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Dinner 24: Hearty Holiday Feast, Dinners

A Red, Green and Pewter Holiday Table

No Comments 12 December 2012

It’s only once a year that we can break out the red and green check table linens, and adorn our table with a pewter-heavy setting – so we look forward to it with a sense of eagerness and enthusiasm reserved just for the occasion. The holidays are such a joyous time of year – spirits are lifted, there’s a special mood in the air, and decorations abound wherever you go.

We recently hosted a four-course holiday themed dinner, complete with the gorgeous red, green and pewter table you see below. We raided the Didriks store, and put together a stunning table with some of our favorite holiday pieces. We took dinnerware pieces from the Match Pewter Viviana collection, and used a variety of Match stemware and other table accents to finish the table. We also used festive Libeco Home linens to dress up the table even more.

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Holiday Cookie Series 2012, Recipes

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

No Comments 08 December 2012

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are definitely a holiday staple – the powdered sugar almost looks like a light dusting of snow, and they’re a chewy, hearty cookie that feels deliciously satisfying in the dead of winter. With very standard ingredients, they’re an easy thing to throw together on a whim, because you probably already have all of the necessary ingredients in your pantry.

The resulting cookie is ever so slightly crisp on the edges, which yield to a softer, chewy center. They’re an adventure to eat – too big of an inhale or exhale sends powdered sugar flying – but they’re so good it doesn’t matter.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies displayed on a Culinarium Tray over a Chilewich Mini Basketweave Tete-a-Tete Runner in Gravel

I used this Chocolate Crinkle recipe from All Recipes to make these cookies, and didn’t change a thing. The only part of the recipe I would make a special note of is that the dough really does need to sit for at least 4 hours, otherwise the cookies will flatten too much (see above image for a great example of this!) They still taste just as delicious when they’re flatter, but they keep the sugar coating much better – and also have much thicker, denser centers – when they keep more of a ball shape.

If I were to make these again, I might play around with the addition of some espresso powder, to achieve a bit of a deeper flavor. But if you like chocolate at all, these cookies are for you!

Do you have a favorite chocolate holiday cookie recipe?


Cocktails, Winter Cocktail Series 2012

A Holiday Cocktail with Social Wines

No Comments 04 December 2012

As a part of our Holiday Cocktail Series, we went out into the community to speak with local businesses and individuals whose work we admire, and asked them for their favorite holiday cocktail recipes. Last week, we had the opportunity to visit a newer craft beer, wine and spirits store in South Boston.

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Holiday Cookie Series 2012, Recipes

Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

No Comments 01 December 2012

This time of year, I always have a hankering for some really good cookies. Maybe it’s the permanent chill in the air, or all of the festivities around, or just a general holiday cheeriness, but when I get into the kitchen the first thing I want to do is get to work on some holiday cookies. Cookies are the perfect thing to have around for the holidays, when family is visiting, you want a quick sweet treat, or you want to dole out handmade gifts. They came in so many varieties that it’s impossible to ever tire of them, and they’re pretty to boot!

Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

To honor this wonderful time of year, we thought we’d share a couple of simple, tasty holiday cookie recipes. We’ll start with these, because while they’re “red” (cranberries) and “white” (white chocolate), they don’t necessarily look the part of a holiday cookie. But fear not – if you served these to your holiday guests, they’ll probably still be asking you next July to make them again and again and again. Continue Reading

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