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By: Cindy Grosz

(Makes 2 ice cube trays)
LVP Sangria or sangria of your choice
Raspberries or sliced strawberries
Fresh mint, julienned or sliced
1. Fill each ice cube tray square with a raspberry or slice of strawberry.
2. Add a small mint leaf slice to each square.
3. Top each square with Sangria.
4. Freeze overnight in a very cold freezer.
5. Pop out and drop into your drink! For Thanksgiving and Chanukah, think sparkling apple
drinks -- even nonalcoholic for the entire family to enjoy -- present in a clear pitcher -- will be
finished before the ice melts!!!!!!


This is one of our favorite holiday appetizers, as the flavors are decadent and delicious and the
presentation fabulous! The idea of curing your own salmon might be a little daunting to some,
but it’s so easy and will delight your guests. Curing is a way of infusing the salmon with flavor
and preserving it slightly, so you can eat it rare – but make sure to get sushi grade or very good
quality salmon!
For the Cure:
- 2 salmon steaks (8 oz each, good quality or sushi grade salmon)
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup salt
For the Salmon:
- 1 bag Pumpkin Seeds (crushed)
- 2 cups extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup Raspberry Vinaigrette (see below)
- Pumpkin seed oil
To Cure the Salmon:
1. Mix salt and sugar together and generously coat the bottom and top of the salmon steaks.
2. Place on a plate, wrap with plastic and refrigerate for 24 hours.
3. The next day, remove salmon from plate and wash thoroughly with cold water. Pat dry with
paper towels.
To Cook the Salmon:
1. Heat olive oil in a pan until it starts to smoke.
2. Pressing firmly, coat both sides of the cured salmon with pumpkin seeds.
3. Turn off the heat and place both pieces of salmon in the oil for 30 seconds each side.4. Remove from pan and rest on paper towel to remove excess oil
5. Slice salmon thinly and arrange slices on a plate with a dollop of guacamole on each slice.
6. Using a spoon sprinkle raspberry vinaigrette around the plate and a drizzle of pumpkin seed
oil to finish.

Mix all ingredients together:
- ¼ cup raspberry vinegar
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp raspberry purée
- 1 tsp salt
- Sugar to taste

For the Polenta:
2 cups parve milk
2 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 cup polenta
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
For the Topping:
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp margarine
1 shallot, halved and sliced in ¼” slices
4 oz button mushrooms,
4 oz oyster mushrooms¼ cup heavy whipping cream
1 sprig sage, chiffonade
Chiffonade is a chopping technique in which herbs or leafy green vegetables are cut into long,
thin strips.
1. Bring the water, parve milk, and salt to a boil. Slowly whisk in the polenta.
2. Turn heat to low, and continue whisking for 5 minutes, or until polenta is smooth and creamy.
3. Spread the polenta in a 9×9 baking dish, and set aside to cool.
4. While the polenta is setting up, add the margarine and olive oil to a heavy-bottomed skillet set
to medium-low heat.
5. Add the shallot, mushrooms and a sprinkle of kosher salt, and cook, stirring occasionally until
soft, golden, and caramelized- about 10 minutes.
6. Add the parve cream and reduce until thickened.
7. Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil into another skillet, set over medium heat.
8. Using a 2″ round cookie cutter, cut out circles of the firm polenta, and place in the heated
9. Cook until slightly browned and crusty on one side, about 2 minutes, then flip and cook the
other sides another two minutes.
10. To assemble the polenta cakes, place on a plate, add one tablespoon of caramelized
mushrooms to each cake, top each with sage.
The best party of the holidays is enjoying them with family and friends. When meeting Lisa,
daughter Pandora and son-in-law Jason, one can truly understand why she is such a success,
her success begins at home, and people make the party, everything else enhances it. It truly is
"the divine addiction." Lisa Vanderpump stars in "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and
Vanderpump Rules." She is the best-selling author of Simply Divine.
Stuffing or Dressing?????
Food Network has answered the all-important question: What’s the difference between stuffing
and dressing? Traditional wisdom holds that stuffing is actually cooked inside the turkey, while
dressing is cooked separately and served alongside. Makes sense, right? But in my experience,
it really comes down to geography. People from New York and Pennsylvania never stuff the bird,
but always call the savory bread pudding-style side dish “stuffing.” Go further South, and
everything is “dressing."



adapted by
Makes 8 to 10 servings
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter plus more for baking dish (use margarine)
1 pound good-quality day-old white bread, torn into 1" pieces (about 10 cups)
2 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions
1 1/2 cups 1/4" slices celery
1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth, divided
2 large eggs
preparation -- replace margarine or oil when butter is stated
Preheat oven to 250°F. Butter a 13x9x2" baking dish and set aside. Scatter bread in a single
layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring occasionally, until dried out, about 1 hour. Let
cool; transfer to a very large bowl.
Meanwhile, melt 3/4 cup butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add onions and celery.
Stir often until just beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Add to bowl with bread; stir in herbs,
salt, and pepper. Drizzle in 1 1/4 cups broth and toss gently. Let cool.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Whisk 1 1/4 cups broth and eggs in a small bowl. Add to bread mixture;
fold gently until thoroughly combined. Transfer to prepared dish, cover with foil, and bake until
an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of dressing registers 160°F, about 40
minutes. DO AHEAD: Dressing can be made 1 day ahead. Uncover; let cool. Cover; chill.
Bake dressing, uncovered, until set and top is browned and crisp, 40-45 minutes longer (if
chilled, add 10-15 minutes).

adapted from
YIELD: serves 6PREP TIME: 5 - 10 minutesCOOK TIME: 30 - 35 minutesTOTAL TIME: 35 - 45
1 1/2 cups quinoa (I like a mixture of red and white quinoa for color)1 bay leaf
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 ribs celery, diced
2 medium leeks, washed and chopped
1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
3 ounces curly kale, chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 - 2 teaspoons fresh sage or thyme, finely chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
1/3 cup chopped walnuts, optional
Prepare the quinoa according to package instructions, substituting chicken or vegetable broth
for the liquid called for in the instructions and adding the bay leaf to the pot with the liquid prior
to cooking. Discard the bay leaf after cooking.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and adjust rack to middle position.
Toss squash with coconut oil, whole cane sugar, and salt. Spread the pieces evenly in a baking
dish and cover with foil. Roast for 15 minutes, remove foil and then roast for an additional 20
minutes, until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside.
Meanwhile, in a medium to large cast iron skillet or saute pan add the olive oil and heat over
medium heat. Add the celery and saute for 2 - 3 minutes, until slightly tender. Add the leeks and
saute an additional 2 - 3 minutes, until the leeks and celery are tender and fragrant. Add the
garlic and saute 1 minute more.
Reduce the heat to low. Add the chopped kale and saute over low heat just until the kale has
In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, vegetables from the saute pan, cranberries, fresh
parsley and your choice of thyme or sage. Stir until combined. Season to taste with salt and
Just before serving, top with 1/3 cup of chopped walnuts, if desired.
If assembling in advance, heat just until hot prior to serving - make sure to use an oven safe
dish and cover the stuffing with foil to preserve moisture.
Substitution or addition ideas include sweet potatoes instead of butternut squash, swiss chard
or spinach instead of kale, yellow onion instead of leeks, and dried cherries, apricot, or diced
apples (dried or fresh) instead of cranberries, wild rice blend instead of quinoa. The options are
Squash roasting method adapted from Butternut Squash, Pomegranate + Roquefort Salad
Holiday Ideas? Look for my hostess gift guide and tips for Chanukah and New Years. From my
corner to yours, Cindy.

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