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Baby it's cold outside..and lots of you have upcoming holiday parties this weekend to host! Egg Nogg is notoriously THE Christmas drink but has anyone actually ever had it? I think this creamy age old holiday drink sounds great as a base, but it definitely needs a contemporary face lift! Some drink Egg Nogg cold and some like it hot....I think a nice warm cocktail on these cold nights we've been having sounds toasty and perfect for under the mistletoe! This recipe for Chocoate Kissed Egg Nogg is tasty and relatively easy to make. Although it can be heavy on the calories, you can lighten it up by buying the reduced fat Egg Nogg at your local grocery to save on fat, calories and guilt!
Chocoate Kissed Egg Nogg
1 liter Egg Nogg (full fat or skim)
2 tablespoon cocoa powder
18 (3 ounces) Milk Chocolate Hershey’s Kisses, chopped
2 teaspoons malt powder
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 cup Crème de Cocoa (optional)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
In a medium saucepan bring the Egg Nogg up to a simmer; don’t let it boil.
Add the cocoa powder, Kisses, malt powder, cinnamon sticks and salt; stir to combine. Simmer for 15 minutes until the chocolate is completely melted and the Egg Nogg has thickened slightly.
Remove from the heat and stir in Crème de Cocoa (if using). Let the Egg Nogg cool for 5-10 minutes. Ladle into glasses or mugs and enjoy warm.
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This time of year, candy apples are a great crowd pleaser at any fall event...as a favor to go or served as a dessert, they are timeless and appeal to both kids and adults. Most party hostesses associate candy apples with the traditional caramel coating, maybe some nuts or choclate on the outside (which is great, don't get me wrong!) but candy apples have come a long way into the stylish realm of color....no longer do you have to have plain old caramel or colors that are typically "fall" colors but you can coordinate with your event's decor colors, whatever those may be, from pastels to bright and bold.
Stylewhipped's very own Editor-in-Chief, Alison Stewart, came across this picture so we just had to feature these stylishly dressed up apples this season!
I love the turquoise color!
Any color is possible and looks so fresh and different for any fall event!
One company I know you can rely on to get any color apple of the rainbow is Marbles Colored Candy Apples out of New Haven, Connecticut....they offer 11 different colors and they customize to any packaging you want as well! Delicious and fabulous!
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A is for Amazing...
B is for Breathtaking...
C is for Culinary Masterpiece...
Going out to dinner used to be a frequent indulgence for my husband and I. Since having our daughter almost three years ago, we don't get the opportunity to go out as much as we would like, and we keep our special "alone" dinners reserved for our birthdays and our anniversary. This year, for our 4th wedding anniversary, we decided to try a restaurant that had long been on my list of places I wanted to go: Michelin-star Chef Jean George Vongerichten's ABC Kitchen in NYC's Union Square.
As a Health Coach, I love a restaurant that boasts a "seasonal menu, that is locally focused and globally artistic, and cultivating a healthy relationship on our tables for the planet." Reading a description like that makes me almost as happy as hearing the words "free shoes"! ABC Kitchen is located inside of the ABC Carpet & Home Store on 18th Street, and the lovely white-washed wood interior intrigues the dining guests as to what wonders can be found inside the store.
Shopping aside, it's the food that nearly brought me to tears. I can't believe I waited for my anniversary to finally go to this extraordinary restaurant. We started out with glasses of cold, crisp prosecco and debated over the menu like two wild animals, finding it so hard to choose because we wanted...well, everything.
Choosing a bottle of delicious sauvignon blanc was the easy part! After much deliberation we decided to share a variety of different plates. We started with the homemade ricotta with strawberry compote with grilled bread, and then the pretzel-dusted calamari, with marinara and mustard aioli. I would eat that homemade ricotta everyday and never get bored. And being self-proclaimed "pizza fanatics," we had to order the grilled pizza of tomato, buffalo mozzarella and basil, and were thrilled at the thin, crisp slices we couldn't help but swoon over. We then split an entree, which knocked the socks off of us - the black sea bass with chillies and herbs, baby market potatoes and spinach. We finished up with the infamous sundae of salted caramel ice cream with candied peanuts & popcorn, whipped cream and chocolate sauce, and just drooled over the lusciousness of the dish.
I died and went to food coma heaven.
I mean it. I couldn't even move after we finished dessert, I was so full on a physical and mental level. My happiness was bursting out of me the way I was busting out of my pants...! So while it was super indulgent, I felt so good about eating food that is local and organic and prepared with the consciousness of the diner and the environment in mind. It was a luxurious, mind-blowing experience that I look forward to enjoying again...and before my next anniversary, that's for sure!
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You can never go wrong buying an engagement or wedding gift off of someone's registry...after all, they have hand picked all of those items and obviously would love to own them! However, the champagne toasting flutes available on most registries like Macy's, Crate & Barrel, and Bed Bath & Beyond are well, um, a little....boring. The bride to be may have even registered for them out of default of not having a more interesting selection. If you know your bride well, and know their taste well (think CLOSE family or friend!) it is absolutely OK to veer off of their regsitry and surprise them with something fabulous they normally would not have found on their own.
This wedding season, more and more brides are opting for a blush, ivory and gold color scheme. Blush is a huge trend and in my opinion, a subtle hue that adds some color to your wedding palatte but in an elegant upscale way. Not too "girly," this shade of pink may even get the seal of approval from the groom! If you know this is a hue that the couple is working their day around, I would suggest these unique toasting flutes as a gift (or just for your own home...gift yourself!) It is not easy to find the perfect color of tinted glass....and I love the shape and gold rim. True elegance and sophistication for their first toast as husband and wife! The price tag is just right as well, at $68 from BHLDN.
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Football season is among us! And although I have ZERO interest in following a football game or any sport for that matter, you don't have to ask me twice for an excuse for yummy food and drinks! Just because you are having your friends over for football Sunday does NOT mean you are limited to chilli, nachos and wings...there are healthy-yet-indulgent dips and dishes to serve to your guests that will not make you feel sick and guilty once the final score is up.
I love dips but usually most dips, although tasty, are overdone. If you are craving something new with an "upscale" twist, try this fabulous mushroom and goat cheese queso. It's great to incorporate goat cheese into your appetizers because it has lower fat and calories than cow's milk cheese, and is also higher in protein and calcium. And with all the abundant mushrooms this fall season, I love to take advantage of what is fresh.
2 teaspoons canola oil (or olive, or even grapeseed oil)
1/2 pound mixed mushrooms (whatever is fresh and local!)
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
3 oz crumbled goat cheese
3 oz cream cheese (you can use low-fat!)
6 oz, or about 1 1/2 cups, shredded pepper jack cheese (for less spicy just go with your favorite cheese of choice...another type of goat cheese would save you even more calories!)
1 1/2 cups sliced baby spinach leaves
2 chipotles in adobo (from a can), minced (if you are not a spicy fan, go with only 1!)
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat oil with mushrooms, onions and salt.
2) Spread mushrooms and onions in an ovan safe small casserole dish or gratin dish
3) In a large bowl, combine cheeses, spinach and chipotles. Toss and spread cheese mixture over the mushrooms and onions. Bake until bubbling, approximately 25 mintues.
Serve with veggies, enjoy and watch your guests ask you for the recipe!
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Labor Day is a public holiday in honor of working people...we are supposed to rest and enjoy together but the host of a labor day BBQ always ends up haggered and stressed making and getting all sorts of drinks for everyone! Here is one labor day goodie that does not take a ton of work. Most of the work can even be done the day before so it's all ready to go before your guests arrive. And if you are going to cut up a watermelon anyway you may as well make it look pretty! (And it never hurts to add vodka or rum to a fruit!)
Here is the recipe for an easy crowd pleasure that is refreshing and will add a little extra to your party without making you act as bartender all day...
Step 1- Cut the top third of a medium watermelon off and level the other end so it sits up straight. Scoop out all the watermelon insides.
Step 2- Place all the flesh (in batches if needed) into a blender or food processor until liquified. Pour everything from the blender through a strainer and place the juice back into the watermelon, cover with plastic and chill for an hour (or even make it the night before and chill overnight!)
Step 3- Before your guests arrive, combine the watermelon juice with 2-3 cups seltzer and if you'd like, add vodka or light rum! Put everything back into the watermelon and your guests will have all the boozy and refreshing drinks they need for the afternoon!
Have a safe and fun labor day!
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In this heat wave, it is hard to not sympathize with anyone who has planned an outdoor party, only to be left with a last minute panic that their guests are going to be sweaty, unhappy, wanting to leave early. There are lot of measures you can take for an outdoor fete to beat the heat, but here are a few of my favorites...
Everyone loves Processo and Champagne, but how about dropping an ice pop in the glass? Not only does it cool you down but it makes your bubbly taste even that much better!
Shade is a must, so for any of your overheated guests, invest in a few great parasols...functional AND a bit glam to carry around (At least according to Gwen Stefani this summer!)
You can find affordable parasols at Luna Bazaar, ranging in price from $6.95 and up, and available in every color under the sun!
For some man made wind, check out Luna Bazaar's extensive collection of hand held fans..old fashioned, glamorous, and actually able to give you a bit of relief...And with a price tag as inexpensive as $1.30 per fan, this is a simple and cost effective detail
A little icy spritz can sometimes make all the difference on your perspiring skin, and this feature at your outdoor gathering will make your guests feel like they are at a spa! Fill empty spritz bottles with icy cold water, and a touch of your favorite scent. Cucumber slices, lavender, eucalyptus leaves or some lemon rinds work well and are very refreshing!
Last but not least, take care of your guests' skin! Not everyone wears a moisturizer with sunblock, and a few hours in the sun can leave your guests red in the face.
Supply a few bottles of sunscreen in the bathroom, or go all out with a "sunscreen bar"!
Stay cool out there this week!
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The Fourth of July means: The Declaration of Independance. Freedom for all Amercans. Appreciation for our country. And of course with that year after year goes a BBQ and typically some drinking to celebrate. Beer does the trick for a 4th of July party and wine is always a safe choice to serve, but I like the idea of making something (simple!) and festive for the occasion. Sangria is a surefire crowd pleaser, and with this colorful twist, your guests will think you slaved over this while it really took minimal prep work. The hardest part of this recipe is just getting to the liquor store and supermarket to make sure you have the ingredients on hand. The result is visually impressive, refreshing and tasty!
Pineapple, cut into stars (you only need a few floating in there)
2 bottles dry white wine
1 cup triple sec
1/2 cup berry flavored vodka
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup simple syrup
Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher, stir, and chill in the fridge for four hours before your guests arrive.
Happy 4th everyone!
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