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Expecting Company? Try These 4 Simple, Elegant Appetizer Recipes

January 29, 2015 6:02 pm

Don’t get caught off guard the next time you have a last-minute gathering at home. With these convenient appetizer recipes, you can prepare beautiful and delicious hors d'oeuvres without taking time out of your busy schedule.

Bacon-Wrapped Apricots with Sage [Real Simple]
With such contrasting ingredients coming into play, this appetizer seems like it’s much more complicated than it is. All it takes is some apricots, crispy bacon, simple seasonings, and a few toothpicks to create a handheld appetizer.

Orange and Fennel Marinated Olives [Oprah]
No one hosts a party better than Oprah, and her sweet and savory marinated olives will have your guests asking for the recipe all night.

Endive with Ricotta, Almonds and Raisins [Real Simple]
Endives make an attractive vessel for eating the creamy ricotta in this simple appetizer, and the crunchy almonds and sweet raisins are just the icing on the cake.

Leek Tart [Martha Stewart]
A tart looks pretty and it’s easy for guests to eat, but most tarts are complicated and time-consuming to make. This one uses basic frozen dough and a few simple tricks to turn create a perfect tart crust.

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Curry Pundits: Fresh Indian Street Fare

January 21, 2015 5:02 pm

When the experts at Curry Pundits craft their Indian street fare-inspired entrees, they make sure to use fresh ingredients and Indian spices. Build your own lunch entrée by selecting a base of rice, whole wheat flat bread, or salad then add such fillings as grilled veggies or lamb, chicken, or beef kebab. You can add a mild, medium, spicy, or creamy curry to go with your meal and add even more flavor with mint, tamarind, or chili garlic chutney.

The restaurant also features vegan and gluten free options and provides office lunch boxes, catering, and delivery. For even more convenience, you can order your meal online. You can visit the restaurant any day of the week. For late night cravings, stop in Friday and Saturday, when the restaurant is open until 2 a.m.

Curry Pundits
30 E. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 295-1000
www.currypundits.com
www.yelp.com/biz/curry-pundits-san-jose

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Check Out These 6 Tips for Baking the Perfect Cookies

January 14, 2015 5:02 pm

Leave the grocery store frozen cookie dough behind in favor of something fresh, homemade, and much more flavorful. Making cookies from scratch is much easier than you may think, and if you follow a few simple guidelines, it doesn’t take much extra time, either. Here are some quick tips for making wonderful-tasting cookies at home.

  1. Don’t skimp on ingredients. If a recipe calls for something unusual or specific, it’s likely because it’s important.
  2. Always use pure forms of base ingredients. That means unsalted butter, large eggs, and pure vanilla extract.
  3. Use parchment paper instead of cooking spray. Parchment paper creates much less mess to clean up, and it prevents your cookies from burning.
  4. Adjust baking times to your unique preferences. If you prefer soft, chewy cookies, shave off a minute or two. If you like a crunchy cookie, add an extra minute.
  5. Place cookies approximately two inches apart. If you place them too close together on the baking pan, your cookies will melt together and lose their nice, round shape.
  6. For bar cookies, make sure you use the pan size indicated. It can be difficult to adjust the cooking time depending on the pan size, so it’s always smart to go with the size that the recipe specifies.

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