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Hanukkah 2014: Simple Potato Latkes with Sweet Paprika

Hanukkah certainly brings one delicious dish to mind--potato latkes! These simple savory pancakes are not only a staple for the Jewish holiday, they are also the perfect appetizer for any occasion. Many people see potato latkes as tedious and time consuming, but let us be the first to tell you there is no need to be intimidated at all. Think of it as quick workout with the grater, and once you have the potato peeling and onions all done, you're 90% through the battle. These traditional potato latkes are even better when a little sweet paprika is added to the mix! Serve these comforting morsels with the traditional applesauce and sour cream or be a little adventurous and use whole milk Greek Yogurt, which gives a perfect cool and creamy contrast to these sizzling potato pancakes.

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How-to Make a Week of Lunches with One Trip to the Farmers Market


















If you only had to shop once a week for 7 days worth of lunches, would you do it? All it took was $25 and a trip to the farmers market in Union Square to produce these five simple recipes that celebrate seasonal ingredients. Now you can use the money you saved on lunch for a much deserved happy hour!

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Gingerbread: Youtube's Cutest and Most Creative Cookies

Have a look at the gingerbread "mice and men," women, and children, as well as some of their not-so-humble abodes as Youtube's holiday baking videos begin going viral once again this season.

First thing's first, you have to get the basics down:

Fifteen minutes of gingerbread vlogging -- from a wacky Walmart expedition to winter wonderland houses:

Another take -- only nine minutes long this time!

Gingerbread Lattes are the specialty of the "house!"

Mickey & Minnie mouse are in the (gingerbread) house!

We love a double whammy: gingerbread + ice cream, FTW.

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Stay Warm With Hot Chocolates From Around the World

Hot chocolate has always been the favored warm treat for the cold winter temps. Whether it’s an elaborate frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity or a good old-fashioned mug of Swiss Miss, you’ll always feel that sense of comfort when drinking hot chocolate. Not only is it creamy and rich but also it’s full of antioxidants, even more so than wine or tea! The secret to a perfect hot chocolate is a little half and half, quality cocoa powder, and chocolate with at least 60% cacao solids. Let’s take a little trip around the world with five hot chocolate styles representing India, Italy, Mexico, Paris and China. Once you have the right ingredients you can make gourmet quality hot chocolate right at home!

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Golden Apple Noodle Kugel with Candied Pecans

Ah yes, it’s time for the amazing smell of sweet noodle kugel baking in the oven. This rich and creamy noodle pudding with a crunchy golden brown layer on top is a favorite staple of Jewish cooking and one of those cherished holiday aromas to look forward to every year. Although there are many tempting variations of kugel, we have a unique recipe with candied pecans, cinnamon apples and a crunchy and buttery corn flake topping that will blow your mind.

Ingredients

½ lb wide egg noodles

1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, softened

2 tablespoons salted butter

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The Ultimate Sweet Tooth Gift Giving Guide

The holiday season here and we can smell the fresh pine, gingerbread lattes, and comforting aroma of a cracking wood burning fireplace. We have reached that day dreaming state of mind where all we want to do is put our projects and work on hold, go home and snuggle up with a cup of tea, our favorite fleece pajamas and a cheesy hallmark holiday movie. One of the only things about the holiday season that tends to stress us out more than anything, is holiday gift shopping. Well, you no longer need to worry because we have created the ultimate sweet tooth guide to holiday gift ideas that we guarantee your friends and family will adore.

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Win New Friends by CraftingThese Bomb Holiday Cocktails

1.) Fall Classic

While this piece is aimed at helping you create the most glam holiday party possible, some of your guests might not be ready to dive head first into the December holidays, and that’s okay! For those of us still clinging to fall with tightened, cloyed grips, feel free to mix up a Fall Classic, inspired by the expert mixologists at Gramercy Tavern. Because nothing says fall like a giant martini glass full of boozy apples.

You’ll need:

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The Village Voice Second Annual Holiday Spirits Tasting Event Came Just at the Right Time

The Village Voice Second Annual Holiday Spirits Tasting Event could not have come at a more perfect time, as last week welcomed the coldest days we’ve seen this fall and people all over NYC were in need of merry distraction. For three hours, we delightfully warmed our bones with unlimited spirits, beer and wines aboard a luxurious yacht while cruising the New York City waterways.

Once we checked into our maiden voyage on The Hornblower Infinity Cruise Ship we were given our souvenir tasting glass and our spirits program book complete with a list of all the featured distilleries as well as map to better guide our drinking itinerary for the evening.

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'The Dame Says' Music Visual Premieres

If you took the swagger of Cruella de Vil, Madonna and, P!nk, threw it in a bottle, sealed it tight, shook it up, then removed the top; Ivy Levan would materialize.

The rising pop diva with a soulful voice that's bigger than her svelte frame, embodies all three divas with her rebellious, pro-feminist, sultry attitude. Ivy's attitude and look complements her strong vocals and unapologetic lyrics in her new visual for 'The Dame Says.' The single, co-written by Ivy, is a preview for her next single entitled 'Biscuit.'

'Biscuits,' is slated for release on January 13th, via Cherrytree/ Interscope Records. Be on the look out for Ivy's forthcoming debut LP, to be released in the spring of 2015. The album's title and tracklist has not yet been confirmed. Check out the new video below.

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NoBread NYC is a Game Changer for the Gfree Community

Whether you have Celiac, food allergens, or have made a personal decision to go gluten free, wheat-free options in modern dining have really seemed to catch on. And while rice flour and tapioca starch abound in our grocery aisles, it can still be a task to know exactly what is and isn’t gluten free when dining out. Enter Nicole Cogan, the founder of NoBreadNYC.com. The former financial analyst left her job half a year ago to work on what has truly been a labor of love. Her food allergens and sensitivities combined with her work in an industry that often called for carb-packed power dinners with industry elites inspired the creation of her website, which has amassed a more than impressive following in a short amount of time.

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Food Network Creates Dessert Scented Candles Perfect for Holiday Gifting

Not sure what to get that foodie friend of yours this holiday season? How about a realistically scented candle from the Food Network?

The Langley Candle Empire Company joined Food Network in launching a line of delicious candle creations with scents inspired by desserts and flavors from various cooking shows on the network. These candles will turn any room in your home into a test-kitchen sure to impress the Barefoot Contessa or Bobby Flay!

Have some Salted Caramel Popcorn or Rustic Pear Tart burning for those holiday gatherings and ring in the New Year with some Berry Pomegranate Spritzer. Wake up on a cold (and most likely snowy) winter morning with the scent of Sunday Morning Pancakes or invite friends over for a Southern Peach Cobbler-scented brunch date. These are only a sample of the various fragrances available in melts, glass containers, and ceramic crocks that are food-safe and can be washed and reused in your own kitchen.