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Happy New Year from Food Wine and Design!

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FWandD would like to take a moment to wish all of our readers, family and friends an amazing 2011.  You deserve it.  This past year was filled with personal and professional challenges for so many of us and our hope is that we can collectively move on from some of the negative moments or memories and use that energy to create the future we've been dreaming about.  Maybe you're getting married, having a baby, buying a house or finding a new job...maybe you're starting your own business...maybe you're simply redecorating.  Maybe you'd like to get healthier and happier and spend more time with friends and family.  Whatever your priorities, we know that 2011 is your time!  We can't wait to share it with you. We hope you'll email us your pictures, stories and tips. We'd love to post them for the FWandD community to enjoy.

As for us, our plan is to refocus on health, decrease stress and start building that luxury B&B!  It's been a dream for years so, as a loved one once said to us, it's time to "stop talkin' about it and be about it!"  We look forward to sharing the before and after photos with you, as well as the recipes, party planning tips and restaurant and wine recommendations we find along the way. Also, thanks to all of you, we're now happy to report that our FaceBook page is available at FaceBook.com/foodwineanddesign for more ways to share FWandD ideas together! 

We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating the incoming new year in whatever way suits you best; at FWandD we'll be decorating cupcakes, sipping Moet & Chandon, enjoying blue cheese and fig crostini apps and an orrechiette with creamy pink sauce in the country (look out for photos and recipes!).

All the best for you and yours in 2011,

Food Wine and Design

PS:  The gorgeous holiday photo above is from the website (and home) of a designer we're learning about and loving. His name is Eddie Ross and you can check him out at eddieross.com


Dutch Treat

Greetje 
From The New York Times Style Magazine

Located in the leafy district surrounding the Montelbaanse Tower [in Amsterdam], one of the prettiest parts of the city, this cozy dining room with wood-plank floors, bare wooden tables and old-fashioned wallpaper, is run by René Loven, who named it after his mother, an apparently gifted home cook whose smiling face appears on the cover of the menu. The place is invariably packed with a jolly crowd of locals sating themselves on beautifully cooked versions of the comfort food they loved to eat as children.

http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/eurofile-dutch-treat/?ref=food


Holiday White Russians

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These sweet, creamy drinks are easy to make and we love adding a holiday twist to the White Russian with a dollop of egg nog.

Add 1 1/2 oz. of Stoli Vanil over half a glass of ice ("old-fashioned" glasses provide the perfect vessels)

add 1 oz. of Kahlua

add 1 oz. of egg nog

mix lightly with a spoon and enjoy!


Holiday White Russians

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These sweet, creamy drinks are easy to make and we love adding a holiday twist to the White Russian with a dollop of egg nog.

Add 1 1/2 oz. of Stoli Vanil over half a glass of ice ("old-fashioned" glasses provide the perfect vessels)

add 1 oz. of Kahlua

add 1 oz. of egg nog

mix lightly with a spoon and enjoy!


Holiday White Russians

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These sweet, creamy drinks are easy to make and we love adding a holiday twist to the White Russian with a dollop of egg nog.

Add 1 1/2 oz. of Stoli Vanil over half a glass of ice ("old-fashioned" glasses provide the perfect vessels)

add 1 oz. of Kahlua

add 1 oz. of egg nog

mix lightly with a spoon and enjoy!


Tree-Trimming Party Photos and Tips

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FWandD had an amazing time this weekend surrounded by loved ones for a tree-trimming cocktail party with us in the country.  Everyone was dressed up in their season's best, kids were screeching with joy, food and wine flowed with abundance and, best of all, guests overjoyed us with the most unique and beautiful ornaments for the tree that we'd ever seen.  Each one provided a wonderful insight into the personality and style of the person who brought it; take for example the couple who made an ornament out of an antique toy block!  And the couple who selected a mini Swarovski crystal snowman!  FWandD also had a great time collecting branches to make "rustic" Christmas tree decorations as a centerpiece for the hors d'euvres table and smaller versions to place throughout the house.  We enjoyed sweet, delicious Holiday White Russians (find the recipe in the Recipes section of www.foodwineanddesign.com).  Our menu consisted of shrimp cocktail, retro-style deviled eggs, potato puffs, mini pizzas, veggie egg rolls, mini crab cakes, stuffed mushrooms, crudite' and platters of crackers & cheese. We served a J. Lohr cabernet, a New Zealand sauvignon blanc from Starborough and a selection of beers including Stella of course (yum!).  One special guest made an amazing cream cheese, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts and kalamata olive dip to die for!  For parting gifts, we filled mini Christmas stockings with a selection of holiday chocolates.  We can't wait for next year!

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West Mountain Inn

West Mountain Inn II 
Before we started heading to The Hudson Valley on the weekends, this was our second home. It's a wonderful Inn in nearby VT with delicious dinners included. Great country get-away! Check out their new blog:  westmountaininn.blogspot.com