Christmas Cookies, Yum!

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During this winter break I know for sure that many people will be baking cookies this season.  So here is a  picture of cookies of what some people have baked to give you an idea of how you creative you can get when you are baking for family and friends.  Go the link above for recipes on how to create these cookies.  And on that note,  I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Ok, So I’m Not Tired, So Why Am I Yawning?

It’s something that 21-year-old Stony Brook University student, Mollie Auguste, can’t help but do, yawn.  And no, its not because she is tired, bored, or has the need to stretch out, its just that every time her roommate at school would yawn, she would find herself involuntarily doing the same exact action, without even thinking about it.  “I guess it  doesn’t matter who it is where you are, what you’re doing,” She states. I find that when somebody yawns I usually yawn also and it’s weird. In fact Mollie isn’t the only one who experiences contagious yawning, everyone does, including household pets and animals in the wild.  And as readers are reading this article, at some point, they may find themselves yawning as well.

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Gingerbread University: A Center for Edible Education Located in Riverhead, New York

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Gingerbread University: A Decorating Fantasyland for All Ages

The sweet aroma of gingerbread, colorful bins filled with candy, whimsical decorations and holiday jingles create a fantasyland for all ages year round.

Gingerbread University, located in eastern Long Island on Sound Avenue in Riverhead, is a center for edible education and expertise in the subject of “Gingerbreadology.” It’s a place where individuals come for a hands-on experience, decorating gingerbread houses and pieces. Continue reading

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Holiday Treat Recipes

Rice Krispies treats are really simple to make. The one thing that is great about home-made Rice Krispies is that you can mold and cut them out into any holiday shape you prefer. Spread on some store-bought icing and a few candies and sprinkles and you have a quick, simple and delicious holiday treat. Below are two recipes compliments of Rice Krispies website. Continue reading

Tai Show North Japanese Restaurant in East Setauket

Tai Show North located on Main Street is East Setauket is a fine Japanese Restaurant offering some very interesting sushi combinations and a one of a kind dining experience.

The restaurant has a variety of choices. You can choose to eat in the hibachi section or in the dinning area. Once in the dinning area, you can choose to eat in a screen enclosed booth.  The booths are located along a wall and there are movable screens that slide along a track. You step into the booth and then the waiter slides the Japanese inspired screen leaving you and your dinning buddies in a private and secluded area. I thought it was something really unique, I never ate in something like that before.

The menu offers a large selection of choices. They give you a small dish of edamame to munch on while you flip through the menu. Continue reading

Let Go of Those Eggos!

Last week  I read an article about a waffle shortage.  I thought how can that be.  Then I read beyond the headline and found it was just Eggo waffles. First the company’s Atlanta plant had problems with bacteria found in the waffles then there was a flood.  According to the report there were no illnesses reported.  But if I were you, I’d make sure those frozen waffles in my freezer aren’t  made by Eggo.

I tend not to eat frozen waffles because they taste like – frozen waffles. For all of you who don’t mind making waffles (you need a waffle iron) or you just let go of those Eggos, here is a recipe for you from Mr Breakfast.com.

Best Chocolate Chip Waffles

(5 servings)

  • 1 and 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 beaten egg yolks
  • 1 and 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 egg whites – beaten stiffly
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips

Mix all dry ingredients (including chocolate chips).

Combine yolks and milk. Stir into dry ingredients. Stir in oil and mix. GENTLY fold in beaten egg whites, do not over mix.

Pour about 1/2 cup at a time into waffle iron.

You will love this recipe! Enjoy!

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The best Spanish restaurant in NYC

 

I have tried a few restaurants that offer dishes from Spain, but many have disappointed me. Spanish cuisine is very rich and varied, but it doesn’t have burritos or tacos. Surprisingly, the best restaurant for Spanish food in New York belongs to an American chef: Seamus Mullen. Continue reading

Spanish Paella part 2: the recipe

Making a paella is not an easy thing. You have to learn to measure the rice in relation to the rice and vice versa, and the only way to do it is through practice. Nevertheless, once you learn to use the “eye-meter,” a paella can be a very easy and satisfying dish to do for any occasion. Start practicing! Continue reading

Spanish Paella part 1: the basics

I can say with almost absolute certainty that very few restaurants in the U.S know how to cook a paella. Despite being sold everywhere and anywhere here, the yellow rice with a few vegetables and some shrimps that they try to pass for paella is NOT a paella.

I’m from Spain, and having savored hundreds of paellas during my life (and cooked), I’m kind of an expert on it by now. People think that paella is a dish typical of all Spain, but it isn’t. The truth is that there many variations of this dish, all depending on the geographical region of Spain. The most commonly known is that from Valencia, known as paella valenciana. It has more vegetables than other variations, and is made with rabbit and chicken. There is also the paella marinera, or seafood paella. Continue reading

Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Green Bean Casserole and Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce

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Foodnetwork.com has a huge selection of Thanksgiving recipes to cook and serve to your friends and family this holiday season. Two side dishes that are worth trying are Family Fresh Green Bean Casserole by Claire Robinson and Aaron McCargo Jr.’s Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce.

I made the green bean casserole the other night as a side dish. I little early Thanksgiving treat. The dish was a hit. My family loved the crisp green beans, mushroom cream sauce and gooey mozzarella cheese that was melted all around the green beans. It will definitely make a great side dish to accompany roasted turkey.

This afternoon, I  prepared the cranberry sauce. It’s really simple to make and the chunks of apples, cinnamon and sugar create this wonderful aroma that fills the kitchen. It not clumpy or gelatin like those cranberry sauces you might buy in the can.  Hopefully, my family will enjoy the homemade cranberry sauce tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Eating!

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