Friday, December 28, 2012

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Singles! 

I hope you're all enjoying the Christmas Season. It's the time to be cheerful, giving and kind. Appreciate all we do have. 

For those of us who don't have that special someone, have fun with family and friends. You never know when life may surprise you. Love may be just around the corner.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Mondays with Martha

8 Great Gifts for Your Cocktail Enthusiast Boyfriend or Girlfriend

by on December 17, 2012
In the world of cocktail geeks, my boyfriend is kind of a big deal — so I’ve learned the hard way what they really want. Always welcome? Vintage glassware. Not-so-welcome? The popular whisky rocks, which are meant to keep your Old-Fashioned cold without diluting it. Our first Christmas together I proudly slipped a box under the tree, thinking I was pretty much the best girlfriend ever. On New Year’s Eve, we gave them a whirl. Turns out whisky rocks taste like … rocks. Oops. Below are a few gifts guaranteed to make your cocktail geek swoon.

1. There isn’t a home bar that wouldn’t look better with the Ace Bottle Opener by Kikkerland.

2. So if whiskey rocks aren’t worth the money? Try the Tovolo King Cube ice tray, which makes ice that melts nice and slow. And here’s something your cocktail geek might not know: boiled water produces the clearest cubes.
3. From Aviary in Chicago to Booker & Dax in New York, bottled cocktails are all the rage. Bundle all the supplies, from bottle cap fastener to mini-bottles, and print these instructions for a spirited holiday.

4. Speaking of Aviary, the Porthole is a custom-made infuser that Grant Achatz’s forward-thinking bar uses to infuse brandy with cinnamon, verjus, and apple right at the table. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, you can get it for your cocktail-loving lover. It can also be used to make dressings, infused tea — sky’s the limit.
5. This reprinted 1928 cocktail book is full of timeless recipes and Prohibition-era dirt (including a list of celebrities’ favorite illicit cocktails).
6. If he thinks his gin can beat Beefeater in a blind taste test, let’s see him prove it with this home-made gin kit. Bathtub not required.

7. Every cocktailer loves playing with new flavors. Bittermens New Orleans Coffee Liqueur had its debut this year — and as a feel-good bonus, a portion of profits go to benefit New Orleans charities.
8. For the consummate entertainer, why not a case of 24 classic coupes? Just be prepared to host all your friends this New Year’s Eve.

More from our ultimate holiday dating & relationships guide:

Monday, December 10, 2012

Mondays with Martha

Christmas or Holiday Party Buffet Serving Tips and Display Ideas
Easily Arrange a Large Buffet for party food spreads, set dishes at different levels so the table feels less crowded and guests can easily see every dish. Here are some great recipes for both men and women to make during the Holidays!  Singles, have some fun before the party and prepare together!

Chicken kebabs with peanut dip
  • Serves: 2
  • Prep time: 10 minsChicken satay kebabs
  • Cooking time: 10 min


  • 2chicken fillets, skinless and cut into chunks3tbsp natural yogurt
  • 1tsp finely chopped fresh root ginger
  • Pinch of ground turmeric
  • Pinch of ground coriander                       
  • Pinch of ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Satay sauce
  • 2tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 1tbsp soy sauce
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • 1/2tsp curry paste
  • 3tbsp natural yogurt   

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Artichoke Dip
© Wendell T. Webber

Artichoke Dip                     

  • SERVINGS: 8  
  • FAST

Flatbush Farm • Brooklyn, NY

Flatbush Farm feels like a cross between a French bistro, an English pub and a Brooklyn neighborhood joint, and the bar menu includes corresponding comfort foods. One is this all-American, over-the-top, cheese-smothered dip
  1. 1 large jalapeño
  2. Four 9-ounce boxes frozen artichokes—thawed, drained and coarsely chopped
  3. 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  4. 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  5. 1 garlic clove, minced
  6. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  7. 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  8. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  9. 1 teaspoon Tabasco
  10. 2 1/2 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded (1 cup)
  11. Crackers or sliced baguette, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Roast the jalapeño directly over a gas flame, turning, until charred all over. Let cool, then peel and seed the jalapeño and cut it into 1/4-inch dice.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the artichokes with the jalapeño, mayonnaise, Parmigiano, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and Tabasco. Transfer the mixture to a 1-quart baking dish. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until hot.
  3. Preheat the broiler. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar evenly over the hot dip. Broil for about 2 minutes, until browned in spots and bubbly. Serve hot or warm, with crackers.  
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Port-Glazed Walnuts with Stilton
© Maura McEvoy
Port-Glazed Walnuts with Stilton
  • ACTIVE: 15 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 12
  • FAST
Encourage guests to cut off small chunks of the Stilton and dip them in the port syrup.
  1. 2 1/2 cups walnut halves (9 ounces)
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 3/4 cup ruby port
  4. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  5. 1 bay leaf
  6. One 1-pound wedge of Stilton cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 8 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the sugar, port, pepper and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Discard the bay leaf.
  3. Add the walnuts to the saucepan, stirring to evenly coat them. Using a slotted spoon, drain the nuts very well. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the walnuts on it in a single layer. Bake for 12 minutes, stirring once, or until the nuts are mostly dry; let cool. Separate any nuts that stick together.
  4. Meanwhile, simmer the syrup over low heat until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes.
  5. Set the Stilton on a serving platter and place the walnuts in a separate bowl. Drizzle the port syrup over the cheese and serve with the nuts.
Make Ahead The nuts can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 day. The port syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 day; rewarm before serving. 
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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

Mondays with Martha

We're in the Holiday Season. It's a wonderful time of the year. Enjoy yourself and stay positive. Love may be just around the corner. But if it's taking a little longer, Don't settle! In the meantime, have fun being single.


5 Reasons You’re Doing a Really Good Job Dating

Here are some hard things about dating: Being stood up, feeling frustrated that you haven’t met someone in a while and not having a steady significant other to take to a wedding.
In case the cons of dating are outweighing the pros for you right now (and it is a cycle), here is some encouragement that you’re doing a great job. If this doesn’t work, then may we refer you to a calming manatee?

1  You’re not worried about the ‘what ifs.’
What if you had gone on a third date with that guy you were lukewarm on? What if you had gone to that party instead of staying in to read a book? The answers do not matter. You’re asking questions like, Should I text this guy I met at yoga? And, Should I switch to all-natural shampoo?

2  You know what you want–even if you aren’t getting it.
People are going to judge you no matter what your answer is to, ‘Do you want a boyfriend?’ Don’t let them. You’ll never reach your goal if you don’t know what it is.
3  You’re keeping an open mind.
No defeatist proclamations about there being no good single people left and how you’re going to die alone. Just because the last date didn’t work out, doesn’t mean the next one won’t. You’re going to put on your cute dress and go out on that first date, even if you’re dreading it just a tiny bit.
4  You’re doing a pretty good job getting over your ex
Sometimes, in the middle of your day, you’ll just stop in your tracks and a memory of him will come flooding back. Something kind he said or something terrible he did, it doesn’t matter. He’s kind of haunting you but you’re still looking forward.
5  You are not your dating life
Your highest highs and lowest lows seem to all have to do with romance but you’re a lot more than what’s going on in that one department of your life. You have friends you go out with, you really love this new band and you just started a new project at work. All together it doesn’t seem so bad after all.