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he quest for the perfect gift is a familiar journey for many holiday shoppers. As any veteran shopper knows, some people are easy to shop for, while others baffle even the savviest of shoppers. But recognizing loved ones’ passions and finding gifts that suit those interests can make your quest for the perfect gifts that much easier. Every person is unique, and the things that drive one person may be foreign to another. But nearly every family or group of friends has an athlete in their midst, and gifting the family athlete can be both fun and easy. Consider these ideas, broken down by sport, if you’re looking to please your favorite athletes this holiday season. The Weightlifter/Gym Enthusiast Weightlifting is now embraced by people of all shapes and sizes. This activity is often recommended as an integral part of a successful exercise regimen, so shoppers can help their favorite fitness fanatics make the most of their weightlifting routines with a few gifts designed to do just that. Weightlifting belts can help prevent injury by supporting lifters’ backs as they workout. For lifters who don’t tip the scales, a dip belt makes an ideal gift. Such belts allow men and women to add weight to their body when performing exercises like dips, pull-ups and chin-ups. That extra weight helps athletes challenge themselves and build strength and muscle. Workout gloves also make great gifts for weightlifters, helping to protect their hands from developing potentially painful and unsightly calluses that often result from weightlifting. A new gym bag is another potential gift for the family weightlifter. Such bags make it more convenient for athletes to carry their accessories, such as belts, gloves, athletic shoes, or even tablets to use while on the treadmill 6 — November 28, 2019

Many people embrace yoga as a great way to improve their flexibility and strength. For that yoga lover on your list, you may want to consider giving a new yoga mat or a few sessions at their favorite studio.

or elliptical machines. The Ballplayer Whether your avorite ballplayers are still taking cuts at fastballs or have moved on to slow-pitch softball, these players will appreciate gifts they can put to good use on the diamond. Softball bats can be quite expensive, but the right bat can make a big difference in the batters’ box. Additional equipment you can consider is a new mitt, a sleek pair of sunglasses to make watching for flyballs that much easier or batting gloves to lessen the bit of chilly air many hitters are aware of come early spring when the last of the winter weather just won’t go away. The Martial Artist Mixed martial arts is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Thanks in large part to its increasingly strong presence on television, mixed martial arts has inspired athletes across the globe to embrace various forms of martial arts training, and gift options abound for such athletes. Belts, mats and striking pads can help athletes hone their skills both in the gym and at home, while HOLIDAY MAGIC

instructional DVDs can help novice martial arts enthusiasts practice before finding martial arts facilities in their neighborhoods. The Yogi Yoga may not be considered a sport by some, but there’s no question its popularity is booming. Yoga can be just as strenuous and physically demanding as more traditional physical activities. Yoga serves many purposes, and more and more athletes have begun to embrace yoga to improve their flexibility, balance and strength. While yoga does not require much in the way of supplies, yoga enthusiasts do need yoga mats and clothing that allows them to perform the various poses a typical yoga session demands. Holiday shoppers may even want to buy the athletes on their lists a few sessions at their nearby yoga studios in an effort to supplement their existing workouts. Many who try yoga often find it has a positive effect on their normal workout routines, so even if your favorite athlete has never tried yoga, he or she might find it’s just the thing to take his or her workout to the next level. HERALD COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS


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Making your list and checking it … again The perfect gift isn’t always something you can wrap By Chelle Cordero

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s the holiday season approaches, even from a distance, we are bombarded with pictures and displays of brightly wrapped gifts under the tree. You become desperate to find the perfect present for each of your chosen recipients, but what happens when that special someone says that he doesn’t want a gift? Or that he already seems to have everything he could want? That’s when you are stymied, determined to find something but unsure of where to start. After all, you want to give something that will wow him. Gift with meaning Giving something more than a useless trinket, or something that just isn’t compatible with a friend’s lifestyle, can be a difficult feat and a burden on your pocketbook. But give a gift that has special meaning, and she will be flattered and honored — a win-win for all. Giving to charity in someone else’s name is a beautiful way to both honor your recipient and help so many others. There are many worthwhile holiday-themed charities to donate, including local and national organizations such as Toys for Tots, Operation Christmas Child, Make-A-Wish-Foundation, the Family Giving Tree, Angel Tree, and Christmas Spirit Foundation. These charities benefit children, families and overseas service members. Other popular charities sponsor research for medical conditions, hospital treatment for children, food pantries, animal rescues and human rights organizations. These are all meaningful ways to honor someone. To make your donation even more meaningful, make it to one of his or her favorite charities. Find something your giftee is passionate about, and donate to that

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cause. Does she volunteer with an organization or help gather needed supplies for areas impacted by severe weather? Does he foster or adopt rescue pets? Does she spend time fundraising for a local women’s rights group? Still in a quandary? Think of a personal memory you share and how it might relate to a charitable organization. Or choose a charity that might have personally benefitted him or someone he cares about. There are a few websites, such as TisBest, that will let the giftee choose where the donation goes. You simply present them with a gift card, and they choose their favorite charity. If it doesn’t have to be a surprise, you can ask what her favorite charity is and then make the donation, either online or through the mail, specifying that the money is on behalf of “so-andso” Whether or not your gift is a surprise, instead of a gaily wrapped package under the tree, get a card in which you can write a personal note telling the recipient about the donation (the specific amount need not be included). Include the name of the charity and your reasons for choosing it. Give of yourself You could also volunteer alongside your friend, serving food HOLIDAY MAGIC

at a homeless shelter or organizing a book drive for a nursing home or hospital. How about running alongside her in a charity 5K? Or present him with a homemade card and a “coupon” for a certain number of hours to be put toward volunteering together. It’s a double win: You’ll be doing a good deed for a meaningful, and you’ll be spending quality time together. This is also a great gift for the kids in your life. Children learn by example, and it’s important to teach them the value of giving. Put a gift card or cash in their stocking with a note instructing them to donate it to a charity of their choice. Then present them with a “certificate” for their good deed. Holiday shopping can be tricky, and it’s hard to know what presents will be used and appreciated. Rather than gifting your relatives another scented candle (destined to collect dust for years to come), consider a charitable donation. It’s a gift you both can feel good about and a chance to spend a little extra time with your loved ones this holiday season. As Dr. Seuss famously wrote: “It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags ... (Christmas) doesn’t come from a store ... Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” HERALD COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS


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Know a coffee snob?

Thrill the caffeine addicts in your life By Mary Hunt

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ven if you aren’t one, chances are pretty good you know someone who is a bona fide coffee snob. That’s because unmitigated devotion to coffee has reached epic proportions in the past few years. For these folks, nothing says “I care” more than a gift that affirms said snobbery and love for truly great coffee. Any one of these coffee-related gifts will rack up some major love and respect in return. Beans Coffee snobs grind their beans on demand, which means never offer coffee grinds in a bag or can. While roasted coffee beans might not be the most flashy gift out there, your favorite coffee lover will perk up at the sight of beans from a high-quality roaster like Black Rifle, Death Wish Coffee, Kicking Horse or Koffee Kult. Travel Mug Allowing a batch of freshbrewed hot coffee to go cold is

simply heartbreaking. The Zojirushi stainless steel travel mug will bring a tear to the eye of a true coffee snob. It keeps coffee really hot for a long time. More than that, it is lovely to hold and look at.

The OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder is a great piece of machinery. Not only does it look spectacular but it also works really well and is rated highly by those at all levels of snobbery.

Carafe The Zojirushi Premium Thermal 1-Liter Carafe is equally awesome, holding one full liter of brew. It keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. The thumb button on the handle easily opens the spout for pouring. This type of carafe is a coffee snob’s must-have so that a full fresh pot of brew doesn’t sit there and cook for hours, giving it a terrible burnt taste. Once brewed, simply pour the coffee into this carafe to keep it fresh and hot for hours! Lovely.

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Burr Grinder Those in the know insist on crushing our coffee beans, not cutting them with a steel blade. A Burr grinder is a must because it gives consistent particle size for even extraction. Just accept it that a grinder with a blade should be saved for grinding spices.

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Guy gifts

Some top choices for men By Sharon Naylor

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hat to give to the guys on your list? Men can sometimes be vague when you ask them what they want, and you might get a sweet reply of “I have you, and that’s enough” from your sweetheart. But you’ll still need to wrap something fantastic to make him smile when he opens his gift from you, and you might want to shower him with multiple presents if you know he’s giving you a collection of goodies. And there are likely other men on your list: your dad, your brother and your best guy friend. Because beer is such a hot trend, top gift picks this year include beer recipe kits for the home brewing hobbyist. Add a fun FYI to his gift by

printing out the White Houseshared recipes of what may have been the first beers ever brewed at their location — a honey porter and honey ale — found at the website AskMen. An extra little factoid gift adds interest to his beer recipe or beer glass gift, and it gives him an FYI to share with company during your next get-together with friends or during the family holiday dinner. Scotch and bourbon are also hot gift picks this year, especially small-batch distillery liquors from a well-known brand. A collection of those bottles in his bar would give him extra status by having them to serve to friends. For your sports fan, there are always pro-style jerseys of his favorite player, especially if the player has just been traded to a new team and your guy’s entire jersey and T-shirt collection is outdated. Load him up with NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB gear such as team logo coasters,

drink cozies and coolers for his sports-watching fandom. Speaking of sports watching, you might get him an upgrade in your television plan to a new full sports package or streaming service that expands his game-viewing access. And then there are always tickets to a professional game, which he’ll appreciate when he knows how hard these are to come by. (Be wary of online auction sites, since a disreputable seller could be hawking fake tickets!) Gadgets are always a hot category for men’s gifts, from an upgraded Fitbit for your runner guy, to a GPS golf watch giving the golfer in your life the edge on the links. A gadget timing his grilling will help him pull those filet mignons (which you can give him with the grill timer!) off the fire at the perfect time. And home improvementtype guys love laser levels and other tools that help them get weekend projects done faster. In that category, a gift card to the home improvement store never fails, but these tech “toys” are often something guys wouldn’t indulge in when they’ve gone to the store for fertilizer, furnace filters and light bulbs. Your gift adds some kick to their to-do list and maybe even inspires your guy to paint a few more rooms or hang those photo frames sooner rather than later. “We’d fallen into a rut of giving each other purely practical gifts every year,” Evangeline Descarte, who has been married for a long time. “So in the bag of new white T-shirts and new white socks that he gets every year as one of his gifts, I added some top designer dress socks in bright colors to really stand out.” “They were just a little something indulgent for him, and he was happier about those than he was about the new speaker I bought for his computer.”

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gift of wine this holiday season is special on its face because it’s personal. It’s also a minefield for those choosing the gift. Those with little wine experience will have doubts about the quality or the price. Even those who know what they like in a wine might be reluctant to assume others will share their enthusiasm. I will attempt to alleviate a bit of the anxiety by suggesting 10 well-priced (under $100 retail) luxury wines that are universally respected by wine connoisseurs. The following wines are among my personal favorites — wines I would be happy to gift and honored to receive. Black Kite 2016 Pinot Noir, Kite’s Rest, Anderson Valley ($50): Brilliant winemaker Jeff Gaffner convinced the owners to divide their Anderson Valley estate vineyard into three distinct parcels: Redwoods’ Edge, Stony Terrace and River Turn. Kite’s Rest, a blend of those three specific terroirs, combines the elegance and aromatics of Redwood’s Edge with the richness and depth of Stony Terrace and River Turn. You can’t miss with this wine. Cakebread Cellars Cakebread Cellars 2015 Chardonnay 2015 Chardonnay Reserve, Carneros ($55): Reserve, Carneros ($55): Richer and more layered than Cakebread’s “regular” chardonnay, the reserve hit a home run at the

2018 Critics Challenge in San Diego, where it was named best-ofshow white wine. This is a stunning wine that demonstrates California chardonnay can possess power and elegance at the same time. Corison 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($95): Winemaker/owner Cathy Corison is the queen of Napa Valley cabernet. She enjoyed a rock-star career as winemaker at Chappellet Vineyards before she struck out on her own, and her star is still shining as bright as ever. Corison has resisted the trend in recent years to opt for power over elegance. Her cabs are among the most elegant and wellbalanced in the Napa Valley. Domaine Carneros by Taittinger 2015 Brut Rose, Carneros ($42): This is a serious sparkling rose from perhaps the finest sparkling wine producer in the United States. Winemaker Eileen Crane oversees production, and the wines reflect her dedication to quality and style. They are impeccable in every way, and this vintage brut rose is a gem. Merry Edwards 2016 Pinot Noir, Olivet Lane, Russian River Valley ($68): Merry, the queen of California pinot noir, retired this year, so this vintage from one of her favorite vineyards is one of her last. Long live the queen! Moet & Chandon Moet 2009 Grand Vintage 2009 Brut, Champagne, Brut, France ($78): Vintage France Champagne from a top house at this price would be hard to pass up. So

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Wrap it up Creative ideas for gift-wrapping By Kristen Castillo

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he holidays are hectic, and gift-wrapping may seem like a chore. Sure, you could cover the gifts in storebought paper or slip them into gift bags, but think again. This is a great opportunity to get creative in wrapping your gifts. “Creatively wrapping a holiday gift shows the recipient that you took time to prepare their gift, that this wasn’t a last-minute gift,” says Alyson Dias, consumer experience director for iLoveToCreate. “With life so often running at warp-speed, it’s nice to remind family and friends that you took time to carefully craft something just for them. It is often the wrapping that is more appreciated than the gift itself. If the gift inside is also hand-crafted, that just makes it even more special. Happiness is handmade.” Creative wrapping usually takes a little (or a lot) more time than traditional wrapping, but it’s not always very expensive. Plus, you can involve the kids because many wrapping projects are familyfriendly. Kid creations. For Malia Britton, an environmentally conscious mother of two young children, holiday gift wrap is as simple as recycling her children’s artwork. “That way, the recipient gets unique, one-of-a-kind gift wrap, my kids get to share their art, and I get to offload the ever-increasing stack of paintings. It’s an all-around win!” says Britton, noting her solution is both green and a cost saver. Gift recipients love the artworkas-gift-wrap, too. “By using my kids art on the outside of their gift, they get a little glimpse into my kids’ creativity and can elect to save it for their walls or keepsake folder if they so choose,” says Britton. Sweet inspiration. Sweet inspiration. Add some holiday flair to your gift giving by adding some sweets to the top of the package. Tie different candies to the gifts’ bows and ribbons. Candy choices include candy canes, 22 — November 28, 2019

Wrap presents in these sparkling gift boxes, which you can make using a few craft supplies.

lollipops, Pez dispensers or mesh bags filled with small chocolates or gummy bears. Cookie-cutter creations. While you don’t want “cookie cutter” holiday wrap, it’s fun and creative to make gift tags by tracing cookie cutter designs onto card stock or plain gift wrap. Consider using cookie cutter designs like stars, trees, snowmen and angels. Then cut, glue, layer and decorate the cutouts any way you want before affixing them to the present. Season’s greetings. Got a stack of last year’s used or unused holiday cards? Give those festive designs a new purpose by trimming the wording, images or characters from the cards and turning them into gift tags. For example, cut out a card’s sparkly tree and glue the cutout to the wrap. From the texture of the cardstock to the color of the images, this form of upcycling can really dress up a gift. Add some shine. Tie an ornament to the top of the gift or tuck one onto the handles of a gift bag. The ornaments can be standard fare or personalized. Either way, they’ll look great on the gift and can be reused on the tree, year after year. Get scrappy. Use scrapbook paper and stickers to create your own gift labels or to decorate wrapping paper and gift bags. HOLIDAY MAGIC

Since scrapbook paper is generally made of a thicker cardstock, it holds up well when used alone, or glued or taped to wrapping paper. Pick a theme. Choose one color, texture or pattern as a giftwrap look with maximum impact. For example, wrap gifts in one color like festive red; focus on the feel of your wrap using smooth paper and satin ribbons; or choose a pattern such as snowmen or reindeer to unify your gifts. Get inspired online. Search craft websites for ideas on ways to create memorable holiday wrap. For example, you can make iLoveToCreate’s “Glitter Gift Boxes” using gift boxes, glitter, foil, glue and a few other supplies. Dana Byerwalter, editor of All Free Christmas Crafts, shares her holiday wrap ideas, including finger-painted gift wrap, which is easy for kids to create using their thumbprints as lights, and making gift boxes out of Christmas card boxes you already have at home. Eco-friendly. “Since I don’t get to wrap gifts often, I like to be creative and eco-friendly by using either chic, reusable tote bags, colorful scarves or old, patterned shirts,” says DIY fashion blogger Tanya Thamkruphat. Use your own fabrics, or buy fabric wraps to easily and stylishly cover a gift.

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Holiday Fun It’s that special time of celebration, parties, concerts, meeting up with friends and neighbors at community festivities, and so much more. Here’s the Herald’s annual roundup of holiday happenings.

Friday, Nov. 29 Frosty: A holiday tale for the family, 11 a.m.; also Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Through Dec. 29. $15. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. (631) 261-2900 or www.engemantheater.com. Santa Visit: Santa, accompanied by Bellmore’s bravest firefighters in their fire truck, make multiple stops around Bellmore, 9-11 a.m. The day ends with a free movie, “Abominable,” at the Bellmore Movies at 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.bellmorechamber.com.

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Friday, Dec. 6

Dedication of the Nativity: Join the community for some seasonal spirit, sponsored by Fr. Carroll Knights of Columbus, 7:30 p.m. Sunrise Hwy. and South Franklin Ave., Valley Stream.

Christmas Tree Lighting: Join city officials and local organizations to celebrate the season, 5 p.m.; tree lighting at 6 p.m. With arts and crafts, story time, visit from Santa, refreshments and more. Kennedy Plaza, Long Beach.

Tree Lighting: Join the community for Seaford’s tree lighting, 6:30 p.m. 2170 Southard Ave., Seaford. Blessing of the Creche: Share seasonal spirit, 8 p.m. Village Hall, 376 Atlantic Ave. East Rockaway.

Christmas Tree Lighting: Santa visits East Rockaway for a festive celebration, 5-9 p.m. With entertainment and more.Village Hall, 376 Atlantic Ave. East Rockaway.

Holiday Celebration: View Westbury House in its holiday splendor, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with Holiday Market; First Night and tree lighting, Dec. 7. Kids can also create crafts and share holiday wishes with Santa. Through Dec. 22. Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury. (516) 333-0048 or www. oldwestburygardens.org. The Nutcracker: Long Island Ballet Theatre performs a family-friendly abridged version of the holiday classic, 2 and 6 p.m. $35, $28 children. Jeanne Rimsky Theater at Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 4352TIX or www.landmarkonmainstreet.org. Winter Wonderland: Join the community for the annual celebration, presented by the Wantagh Chamber of Commerce, 12:30-6 p.m. With crafts, entertainment and more. Wantagh Preservation Society, 1700 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh.

Sunday, Dec. 1 A Celtic Christmas: Renowned Irish storyteller Tomáseen Foley brings his holiday show to Long Island, featuring authentic traditional Irish music and dance, 3 p.m. $40-$50. Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (516) 323-4444 or www. madisontheatreny.org. Holiday Celebration on Atlantic Avenue: A festive holiday event, 5-8 p.m. With tree and menorah lighting, visit from Santa, caroling, rides, blessing of the Creche, and more. Atlantic Ave., Lynbrook. Tree Lighting: Welcome the season, hosted by Garden World, beginning 3:30 p.m. With Christmas Carolers, storytime with Santa (4 p.m.) and tree lighting (5 p.m.) 500 Franklin Ave., Franklin Square. Twas the Night Before Christmas: A familyfocused theatrical adaptation of the famous 1823 poem, 1 p.m. $56, $46, $36, $29. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Rte. 25A, Brookville. (800) 745-3000 or www. ticketmaster.com or www.tillescenter.org.

Holiday Extravaganza: Annual celebration, with Christmas tree lighting, presented by the Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores, 6-10 p.m. With horse and carriage rides, entertainment, live nativity, refreshments, and more. Corner of Bedford and Pettit Ave., Bellmore.

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Visions of sugarplums: Ring in the season with Leggz Ltd. Dance’s annual full-length production of The Nutcracker, Dec. 6-8, at the Madison Theatre in Rockville Centre. As always, the production features the South Shore Symphony Orchestra, with professional and student dancers.

Wednesday, Dec. 4 Step Sistas: A holiday tap extravaganza featuring the acclaimed ensemble, with special guests, 2 p.m. Jeanne Rimsky Theater at Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 767-6444 or www. landmarkonmainstreet.org.

Thursday, Dec. 5 Gingerbread Cookie Workshop: Prepare some tasty holiday treats, 11. a.m., 3:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. Instructors will help children to make gingerbread cookies. $10. Malverne Public Library, 61 St Thomas Pl., Malverne. (516) 599-0750. Holiday Tree Lighting: Enjoy holiday spirit at the community event, hosted by the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, 6 p.m. With visit from Santa, holiday sing-along and refreshments. Schoolhouse Green, Foxhurst Road between Oceanside and Long Beach Roads, Oceanside.

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Storytelling by the Fireside: A reading of “Felicity’s Surprise: A Christmas Story,” in Rock Hall’s parlor, ages 6-10, 6-7:30 p.m. $5. Reservations required. Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence. (516) 239-1157.

Tree Lighting: Join the community for Wantagh’s tree lighting, 6 p.m. Memorial Park, Hempstead Tpke. and Shelter Lane, Wantagh.

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Malverne Historical Society Holiday Gala: Join the Malverne Historical and Preservation Society for dining and dancing, 7-11 p.m. $45. Knights of Columbus, Hempstead Ave., Lynbrook. (516) 599-1028. The Nutcracker: Leggz Ltd. Dance’s annual full-length production, featuring the acclaimed South Shore Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m.; also Dec. 7-8. TMadison Theatre, Molloy College, Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (516) 323-4444 or www.madisontheatreny.org. Ornament Workshop: Create your own decorations, 4:30 p.m. Rgistration required. Village Hall, Malverne. (516) 599-1200. Tree Lighting: Celebrate the season, with visit from Santa, 5 p.m. Village Hall and Village Green, 123 S. Central Ave., Valley Stream. Visit www.vsny.org for more information. Tree Lighting: Welcome the season, 7 p.m. Village Hall, 376 Atlantic Ave., East Rockaway.

Saturday, Dec. 7 Bowling with Santa: Showcase your bowling skills with the jolly fellow, 12 and 2 p.m.. $12. San-Dee Lanes, 342 Hempstead Ave. Malverne. (516) 599-1200. Breakfast with Santa: Enjoy breakfast with Santa Claus, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. $15. The Bridge Church, Hempstead Ave., Malverne. Visit www. thebridgeli.com for more information.. Breakfast With Santa: Holiday fun for the family, 8:30 a.m. $12. Tickets required. Knights of Columbus, 78 Hempstead Ave., Lynbrook. (515) 599-8000.

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Holiday Fun It’s that special time of celebration, parties, concerts, meeting up with friends and neighbors at community festivities, and so much more. Here’s the Herald’s annual roundup of holiday happenings.

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Dec. 7 Continued Tree Lighting: A seasonal community celebration, 6:30 p.m. With entertainment and visit with Santa. Garden City South Community Park, 30 Nassau Blvd., Garden City South.

Theatre Department, 2 p.m. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, Adelphi University, Garden City. 877-4000 or www.aupac.adelphi.edu. Christmas Rides: The Lynbrook Fire Department offers their annual fire truck rides, noon-3 p.m. Earle Ave. Parking Field No. 8, Lynbrook.

Christmas Concert: Enjoy sounds of the season, 7 p.m. Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 369 Green Ave., East Meadow. (516) 483-3649. Dr. K’s Motown Revue: The popular tribute band performs Motown hits and holiday tunes, 8 p.m. $40. My Father’s Place at the Roslyn Hotel, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn. (516) 413-3535 or www.myfathersplace.com. Holiday for Toys: An enchanting holiday musical, presented by Plaza Theatrical Productions, 11 a.m.; also Dec. 8, 12 p.m.; Dec. 14-15. $12. The Show Place at the Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore. (516) 5996870 or www.plazatheatrical.com. Lighting of Malverne: Varied festivities for all ages during the Village of Malverne’s annual ceremony. With carriage rides, photos with Santa, games, and entertainment. Tickets required for certain events. Hempstead Avenue, Malverne. (516) 599-1200 or www. malvernecommunity.com. Visit with Santa: Greet Santa, presented by the Merrick Chamber of Commerce, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. With light refreshments and holiday cheer. Merrick Gazebo, Merrick Ave. and Broadcast Plaza, Merrick.

Sunday, Dec. 8 Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour: The jazz sax star in concert, 7 p.m. $82, $72, $62, $49. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Rte. 25A, Brookville. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com or www.tillescenter.org. Festive Afternoon: Enjoy colonial-era holiday festivities at Rock Hall, 4-6 p.m. $10. Reservations required. Rock Hall Museum, 199 Broadway, Lawrence. (516) 239-1157.

Hanukkah Celebration: Welcome the Festival of Lights at the family event, $18, $10 children. Congregation B’nai Sholom Beth David, 100 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. Cherished celebration: Old Westbury Gardens’ Westbury House opens its doors for much-loved annual holiday festivities, a Long Island tradition. The home’s period rooms are exquisitely decorated with special horticultural arrangements. Holiday events continue weekly throughout December.

Holiday Concert: The United Choral Society sings seasonal tunes, 2 p.m. HewlettWoodmere Public Library, 1125 Broadway, Hewlett. 374-1967. Laurie Berkner’s Holiday: The popular children’s entertainer in concert, with Susie Lampert, celebrating the season, 3 p.m. $87.50, $42.50, $37.50, $29.50, $19.50. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. (800) 745-3000 or www. ticketmaster.com or www.paramountny.com. Ring in the Holidays: The Freeport Community Band performs memorable holiday tunes, Big Band-style, reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties, and Mr. Freeport, Guy Lombardo, 2 p.m. Freeport Memorial Library, 144 W. Merrick Road, Freeport. (516) 379-3274.  Tree/Menorah Lighting: Welcome the holiday season, presented by the Merrick Chamber of Commerce, 5-6 p.m. With light refreshments. Merrick Gazebo, Merrick Ave., Merrick. Winter Festival: Seasonal festival, presented by the Franklin Square Civic Association, 2:305:30 p.m. With crafts, holiday sing-along, visits from Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman, refreshments. 68 Lincoln Rd., Franklin Square.

Gingerbread House Contest and Bake Sale: Vote for your favorite house, 1-4 p.m. With decorative icing demonstration, 2 p.m., presented by Valley Stream Historical Society. Pagan-Fletcher Restoration, 143 Hendrickson Ave., Valley Stream. (516) 825-7157 or 872-4159.

Tree Lighting: Celebrate the season at the annual lighting, hosted by the Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, With entertainment, visits from Santa and refreshments. Sunrise Hwy.and Grand Ave., Baldwin.

Holiday at Halls: Join in a holiday festival, sponsored by the West Hempstead Community Support Association and the Central Nassau County Rotary Club, 3-5 p.m. With face painting, ornament decorating, refreshments, visit from Santa, entertainment, caroling, games and prizes. Hall’s Pond Park, 671 Nassau Blvd., West Hempstead. (516) 515-6274.

Holiday Mix: Vocalist Naomi Zeitlin performs favorite holiday tunes, 12:30 p.m. Elmont Memorial Public Library Theater, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. 354-5280.

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Irish Tenors We Three Kings Christmas: The acclaimed trio in concert, featuring tunes from their holiday album, 8 p.m. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. (800) 745-3000 or www.livenation.com. Long Island Cabaret Holiday: The Long Island Cabaret Theatre in concert, pereforming the best holiday songs of all time, 2 p.m. Elmont Memorial Public Library Theater, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. 354-5280. The Nutcracker: The Eglevsky Ballet, presents its annual production, with additional choreography by Artistic Director Maurice Brandon Curry, 2 and 7 p.m.; also Dec. 15, 2 p.m. $79, $69 and $59. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Rte. 25A, Brookville. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com or www.tillescenter.org. The Nutcracker: New York Dance Theatre’s production is performed the George Balanchine tradition, with guest artists from the New York City Ballet, 12 and 5 p.m.; also Dec. 15. $42, $32 seniors and children 12 and under. Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse, Hempstead. (631) 462-0964 or www.ohmanballet.org. Tree Lighting with Santa/Ice Show: Holiday spectacle, with Santa’s arrival, 6 p.m.; entertainment and ice show, 7 p.m. Freeport Recreation Center, 130 E Merrick Rd., Freeport. Winter Wonderland: Holiday festival, with varied activities, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Masone Beach, 32 Waterford Rd., Island Park. Wonderland of Lights: A holiday spectacle, 5-9 p.m. Greis Park,55 Wilbur St., Lynbrook.

Sunday, Dec. 15 Band of Long Island: The 50-piece orchestra performs traditional holiday compositions, 2 p.m. Elmont Memorial Public Library Theater, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. 354-5280.

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Holiday Fun It’s that special time of celebration, parties, concerts, meeting up with friends and neighbors at community festivities, and so much more. Here’s the Herald’s annual roundup of holiday happenings.

Dec. 15 Continued Breakfast with Santa: Enjoy a festive breakfast with Santa’s helpers, 9:15 a.m. John A. Anderson Recreation Center, 111 N. Oceanside Rd., Rockville Centre. Christmas Caroling: Holiday caroling, with a visiting from St. Nick, chestnuts, and more. 4 p.m. Andrew J. Parise Cedarhurst Park, Cedarhurst and Summit Ave., Cedarhurst. Christmas with The Nassau Pops: A holiday concert, featuring the Mineola Choral Society and vocalists Jack and Ann Cassin, 3 p.m. A donation of an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots is requested. Chaminade High School. 340 Jackson Ave., Mineola. 565-0646 or www. nassaupops.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 17 Cherish the Ladies: The popular Irish-American ensemble shares their holiday spirit with “A Celtic Christmas,” 7:30 p.m. $46, $40, $36. Jeanne Rimsky Theater at Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 7676444 or www.landmarkonmainstreet.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 Celebrate the Holidays: Bandleadercomposer trumpeter David Glukh in concert, 2 p.m. Program includes, Klezmer, jazz and holiday classics. Jeanne Rimsky Theater at Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. (516) 767-6444 or www. landmarkonmainstreet.org.

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Sunday, Dec. 22 A Chanukah in Chocolate Heaven: Join in Chabad Center for Jewish Life’s chocolatethemed event, starting 3:30 p.m. It begins with a grand, 12-foot Menorah lighting at the Merrick LIRR station (on the corner of Merrick Avenue and Sunrise Highway) at 3:30 p.m.; followed by the second annual gelt drop, entertainment, Menorah parade, and then chocolate-themed activities and treats. Chabad Center, 2174 Hewlett Ave., Merrick. (516) 833-3057. Grand Menorah Lighting: Community leaders and dignitaries lead the menorah lighting every evening, presented by Chabad of the Five Towns, through Dec. 29, 6 p.m.; 3 p.m. on Friday (Dec. 27). Andrew J. Parise Cedarhurst Park, Cedarhurst and Summit Ave., Cedarhurst. Lighting of the Menorah: Greet the holiday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Malverne LIRR station, Hempstead Ave., Malverne. Visit www. malvernecommunity.com for information. Menorah Lighting: Welcome the Festival of Lights, 4:30 p.m., sponsored by Chabad Outreach. Sunrise Hwy. and Franklin St., Valley Stream. Menorah Lighting: Usher in the Festival of Lights, 6 p.m. Veterans Plaza, Broadway and West Broadway, Hewlett. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas: A new-holiday themed show based on Eric Carle’s popular stories, 2 p.m. $53, $43, $36, $29. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Rte. 25A, Brookville. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com or www.tillescenter.org.

Home for the Holidays: A musical cabaret that explores the wonderment of the holiday season, featuring Broadway performers, 11 a.m.; also Dec. 21, 2 and 6 p.m.; Dec. 22, 3 p.m. $35-$45. Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (516) 323-4444 or www. madisontheatreny.org.

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Hanukkah on Ice: An indoor/outdoor event, including lighting of the menorah, hosted by Chabad of Hewlett, 6 p.m. Skate to Hanukkah music, with games, dreidel fun, and more. Grant Park Ice Rink, Broadway and Sheridan Ave., Hewlett. Menorah Lighting: Celebrate the season with the Lynbrook community, 6 p.m. Stauderman Ave., Lynbrook. Menorah Lighting: Share in the Festival of Lights, 7 p.m. Congregation B’nai Sholom Beth David, 100 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre.

Friday, Dec. 27 A Fairy Tale Winter: Beloved fairy tale characters appear in a holiday musical, presented by Plaza Theatrical Productions, 11 a.m.; also Dec. 28-30, Jan. 4-5. $12. The Show Place at the Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore. (516) 599-6870.

Saturday, Dec. 28 Kerry Kearney Blues Christmas: Kerry Kearney headlines a lineup of acclaimed blues musicians, 8 p.m. $35. My Father’s Place at the Roslyn Hotel, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn. (516) 413-3535 or www.myfathersplace.com.

Candlelight Tour: Visit Pagan-Fletcher Restoration by candlelight, presented by Valley Stream Historical Society, 6-8 p.m. Bring donations of canned food items for local pantries. 143 Hendrickson Ave., Valley Stream. 825-7157 or 872-4159.

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Saturday, Dec. 21

Operation Santa: Join the North Merrick Fire Department of Merrick for a fun-filled afternoon, where Santa will be able to meet and greet at Holiday Hotspots, 1-4:45 p.m. Santa appeare at Park Avenue, Old Mill Road, Brookside School in the South Parking Lot, and Merrick Avenue Middle School, Merrick.

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Sunday, Dec. 29

Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones Dig That Crazy Christmas: The band in concert, featuring rockabilly holiday tunes, 8 p.m. $35. My Father’s Place at the Roslyn Hotel, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn. (516) 413-3535 or www.myfathersplace.com.

A Christmas Carol: A 60-minute version of the holiday classic, presented by Plaza Theatrical Productions, 11 a.m.; also Dec. 22, 12 p.m. $12. The Show Place at the Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore. (516) 599-6870 or www. plazatheatrical.com.

inging of traditional Hanukkah songs, gelt and Hanukkah giveaways, compliments of the Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores. Corner of Bedford Ave. and Broadway, Bellmore.

‘God bless us, every one’: Adelphi University faculty member Dr. Brian Rose is joined Adelphi students in the popular annual radio-style staged reading of “A Christmas Carol,” on Dec. 14.

Monday, Dec. 23 Menorah Lighting: Join the community to celebrate the holiday, 5:30 p.m. Village Hall, 376 Atlantic Ave., East Rockaway. Menorah Lighting: Religious leaders from Bellmore’s local synagogues lead the community in prayer as they light the beautiful 10-foot Hanukkah menorah, 6-7 p.m. With

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My Sinatra: A New Year’s concert, 6, p.m. Cary Hoffman performs the autobiographical, often hilarious concert version of his one-man hit off-Broadway musical, about his love and idolization for the legend. $50-$65. Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (516) 323-4444 or www. madisontheatreny.org. Countdown to 12: “Bling in” the New Year at Long Island Children’s Museum’s annual New Year’s celebration, noon-4 p.m. Celebrate in the Times Square tradition. Free with museum admission. Long Island Children’s Museum, Museum Row, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. (516) 224-5800 or www.licm.org.

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Mastering gift cards Tips and tricks on how to personalize gift cards for the many recipients in your life By Kristen Castillo

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o you give friends, family and colleagues gift cards during the holidays? Recent data show consumers like to both give and receive gift cards and digital certificates. Every year, the National Retail Federation surveys consumers on holiday shopping. The 2018 survey of 7,313 adult consumers showed gift cards were the most popular wish-list item for the 12th year in a row. “On average most consumers purchase two gift cards during the holiday season.” That’s according to the CardCash company website, and that number might become even higher as interest grows. In addition to tangible gift cards, consumers love to give e-gift cards, contributing to this $127 billion industry. Since gift cards are the “in” present these days, how can you master gift card giving? Convenience Make sure the gift card will be used. “I love going to the movies, but I’ve had a card sit in my desk for a year, as I never remember to take it with me,” says Nicolas Gremion, a general manager for an audiobook company, who suggests giving gift cards that are easy for the recipient to redeem. Half of the CardCash survey respondents said they like giving a gift card because it allows the recipient to buy what they like; nearly a quarter say gift cards are easier for them as the giftgivers. Convenience goes both ways, but give the recipient the edge. It’s holiday time, after all.

Know the Recipient Give a gift card that fits the recipient’s specific interests. Does he like to read? Does she enjoy getting a massage? Would he or she be okay receiving a digital card? Do they like unwrapping a gift? CardCash’s survey found “millennials are more than twice as likely to have purchased or received a digital gift card,” compared to someone over 35. If you give an e-gift card to the non-tech-savvy senior in your life, will he or she ever use it? If not, it’s a waste of money. Food Restaurant gift cards are a practical choice. “Everyone eats, so consider choosing restaurant gift cards,” suggests business owner Mike Falahee. “You still might run into a ‘I-don’t-like-that’ response, but people are more likely to spend gift cards if they’re food related.” You know your friends and family well, but sometimes you’re still not sure how to personalize a gift card. Buy a gift card to a specific eatery if you know a restaurant your friend loves; you can also invest in a gift card from a delivery platform such as Grubhub.

includes department stores and and niche retailers. Travel Gifting a gift card for experiences can be practical, too. Give your friend or colleague who loves to travel a gas card or a gift card toward a hotel stay or a flight. Those cards can add up to sizable savings when traveling. Credit Card Gift Cards Certified financial analyst Lou Haverty cautions gift card givers that many gift cards go unused because they’re only valid for a specific retailer. He suggests purchasing a Visa, Mastercard or American Express gift card instead. “The one downside is there is usually a small fee to purchase these gift card,” he says, explaining that, comparatively, merchant gift cards for a specific store typically don’t have any fees. He also suggests buying a gift card for Amazon. “The reason this is effective is because you can load Amazon gift cards to your online account immediately,” he says. “This reduces the risk the person will lose or forget the gift card.” Whether you give a gift card you can wrap or one that’s digital, personalize the present with a sincere holiday message.

Major Retailers CardCash says store gift cards are big sellers, too. This

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Curious cookies Four unusual cookies to bake for you and your loved ones By Kristen Castillo

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seady for curious and delicious yuletide desserts? There’s always a reason to bake a fresh batch of cookies during the holidays, whether for a cookie exchange, a party, Santa’s plate or as part of homemade gift. These cookies are made with unusual ingredients — potato chips, quinoa, instant coffee and breakfast cereal —and the finished treats will wow your taste buds. Holiday treats are known for being rich, decadent and inventive. Baker, food writer and recipe developer Jessie Sheehan delights foodies with her cookbook “The Vintage Baker,” full of midcentury vintage recipes with a 21st-century twist. Look no further than her butterscotch potato chip balls for a sweet and salty eye opener with a burst of flavor. Butterscotch Potato Chip Balls 2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup butterscotch chips 1 cup unsalted butter, melted 1 cup packed light brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1 egg yolk 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 5 cups kettle-style potato chips Flaky sea salt for sprinkling Heat oven to 350 F, and line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl, and whisk. Add butterscotch chips and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream melted butter and sugars on medium-high speed until thick, light and glossy, 3 to 5 minutes, scraping the bowl with rubber spatula as needed. Decrease mixer to medium-low

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speed. Add egg and yolk one at a time, beating well and scraping the bowl with rubber spatula after each addition. Add vanilla, and mix to combine. Add all dry ingredients at once and mix. Remove bowl from stand mixer. Combine and crush potato chips with rubber spatula, and add 3 cups of chips to dough. Leave remaining 2 cups chips in a small bowl. Scoop dough into 1 1/2 tablespoon balls with cookie scoop or measuring spoons. Roll each ball in leftover crushed chips and place on prepared baking sheets. Sprinkle each ball with flaky sea salt. Bake one sheet at a time for 8 to 10 minutes, rotating at halfway point, until lightly browned. After removing sheets from the oven, press each cookie with spatula to slightly flatten. Let cool briefly, and serve warm. Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to three days.

Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies 3/4 cup quinoa flakes 3/4 cup quinoa flour 1/2 cup arrowroot starch 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup unsweetened applesauce 1 teaspoon pure Madagascar bourbon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon butter emulsion (optional) 1/3 cup granular erythritol 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips Heat oven to 375 F. In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and stir/whisk until batter is smooth. On Silpat-lined baking sheet, place 12 evenly spaced dough balls, and smooth each down. Bake for 20 minutes. Let them cool before eating. These freeze well and can be reheated in 30 to 40 seconds. Continued on next page

Rebecca Pytell created the Strength & Sunshine blog to provide fun, delicious, healthy food for those with celiac disease or food allergies. She reinvented the classic cookie with healthy quinoa chocolate chip cookies that pack a “protein punch.” These gluten-free, vegan morsels are so tasty they’ll fool just about anyone.

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Curious cookies Continued from previous page

“The Polar Express” is a classic Christmas book and movie beloved by children and adults alike. This season, treat yourselves to a showing of the film accompanied by Polar Expresso cookies that are sure to take your taste buds on an adventure.

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powder or coffee granules Heat oven to 375 F. In large bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, oil and espresso powder. With an electric mixer, beat at medium speed until creamy. Add eggs, beating until light and fluffy. Scrape bowl if necessary. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Reduce speed to low, and beat until mixed. By hand, stir in cranberries, pecans and white chocolate chips. Drop dough onto baking sheets in 1/4 cupfuls placed 3 inches apart. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until edges are golden brown and center is almost set. Cool on wire racks. To make glaze, whisk all ingredients in small bowl until smooth and with drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cooled cookies. It’s true that holiday traditions are special and valuable, but the season is also the perfect time to exercise some creativity and

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Bake your latkes this Chanukah.You won’t regret it. By Paula Shoyer

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veryone loves potato latkes, but no one likes the mess of frying them or the guilt associated with eating them. These latkes are baked in the oven and easily won over my kids. You do need to watch them so they don’t burn; they were done at different times in different ovens. And my pickled applesauce is basically a tangy-spicy applesauce, which we also eat like eating with schnitzel. Latkes may be made two days in advance and reheated in the oven or frozen; applesauce may be made 4 days in advance. You can also serve this with classic applesauce. Potato Latkes 2 tablespons sunflower or safflower oil, or more if needed 1/2 medium onion, quartered 3 scallions, ends trimmed, cut into thin slices or chopped into small pieces 3 medium potatoes (about 1-1/2 pounds), scrubbed clean and unpeeled 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 2 large eggs 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 2 tablespoons potato starch 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Pickled Applesauce 1 teaspoon sunflower or safflower oil 1/3 cup red onions, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons light brown sugar 2 apples, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1 cinnamon stick 1/4 teaspoon salt Pinch black pepper To make the latkes, preheat the oven to 450

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For a new twist on the holiday favorite, try a baked version.

F. When the oven is hot, pour 2 tablespoons of oil onto 2 jelly roll pans and turn them in every direction so that the oil coats the pans. Heat the pans in the oven for 5 minutes. Place the onions and scallions in the bowl of a food processor and chop them into small pieces. Place them in a medium bowl. Shred the potatoes by hand on the large holes of a box grater or in a food processor with the shredding blade, and place in the bowl. Add the lemon juice, eggs, baking powder, potato starch, salt and pepper and mix well. Very carefully (I mean really carefully; move very slowly) remove one of the pans and use your hands or a spoon to scoop up and drop clumps of the potato mixture, a little less than 1/4 cup, onto the pan. I use my hands. Press the mixture down to flatten it a little. Place the pan in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes and immediately remove the second oiled pan. Repeat the same process with the remaining potato mixture and bake the second pan of latkes for HOLIDAY MAGIC

10 to 12 minutes. Bake them until the edges are well browned, and then with a slotted spatula turn them over and cook the latkes for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until the bottoms are browned. These can be made 2 days in advance and reheated in the oven. Meanwhile, to make the applesauce, heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook them for 3 minutes, until they soften. Add the vinegar and brown sugar and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the apples, coriander, ginger, cinnamon stick, salt and pepper, and cook, covered, on low heat for 15 minutes, or until the apples are soft. Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes and then puree it, using an immersion blender or a food processor. The applesauce can be made 4 days in advance and served warm or cold. Makes 25 latkes. Reprinted by The Nosher with permission from “The Healthy Jewish Kitchen” ©2017 by Paula Shoyer, Sterling Epicure. HERALD COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS


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Skip the generic presents and be a bit more thoughtful. For friends and family, there are plenty of ways you can support a new or lifelong, year-round gardening habit and love of nature.

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hower the gardeners in your life with the tools they need to grow beautiful and delicious things. Whether your recipient already has a green thumb or is just thinking about starting a new hobby, there are some great gift ideas out there for every level of gardening interest and skill. Herb and Vegetable Cookbook Everyone gets stumped from time-to-time when planning meals or figuring out how best to incorporate a fresh harvest into tonight’s dinner. Consider gifting a little inspiration. Any vegetable gardener will appreciate a great cookbook that focuses on cooking with fresh herbs and vegetables.

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a control panel to tell you when to add water, eliminating some of the trickier guesswork. Foodies and health enthusiasts will also be pleased to know that many of the seeds provided are heirloom varieties, and the company sources organic seeds when possible Feed the Birds Help your favorite gardener attract pollinators and add a touch of beauty to the garden with a unique bird feeder. The birds attracted by the feeder will do more than bring beauty to the recipient’s garden — they can help cross pollinate plants and flowers, as well. If you’re crafty, consider making it yourself, or seke out a unique, hand-crafted or vintage treasure. And if your recipient is crafty, consider giving him or her a do-ityourself feeder or birdhouse kit.

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It's that time of year!

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Holiday Membership Drive! Become a Member and Get a Lifelong Family Discount on your Parties! Open to Everyone! Rocky Marciano Lodge 2226 The Sons of Italy 3015 Long Beach Rd Oceanside (across from Home Appliance)

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A convenience store approach Last-minute ideas you can grab on the go By Simone Slykhous

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he holiday season is fast approaching. For some people, their lists have been completed since Labor Day. For others, the last couple of weeks before Christmas and Hanukkah mean it is shopping spree time. And then there are those people who push everything to the very last minute. For anyone who has been driving to a holiday party and realized that they forgot a gift, this means you. Luckily, there are still plenty of great gifts out there that can be purchased from the drugstore or convenience shop nearest you. When you’re not sure what to get (and you’re in a last-minute bind), Leslie Pleasant of the blog Today’s Every Mom recommends trying some DIY gift baskets or packages. Culinary kits You can always count on your local CVS or nearby store to have kitchen supplies stocked. Consider a Christmas culinary kit with some cooking utensils, decorative towels, seasonings and maybe a bottle of cooking wine. Then use an “oven glove to hold everything,” says Pleasant. This is a fun way to save some money on gift-wrap as well. To warm up your gift recipient this winter, make a coffee mug kit. This is perfect for a co-worker or neighbor. Add delicious beverage options — hot cocoa, apple cider, tea or coffee — to a festive and decorative mug. Adding mini bottles of Baileys or Kahlua could add an adult twist.

clinical psychologist Raphailia Michael, “Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.” Drugstores and convenience stores are stocked with personal grooming items. For those into facial hair, try crafting a beard care kit. Razors, shaving cream, brushes and beard oil or balm could be combined for a beloved basket for bearded beaus. Including aftershave could give them the opportunity to reenact that classic scene from the classic Christmas movie “Home Alone.” If soaking in a tub relaxes your friends or family, construct a bath kit of bubble bath, bath bombs, Epsom salts, loofahs — and even a rubber ducky! Adding some scented candles or incense could create the ambiance to soothe even the most overworked brains. Consider adding some dark chocolate for a sweet treat, too. Anti-adulting tools As you’re rushing to the nearest store to grab a last-minute gift,

consider leaning into your lessthan-responsible behavior. Curate a grab bag of childish delights! Coloring books, markers, stickers and colored pencils will spark creativity. Maybe your giftee will make their own thank-you note from their stash. Hot Wheels toys or plush stuffed animals are lighthearted additions, and they can be regifted to younger recipients. Though they might not be what your friends and family would purchase themselves, you know they’re curious. “As Seen on TV” goodies are sold most everywhere, and they offer the chance to power-wash a car in minutes, cook a perfect pancake, unscrew impossible-to-open jars, sleep on a bamboo pillow — and more! What all of these last-minute gifts provide is the chance to relax, have fun and enjoy sharing this holiday with your loved ones.

Cute wrapping paper can make inexpensive gifts something special to behold.

Self-care “Self-care” is an extremely prevalent phrase these days and, according to tech experts, wellness and self-care apps are among the most popular apps these days. Can a drugstore pit stop hold the key to self-care? Well, according to 46 — November 28, 2019

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