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Light Cheesecake with Sugared Cranberries

No Comments | Written on November 18, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

If you want to have your pie (and eat it too!) this holiday season, why not opt for a lighter version of one of your indulgent favorites.

This “Light Cheesecake with Sugared Cranberries” replaces half of the cream cheese in a typical cheesecake and swaps in non-fat Greek yogurt.

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Best Christmas Recipes!

3 Comments | Written on December 24, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Merry Christmas Better Recipes!

We have held several different holiday recipe contests over the past few weeks, and now it is time to announce the winners!   Congratulations to these outstanding home cooks who will receive a $250 prize from Santa for their delicious creations.  If you are staying home today and baking up a storm (I know I am!) these recipes are sure to be a hit.

Winner in our “Best Holiday Cookie Ever” contest:

Chocolate Caramel Turtle Treasures from “BakingMeCrazy!”

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Holiday Appetizers

No Comments | Written on December 20, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

This time of year so much seems to happen around the table.  Hearty holiday meals, laughter and drinks with friends, cookie baking and decorating with kids.

Along the way the table has become the anchor for togetherness.

Upon moving to New York, I knew I needed one, great multi-purpose table.  Something for a small studio space that could function throughout the day as a photo studio, a work desk and a place to sit down for meals.

Just before I arrived I discovered the talents of Mark Jupiter and his showroom in DUMBO, Brooklyn.  After seeing his craftsmanship, I knew I had to build my entire studio around one of his pieces.

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Marinated Baby Carrots

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I love giving edible gifts this time of year.  Of course it is fun to make homemade cookies, fudge and candies, but sometimes it is nice to also offer a healthy gift for the holidays!  This recipe for “Marinated Baby Carrots” in a jar is just as easy and fun to make, and can be a welcome alternative to sweet treats.  Carrots are a nutrition powerhouse, providing over 15 essential vitamins and minerals along with phytonutrients and fiber that are important for good health.

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Perfect Beef Tenderloin

6 Comments | Written on December 18, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

The centerpiece of a family meal at Christmas time is supposed to be a show stopper.  Something special that when you bring it to the table it elicits ooh’s and ahh’s all around.   A beef tenderloin or “Chateaubriand” is always sure to impress.

Before investing in this pricey cut of meat, make sure you have a fool-proof method for preparing it at home.  This aptly named recipe for “Perfect Beef Tenderloin”  won’t disappoint!

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Simply Delicious Spritz Cookies

2 Comments | Written on December 17, 2013 at 5:00 am , by

Our giveaway this week is a “Cookie Press Prize Package” filled with everything you need to bake batches of Spritz Cookies just in time for Christmas!  (Enter here.)

I love these adorable mini cookies because they are not only fun and easy to make, but they are the perfect small treat when you want something special without over indulging.  It can be hard to avoid sweets this time of year, that’s why I created these slimmed-down spritz cookies.  Take a look!

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Pecan Tassies

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Looking for a new recipe to try for your next cookie exchange?  This is it!  Pecan Tassies are unique two bite tartlets that taste like miniature pecan pies.  Dusted with a bit of powdered sugar, they make an adorable addition to any holiday cookie platter.

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Cranberry Rum Pie

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Can you tell I have holiday desserts on my mind this week?  This elegant “Cranberry Rum Pie” is easy to prepare for a family gathering by using a refrigerated pie crust.  I love how festive it looks when garnished with sugared cranberries and mint sprigs.  Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a dash of rum in their dessert!

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How to Make a Cream Puff Christmas Tree

1 Comment | Written on December 18, 2012 at 5:00 am , by

Have you ever heard of a “Croquembouche?”  Made your own “Pate a Choux,” or handcrafted glossy strands spun sugar?

If you are like the rest of us, the answer is “no way!”  Here’s the good news, you can make your own faux-croquembouche or “Cream Puff Christmas Tree” in a snap.  Just a few simple ingredients and you have an impressive centerpiece dessert for the holidays!

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Take 5 December – How to Cook a Christmas Goose

1 Comment | Written on December 15, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

Why not take a page out of a Charles Dickens novel this Christmas and prepare a roast goose!  A bountiful platter of roast goose makes a beautiful holiday meal.  Cooks may be hesitant about roasting a goose for the first time, but with a few tips and tricks it’s as easy as turkey.  My latest How-To video will help get you started!

In the tradition of my 5-ingredient video series, I decided to offer a simple yet festive and flavorful accompaniment for the roast goose.  The rich flavors of apples, prunes and port wine pair perfectly with the decadent goose.

Apples and Prunes with Port for Roast Goose:

1-1/2 cups Port wine

2 cups (12 oz.) pitted prunes

4 to 5  golden delicious apples

2 Tablespoons butter

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

1.  Heat the wine in a pan just until hot.  Add the prunes and let stand 10 minutes.  Drain off port and reserve.

2.  Peel, core, and quarter the apples.  Melt the butter in a skillet and add apples and lemon juice, turning the apples until moistened.  Add the reserved port from the prunes.  Cover and simmer on medium-low heat until apples begin to soften, about 4-5 minutes.  Uncover, add prunes, and cook on high heat, turning fruit gently but frequently until apples look translucent and port sauce clings to fruit, about 2 minutes longer.  Serve with the roast goose.  Serves 6-8.

Here are a few more tips for purchasing and preparing a goose this holiday season.

Buying and thawing:

-For 6 guests, buy a 10-pound goose

-For 8 guests, buy a 12-14 pound goose

-Thaw a frozen goose for about 2 days in the refrigerator in its original wrapping

Preparing the goose for roasting :

-Remove giblets from body cavity (save for gravy, if desired)

-Pull out and discard lumps of fat in neck and body cavity

-Rinse bird with cold water, drain, and pat dry with paper towels

-With a fork, prick skin at 1/2-inch intervals in thigh and lower breast areas

-Turn the goose breast side down and fasten neck skin to back with a skewer

-Tuck drumsticks into the loose skin at bottom of cavity or tie drumsticks together