure event to help benefit the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center. Raising over $3,000, the event aims not only to raise funds, but also to raise awareness and spread the word about what great care you can find at the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center. Andrea Snyder, owner of Jade Hair Salon, is a cancer survivor herself, and knows how much support is needed to make it through such a trying time. As a way to say thanks for all the support she received from so many different sources, Snyder decided to give back by starting the event. With haircuts, manicures, massages, skin care, and make-up all part of the day, it is no wonder Cuts for the Cure has turned into such a great success.
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The New American Holiday Easier, Healthier, and Better
Whether Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah or Kwanza, the celebrated holiday dinner can be a challenge when it comes to eating healthy. There are so many fresh, nutritious, wonderful choices, when you know what to look for. The flavors of this season will fill your health and soul. Sharing a meal at the table with family and friends is one of the most rewarding, enriching, and memorable experiences. It’s a time for sharing stories, laughing, and relaxing. This year, why not give the gift of healthy eating? Simplify this holiday season with delicious, healthy offerings at your table and feel better for it. Everyone will love the new face of your holiday dinner. I wish you all a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season. -Wendy
Warm Bistro Salad with Tiny Roasted Root Vegetables and Bacon Dressing Ingredients: • 6 C. torn curly endive, arugula, and/or mixed greens, washed and dried • 1 lb. root vegetables (Choose a mix of turnips, carrots, orange or white sweet potatoes, parsnips, red potatoes, and Yukon gold potatoes.) Cut into ¼ inch cubes. • 2 tbsp. plus 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, more if needed • Kosher salt • 3 oz. shallots (about 4 medium), trimmed, peeled and cut into ¼ inch thick slices For Dressing: • 2-3 oz. smoked turkey bacon, cut into medium-small dice • 2 ½-3 tbsp. olive oil • 1 ¼ tsp. Dijon mustard (Use a good Dijon. It makes a difference!) • Pepper • Fresh herb salt • ½ tsp. chopped fresh rosemary or thyme • ½ tsp. kosher salt
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Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. Line a large, heavy-duty rimmed sheet pan with a piece of parchment paper. This keeps veggies from sticking to the sheet pan. In a mixing bowl, toss the diced vegetables, not the shallots, with 2 tbsp. olive oil and ½ tsp. of kosher salt. In a smaller bowl, coat the shallot slices, without breaking them apart, with the remaining 1 tsp. olive oil and a pinch of salt. Spread out the vegetables and the shallots (keeping the rings together) in one layer on the sheet pan. They will be somewhat crowded. Roast until all of the vegetables are tender and some are beginning to brown around the edges (the shallots will be browned on the bottom) about 22-24 minutes. Let cool a little. To make the Fresh Herb Salt, combine the herbs and salt in a small brown bag and mix well with your fingers. Let sit for a few minutes before using. Toss all the vegetables together, breaking up the shallot rings, and season with up to ½ tsp. of the Fresh Herb Salt. Drizzle a tiny bit of olive oil over the vegetables, if you like, and toss again. In a small non-stick skillet, cook the bacon over a medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon and place on a paper towel. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool for just a minute or two. Using pork bacon, you will have plenty of drippings, but turkey bacon doesn’t provide you with this, so you can add a few tbsp. of olive oil. Add enough to make about 3 tbsp. total. Add 1 tbsp. of the red-wine vinegar and 1 ½ tsp. Dijon mustard. Whisk to combine. Don’t worry if the warm vinaigrette looks broken; that is fine, and it will blend. Watch for splattering. In a large mixing bowl season the greens with salt and pepper. Stir the warm vinaigrette again and pour over the greens. Toss the greens to coat well. Portion onto plates or platter. In the same bowl, add 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. vinegar, the remaining ¼ tsp. Dijon and a pinch of salt. Stir to roughly combine. Add the roasted vegetables to the bowl and toss them breaking up the shallots. Portion the vegetables on top of and around the greens. Garnish the salad with crisp bacon pieces. Serve immediately. For more information, visit www.farmhousekitchenpa.com
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