Parma Ham wrapSerrano Ham or Parma Ham? These types of ham cannot be roasted, but they make a wonderful Christmas and Holidays appetizer. Visit www.tienda.com or your local deli shop. For a gentler taste, choose Parma ham aka prosciutto, preferably imported. We invite you to try the following recipe, the Parma ham wrap. Roll Parma ham slices around julienne cut celeri and arugula leaves. Dress with a simple vinaigrette made with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Put a slice of pear and some Parmigiano curls and roll. Publix at www.publix.com selects the best places in your area to buy authentic international and local ingredients.

Goldbely at goldbely.com serves all US regions with a wide selection of ingredients and delivers magnificent custom made holiday dinners. Gift guides, top ingredients, special offers and subscriptions to your favorite food. From the almost forgotten cakes and pies to any type of ham or seafood or Kobe filet mignon, to historic BBQ and yes, Panettone, the Italian Christmas cake. If you really want to treat yourself, prepare this heavenly mascarpone cream. It is perfect with panettone or any dry cake. Ingredients: 6 large egg yolks, room temperature, 1/2 cup sugar, 16 ounces mascarpone, 4 large egg whites, 2 ounces of rum (optional). In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks with half the sugar until pale and doubled in volume (the mixture will maintain a “ribbon” when folded over itself), 3 to 5 minutes. Add the mascarpone in 2 or 3 additions, whisking well to combine. Add the liquor, if using, and whisk to combine. In a clean bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the egg whites and remaining sugar to soft peaks. Fold the egg whites into the mascarpone mixture in two or three additions. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to set the cream. Serves 6-8.

Antipasto Christmas tree

Antipasto Christmas Tree. Not only is this tree full of sun dried tomatoes, red bell peppers, chives and seasonings on the inside, the OUTSIDE is where it gets seriously antipasto. Serve it on a platter with cold meats such as salami and prosciutto, tiny bruschette or the bread you prefer. https://cafedelites.com/antipasto-cheese-ball-christmas-tree/

Beef Wellington

Ham or Beef Wellington?  Beef Wellington is always a good idea for a special occasion, an alternative Christmas roast or New Year’s Eve dinner. Made with beef fillet, mushrooms and ready made pastry, it takes just 20 minutes to prepare. Gordon Ramsay says: ‘This is an impressive dish and one that’s easier than it looks.The whole family are going to love tucking into this pastry parcel filled with tender beef, mushrooms and mustard.”  www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/164868/Gordon-Ramsay-s-beef-Wellington

Smoked Fish for Christmas Eve. Barney Greengrass www.barneygreengrass.com, Zabar’s www.zabars.com, Russ & Daughters www.russanddaughters.com, and Shelsky’s www.shelkys.com are the answer. Each of these delis is famed for their glistening stacks of smoked fish. For example, serve smoked salmon with dill, black pepper and lemon juice for a lean dish, cream and dill for a very nutritious version or baby spinach and an orange vinaigrette. Orange vinaigrette: Combine fresh orange juice, zest, apple cider vinegar, garlic, honey and salt in a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth. Add in the olive oil, and blend again until completely emulsified. Adjust sweetness to taste, and allow to chill before serving.

SeedlipFood 52, www.food52.com selects the best for the kitchen and the home. Additionally, you can find recipes, wines and liquors to buy, tips for everyday’s life, DIY and really, everything under the sun and the moon. Good news for those who cannot drink alcohol, from a kitchen in the woods of England, with a copper still and a centuries old manual entitled “The Art of Distillation”, Ben Branson is concocting the most exciting elixirs we’ve tasted in recent memory. With a new non-alcoholic option for drinkers in mind, Seedlip has created two non-alcoholic spirits perfect for entertaining at home—with just the addition of tonic (they’re not meant to be enjoyed straight up).

Digital cookbook

Digital Cookbooks. Instant access to exciting new recipes. The books are searchable and bookmarkable! Easily read cookbooks on your phone or tablet. Here is a selection you can order on amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com for $1.99 – $2.99. Japanese Hot Pots – comforting one pot meals, In My Kitchen by Ted Allen, The Cuisines of Spain, A Bone To Pick and many more.

Sakagura NYC - www.sakagura.com Open for almost 20 years, Sakagura is found in the basement of a nondescript Midtown office building.The decor is such that diners have the impression they’re sitting outside, with interior facades that look like houses, replete with windows, shutters and dormer roofs. It’s one of the finest places for Japanese food in the city – and at affordable prices. As an appetizer, try the Washu beef self-cooked on hot stones, a sea urchin soup with soft boiled egg and salmon roe, the onsen tamago (a slow-cooked poached egg in cold soup), the buta no kakuni (a special stewed diced-pork dish), or the chawanmushi egg custard topped with ponzu soup.

Ganesh Temple Canteen, Flushing NY www.nyganeshtemplecanteen.com Across from a row of family houses in Flushing is a large building with an entrance so intricately carved it looks like it’s straight from a temple in India. The Ganesh Temple, as it’s colloquially known, opened in 1970. Its official name is the Hindu Temple Society of North America, because when founded in 1970 it was the first and only traditional Hindu temple in the country. Downstairs is a canteen serving dosas, masalas, and mango lassi so good it warranted a visit from Anthony Bourdain. There are 17 variations of dosas, and an additional four varieties available only on weekends. The all-vegetarian canteen is open seven days a week from morning until night with Ganesha in gold overseeing the basement dining space. Afterwards, grab desserts at the sweet shop in the Swaminarayan Hindu temple just down the street.

William Barnacle Tavern, NYC www.facebook.com/William-Barnacle-Tavern-323687330991867 The bar is one of the few authentic speakeasies left over from prohibition, and the building itself still holds a rich history of secrets – including intact mafia escape tunnels and safes. The entrance to the bar was originally through a butcher shop next door, concealed from the street. Behind the bar was a dance hall, which later became a jazz club and is now the theatre. The William Barnacle Tavern specializes in absinthe — 28 variations of it — and single malt whiskies. The bar owner, Lorcan Otway, used to be a shipbuilder, so the maritime theme of the bar is a nod to his past, creating a dive-y, non self-conscious pub. Unlike many of the trendier prohibition-style bars in New York City, the tavern is not only authentic, but every item in the bar also has a fascinating history connected to Lorcan and his family. Lorcan himself is often behind the bar, too, making 1920s-inspired cocktails or serving absinthe.

HillstoneHillstone NYC, CO, AZ, CA, FL, TX http://hillstonerestaurant.com is the perfect place for your holiday party. The restaurant takes pride in preparing the food from scratch every day. Architecturally thoughtful and warm, Hillstone restaurants will comfort and intrigue your senses. Enjoy first tier offerings of USDA Prime steaks, seafood, sandwiches and entrée salads as well as handcrafted sushi at most locations. With sights, sounds, and tastes ranging from museum worthy works of art to the familiarity of gracious and attentive service, you will be welcomed into a one of a kind dining experience.

Mrs. Wilkes Dining RoomSavannah GA. A line gathers each morning at 107 West Jones Street. At 11 o’clock, the doors of 107 open and the lunch crowd finds seats at one of the large tables-for-ten shared by strangers. Tabletops are crowded with platters of fried chicken and cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle’, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins and biscuits. The menu changes daily so regulars can have something different every day. Stop by and enjoy the special pleasure of a meal shared with neighbors and strangers. www.mrswilkes.com

Pizzelle aka Two Sisters & Their Love Affair with Chocolate in Huntsville, AL. Pizzelle’s Confections is an eclectic mix Pizzelle Pizzelle Truffles.Truffles of edible art and culinary exploration. They bring a lifelong love of fine chocolate, candies, and art to every creation by using fine, fair-trade chocolate and as many local, seasonal ingredients as possible. Their mission is to share their love and knowledge of chocolate and confections so that customers have a greater understanding and appreciation of fine chocolate and confectionery art. At historic Lowe Mill since March 2013, Pizzelle’s Confections will be the place for Huntsville’s chocolate lovers for years to come. www.pizzellesconfections.com

 

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