Dothraki Stuffed Artichokes

Dothraki Stuffed Artichokes is one in a series of recipes created by Andrea Correale, founder and president of Elegant Affairs. These recipes are designed to take your “Game of Thrones” final season watch party all the way to the Iron Throne. Find cocktails and other appetizer recipes here. Ingredients 4 artichokes 1 cup white quinoa 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 shallot, minced 3 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped 3 tablespoons black sesame seeds 3 tablespoons pine nuts To taste salt and pepper Preparation 1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 2 Rinse artichokes and peel away outer layers and discard. Cut stem below the bulb. 3 Place artichokes on a deep-dish baking pan. Pour water into the pan, just enough to cover the whole bottom. Drizzle artichokes with olive oil and roast 45 minutes. 4 Remove pan from the oven and drain remaining water into a separate bowl. Cover artichokes with aluminum foil (tight to keep warm) and set aside. 5 Using a medium saucepan, add leftover water from the artichoke pan. Add one more cup of water to the saucepan. Add-in the quinoa. Bring to a bowl, over medium heat. Cover and simmer 20 minutes until quinoa is soft. 6 In a skillet, heat the oil. When hot, add shallots and sauté until golden brown. Add basil and pine nuts. Add quinoa, salt and pepper to taste and combine thoroughly. Remove from heat. 7 Take the artichokes and using your fingers, open up the petals and gently stuff in the quinoa mixture using a teaspoon. 8 Platter and serve! source: https://foodchannel.com/recipes/dothraki-stuffed-artichokes  ...

An April Fools’ Day Dessert Hamburger

Serve your friends a pleasant April Fools’ Day surprise with this Dessert Hamburger. From celebrity caterer Andrea Correale, founder and CEO of Elegant Affairs, it’s a humorous prank that’s delicious as well! Ingredients What You Need 12 brownies, (make or buy your favorite brownies; recipe below) cut into circles using a cookie cutter 12 red Jell-O® discs cut into circles using a cookie cutter 12 sweet pastry biscuits (see recipe below) For Topping white chocolate shavings Biscuit Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons sugar, divided 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup cold butter 1 cup milk For Dusting powdered sugar to dust biscuits Brownie Ingredients 3/4 cup baking cocoa 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 2/3 cup butter, melted, divided 1/2 cup boiling water 2 cups sugar 2 large eggs 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chunks Preparation 1 Using a cookie cutter cut the brownies into circle shapes. 2 Prepare Jell-O according to package directions, chill in a shallow pan and once firm cut into round shapes using the same cookie cutter. 3 Make sweet biscuits and allow them to pose as the burger buns. 4 To assemble: layer the bun with brownie, Jell-O and white chocolate shavings on top. Biscuit Directions 1 In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually stir in milk until a soft dough forms. 2 Drop dough by heaping table spoonsful into eight mounds on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 425° F for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Brownie Directions 1 Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, combine cocoa and...

Declutter your work space and spark progress

  When Susan Carnes watched the Netflix show “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” she immediately decided to kick her office clutter to the curb, purging filing cabinets, drawers and shelves, and throwing out desktop organizers and other detritus 20 years in the making. Carnes, a corporate communications director at human resources consulting firm APTMetrics in Darien, Conn., tapped into the KonMari method by asking herself if these items brought happiness. “Sparking joy was very important,” she says. “I kept copies of marketing materials that I felt pride in designing or writing. I did keep one copy of [each of] the many brochures we produced over 20 years to have a historical archive.” She did, however, discard “tons of paper I was saving for no reason” and “colored paper for reports we don’t do anymore because everything is digital,” overhauling her office over the course of three days. “It was long overdue,” says Carnes, now enjoying post-purge peace. “I feel more focused and forward-moving. I find myself more interested in learning some new skills, like literally my calendar has opened up.” Psychotherapist and therapeutic relationship coach Rachel Wright of Washington Heights sees a positive work impact after KonMari-ing her home office. “Each time I declutter, I get at least two new clients. It truly feels like I create space for something new,” says the co-founder of Wright Wellness Center, which helps people claim strong relationships and fulfilling sex lives. “I wanted to feel more clear in my thinking and less distracted by piles of paper.” Wright kept tax returns, confidential client information, receipts and special thank you cards and put...

A Caterer Shares Her Favorite CBD-Infused Appetizer Ideas

CBD might just be the buzziest word of 2019—as such, it’s being used as an ingredient in just about everything you can imagine, from skincare and supplements to desserts. It was only a matter of time until it became part of the wedding world, too. First and foremost, what is CBD? Short for cannabidiol, CBD is one of the naturally-occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant, otherwise known as marijuana. Unlike its counterpart, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it does not provide the feeling of being “high,” but instead only provides relaxing and anti-anxiety benefits that can be therapeutic for many individuals. Recently, it’s become a popular addition to many different types of food and drink. Andrea Correale, celebrity caterer and founder and president of Elegant Affairs, has noticed an increase request for CBD-infused food and drinks, so she recently began offering a few different options to her clients. One of her favorite places to include CBD-infused bites? Appetizers. She likes infusing the ingredient into classics like mini lobster rolls, grilled cheese bars, and even suhu shrimp for a crowd-pleasing take on the trend. If you’re thinking about adding a few appetizers infused with CBD to your wedding menu, her tips will help you do it right. If you’re considering having a CBD-infused appetizer at your wedding, you probably have a lot of questions, including how much CBD is enough and how much would be considered too much? Of course, you can incorporate CBD into both your appetizer and your entrée, but Correale warns that it might overkill—just like putting truffle oil on everything on your menu would be too much. Instead, she suggests opting for one or the other—either adding a few CBD-infused options to cocktail hour or to...

GEORGIA PEACH AND BASIL BOURBON SLUSHIES

GEORGIA PEACH AND BASIL BOURBON SLUSHIES Ingredients 12 mint leaves 3 fresh Georgia peaches, sliced and frozen overnight Juice from 1/2 a lemon .5 cup simple syrup 1 cup black tea bourbon Instructions Slice peaches and freeze overnight (you can use packaged frozen peaches for easy preparation). In a food processor, add frozen peach slices, mint leaves, lemon juice, simple syrup and bourbon and blend, adding ice until a slushy consistency forms. Scoop slush into glasses and garnish with basil and peaches. Serve immediately. – Courtesy of Celebrity Caterer Andrea Correale, founder and president of Elegant Affairs Catering....

5 Spring Aperitifs To Kick Off Seasonal Celebrations

BRIGHT CITRUS, FRESH HERBS AND EVEN STALKY VEGETABLES GO INTO THESE DRINKS THAT GIVE WINTER THE HEAVE HO. Just like the return to Daylight Saving Time gives us a much-welcomed extra hour of sunshine, these drinks turn up the light. Enough with brooding and boozy; we are craving these refreshingly aromatic, irresistible cocktails to throw back during the golden hour. BUTTERFLY EFFECT Recipe courtesy of Tyler Plymale, Mixologist, Hen Quarter All of the drinks at this sophisticated Southern cuisine-focused restaurant and lounge in Dublin, Ohio are named after tunes, and the spring menu in particular drinks like a playlist of a story about love and love lost, Plymale says. This sip is an ode to the Travis Scott song about the phenomenon of how small decisions and changes in one place can have large effects elsewhere. “It’s very refreshing and has a great mouthfeel,” he says. “Genmaicha rice tea syrup gives the cocktail a very unique flavor and balances well with the Crème de Violette. Lavender bitters offer floral notes that pair great with the chamomile-infused gin. 1 ½ oz dry gin ¾ oz genmaicha rice tea syrup (instructions follow) 1 oz lemon juice ¼ oz Crème de Violette 2 dashes lavender bitters 1 egg white garnish: Lavender flowers, dehydrated lemon zest and a spritz of Crème de Violette Add all ingredients except garnish to a cocktail shaker and shake without ice until frothy. Add ice to the shaker and shake again until well-chilled. Double-strain into a coupe glass, spritz with the Crème de Violette and garnish with the lavender flowers and dehydrated lemon zest. For the genmaicha rice...