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Monday
Nov292010

host a tree trimming party

photo courtesy of: qmnonic Traditionally, Christmas trees were decorated on Christmas Eve and stayed up until the day after Twelfth Night, January 6th. Ironically, decorating an evergreen tree for Christmas supposedly started as the Protestant counterpart—as a symbol of the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden—to Catholic Nativity scenes which are now often displayed under a tree.

Early decorations were foods such as sugared plums, gilded apples, white candy canes and strings of popcorn and cranberries. Woolworth’s was one of the first retailers to sell glass ornaments imported from Europe, and later made in the US, as the tradition made it’s way across many lands and down the social ladder from royalty.

Today, ornaments are made of glass, paper, wood, porcelain…most of us reminisce as we put up favorites from Christmases past and add new ones each year. Hosting a tree decorating party can be a quiet evening visiting—creating new memories while the work gets done—and before guests are off to a second or third party of the night.

Friday
Nov262010

recipe: leftover turkey sandwich

What to do with all those leftovers? How about a light sandwich…

toasted brioche´╗┐
turkey
honey mustard
frisée lettuce
tomato
swiss cheese
hard boiled egg
salt and pepper

Thursday
Nov252010

giving thanks, 2010

Soho, NYAgain this year, we are sincerely grateful for the foodstuff contributions made coast-to-coast to regional food banks during our 17-day can do food drive.

Because of your generosity, the Alameda County Community Food Bank, Atlanta Community Food Bank, City Harvest, Feeding South Florida, Lakeview Pantry, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and the TNDC can continue their missions of feeding the hungry.

We Thank You from the bottom of our hearts and wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Midtown Atlanta, GABerkeley, CA

Thursday
Nov182010

countdown to turkey day

Start planning—counting guests, recipe searching, shopping… the big feast is just 7 days away.

Monday
Nov082010

recipe: vegetable couscous

2 tblsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 zucchini, diced
1/4 yellow squash, diced
salt and pepper
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1-1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
2-1/4 cups couscous
1 plum tomato, seeded and chopped
2 tblsp cilantro, chopped
2 tblsp parsley
flat bread

Directions
Pre-cut and measure ingredients—since there are so many, it’ll help things go smoothly the rest of the way. Next, pre-heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add oil, bay leaf, onion, zucchini, yellow squash and salt and pepper. Saute 7 or 8 minutes, stir frequently.

Add pumpkin, chicken broth, cumin and coriander and bring to a boil. Add couscous, stir, cover and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes, fluff with a fork.

Remove the bay leaf, mix in tomato, cilantro, parsley and serve with warm Mediterranean flat breads.´╗┐