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Holiday Hacks: Batch the booze and head to Austria

Friday, November 10th, 2017

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Avoid playing bartender all night and choose one great cocktail or punch to serve alongside beer and wine. No time to batch? Planter’s House offers bottled Manhattans, Negronis and more, mixed and ready to go.

For the perfect bottle of wine, look to Austria, which is turning out some amazing medium-bodied, food-friendly reds perfect for the holidays. Sommelier Patricia Wamhoff of Lile Wines recommended Straka Blaufränkisch, available at Reeds American Table. 

“It has bright fruit flavors with good acidity and medium body. The tannins are moderate, and therefore it works well with a number of items from stuffing to the candied yams,” she said. “It’s a great crowd pleaser.”

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Marianne Moore is a contributor to Sauce Magazine and Dierbergs culinary creative director. 

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4 recipes to step up your holiday side game

Friday, November 10th, 2017

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Whether you want to take your meal to the next level or need to win the it’s-not-a-competition potluck, sides like spiced carrots, roast broccoli and slow-cooker mashed potatoes have you covered.

1. Recipe: Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes

2. Recipe: Vegan Creamed Spinach

3. Roast Broccoli with Kalamata Olives

4. Spiced Carrots with Carrot Top Gremolata

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Marianne Moore is a contributor to Sauce Magazine and Dierbergs culinary creative director. 

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7 recipes to help you host the holidays with the most

Friday, November 10th, 2017

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Rocking the kitchen choreography is only one part of great hospitality. Having something for everyone can be effortless with recipes like decadent kosher short ribs, vegetarian wild mushroom lasagna and vegan creamed spinach (the secret is silken tofu – no one needs to know). Bonus: all can be made up to two days ahead.

But even when you’re cooking all week, finding the time and space to make your dream menu can be a big problem. For a stress-free holiday, free up your stovetop and save that premium oven space with recipes like slow-cooker mashed potatoes and by using your grill (set to low) to keep dishes warm. You’ve got this.

1. Recipe: Hot and Fast Roast Turkey

2. Recipe: Braised Short Ribs with Horseradish 

3. Recipe: Wild Mushroom Lasagna 

4. Recipe: Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes

5. Recipe: Vegan Creamed Spinach

6. Roast Broccoli with Kalamata Olives

7. Spiced Carrots with Carrot Top Gremolata

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Marianne Moore is a contributor to Sauce Magazine and Dierbergs culinary creative director. 

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Holiday Hacks: Outsource the dessert

Friday, November 10th, 2017

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Host smarter, not harder. Dessert is one of the easiest things to outsource for the holidays.

Pick up favorites like pecan pie from Sugaree Baking Co., or opt for classics reimagined by the elaborate French pastry wizards at Nathaniel Reid Bakery (like the ones pictured here).

If you’re on the fence of the great pie-cake debate, have it all with the Pake from La Patisserie Chouquette, a cake/pie hybrid that layers toasted buttercream between eggnog cheesecake, spice cake, pumpkin pie and bourbon-pecan pie.

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Marianne Moore is a contributor to Sauce Magazine and Dierbergs culinary creative director. 

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3 quick and easy holiday starters to keep your guests at bay

Friday, November 10th, 2017

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First impressions matter, but they don’t have to be painful. Pick just a couple show-stopping, low-effort appetizers and fill in the gaps with easy cocktail party fare like bruschetta and a charcuterie board so you can start big and still focus on killing it with the rest of the meal. These fast, simple snacks take minimal effort for maximum flavor.

Scatter your snacks in more than one place and dish them out in batches throughout the evening. Snack-designated gathering spots prevent bottlenecks in a crowded kitchen, and timing is everything if you want to keep your drinking guests from donning a lampshade because you ran out of food.

1. Recipe: Spiced Mixed Nuts

2. Recipe: Roasted Artichokes with Garlic Aioli

3. Recipe: Spicy Bacon Caramel Corn

Photo by Carmen Troesser

Marianne Moore is a contributor to Sauce Magazine and Dierbergs culinary creative director.

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Drink This Weekend Edition: 3 wines for a Hanukkah weekend

Friday, December 11th, 2015

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Happy Hanukkah! We’re halfway through the Festival of Lights, and I have three bottles that are perfect for the holiday, whether you’re sharing with friends or pairing with traditional fried fare or milk chocolate gelt to celebrate a hard-won dreidel victory.

1. Ca’ Dei Zago prosecco. My favorite Hanukkah wines are bubbly to better cut through the oil from a crisp latke. This brilliant, unfiltered farmer fizz is made from Glera grapes and has complex floral and crisp mineral notes.
$24, available at Cork & Rind

2. Red Newt Circle riesling. The Finger Lakes region of New York is a world-class location to produce riesling. This is a great off-dry wine that pairs well with fried food, but has enough sugar to stand up to chocolate or a jelly doughnut.
$14, available at The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton

3. Twin Suns cabernet sauvignon is an excellent kosher option with deep, rich and plummy notes the pair perfectly with brisket.
$15, available at The Wine & Cheese Place in Creve Coeur

Extra Sauce: 3 Festive Hanukkah Treats

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Hanukkah begins tonight at sundown, and these celebration-worthy pastries will have the whole family clamoring for more. From sweet to savory, serve up a table of tasty tradition with these festive treats for the next eight nights.

 

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1. While these  tri-cornered treats are traditionally served during Purim, for contributor Stacy Schultz‘s family, it’s not Hanukkah until the Hamantaschen hit the table. These hold a filling of dried fruit, pineapple and pecans.

 

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2. When in doubt, go with the pros. This Chocolate Babka from Arthur’s Schwartz’s book Jewish Home Cooking is brimming with melted chocolate chips, crunchy walnuts and sweet cinnamon.

 

 

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3. Not much of a sweet tooth? Take your taste buds for a walk on the savory side with Tomato, Parmesan And Pine Nut Rugelach filled with a homemade tomato jam.

 

-rugelach photo by Carmen Troesser

Drink This Weekend Edition: Last-minute gifts for the spirit-swilling sect

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

122111_flask_DTWKHanukkah is in full swing and Christmas is less than three days away. If you still need a gift for the boozer in your life, we’ve come to your aid. Last week, we suggested some value and high-dollar wines as holiday buys. This week, we offer last-minute picks to please the spirit-swilling sect. Get started here.

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