Philadelphia Fish House Punch

Philadelphia Fish House Punch is a classic rum-based cocktail said to have been invented by our forefathers in the 1700s.  It is traditionally served in a punch bowl, but can also be made in a shaker for individual servings.  Bartender extraordinaire Tim Monaghan showed us how to make this delicious and festive drink on a … [Read more...]

French 75 – A Classic Cocktail

The French 75 is a classic cocktail that was created in France in 1915.  It was said to have the same kick as a French 75 mm field gun, which is how it got its name.  And it does pack a punch - with both gin and champagne, it is spirit-forward while still being effervescent and light -  a deliciously dangerous mix when the … [Read more...]

Baked Oysters on the Half Shell

Oysters are perfect for a special occasion. I personally love them raw, but not everyone is down with that. But that doesn’t mean you can’t serve them at your fete! These baked oysters are tender and succulent, and get some serious wow-factor from a topping of crimini mushrooms, shallots, white wine, and cream. Dramatically … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

I’ve never been a huge Pumpkin Pie fan. I know, call it blasphemy, especially on the holiday that wouldn’t be complete without it. Unless, that is, you make a pumpkin roll - but that just seems way too old-fashioned or Paula Deen for my tastes. Enter: The Pumpkin Whoopie Pie. The perfect mixture of cake and frosting, … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash Soup with Sage & Apple

This soup is delicious with just a few simple main ingredients: one butternut squash, one apple, and one onion. It’s really easy yet amazingly delicious, and the flavor gets better the second and third day - so it’s a great make-ahead appetizer for your Thanksgiving feast! BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND APPLE SOUP - serves 6 1 … [Read more...]

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are my favorite part of the Thanksgiving Feast. Not only are they terribly decadent, they’re also the perfect vehicle for homemade turkey gravy. My mashed potatoes get a little tang from sour cream and some extra flavor from two heads of roasted garlic - adding a wonderfully mild yet rich hint to these … [Read more...]

Brussels Sprouts: Oven-Roasted

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting recipes, videos and directions for a fool-proof Thanksgiving! Here’s the first of our simple side dishes: Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Parmigiano Reggiano and Lemon. Keep checking back for more recipes, as well as a guide to holiday food-prepping that will minimize your work … [Read more...]

Mulled Apple Cider – Simple or Spiked

Mulled Hot Apple Cider is literally fall in your mouth. It’s warming on a cold day, and it has the flavor of the holidays in every sip. Lots of fancy kitchen stores sell expensive mulling spices, but honestly, they go bad after a 6 months, and you probably won’t finish all of them before apple cider is out of season and … [Read more...]

Oyster Platter with Mignonette

Throughout college I was a hostess at a fancy Manhattan restaurant, and nothing gave me more anxiety than Valentine’s Day. Even now I refuse to eat out on the 14th, because I know what goes into it: prix fixe menu, shuffling guests in and out, and tables so close together you end up sharing food with strangers. Enjoy your … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Hot Tarts

I fancy myself a savory cook, not a baker, but it’s pretty tough to avoid baking around the holidays.  Luckily our friends over at Ovenly were nice enough to teach me a few things about pie dough using locally milled flour from Cayuga Pure Organics - and they put that pie dough to good use for their signature Hot Tart - … [Read more...]