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Perfect Passover Matzah Balls!

Perfect Passover Matzah Balls!

My favorite dish at the Seder Dinner is the Matzah Balls!  They’re delicious and I have enjoyed them as a stand alone dish and in soup (my fave!) I don’t celebrate Passover, but I have been fortunate to have been invited to a few Seder dinners with my neighbors and friends.  I was always so struck by the care and meaning that went into every aspect of this holiday meal.  All the special foods that […]

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Lemon Meringue Nests Spring Dessert

Lemon Meringue Nests Spring Dessert

We love the way these simply charming confections put a sweet touch on a party table, and trees!  Just joking, but Elizabeth couldn’t resist adding a pop of spring to her backyard landscape. Our light airy meringue nests filled with luscious lemon curd and topped with bright blueberries are a special treat for your Easter table, baby shower or any spring celebration. Lemon Meringue Nests Nests Ingredients 4 large egg whites ¼ tsp. cream of tartar […]

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Simple Peas and Pasta Recipe

Simple Peas and Pasta Recipe

Image credit http://www.bbcgoodfood.com Here’s a recipe that feels like spring, and is simple to make and special to serve.  After looking my cook books, recipe clippings from magazines and performing an exhaustive google search – I found it!  I hope you love it as much as I do; and that it makes you feel excited about the warmer weather and buds blooming. Not many foods make me feel like spring more then peas, add mint […]

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Easter Ham Glaze That Will Amaze!

Easter Ham Glaze That Will Amaze!

Glazing a ham can definitely turn it from simple to special. For starters, a glaze is any combination of ingredients that is brushed or slathered on the meat to enhance its flavor. If you google ham glazes you will get 256,000 results, so here is the short list. My rule for a good glaze is no more then 5 ingredients. I like to keep it simple and let the flavors in the glaze come through […]

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Spinach and Strawberry Salad – Simple and Special Recipe!

Spinach and Strawberry Salad - Simple and Special Recipe!

This salad recipe from Whole Foods is the perfect compliment to an Easter ham.  I’m serving it holiday, minus the nuts because my son Jake has an allergy.  Spring is when baby spinach is in season so chances are good you can buy it fresh locally.  I recommend replacing almonds for pine nuts, but it’s really a matter of taste.  For those that do not like goat cheese, Ricotta Salata is a great alternative – it […]

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Very Berry Spring Smoothie!

Very Berry Spring Smoothie!

Spring Mixed Berry Smoothie is the perfect party treat! Serve this healthy treat in vintage glass milk bottles embellished with ribbon and striped paper straws to make a statement on your brunch table. Perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day, Baby Showers or any brunch celebration.   Very Berry Smoothie (makes 3 servings) Ingredients 1 cup frozen mixed berries 1 large banana 1 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt 1/4 tsp. agave nectar (you can substitute 1/2 tsp. […]

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Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe

Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe

Today we’re happy to share a very delicious and healthy, vegan option for your Easter Celebration.  It’s also perfect for any night you want to make a little more special.   This Carrot Ginger Soup  recipe comes from Paulding & Co. – a full catering kitchen based in San Francisco that boasts vast opportunities for bonding and excitement.  Founded by mother-daughter duo Terry and Tracy Paulding, it specializes in creating innovative event ideas for families and corporate entities through […]

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Spring Vegetable Shot Appetizer!

These Spring Veggie Shots offer a fun twist on the traditional veggies and dip served on a platter. The single-serving portions can either be served en masse on a buffet table at a brunch or cocktail party or arranged at each place setting for a sit-down dinner. We stuck with the basics (carrots and celery) for the bright orange and green pop of color on your spring table.  Perfect for Easter! Spring Vegetable Shots Ingredients […]

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Asian Cobb Salad – Party Platter!

We love sharing delicious recipes that utilizes lots of fresh and healthy ingredients.  This Asian Cobb Salad is perfect for everything from the family dinner to a ladies’ lunch.  Everyone can make it there own way!  Tip: Chop up everything in the morning and keep ingredients separate and fresh in Ziploc® bags, so you are ready to serve it on a moments notice. GLUTEN FREE ASIAN COBB SALAD Created by: Carol Kicinski Serves 4 as […]

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Spaghetti Squash with Homemade Tomato Sauce and Quinoa Meatballs from 4 Bloggers Dish Passover!

Spaghetti Squash with Homemade Tomato Sauce and Quinoa Meatballs from 4 Bloggers Dish Passover!

4 Bloggers Dish Passover: Modern Twists on Traditional Flavors is a one-of-a-kind Passover “how-to” NEW Amazon Bestseller and Kosher e-cookbook! As we near the upcoming Passover holiday, we wanted to share a new Amazon Bestseller and Kosher e-cookbook, “4 Bloggers Dish: Passover, Modern Twists on Traditional Flavors”.  The cookbook features mouth-watering, kosher dishes from four passionate award-winning food bloggers.  With recipes resulting in food so delicious, you’ll want to cook them all year long; this e-cookbook […]

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Eggs Benedict with Ham and Asparagus – Brunch Recipe

Eggs Benedict with Ham and Asparagus - Brunch Recipe

Eggs Benedict is one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast.  I don’t treat myself often, but I am getting the urge to indulge! Eggs Benedict with Ham and Asparagus – adapted from Egg-land’s Best recipe Prep Time: 10 min  Cook Time: 15 Ingredients 4 Eggland’s Best Eggs 1 tsp white vinegar 4 slices ham A dozen baby asparagus spears – roasted (see instructions here>) 2 English Muffins 1 tablespoon margarine 2 Eggland’s Best […]

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Deviled Egg Chicks For Easter and Spring Celebrations!

Deviled Egg Chicks For Easter and Spring Celebrations!

Photo Credit: Alexandra Mascali Try these simple, yet special Deviled Egg Chicks for Easter this year.  They will be the stars of the table! Chick Deviled Eggs Ingredients 6 large eggs, hardboiled and cooled 2 tbsp. mayonnaise 1 tsp. Dijon mustard salt and pepper, to taste 12 small Raisinets (or raisins) 1 candied orange slice grated lemon peel 12 Cheez-Its Instructions Peel eggs. Slice bottom off each egg so it will sit flat. Slice top […]

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Easy Shrimp Fried Rice – Friday Night Bites

Easy Shrimp Fried Rice - Friday Night Bites

It’s time for Friday Night Bites and tonight’s meal is meatless and delicious! “What I like about this fun Friday Night Bites recipe is that you can literally whip it up in minutes. If you keep leftover rice in the fridge and shrimp in the freezer, you can always substitute in whatever vegetables you have on hand. Make sure you stock soy sauce and sesame oil (the sesame oil is what gives it that Chinese […]

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Chick-A-Tea Sandwiches For Easter and Spring Celebrations!

Chick-A-Tea Sandwiches For Easter and Spring Celebrations!

These charming Chick-A-Tea Sandwiches are fun appetizers for the younger set at your spring celebrations. Place a platter at the children’s Easter Buffet Table and offer to the kids along with a beverage upon their arrival, ensuring they have eaten something before they get to go play and hop around. Chick-A-Tea Sandwiches Ingredients Sandwich bread Yellow American cheese Carrots Icing/Small dark round candies Shredded lettuce. Instructions Make cheese sandwiches. Using an egg shaped cookie cutter, […]

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Easter Breakfast Casserole!

Easter Breakfast Casserole!

If you are hosting an Easter Brunch this year, here’s a perfect recipe to feature at your holiday table.  It’s also a great idea for turning Easter leftovers into a delicious meal!  Enjoy. Emeril Lagasse’s Breakfast Casserole with Broccoli, Ham, and Cheese Serves 6 – 8 Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray 1 ¼ teaspoons salt, plus more to season 6 cups broccoli florets (from about 2 pounds broccoli heads) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 ½ cups […]

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6 Easy Saint Patrick’s Day Dessert Ideas!

6 Easy Saint Patrick's Day Dessert Ideas!

McCormicks.com is really letting their Irish show with these fun, festive and fabulous dessert ideas.   1 – Luck o’ the Irish Cake Pops: Give the cake pop trend some St. Patrick’s Day spirit with green food color and decorate with shamrock sprinkles for a festive dessert, inside and out. Recipe here> 2 – Easy Green Velvet Cupcakes: A green twist on classic red velvet, these cupcakes take basic cake mix to delicious new heights […]

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8 Easy Glaze Recipes for Ham!

8 Easy Glaze Recipes for Ham!

Glazing a ham can definitely turn it from simple to special for the holiday! For starters, a glaze is any combination of ingredients that is brushed or slathered on the meat to enhance its flavor. If you google ham glazes you will get 256,000 results, so here is the short list. My rule for a good glaze is no more then 5 ingredients. I like to keep it simple and let the flavors in the […]

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Party Appetizers With Pretzel Crisps!

Party Appetizers With Pretzel Crisps!

The PARTY PRETZEL! I had to share this spring appetizer recipe from Pretzel Crisps.   It’s simple to make, tasty to eat, and looks so pretty on a platter.  I always keep Pretzel Crisps in our house for snacking, but I was excited to discover that Pretzelcrisps.com had so many amazing appetizer recipes (100 plus!)  Each member of my family has a favorite flavor, my youngest loves the Cheddar Minis and my favorite is the […]

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Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey’s Frosting

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey's Frosting

Here’s a Saint Patrick’s Day treat that’s Boozy Baking at its BEST! The cake in this special dessert incorporates the Irish classic Guinness, and the icing another, with a shot of Baileys Irish Cream.   St. Patrick’s Day is one of the biggest drinking days of the year. If you’re looking to switch things up a bit this year, try turning your cocktails into a dessert!  Here’s one I am going to try from celebrity caterer […]

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Saint Patrick’s Day Rainbow Dessert Idea!

Saint Patrick's Day Rainbow Dessert Idea!

  Here’s a fun way to introduce a healthy dessert at your Saint Patrick’s Day celebration.  It’s a rainbow of fruit flavor and will look gorgeous on your table.  Just try to keep the kids away so you get some! Saint Patrick’s Day Fruit Rainbow Ingredients (R) 16 oz. container strawberries – washed, hulled and quartered (O) 12 oz. jar mandarin oranges (Y) 1 pineapple – cut into bite-sized pieces (G) 3-4 kiwi – peeled, […]

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How To Make Traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage

How To Make Traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage

If it wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day in your house without Corned Beef & Cabbage, here’s a recipe from Darina Allen’s The Festive Food of Ireland.  I love it on rye with mustard – potatoes and cabbage on the side! You can also try this highly recommended recipe from Epicurious.com go> Just so you know our research reveals that Corned Beef and Cabbage is not a traditional Saint Patrick’s Day meal in Ireland and truly […]

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wHOOPie PIES For The Madness This March

wHOOPie PIES For The Madness This March

  In honor of basketball’s classic colors, orange and black, whip up a batch of these delectable chocolate whoopie pies filled with orange cream. Fans will be whooping it up after they taste this hand-held cake that is just the right balance of sweetness, creaminess and moist cake. wHOOPie PIES Ingredients Cake Cookies 1 box chocolate cake mix 1/3 cup water 3 tbsp. oil 2 eggs Filling 1 stick butter 1 8 oz. package cream […]

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Simple Irish Soda Bread!

Simple Irish Soda Bread!

Irish Soda Bread is simple and special treat – perfect for celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day or any day. Try it out this St. Patrick’s Day and I bet you’ll be making it all year long.  It’s perfect when paired with corned beef and cabbage and terrific for tea time, breakfast or in the kids lunches for school.  I love this version with raisins from McCormick.com. Check out their website for more Saint Patrick’s Day recipe […]

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Saint Patrick’s Day Dessert Idea – Crème de Menthe Brownies!

Saint Patrick's Day Dessert Idea - Crème de Menthe Brownies!

Get Lucky this St. Patrick’s Day with some boozy baking!  Combine your cocktail and confections this St. Patrick’s Day with this mint of a boozy baked good. A shot of liqueur infused minty cream frosting sandwiched between gooey chocolaty goodness – everybody’s happy! Crème de Menthe Brownies – Boozy Baking Ingredients 1 tray brownies 1/2 cup butter, softened 2 cups powdered sugar 4 tbsp. Green Crème de menthe 8 oz. semi sweet chocolate baking squares […]

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Make A Mardis Gras Muffuletta

Make A Mardis Gras Muffuletta

Muffuletta sandwiches are a wonderful New Orleans tradition. These famous sandwiches are served throughout the city, and particularly in the restaurants along Decatur Street in New Orleans’ Old French Quarter. Traditionally, this sandwich is served on an 8 inch round, 2 inch thick, crusty Italian bread made in New Orleans, especially for the Muffuletta Sandwich (A Muff). Muffaletta bread is hard to find outside of New Orleans, so just look for a loaf that is […]

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2 Recipes For Homemade Chili – National Chili Day!

2 Recipes For Homemade Chili - National Chili Day!

Chili is one of the most simple and budget-friendly foods for a party menu!  If you’re hosting a crowd for the Oscars this weekend, give it a try. In honor of National Chili Day, Elizabeth is sharing 2 takes on her favorite family chili recipe.  You can prepare 2 different versions of chili and serve them with a variety of toppings and grains (white rice, brown rice, quinoa).  It’s perfect for making Friday Night special […]

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Healthy Popcorn Recipe from ‘CLEAN FOOD’ by Terry Walters

Healthy Popcorn Recipe from 'CLEAN FOOD' by Terry Walters

  POPCORN GETS A BUM RAP as a result of the non-nutritional toppings that so often dress it, but popcorn is low in calories and touts health benefits such as fiber and zinc.  Add air popping and nutritional toppings and you have a snack that you can feel good about.  Best-selling author Terry Walters, was at the NY KIDS FOOD FESTIVAL this week, demonstrating how families can lead a healthier life. She shared her recipe […]

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Turkey Sliders with Cucumber, Avocado and Honey Mustard #TesseTuesday

Turkey Sliders with Cucumber, Avocado and Honey Mustard #TesseTuesday

It’s Tuesday so we’re sharing another awesome recipe from the Tessemae Recipe Blog.   These simple but special sliders are  just perfect for Oscar® night!  They make a satisfying appetizer without all the calories of regular sliders.  We think they’re red carpet worthy and the stars would approve! What you need 1 pound ground dark meat turkey 4 scallions, finely chopped 1/3 cup Tessemae’s Honey Mustard coarse salt and freshly ground pepper ½ cucumber, thinly sliced […]

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Simple and Savory Focaccia Bread Recipe

Simple and Savory Focaccia Bread Recipe

This recipe for Focaccia bread is a Party Bluprints favorite. It’s a simple way to make any night of the season a special one! It fills the house with the smell of fresh bread, makes everyone happy in it, and it’s super simple to make (big reward for the work!)  It’s been a regular item on the menu in Elizabeth’s house for years, and now mine too – we hope you enjoy it. Savory Focaccia […]

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Oscars® Party Recipes from Wolfgang Puck and Party Bluprints!

Oscars® Party Recipes from Wolfgang Puck and Party Bluprints!

For the 20th consecutive year, Wolfgang Puck will create the menu for the Governors Ball. BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Academy governor Jeffrey Kurland, event producer Cheryl Cecchetto and master chef Wolfgang Puck will return to create this year’s Governors Ball, the Academy’s official post-Oscar® celebration, which will immediately follow the 86th Oscars® ceremony on Sunday, March 2. The Ball’s 1,500 invited guests include Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants. Puck, along with […]

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Garlic Shrimp With Linguine Recipe

Garlic Shrimp With Linguine Recipe

  Photo credit: Alexandra Mascali This light yet filling dish is a perfect  for a dinner party of a Friday night in with the family.  Although it takes less than 15 minutes to prepare, this flavorful recipe will make your guests feel special and your family feel full! Garlic Shrimp Linguini  Serves: 4 Ingredients 2 tbsp. olive oil 2tbsp. unsalted butter 5 large garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice 1 lb. raw shrimp, […]

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Superfood Recipe For Salmon with Soy Ginger #TesseTuesday

Superfood Recipe For Salmon with Soy Ginger #TesseTuesday

Today we’re happy to share a superfood recipe that’s so delicious, it may just end on your menu each week.  It’s also perfect for a dinner party – it’s a special dish to serve, and takes just minutes to make so you don’t miss out on time with your guests! Heart-Healthy Salmon has earned its place as a superfood because it’s high in omega-3 fatty acids – a type of fat that seems to decrease […]

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Super Valentine’s Day Snack Recipe!

Super Valentine's Day Snack Recipe!

  Sweet and salty snacks are always a favorite in my house, so I’m getting ready to mix up this treat for Valentine’s Day.  It not only tastes great, it will look so pretty on my party table!  You can enjoy more recipes at Target.com/recipes and – they’re fabulous! “Sweet Sayings” Chocolate Potato Chip Snack Mix Makes about 8 cups Total Time:  2 hours including time to set What You’ll Need: 3 cups Archer Farms Sea […]

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Healthy Pasta With Kale Party Recipe! #tessetuesday

Healthy Pasta With Kale Party Recipe! #tessetuesday

Serving your guests, friends and family, healthy, fresh food is a great way to say “I LOVE YOU” this Valentine’s Day! …and what better way to serve up a healthy dose of love than with Kale.  It’s been touted as the super food of 2014!   That being said, I haven’t found many recipes featuring this veggie that I would be excited to serve guests in my home.  However, this recipe from Tessemae is different.  […]

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Simple Strawberry Jam Recipe

You will LOVE this Simple Strawberry Jam – no pectin, no canning, no fuss from Elizabehth! Make a simple strawberry jam to add to your breakfast, brunch or tea table as a special touch. Spreading it on toast, biscuits, muffins, bagels, croissants, waffles or pancakes feels decadent – it truly is a treat! I was inspired to create this simple recipe because: (1) I had a craving for homemade jam like my mom made when […]

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