Going Formal for the Holidays

Going Formal for the Holidays

I love really dressing up my table around the holidays. If you’re thinking of pulling out grandma’s silver or unpacking those formal dishes you received at your wedding, here’s how the table should be set for a formal meal:

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Want a very VIP dinner menu for that special meal? Here’s one I love for the holidays:

Sweet Potato Gnocchi in Sage Brown Butter.

Simple & Festive Prime Rib.

Make-Ahead Twice Baked Potatoes.

Fail-Proof Yorkshire Puddings.

Elegant Key Lime Tart.

Enjoy!

Veronique

Pink Grapefruit Slammer

Pink Grapefruit Slammer

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I’m trying out some cocktails flavor combinations in anticipation of the holidays in just a few weeks. I love grapefruit in my drinks so mixing it with silver tequila just makes sense to me. Plus, it’s a snap to put together when your guests arrive. Ingredients: 2 ounces of silver/blanco tequila, I used Patron 4 […]

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Must Meal in Scottsdale – Virtu Honest Craft

Must Meal in Scottsdale – Virtu Honest Craft

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I’ve been planning another Scottsdale vacation and read about Virtu Honest Craft and Chef Gio Osso and had to visit. Our dinner and service were simply outstanding. About Virtu Virtu, the Machiavellian term for achieving excellence, is situated in Old Town Scottsdale at the charming Bespoke Inn bed and breakfast. The quaint restaurant was named […]

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Heirloom Kitchen Partners with Chef David Viana

Heirloom Kitchen Partners with Chef David Viana

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Heirloom Kitchen, Chef’s Table & Cooking School, in Old Bridge, NJ, has announced a partnership with Executive Chef David Viana that includes weekend dinner service Friday through Sunday from 5PM until 10PM. Viana has spent a year freelancing as a guest chef at Heirloom Kitchen and can now offer a truly unique dining space where […]

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The Orange Squirrel – Things Just Got Even Better

The Orange Squirrel – Things Just Got Even Better

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When I first heard the rumors about The Orange Squirrel getting a new menu (and website, and hours, and Sunday Sauce Dinner….), I was a bit weary. After all, I already love everything on the menu – how could Chef Francesco Palmieri kick that up a notch? Well, he did just that by keeping some […]

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Zinburger Helps Fight Prostate Cancer with Pumpkin Stache Shake

Zinburger Helps Fight Prostate Cancer with Pumpkin Stache Shake

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Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar is offering a Pumpkin Stache Shake as part of the No Shave November, a month where men raise awareness of men’s health issues by growing a mustache during November.   For every Pumpkin Stache Shake sold, Zinburger will donate $1 to the ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer, a national nonprofit […]

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Pouding Chomeur in a Mug

Pouding Chomeur in a Mug

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For those of you not familiar with pouding chomeur (unemployed man’s pudding in French), it’s a majorly sweet, decadent, comforting and easy-to-make dessert that originated from Quebec. Pouding chomeur is cakey on the surface and gooey, carameley on the bottom. It became popular in Quebec during the Great Depression and was typically made in a […]

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Copycat Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Copycat Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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As you know, if you’ve followed this blog for a while, I’m a huge fan of soups. I’ve been known to crank down the air conditioned in the summer to make soup make sense! One of my favorite soups is broccoli and cheddar and I think that Panera has some of the best I’ve had. […]

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Carrot & Butternut Squash Bisque

Carrot & Butternut Squash Bisque

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Simmering soups on my stovetop on Sundays are back! This week, I had some carrots leftover and thought that could pair well with the butternut squash I’d just gotten at the market – orange on orange! This soup is made with vegetable both but could be made with chicken broth also for a non-vegetarian version. […]

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FLX Table – Dining in the Finger Lakes Has Arrived

FLX Table – Dining in the Finger Lakes Has Arrived

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My bi-yearly Finger Lakes pilgrimages are usually focused on sampling the new wine vintages, checking in with favorite wineries and enjoying the picturesque surroundings. What they don’t typically include – mind-blowing food. Yes, there are a couple decent restaurants in this beautiful part of the country, but nothing to write home (or on my blog) […]

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