holiday

This easy kitchen project won’t take much time at all. It’s delicious and a nice gift for anyone on your list. We used Ghiradelli chocolate from the baking section of the supermarket and Safeway Selects “Almond Orchard Delight Trail Mix” that includes roasted almonds, cranberries, pistachios, raisins and cherries. Nutty Mexican Chocolate Bark 16 oz. […]

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If you are drawing a blank, here are some options we are considering. Happy V-Day! Tempura Oysters with Ginger and Soy Dressing – An elegant start. Kerala-Style Beef Stew – a “one dish wonder” that everyone seems to love. Feel free to hold the potatoes and serve over rice or udon noodles. And, be sure […]

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With the new year upon us, we wanted to pass along a favorite recipe for those of you looking for party menu ideas. We’ve made this delicious smoked salmon many times and it is always a crowd-pleaser. The spice rub is very simple to make and, when grilled, turns a beautiful color from the brown […]

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Party Starter

December 4, 2012

Looking for an easy, delicious and no-fuss nibble to set out self-serve for a holiday hors d’oeuvres? Look no further. This recipe serves 10-12 and takes no more than 20 minutes to assemble. Recipe: Smoked Salmon Toasts with Mustard Butter (only slightly adapted from Food & Wine Magazine) 1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room […]

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To help with your Thanksgiving Day planning, we made a list of recipes for you to consider. Some are from our Loulies archive collection and some are new recipes that we want to try. We like the idea of mixing some old and some new. Old Favorites Simple Chestnut Soup Delicious Nutted Wild Rice Homemade […]

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We’re only just now beginning to think about menus (Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away – how’d that happen?), gifts to give, and things to make our homes feel warm, fresh and inviting. Here’s a sample of ideas we have found: Scandalous, but brilliant – and delicious Decorations Handmade linen napkins and ceramics for […]

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St.Patrick’s Day

March 16, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and, although we are not Irish, we were inspired to post on this holiday because of a short radio clip we heard the other day that said St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland is not green beer and pubs as we know it in the U.S. In Ireland, the pubs are […]

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Grab a King Cake Today

February 21, 2012

Bettina found this cake at Whole Foods today – Fat Tuesday – the day before Ash Wednesday. During this time of year, one of the most-loved traditions in New Orleans is having a King Cake. The tradition is to bake an oval cake in honor of the three kings and then to decorate the cake […]

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Yesterday, the topic on The Kojo Nnamdi show was chocolate. We were only able to listen to about five minutes, but within that time, here is some of what we learned: The cacao tree is a native South American tree whose seeds are fermented and processed to make cocoa, cocoa butter and chocolate. The words […]

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