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Bellini Bar

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Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis
Total: 1 hr 5 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive: 30 min
Cook: 5 min
Yield: 12 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen peaches, thawed
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen strawberries, thawed
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen blueberries or blackberries, thawed
4 to 6 (750-ml) bottles Prosecco or other sparkling wine, chilled
Fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, for garnish
Orange peel twists, for garnish

Directions
Stir the sugar and water in a large saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Cool completely.

Puree the peaches and orange peel in a blender with 1/2 cup of the sugar syrup until smooth. Strain through a fine-meshed strainer and into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate. In a clean blender puree the strawberries with 1/3 cup of the sugar syrup until smooth. Strain through a clean fine-meshed strainer and into another bowl. Discard the seeds. Puree the blueberries in a clean blen…

Greek Mezze Platter

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Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten
Total: 4 hr 15 min
Active: 15 min
Yield: 8 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
Marinated Herbed Feta, recipe follows
6 roasted red peppers, store-bought
8-10 stuffed grape leaves, store-bought
1 cup hummus, store-bought
1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
Good olive oil
Toasted Pita Chips, for serving, recipe follows
4 sprigs of fresh thyme

Marinated Herbed Feta:
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 pounds Greek feta, drained and sliced 1/2 inch thick
3 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 cup green olives with pits, such as Cerignola
1/2 cup good olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Toasted Pita Chips:
4 loaves pita bread

Directions
Artfully arrange the marinated feta, red peppers, stuffed grape leaves and a small bowl filled with the hummus on a platter. Sprinkle the pine nuts over the hummus and add a drizzle of olive oil. Place the pita chips on the platter and arrange the sprigs of thyme over the red peppers, for…

Juice of a Few Flowers

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Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten
Ingredients
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (2 oranges)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice (1 grapefruit)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (2 limes)
1 cup good vodka, such as Grey Goose or Finlandia (optional)
Extra lemon juice
Granulated sugar
Fresh mint sprigs

Directions
Combine the orange juice, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, lime juice, and vodka, if using, in a pitcher. Dip the rim of 6 martini glasses first in a dish with lemon juice and then a dish with sugar. Set aside to dry.

When ready to serve, place ice cubes in a cocktail shaker, add the cocktail mixture to fill the shaker three-quarters full, and shake for about 30 seconds. It's important to shake for a full 30 seconds to get the drink very cold and dilute it slightly with the ice. Pour into the sugared martini glasses and garnish with a sprig of mint. Continue filling the shaker with ice and cocktail mixture until all th…

Apple-Pineapple Tonic

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Recipe courtesy of doctoroz.com
Yield: 2 Servings
Calories: 160

This fantastic-tasting tonic will help you through both cold and allergy season. Even picky eaters — child or adult — will love this delicious tonic recipe.

Ingredients
2 apples, any kind, cut in slices lengthwise
1 cup pineapple, fresh or frozen
2 tsp local honey
1-2 cups water
1 tsp ginger, grated

Directions
Blend, pour, and enjoy!

For more recipes visit doctoroz.com

Merry Christmas!

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Big-Batch Chile-Chicken Posole

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Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

This uber-flavorful Mexican soup is very easy to make. Make a big batch, keep it in your freezer and thaw and reheat for nights when you need to get dinner on the table quickly.

Total: 55 min
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 35 min
Yield: 8 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large white onion, diced
2 jalapeno peppers, chopped (for less heat, remove seeds)
4 cloves garlic, minced
8 cups low-fat, low-sodium chicken broth
Four 6-ounce cans whole green chiles, strained
1 bunch fresh cilantro
Three 15-ounce cans hominy, drained
Sliced avocado and radishes and/or baked corn chips, for garnish (optional)
Season the chicken with 1 teaspoon of the oregano, 1 teaspoon salt and some black pepper; set aside.

Directions
Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add the onions, jalapenos and garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, unti…

Cupcake Topper in Under 10 Minutes

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For more ideas visit foodnetwork.com
This cute decoration is a quick way to dress up your favorite cupcake recipe just in time for the holidays.

Marshmallow Snowmen
This Frosty the Snowman will only melt in your mouth! These treats are made with two pretzel sticks for arms and a single marshmallow detailed with food-coloring markers atop a mound of vanilla icing. Dust each snowman with powdered sugar before serving.

Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Quote of the Day

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A blink of awareness…

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I had a small change of heart this morning about my unloving ways. Since I started my ten-minute-a-day meditation, I’ve noticed tiny changes in the way I think about my world and the world around me. In this morning’s blink of awareness, I witnessed how I stop loving myself for a brief moment while a memory plays back in my head! It reminded me of when I’m exercising and I hold my breath for a few seconds, but instead of holding my breath, I withhold love for the old me in the memory playing back. The old me that made a mistake, misspoke or didn’t know better. I stop loving myself momentarily to feed and welcome the thoughts that beat me down and limit my ability to be kind and loving toward my past and future self.

That blink of awareness flashed before me and I viewed love as the safeguard that keeps my confidence and bravery safe and thriving. So, it makes sense that when I stop loving myself during playbacks of bad memories throughout the day, I halt the flow of self-love and emp…

Cornmeal Wreaths

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Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Total Time: 1 hr 3 min
Prep: 35 min
Inactive: 10 min
Cook: 18 min
Yield: About 34 cookies
Level: Easy

Ingredients
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon anise extract, optional
2 large eggs, room temperature

Decoration:1 cup cornflakes
1 large egg white, beaten
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Directions
Whisk the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In another bowl, beat the butter with a handheld electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar, vanilla, and anise to the butter and continue beating until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes more. Add the eggs 1 at a time to the butter mixture and mix until incorporated, about 30 seconds. Stir the flour-cornmeal mixture into the wet ingredients with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.

Divide the dough into 34 (1-inch) balls (3…

No-Bake Oreo Truffle Snowmen

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Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
These cookies-and-cream snowman truffles are almost too cute to eat -- almost. Coating them in melting wafers gives the snowmen a smooth, white finish that looks like what you'd get at a chocolate store, but is easy to achieve at home.

Total: 2 hr
Active: 1 hr 30 min
Yield: 16 snowmen
Level: Easy

Ingredients
1 pound chocolate sandwich cookies, such as Oreo® (about 36 cookies)
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups white melting wafers
2 to 3 teaspoons coconut oil
16 small orange sprinkles or other tiny orange candies, such as Tic Tac®
32 mini candy-coated chocolates in assorted colors
8 red or green sour gummy belt candies, cut into 5 1/2-inch strips, then cut in half lengthwise
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Black gel food coloring

Directions
Special equipment: 16 lollipop sticks and a piping bag, optional.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Process the cookies in a food processor to fine crumbs. Transfer to a medium bowl and add the cre…

Happy Hanukkah

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Chanukah Cookies

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Recipe courtesy Duff Goldman for 12 Days of Cookies 2008

Ingredients
1 tablespoon dry yeast
1 cup milk
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Vegetable cooking spray (not flavored)

Ganache:
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 pound good dark chocolate, chopped
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 pound good white chocolate, chopped

Directions
Add dry yeast to warm or room-temperature milk, let stand for 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.

Slowly add and combine the yeast mixture, and the extracts.

In a separate bowl whisk together the cake flour, all-purpose flour and salt and gradually add them to your mixture. Caution: Do not over mix, but make sure to keep your mixture homogenous.

Prepare a cookie sheet with pan spray and drop spoonfuls of dough 3 to 4 inches apart. Bake until the edges begin to brown, 20 to 25…

Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Classic Sugar Cookies

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These are the familiar cookies, with crispy edges and a slightly soft middle. Superfine sugar gives them their crunchiness. The small amount of baking powder ensures that they puff just a little without spreading too much and losing their shape.

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Total: 3 hr 55 min
Active: 45 min
Yield: about 30 cookies
Level: Easy

Ingredients
Cookies:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, at room temperature
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Royal Icing:
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup meringue powder
Food coloring, optional
Decorating sugar, for topping, optional
Sprinkles, for topping, optional

Directions
Special equipment: Cookie cutters in desired shapes.

For the cookies: Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.

Beat the superfine sugar and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed in a large b…

Potato-Kasha Knishes

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Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Total: 2 hr 30 min
Prep: 45 min
Cook: 1 hr 45 min
Yield: 6 knishes
Level: Intermediate

Ingredients
For the Dough:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
Kosher salt
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cold seltzer
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

For the Filling:
1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
Kosher salt
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 pounds Spanish onions, diced
1 clove garlic, smashed
1 cup whole or coarse kasha (roasted buckwheat groats; available in the bulk aisle or near the dried beans)
Freshly ground pepper
Spicy mustard, for serving

Directions
Start with our step-by-step knish how-to.

Make the dough: Put the flour in a food processor, then pulse as you pour the olive oil through the feed tube. Scrape down the sides of the processor and pulse again.

Dissolve 1 teaspoon salt in the seltzer and vinegar in a liquid measuring cup. Pulse as you pour the liquid through the …

Prayers For Full Containment...

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We woke up this morning to a new fire by the Getty Center in West Los Angeles, which brings our total to four fires burning in the LA and Ventura counties this week. I cried at the images in the news of our beloved city on fire and the destruction of structures, hillsides, and the lives lost of the wildlife that reside in those areas. My friend knows of a family that lost their home yesterday and her friend, and dad were evacuated from their homes. This has been a tough year for many us, with one natural disaster happening after the other. I’d hoped that we would be done with natural disasters for the year but sadly this proves that we’re not.

I looked at a map of the fires burning. I wanted to get an idea of their containment and see how much they’ve spread--my heart broke when I read, “0% contained” next to each of the four fires listed. I was hoping to give my achy heart a break, at least until next year, but sadly we’re starting our holiday season and ending the year with more deva…

Super Chocolatey Buttons

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Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Tiny chocolate cookies with a gooey center (even when cooled!) make decadent one-bite treats.
Total: 3 hr 30 min
Active: 45 min
Yield: 60 to 65 cookies
Level: Easy

Ingredients
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped in chip-size pieces
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs
2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 cup all-purpose flour (see Cook's Note)
1/2 cup cocoa powder, plus 1/2 cup for rolling
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, for rolling

Directions
Position racks in the lower and upper third of the oven. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats. (If you don't have 3 pans, simply cool the pan between batches.)

Put the butter, unsweetened chocolate and 4 ounces semisweet chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Heat at 75 percent power in the microwave until soft, about 2 minutes. Stir and heat…

Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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One Side To Wholeness...

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Naturally, we think of ourselves as a single personality but we act like we have many parts. –Deepak Chopra

In a recent Oprah and Deepak 21-day Meditation Experience session, Deepak gave an example of what happens when someone has a habit of going to the refrigerator at midnight for ice cream. If the person resists the urge not to eat the ice cream, they consider themselves good, but if they don’t, they consider themselves bad. Deepak says, "You are pretending that you exist in pieces" and therefore we create a picture of not being whole or connected. Deepak says, "We’re not fragmented. We’re centered in our own being. When you come out of separation, you realize that your roles don’t define you." What I took away is that when something doesn’t go as planned or to our liking, to return to our center instead of breaking into pieces. I’ve realized that meditation centers me, only if I sit down with the intention of forgiving myself for anything that comes to mind that…

Blueberry Blintzes

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Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence
Total: 1 hr 50 min
Prep: 40 min
Inactive: 1 hr
Cook: 10 min
Yield: 5 servings
Level: Intermediate

Ingredients
1 cup milk
1/4 cup cold water
2 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
Pinch salt
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for sauteing the crepes
Cheese Filling, recipe follows
Blueberry Sauce, recipe follows

Cheese Filling:
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
4 ounces cream cheese
3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1 lemon, zested and finely grated
1 egg

Blueberry Sauce:
2 tablespoons butter
2 pints blueberries
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 lemon, juiced
Melted unsalted butter, for sauteing blintzes
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Directions
Combine the milk, water, eggs, flour, salt and sugar in a blender. Blend on medium speed for 15 seconds, until the batter is smooth and lump-free. Scrape down the sides of the blender and pour in 3 tablespoons of melted butter. Blend it again for a second just to incorporate. Refrigerate the batter for 1 hour t…

Apple Cider Doughnuts

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Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Total: 3 hr 10 min
Prep: 50 min
Inactive: 2 hr
Cook: 20 min
Yield: 12 doughnuts
Level: Easy

Ingredients
2 red apples, such as Cortland or McIntosh
2 1/2 cups apple cider
3 1/2 cups all-pourpose flour, plus more for dusting
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
Vegetable oil, for frying

Directions
Core and coarsely chop the apples (do not peel). Combine with 1 1/2 cups cider in a medium saucepan over medium heat; cover and cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Uncover and continue cooking until the apples are tender and the cider is almost completely reduced, about 5 minutes. Puree with an immersion blender or in a food processor until smooth. Measure the sauce; you should have 1 cup. (Boil to reduce further,…

Holiday Cheese Ball Wreath

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Bring your outdoor holiday wreath inside with this festive and easy cheeseball. Use a small Bundt pan to form a wreath shape, or roll the mixture into a ball or log. For a cheeseball worthy of any big gathering, skip the Bundt pan and colorful garnish and roll the ball in toasted sliced almonds instead.

Total: 1 hr 15 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive: 1 hr
Yield: 16 to 20 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups shredded firm cheese, such as Cheddar, pepper Jack or Colby
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup pickled piquante peppers, such as Peppadews, finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives
Crackers, sliced bread or crudites, for serving

Directions
Special equipment: A small (6-cup) Bundt pan.

Line the inside of a 6-cup Bundt pan with plastic wrap. Process the cream cheese, shredded cheese, Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt and few grinds of pepper in a food p…

Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Rosemary Roasted Cashews

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This recipe is almost directly from the Bar Nuts at Union Square Cafe in New York City and its wonderful cookbook of the same name.

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten
Total: 15 min
Prep: 5 min
Cook: 10 min
Yield: approximately 3 cups
Level: Easy

Ingredients
1 1/4 pounds cashew nuts
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon melted butter

Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Place the nuts on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until they are warmed through. Meanwhile, combine the rosemary, pepper, sugar, salt and butter in a large bowl. Toss the warm nuts with the rosemary mixture until the nuts are completely coated. Serve warm.

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Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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