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The Epicurean’s Guide to Easter Brunch Recipes

If you’re hosting Easter Brunch at home this year, it’s the perfect time to plan your menu. To inspire you to get creative in the kitchen, today’s entertaining guide features 5 delicious Easter Brunch recipes from celebrity chefs, cookbook authors, and restaurateurs. From juicy smoked brisket, eggs, and veggie side dishes to a decadent dessert, these recipes will surely wow your guests (and win you extra points with the Easter Bunny!).   Lynx Grills’ Executive Chef, Andrés Dangond, who we caught up with at Pebble Beach Food & Wine last weekend, recently shared with us one of his tasty Easter Brunch recipes – a juicy brisket, made on the Sonoma Smart Smoker. Not only is this recipe easy to make, to make life easier – the WiFi and app-enabled Sonoma Smart Smoker (with an integrated LCD touchscreen and dual racks for food placement) makes cooking it a breeze. Easter Brunch Recipe: Brisket Ingredients: Beef Brisket, any size Preferred rub or seasoning Instructions: Generously sprinkle rub or seasoning to the brisket on all sides. Set smoker to 225° F, load smoker box. Once it starts smoking, place brisket on top rack towards the front, insert probe on the thickest part of the brisket and smoke until it reaches 165° F. Remove brisket from smoker, wrap it tightly in foil. Return to smoker and cook at 300° F until it reaches 203° F. Remove brisket from smoker and let sit (still wrapped) for 1 hour. Carve and enjoy!   McCormick recently shared a food study with us, which assessed that nearly 61% of Americans plan to make and/or eat deviled eggs this Easter. To equip these egg-eaters with unique and tasty recipes, McCormick teamed...

The Best Frozen Cocktails to Sip on All Summer Long

During the summer there’s no better way to enjoy the warm weather than with a delicious and refreshing frozen beverage. Whether you’re sipping on a margarita or blending up a batch of frosé, these frozen cocktails are a festive and sure fire way to beat the heat. So pull out your blenders, and make sure to have plenty of ice on hand, because here are the best recipes for frozen cocktails for summer 2019.   Frozen Margarita Ingredients: 2 oz tequila 1 oz triple sec 1 oz lime juice 1 lime cut into wedges Instructions: Using a lime wedge wet the rim of the glass and dip into salt dish until it’s an evenly coated. Combine all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth and pour into salted glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.     Stellarita COURTESY STELLA ROSA Ingredients: 1 can of Stella Rosa Platinum 1 can limeade concentrate water 1 1/2 cups orange juice 1/2 cup Corralejo Silver Tequila Sea salt and limes for garnish 2 cups of ice Instructions: Add 2 cups of ice and pour Stella Rosa Platinum into blender. Pour tequila, limeade, and orange juice into blender and process until mixture is smooth. Pour into glasses, add sea salt and lime slices for garnish. Piña Colada COURTESY Ingredients: 1.75 oz pineapple-infused rum 1 oz pineapple juice .75 oz lime juice 1.25 oz Coco Lopez .25 oz St. Germain Instructions:  Shake, strain into rocks glass with crushed ice. Garnish with pineapple leaf and vanilla bean, finish with freshly grated nutmeg.   Ingredients: 12 parts Three Olives Rosé Vodka 18 parts frozen pink lemonade concentrate...

Dragon’s Deviled Eggs

Dragon’s Deviled Eggs 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 12 large eggs Equal Parts blue, red and yellow food coloring (to make black/gray) To taste salt and pepper Preparation 1 Using a large pot, submerge eggs in water. Make sure water covers eggs. Add food coloring to obtain a black color. Bring eggs to a boil and remove from heat. 2 Cover and rest for 10 minutes. Remove eggs but keep water in the pot. 3 Lightly crack each egg on ONE side of each egg. Transfer eggs back into pot with colored water. Allow eggs to rest in water until completely cool. 4 Once cool, peel and discard shells. The webs will appear on eggs. 5 Cut each egg in half, top with salt and pepper (or topping of your choice). 6 Plate and serve! source: https://foodchannel.com/recipes/dragons-deviled-eggs  ...

The Hounds Claws

The Hounds Claws 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 12 jumbo prawns, peeled and deveined, tail on 2 cups crispy puffed quinoa 1-1/2 teaspoon cornstarch 2 tablespoons oyster sauce 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1-1/2 teaspoons soy sauce 3/4 cup flour 1/2 cup corn flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 3/4 cup olive oil 3/4 cup water To taste salt and pepper For frying vegetable oil Preparation 1 In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Brush on each shrimp and refrigerate 25 minutes. 2 Using a separate bowl, combine flour, corn flour, baking powder, olive oil, water and salt and pepper (to taste). Whisk together until a nice batter forms. Set aside. 3 In a separate bowl, place puffed quinoa and set aside. 4 Using a wok or skillet, heat up frying oil. When hot, begin dipping each shrimp first in batter then in the puffed quinoa and fry over medium heat until golden brown. When done, set out over a paper-toweled plate to absorb excess oil. 5 Platter, serve and enjoy! source: https://foodchannel.com/recipes/the-hounds-claws  ...

Targaryen Charcuterie

Targaryen Charcuterie 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 12 jarred piquant peppers 2 ounces cream cheese 1 ounce ricotta cheese 1 tablespoon oil, from the jarred peppers To taste salt and pepper Preparation 1 Using a medium size bowl, mix together the cream cheese and ricotta cheese until thoroughly combined. 2 Add in the oil and again, thoroughly mix together until smooth and creamy. 3 Add a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper. Mix together and taste. Add more if necessary. 4 One by one, fill each pepper with the cheese mixture. Serve and enjoy! source: https://foodchannel.com/2019/winter-is-here-game-of-thrones-watch-party-ideas  ...

Winter Is Here: Game of Thrones Watch Party Ideas

For fans of the HBO original series, Game of Thrones, winter has finally arrived. In the eighth, and final, season, the story, based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series, reaches its conclusion in the battle for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. Watch parties will abound, as the final season debuts on April 14. Impress your friends with these clever appetizer and beverage concepts. What Is Dead May Never Die This cocktail, inspired by House Greyjoy, was crafted with Deveron 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch from the Deveron Distillery in northeastern Scotland. The scotch is nuanced with the flavors of dill and caraway from Aquavit and a touch of dried seaweed from Dashi. Created by Andrew Record, National Single Malts Ambassador for Deveron in San Francisco. Ingredients 1-1/2 ounces Devron 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch 3/4 ounce Svöl Danish Style Aquavit 1 ounce Meyer lemon juice 1/2 ounce Dashi syrup Directions Dashi Syrup: Make a simple syrup by combining a near-boiling 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup cane sugar. Steep one sheet of nori and 1/2 cup of bonito flake for one minute in hot liquid. Fine strain to remove all solids. Chill syrup before using. Cocktail: Combine ingredients in shaker tin over ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into large rocks glass over ice. Garnish with sheet of seaweed. The Usurper, Lord Paramount of the Stormlands Inspired by House Baratheon, this cocktail pairs Royal Brackla 12 Year Old Scotch Whiskey with the richness of Fino sherry and a zip of passion fruit to create punch fit for a king. Created by Andrew Record,...

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...



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