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slow down with some tasty eggnog
By Georgia Williams
Christmastime brings with it many traditions, not the least of which are food-related. Cookies, eggnog, fruitcake—all carry with them the marker that Dec. 25 is looming. Really, now, what is tastier than a gingerbread man or almond paste cookie dunked into a tumbler of eggnog as a special holiday treat? You could probably do the same with fruitcake, but it’s unlikely to make that melange at all palatable.
By Lorraine Smorol
Foodies always appreciate gifts of cookbooks, and publishers beef up their offerings for Christmas giving. You’re always safe buying a recipe-driven opus, but memoirs centered around food and cooking have recently entered the market in droves, many with eye-catching titles.
By Elizabeth Wimer
Pumpkin and peppermint are two heavy hitters in the flavor department of the holiday season. This year, a favorite flavor is getting more attention: ginger. Gingersnap and gingerbread flavors are exploding this season behind coffee bars, in supermarkets and as a holiday destination.
There are two plans, depending on your number of guests. Plan 1 feeds nine to twelve, includes a 14- to 16-pound pit-roasted turkey, homemade gravy, Cooter’s Mama’s cornbread stuffing and two homemade pies, and costs $149. Plan 2 feeds five to eight and includes a 9- to 11-pound pit-roasted turkey, homemade gravy, cornbread stuffing and one homemade pie. It costs $99. Pie choices are key lime, peanut butter or sweet potato pecan.
Marsala di Carrabba continues the restaurant’s tradition of offering multiple tastes on one plate with chicken and sirloin marsala served with a vegetable medley. Rissotto Di Mare blends delicate seafood with hearty risotto and linguini with clam sauce comes with choice of homemade marinara, creamy white or traditional garlic and oil. The mini-desserts, priced at $2.25 each or six for $12, include such classic Italian treats as tiramisu, cannoli and chocolate espresso mousse.
Participants are eligible to win one of the grand prizes: a one-night stay at Packwood House in Skaneateles, the Hobbit Hollow House Bed & Breakfast in Skaneateles, the Holiday Inn in Auburn or the Inn at the Finger Lakes in Auburn. Advance-sale tickets, $35 per person or $45 per couple, can be purchased at any Wegmans; tickets at the door cost $40 and $55, with discounts for designated drivers. For more information, visit www.cayugawinetrail.com or call (800) 684-5217.
• Farther west, along the Keuka Lake Wine Trail, check out Keuka Holidays II. Hearty winter foods paired with Keuka Lake red wines are featured, and each ticket holder will receive a grapevine wreath as well as an ornament from each participating winery and a free holiday wine glass with food samples. Tickets are advance-sale only and cost $35 per person, $55 per couple.
Event hours are Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 23, noon to 5 p.m. Except for Ravines Wine Cellars, east-side wineries open at 11 a.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit www.keukawinetrail.com or call (800) 440-4898.
The East-meets-West teahouse provides a serene setting with couches and small tables for patrons to engage one another or sit peacefully alone listening to the background mood music or perusing a book. Several exotic teas, including greens, oolongs, blacks, whites and fermented, are served, with the option to complement your choice with several desserts.