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Sunday, September 22, 2013

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

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Whether you are planning a casual family gathering or an elegant dinner party, Robbins suggests easy ways to mix in great fall colors. This can be as simple as adding a charger plate or colorful serving pieces. “Using colored glass is fantastic way of infusing autumn colors to create a seasonal feel,” says Robbins. “Amber colored glass is really popular this fall because the rich, warm color goes with so many patterns and designs. I’m big on the pressed vintage patterns; depression glass, coin glass and sandwich glass are all very lovely and nostalgic. We’re actually mixing and matching patterns from historic American glassmakers including Federal, Indiana Glass and Fostoria on our tables. It looks great to mix designs which share the same colors or combine an array of colors within a place setting.” Metal serveware is another popular trend this fall. “We’re incorporating metal serveware into many of our displays because you can do so much with it from a design standpoint,” says Griffith. “These are great accent pieces you can dress up or down, plus it is family- and football-sea-

son friendly. Metal serveware is also very functional. Once heated, the alloy retains warmth to keep food warmer longer or cooler if you chill these pieces. Plus it is easy to clean and doesn’t have to be polished. We’re using a lot of fun shapes, like leaf-shaped pieces and turkey platters.” Fall’s bountiful harvest translates into the home this season. Robbins is using natural elements in her table designs that evoke a sense of the first Thanksgiving. “I suggest filling vases, glasses or serving bowls with dried beans, acorns or even kernels of dried deer corn. Not only does this look pretty, you can also mix in candles or flowers and use these natural elements to hold those items in place.” Robbins adds apples, gourds, pumpkins and green pears are among fruits and vegetables you can use on your table or anywhere in your home to create a brilliant splash of color. She says you can find more decorating ideas at Replacements’ YouTube channel and Facebook page. - BPT Transition your table design by mixing in fall colors

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• Clean heating filters. Check them every couple of weeks and change them at least twice in the season, or as directed by the manufacturer. • Check and maintain insulation. Improperly insulated walls, floors, attics, basements and crawlspaces drain away heat and can also lead to moisture imbalance. Adding weather stripping and caulk around windows and doors can also improve a home’s insulation. • Turn down the thermostat or install a programmable thermostat to regulate temperature. • Clean the furnace area. Don’t keep chemicals or cleaning products near a heater, and don’t store anything next to it that could impede ventilation. • Keep vents and returns free of obstructions. Don’t lay carpet

over vents, place furniture over or in front of them, or obstruct the flow of air. • Dry air feels cooler than moist air, so install a humidifier. A simple humidifier may make the home feel five degrees warmer than a home with dry air. • Look into geothermal heating systems. By using the earth`s natural heat, these systems are among the most efficient and energy-conserving heating and cooling technologies currently available. • Have your system serviced regularly for optimal performance. To avoid poor service and scams, be sure to hire an HVACR professional certified by NATE. To find a qualified local contractor who employs certified technicians, look for the NATE logo or go to HVACRAdvice.com.  By making sure your heating system is operating efficiently and by adopting a few energy-friendly habits, you can maintain a warm, comfortable home while keeping heating costs down. - StatePoint

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all is a great time to try new recipes. Why? Because the markets are bursting with bounty of the harvest season. -Included in that bounty is the fall harvest of grapes, which are in fine fresh supply through January. Besides their long season, grapes are amazingly versatile as an ingredient.

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Here’s a sophisticated plate to serve while friends and family are watching the game at home, or for any gathering that calls for some creative gourmet cooking. The spicy grape chutney is a natural with roast beef.

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1/2 cup chopped red onion 1/2 cup tawny port 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup raisins 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger 1 teaspoon mustard seeds 1 cinnamon stick 2 cups seedless red California grapes, halved

Salt and pepper to taste DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 450 F. In a medium saucepan, combine the onion, port, vinegar, raisins, sugar, ginger, mustard seeds and cinnamon.


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Here’s a refreshing way to use grapes and apples to balance the strong flavor of cabbage with tart sweetness. Plus, the bold red and green colors make for a striking salad that is also easy to make. This versatile slaw pairs well with roasted chicken, hamburgers, pork chops and many other family favorites. GRAPE AND RED CABBAGE SLAW INGREDIENTS: 1/2 small head red cabbage (about 1 pound), finely shredded 2 cups halved green seedless California grapes

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DIRECTIONS: In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, grapes and apple. In a small jar, combine the vinegar, honey, mustard and olive oil. Shake well and pour over the cabbage mixture. Season generously with both salt and pepper and let stand 30 minutes at room temperature. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Serves 8.

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DIRECTIONS: Arrange roast beef and provolone on a large platter along with the grapes. Place rolls in a basket and serve with the chutney. Serves 8.

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DIRECTIONS: Fill a tall vase with grapes until about 2/3 to 3/4 full. Fill with water and arrange the flowers. Grapes can be placed in single color layers or mixed together like a mosaic.

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PARTY PLATTER INGREDIENTS: 2 pounds thinly sliced roast beef 1 pound thinly sliced sharp or mild provolone Red, green and black seedless California grape clusters A variety of rolls

1 Granny Smith apple, julienned 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Bring to a boil and simmer until reduced to 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons of liquid, about 15-17 minutes. At the same time, spread the grapes on a baking sheet and roast until soft and juicy, about 10 minutes. Add to the chutney, season with salt and pepper and let cool. Can be made a day ahead and refrigerated. Makes 2 cups.

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