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Emily Sarah Downs

Cuisine Coordinator, Tips From Town, Ridgewood, NJ

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Family Dessert: Dark Chocolate Fondue

Sure dark chocolate fondue rocks your taste buds! …but it is also good for your heart, your brain, helps control blood sugar, full of antioxidants, contains Theobromine (hardens tooth enamel), and is high in Potassium, Copper, Magnesium and Iron.  Most importantly, it puts a smile on everyone’s face! SIZE: just enough (you can always make more!) INGREDIENTS: 12 oz of good […]

Irish Bangers and Colcannon with Guinness Onion Gravy

A sweet and savory dish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your family. Another selection found worthy of sharing from Closet Cooking…Colcannon is is traditionally made from mashed potatoes and kale (or cabbage), with milk (or cream) and butter. In this version, bacon and green are added boosting both texture and flavor. Bangers are Irish or English pork sausages usually served over […]

Boozy Chocolate Rum Balls

Leave it to Martha, the Martha to offer up these boozie doozies. For the over 21 club only please. Cheers to the holiday season! SIZE: makes 4 dozen INGREDIENTS: 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces 6 oz semisweet chocolate, finely chopped 3 large eggs 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar 1 tsp pure vanilla extract […]

Valentine’s Day Pink Popcorn

Ingredients 2 cups Sugar 2/3 cup half & half, cream or whole milk 1 TBS white corn syrup 1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla few drops red food coloring Place sugar, cream, corn syrup and salt in saucepan on a medium heat. Stir well and cook until sugar has fully dissolved before allowing mixture to […]

Raspberry Razzle Dazzle

Here’s a sexy cocktail and a sure-fire win with your honey or with your closet gal pals.  Champagne, vodka and raspberries.  Yummy. Serves 6 INGREDIENTS: 6 tbsp raspberry vodka 1 bottle chilled Brut Champagne or sparkling wine 6 fresh or frozen raspberries DIRECTIONS: Pour 1 tablespoon of vodka into each Champagne flute.  Swirl glasses to coat with […]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Pancetta & Balsamic Glaze

Think you’re not a fan of brussel sprouts?  Think again.  Prepared with pancetta (or bacon) and roasted with balsamic vinegar will undoubtedly change your mind.  Still not buying it?  How about a little fresh thyme thrown in?   Now we’re talking! Need more recipes? Check these out. SIZE: 8-10 servings INGREDIENTS: 2 tbsp olive oil 2 lbs […]

The Best Bloody Mary Recipe

Whether it’s Saturday or Sunday morning and you were out late the night before thinking you could re-live your 20?s, think again.   Most likely you will need to straighten yourself out and get a grip that you are indeed not 25.  This recipe along with a few aspirins, may help you get there.  OR whip […]

What’s for Thanksgiving Dinner?

Get your bellies emptied out so you can fill them back up on Thanksgiving. Here are our staffs’ favorite recipes. Let’s Start with a Cocktail: Here are 10 of our Favorite Festive Cocktails. Or would you prefer a glass of wine… T H E  B I R D Easy & Healthy Lemon Garlic Roast Turkey w/White Wine […]

Hearty Oktoberfest Lager & Sausage Stew

Fall = Oktoberfest. Feeling in need of some festive German-inspired food I surfed the web and found this recipe on The Cozy Apron website. Relatively simple to make yet serving up complex flavor. SIZE: 4 servings INGREDIENTS:  1 tbsp olive oil 1 (14 oz) package beef smoked sausage, cut into bite-size slices 1 1/2 onion, sliced into thin […]

Crumbly Apple Pie Bars

What do you get when you layer buttery shortbread, luscious apple filling and nutty-streusel topping onto a cookie sheet? A sweet dessert that is out-of-this-world!