Getting Ready For The Holidays

Bowls Michael Aram Serving and Tabletop

The holidays are just around the corner and soon we will be celebrating a new year.   So much to do and so little time, however one thing we can do is make cooking a little simpler. I found this fabulous pasta recipe in the new York Times and I love it---------- so quick and easy! Penne with Brussels Sprouts, Chile and Pancetta TOTAL TIME 20 minutes Ingredients Sea salt 8 ounces penne 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, more for drizzling 3 ounces pancetta, diced 1 large rosemary sprig 6 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled 1 jalapeño or Serrano chile, thinly...

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Calaisio Platters/Trays Serving and Tabletop

 Fall has finally arrived and with it time for family entertaining.  Whether it be Sunday football or after the kid's soccer game-- it is always snack time.  Apples or pears are the perfect fall snack teamed with a Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Dip or a caramel dip from website.  A great way to serve the appples and dip would be in the Rectangle Tray from Calaisio.  The tray includes either two or three glass dishes for serving. Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Dip A delicious, versatile dip or spread that combines the flavors and spices of fall. Great to make ahead and have...

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Grilled Sesame Chicken and Eggplant Salad

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Reading the following article I thought it would be fun to share it with more than just a few friends who loved her books so instead we are bringing it to you our blog followers. The French Chef's Detour to China By DAVID TANIS Published: August 10, 2012 WE all know that Julia Child was a devoted Francophile, and that her passion was traditional French home cooking (though she wouldn’t turn down an invitation to a fancy French restaurant, either). But a lesser-known fact is that she also loved Chinese food. She never cooked it herself, but adored going to Chinese...

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Polka Dots

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The best gifts arrive in polka dots with the N. S. Merill & Company label.  Polka dots are the very in item of the season.  They make you smile; they make you lighthearted; and they make you feel frivolous. I just read that one of the major high end shops in New York City covered the facade of their store in dots- as well as created windows with dotted merchandise.  They are contagious! N. S. Merill & Company ( has packaged with polka dots since we opened in 2003.  Now you know what our secret appeal is! We love packaging party gifts...

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Keeping Cool With Lemons

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The Michael Aram Lemonwood Collection celebrates summer pleasures with friends and family.  Drink a toast of lemonade in the sparkling sun of summer. The Lemonwood Beverage Dispenser is available through     John’s Rosemary Lemonade From Michael’s brother, John Wolohojian… Ingredients: 5 Cups Water 1/2 Cup Agave Nectar 1/3 Cup Honey 1 Cup Rosemary Leaves ½ Cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice Directions Add agave nectar, honey, and 2 cups of water into a saucepan and bring to a boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add rosemary leaves and let the tea steep for about an hour and a...

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