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Emily Sarah Downs

Cuisine Coordinator, Tips From Town, Ridgewood, NJ

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Cheesy Burgers w/Soy-Spiked Ketchup

Jamie Bissonnette suggests jazzing up a ketchup topping along with adding a few extra ingredients into the meat to form these beef patties. Easy, fast and extra tasty.

Roasted Tomato & Goat Cheese Quiche

This quiche is best the day it’s baked, but still tasty the day after. Takes a bit of time to prepare but I found it worthy enough and delicious enough to pass onto our Tips fans. Perfect for brunch, lunch or light dinner along with a mixed...

A Wet Martini

Serving a martini in a true vintage martini glass (which are typically smaller) allows the sipper to enjoy the cocktail in it’s entirety prior to completely losing it’s chill.  If filling a martini in today’s glass, you may have to double the recipe. SIZE: 1 serving INGREDIENTS: 2 ozs dry gin 1/4 oz dry vermouth Ice […]

Yogurt & Granola Parfaits

In need of a Mother’s Day or bridal shower brunch menu?  For other great inspirational party and shower ideas check-out Kara’s Party Ideas.  Chickabug is another site with the cutest ideas in pint-sized proportions.

Easy & Delicious Coconut Cake

Jazzing up a store bought boxed-cake speeds up the process of making this beauty.  Difficult not to sneak in late night for a second slice. SIZE: 10-12 servings INGREDIENTS: CAKE 1 18.5 oz package butter recipe golden cake mix 3 large eggs 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 1/3 cup sweetened cream of […]

Hummingbird Cake

This Hummingbird cake is delicious beyond belief, it’s exceptionally easy to make, with a batter that requires just one bowl and a little stirring and a cream cheese frosting that comes together quickly in the mixer. Since Hummingbird Cake stays moist and fresh for days, it’s a perfect cake to make ahead. This recipe is […]

April Asparagus

A light Dijon mustard vinaigrette drizzled over crisp steamed asparagus is perfect as is; however, a little chopped hard-cooked egg delivers a pretty springtime color palette.

Cayenne Coconut Crusted Tenders

Kick-up your chicken tenders a notch with a healthy portion of Cayenne pepper encased in a coating of crunchy coconut.  The sweet yet spicy flavors of the apricot dipping sauce only intensifies this culinary experience. SIZE: makes 6 servings INGREDIENTS: SPICY APRICOT DIPPING SAUCE: 1 cup apricot preserves 1 tsp crushed red pepper 1 tbsp […]

Cocktails: The Black & Tan

Apparently, this drink gets it’s name from the colors of the uniforms worn by the British police who fought the Irish Republican Army in the early ’20′s.  Not the greatest of memories for the Irish, they respectfully refer to the drink as a “Half-and-Half.”  A patient pour will guarantee distinct layers. SIZE: serves 1 INGREDIENTS: […]