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Mionetto’s Last Minute Thanksgiving Cocktail and Entertaining Tips

Pop the bubbly…we’re less than 24 hours away from Thanksgiving! Mionetto has shared with us some of their favorite spritz cocktails to kick-off your Thanksgiving holiday celebration. Spritz is Italy’s most popular aperitivo cocktail. The Mionetto Spritz is as easy to make as 3-2-1…pick the one that suits your taste!  Mionetto’s Prosecco is one of my favorites. It has the right amount of bubbles and is not too sweet. The Mionetto Aperol Spritz, Mionetto Elder Flower Spritz and Mionetto Limone Spritz cocktail recipes follow the holiday entertaining tips. Cin Cin! Mix It Up With a DIY Garnish Bar Cart...

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WÜSTHOF A Cut Above

Carving the Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham is a symbolic ritual that signifies a celebration is underway. As I started formulating my plans for the holiday season, the majority of my lists revolve around food, cocktails and desserts. Once the menus are established, I move on to tableware, accessories and the like. My mind wanders and I reflect back to holidays past. In my family, we’re all very particular as to the specific knife used for the bird or dessert pie. We still laugh about my grandma using the long serrated bread knife to reach across the table to...

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Creative Entertaining: Giving Thanks Tips

By Rana Florida Thanksgiving entertaining doesn’t have to be a stressed-out ordeal. The real focus should be on gathering family and friends for a festive feast and an opportunity to reflect and to give thanks. There are so many amazing ideas, from cocktails to food to tabletop décor that will work for both the intimate dinner and the big family gathering alike. But the key to keeping it stress-free is to keep it stylish, yet simple. The key to enjoying your holiday is to do most of the work before your guests arrive.  Set the table a few days...

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Happy Halloween Cocktails!

Happy Halloween! From bewitching cocktails to devilish sangrias, zero-calorie Sparkling Ice, is sure to be the perfect cocktail mixer for you and your guests on this goolish of holidays! Boo! Bloodsucker INGREDIENTS 2 Parts Dark Rum 1 Part Pumpkin Puree 1 Part Intense Ginger Liqueur 1 Part Sparkling Ice Black Cherry Grated Ginger DIRECTIONS Shake puree, rum, ginger liquor and grated ginger over ice and pour into goblet. Add Sparkling Ice Black Cherry and garnish with ginger root “tombstone.” Zombie Slime INGREDIENTS 1 Part Wicked White Whiskey 2 Parts Sparkling Ice Kiwi Strawberry Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry / Sugar syrup “Blood” Kiwi slices DIRECTIONS Reduce...

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Beyond Sushi: How to Enjoy Sake at Home

Sake, made from fermented rice, is an up-and-comer in the world of wine and spirits, and Americans consume about 35 percent of all sake exported from Japan, according to John Gauntner’s Sake World. Often remembered as that simple, warm drink consumed exclusively at sushi bars and Japanese restaurants, it’s sometimes notorious for its associations with sake-bomb-induced debauchery. To gain a better understanding of this complex beverage, here are five common sake myths — debunked! 2. Sake is Served Hot. False! Sake was originally served warm in order to mask certain off-putting flavors present prior to the rise of premium...

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Simple Yet Stunning

  Set the menu for easy entertaining One of the best-kept chef secrets to hosting the most memorable at-home parties is keeping the food simple and adding small details to make it special. After all, a host who isn’t hard at work in the kitchen is a host who can spend more time with guests. One way to make every minute in the kitchen count and provide crowd-pleasing food is by using wholesome, quality core ingredients like olive oil, fresh bread, cheese and artisan chocolate to create flavorful dishes that are easy to prepare, and leave you with more...

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Game Day Party Grilling Tips and Finger-Licking Recipes

The Super Bowl is this Sunday and it’s time to start thinking about your menu, especially if you are hosting a Super Bowl Party! Have a game plan by prepping all your favorite foods ahead of time to avoid fumbling with marinades and charred meat. This year, Coyote Outdoor Living teamed up with Chef Jonathan Collins also known as The Outdoors Chef and Mirlandra Kitchen to help you be the MVP of your Super Bowl party with grilling tips and mouth-watering recipes for your party! Chef Collins is enthusiastic, approachable, cooking style resonates with viewers on BT Toronto, City line, CTV Ottawa Morning Live,...

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Apple Inspired Cocktail Recipes

As the hot summer makes its transition into cool fall, it’s time to forget about fixing cocktails with berries and start using everyone’s favorite fall food: apples! Whether it is hot apple cider, chilled apple juice or just a tasty apple brandy, the flavor of the apple makes a great foundation for many mixed drinks and works well with many different types of liquor. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite cocktails to drink when the weather starts cooling down. Apple Cider Bellini Ingredients: Bottle of Prosecco DOC ¼ oz Fig-infused vodka/liquor ¾ cup Apple cider Powdered cinnamon Granulated...

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XXIV Karat Gold Diggers Make a Splash

Champagne is my absolute favorite cocktail. Give me some bubbles in a flute of sparkling wine or Prosecco and I’ll be happy. Indulgence is everything when you’re celebrating and “bubbles” is my red carpet drink. When I thought nothing could be better than a brut glass of sparkling wine, I discovered my cocktail could become more luxurious with a new spirit called XXIV Karat. It’s the first California sparkling wine infused with indulgent 24-karat gold flakes. Trying this new brand wasn’t enough, I was even more intrigued when I found out that co-founders Nicholas Cowherd and Kegan Klein are...

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Fire-Roasted Pumpkin Filled with Wild Mushroom Risotto and Mascarpone

Early in 2011, I had the opportunity to meet Chef Andrew Schloss. He was the celebrity chef at Rancho La Puerta and I was a guest presenter. While attending his class, we all participated. Since pumpkin was not available, acorn squash from the ranch garden was substituted quite well. Andy has authored 15 published cookbooks and appeared on many national television shows. This recipe is the one Andy and his wife serve at their own Thanksgiving Dinner for those who are vegetarians. It is also a great side dish. Fire-Roasted Pumpkin Filled with Wild Mushroom Risotto and Mascarpone Recipe...

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