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november 24

2010

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Downsize your gifts with stocking-sized finds

by Tracy Boyd

Special to Pioneer Press

Good things really can come in small

packages. Stocking stuffers can be an affordable

and unique option for everyone on

your list.

Accessorize Their

Personality

For the fashionista on your list, consider

packaging up a little style. Stay on trend with

neon-bright rubber watches for under $20,

suggests Kathy Carlstrom, owner of

Glenview’s Country Classics.They add the

perfect modern punch to a wardrobe.

Younger girls might like today’s twists on

the popular charm bracelet, Carlstrom says,

with options such as graphic button necklaces,

hobby themes or first initial beads.

The gift will remain a favorite as they continue

to add on with new pieces.

May Your Days be Merry and Bright,

and May all Your Holidays

be Filled with Light.

Stop by The Lamp

Shader in Glenview

this Holiday Season

to get a creative

lamp, shade or


person that has

everything.

Our only limit is

your imagination

1710 MacLean Court in Glenview

1-847-998-1220

CREATIVELY LIGHTING THE HOLIDAYS SINCE 1974

Lighten up a frosty weather mood. Coldweather

accessories are the perfect stocking

stuffers, and this year, it’s all about whimsy.

KnitWits, playful knit hats in the form of

animal heads, are already a hit. Find the

clever caps, from raccoons to sock monkeys,

at retailers such as Uncle Dan’s and

Urban Outfitters.

Little Miss Match socks, a perfectly punky

gift for the tweens on your list, combine

three complimentary pieces to mix and

match. Find them at many local retailers

including Pasquesi in Lake Bluff, New

Prospects in Park Ridge and F.U.N Cards

and Gifts in Glenview.

Perhaps the most versatile gift remains

the scarf, with endless style options perfect

for rolling up into a stocking.Try on this

year’s trends with a scrunched ruffle scarf

from Country Classics, a looped infinity

scarf (right) for chic piling or check out

the bold selection of animal print options at

Glenview’s Fire & Ice.

Courtesy of Fire & Ice

Gift Gallery

Unique Gifts &Aordable Luxuries

Perfect for the Holidays

Visit us in Downtown Glenview

right next to Sweet Dreams Cafe.

1047 Waukegan Rd • Glenview, IL 60025

847-729-5051 • giftgallery@lyzart.com

Store Hours: M- F 10-6, Sa 10-4, Su 12-4

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Portable

Necessities

Whether you have a

spouse who loves to travel

or a backpacking college

kid on your list, consider

practical yet clever gifts for

those always on the go.

Dynomighty’s Mighty

Wallets (above, left),

available for $15 at Uncle

Dan’s stores in Chicago,

Evanston and Highland

Park, offer a slim, lightweight

and virtually indestructible

travel companion

in fun origami style designs

featuring subway maps or

postcards, to name a few.

According to Nicole Jensen,

a buyer for the outfitters, it

expands to fill for a night

on the town or a light

packing excursion.The

water resistant material can

double as a writeable surface

in a pinch.

For a travel necessity

that will never again be

overlooked, try the enduring

Vera Bradley prints, now

available in cute coin purses,

sunglass cases or even

checkbook covers. Find the

fashionable touches at local

retailers including

Peachtree Place in

Northfield, Country

Classics and New

Prospects.

For your environmentally

conscious friends, give a gift

that can double as a theoretical

stocking to stuff as

well. The latest Nalgene

water bottle (above,

center), available in new

Courtesy of Uncle Dan’s

glow-in-the-dark colors, is

the perfect take along gift

for the dorm room, gym

and beyond. Make the gift

memorable by filing the

inside with holiday candies,

an iTunes gift card or any

other pint-sized treasure.

Still another ideal accessory

to tote on trips near

and far, according to Jensen,

is a bottle cap tripod

(below).The gadget, which

hooks on most standard

sized bottle tops, steadies

your camera in a universal

mount.At just $10, it’s the

perfect stocking stuffer.

The Comforts

of Good Taste

No stocking is complete

without a few edible gifts to

tickle the taste buds. Search

specialty grocers and gift

basket retailers for unusual

finds.

For the wine or chocolate

lover, St. Louis-based

chocolatiers Bissinger’s have

concocted wine grapes,

soaked in Shiraz and

Courtesy of Uncle Dan’s

3701 W. Lake Ave. | Glenview, IL 60026

www.pioneerlocal.com

Courtesy of Bissinger's

dipped in dark chocolate

(above, right). The

sophisticated treats have

been flying off the shelves

at stores such as Urban

Harvest in Arlington

Heights.According to

owner Mary Ellen Hogan,

unique edibles are the perfect

holiday gift. She recommends

grill sauces, such as

Stonewall Kitchen’s Fig and

Vidalia Onion and novelty

hot sauces such as Dave’s

Gourmet sampler as easy

options for the home chef.

For moms, pamper them

with an elegantly presented

gift of tea, such as Tea

Forte, which Val Oswald of

F.U.N. Cards and Gifts suggests

combining with

teacups or cozies to finish

the gift. Pair tea selections,

such as popular decaffeinated

red Rooibos tea, with

stuffers such as shortbreads

or honey sticks to enjoy

with each cup.

For the college football

fan, give snacks for the big

bowl games ahead. Hogan

recommends American

Vintage Wine and Beer

Biscuits for the perfect harmony

of food and drink in

one. Give the flavorful Pizza

and Beer Biscuits. For a

cheese lover, try a compliment

in flavors such as

White Wine, Shallot and

Cayenne.

Half the joy of giving can

be in the presentation.

Share something unexpected

with creative gifts in

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Santa’s little play den

by Terra Cooney

Special to Pioneer Press

Shop local specialty stores to get

unique toys for your tots.With so

many selections, it’s tough to know

what will ignite your child’s passion for

playtime the most, but we suggest

some of these top toys for the 2010

holiday gift-giving season.

Building Blocks

When it comes to imagination, kids

can build around any play theme of

their dreams with Rainbow Products’

Magformers.These magnetic pieces

cling to form anything from a robot to

an entire small city. Sets start around

$35 and go upwards to about $80.

Carol and her husband, Larry

Vandehoef, of Snickelfritz Toyz in Vernon

Hills say Magformers are great for ages

six and up.

Another cool magnetic toy for the

holidays, sold at Galt Toys, is Tegu

(below center) magnetic wooden

block sets.

“They’re amazing,” says Shannon

Kelsey, sales associate for Galt Toys in

Northbrook.“Not only are Tegu blocks

fun to play with,” she says of the strong

holding smooth pieces, but,“the company

builds over 1,000 sets of blocks,

each handcrafted in Honduras, from a

single tree.And for each tree they use,

they plant more than 100 more.”

Liz and her mother, Pat Berwanger,

owners of Village Toy Shop in Winnetka,

are seeing some continued popularity

in the age-old toys by LEGO (below).

This company never fails to disappoint

when it comes to creative building, and

this year, according to Liz, the Harry

Potter sets are popular.

Family Fun

Interacting with family can be fun

with the popular games available this

season.“Everybody loves darts, and

Doinkit Darts are for ages three to

93,” Snickelfritz co-owner Carol says.

This magnetic dartboard by Marky

Sparky Toys is one of the store’s bestsellers.The

set is safe and provides

hours of entertainment for $27.99.

In the game world, the

Berwangers recommend

Monopoly games for younger kids

by a company called Late for the

Sky. Pirate-Opoly and Princess-Opoly

are very big with kids currently.

Another family fun game, selling at

Galt Toys, is Spot It! by Blue Orange.

“We are playing it every chance we

get!” Kelsey says.

The game is a matching game for or

two to eight players with keen eyes, of

ages seven and up.

Imitation

Imagination

The Calico Critters of Cloverleaf

Corners by International Playthings

LLC, provide endless hours of play for

children, ages three and up.The

Vandehoefs are seeing these sets fly off

the shelves.The critters sell for about

$10, and playhouses, which open up and

sometimes contain real lights, can go

for around $200.

PLAYMOBIL also makes great toys.

“The cornerstone of all PLAYMOBIL

activities is the two- to three-quarter

inch figure that can bend, sit, stand, turn

its head and move its arms,” shares

Kevin Stettler, owner of Happy Hen

Toys in Glenview.

These figures can gasp hands, which

make realistic play possible.The

Furnished School Building by

PLAYMOBIL (below right top), a

multiple-award winner, appeals to boys

and girls who want to replay their day

out at home.Add-ons are available separately

from existing classrooms, such

as a gym, cafeteria and crossing guard.

For $169.99 at Happy Hen Toys, you’ll

get the basic school, with a functioning

bell, furnishings and accessories.The age

recommendation is four plus years due

to small parts.According to the

Berwangers, PLAYMOBIL’s Ghost

Pirates (below right, bottom) collection

is also popular this year.

Trains for

Tots

Thomas & Friends by Learning Curve

is a line of Wooden Railway Lines and

Thomas the Tank Engine characters that

have gained popularity in past years,

and this holiday season is no exception.

The new Misty Island Rescue DVD,

starring Thomas, features four new

friends that have transformed into popular

toys.

Stettler notes that new Thomas

Wooden Railway characters are usually

popular, but that,“these are flying off

the shelves beyond our expectations.”

The DVD introduces Bash and Dash

(twin trains) as well as Ferdinand

(above) and Captain the Life Boat.All

sell at Happy Hen Toys for $9.49 each,

except for Ferdinand, a character that

goes for $17.25.

The Jim Henson Company (of

Muppet fame) brings us Dinosaur Train,

a PBS Kids TV show, and Learning

Curve has released a line of toys based

on the series.The motorized Dino

Track Adventure Set is currently outselling

the characters, and goes for

$31.99 at Happy Hen Toys. Prices vary

on individual cars and characters.These

toy trains can entertain kids age three

and up, especially those that are fans of

the broadcasts. · PP

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Courtesy of

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Deereld’sWinter Celebration

Friday, December 3 & Saturday, December 4

Celebrate the season by joining neighbors and friends for some fun

FRIDAY AT VILLAGE HALL

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides 5-9 pm

Live Reindeer 5-9 pm

Hammered Dulcimer 5:30-6:30 pm

The Caroling Party 6:50-7:50 pm

Bob Gand Holiday Jazz 8-9 pm

Roasted Chestnuts 5-9 pm

Whole Foods Holiday Goody Bags 5-9 pm

Cookies and Treats 5-9 pm

Toys for Tots Drop Off 5-9 pm

Holiday Photos courtesy of Walgreens 6-8 pm

and festive activities in Downtown Deereld!

FRIDAY AROUND DOWNTOWN

The Metal Cobras Rock Band at Starbucks 6 pm

HALO Rock Band at IL Forno Pizza 6 pm

Santa and friends at Kevin’s Place 6-8 pm

Deereld Bank & Trust hosting Entertainer Brian Wismer 5:30-7:30 pm

Games and Treats at Deereld Bank & Trust 5-8 pm

Optimist Club Tree Sale 3-9 pm

Historic Village Holiday Carols 5-9 pm

Bank Financial, F.S.B. Hot Chocolate and Cider 5-7 pm

Collaborative Design hosting Recyclable Crafts and a Dreidel Table 5-9 pm

SATURDAY AROUND DOWNTOWN

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides at Forrest Plaza 11-3 pm

The Shining Lights at Forrest Plaza 1-1:45 pm

Petting Zoo & Pony Rides at Forrest Plaza 11-3 pm

Bob Gand Holiday Jazz at Starbucks 9:30-11:30 am

Hammered Dulcimer at Starbucks 1-2 pm

Hot Chocolate & Doughnuts at First Midwest Bank 8:30-noon

HolidayTreats and a Coloring Contest at Deereld Bank & Trust 9-1 pm

Optimist Club Tree Sale 9-6 pm

Holiday Recipe Scrapbooking and Food Pantry Drop Off at Deereld Public Library 10-4 pm

Face Painting at Trax Tavern and Grill 11-3 pm

Toys for Tots Drop Off at Village Hall 11-3 pm

Create your own placemats at Mimi Cole 10-4 pm

AToy Soldier will be making balloon animals at the Deereld Bakery 9:30-11:30 am

Photos with Santa, Recyclable Crafts and a Dreidel Table at Collaborative Design 11-3 pm

Take photos before boarding the sleigh rides at Forrest Plaza and turn them into holiday

cards courtesy of Walgreens noon-2 pm

Hot Chocolate and Cider at Bank Financial, F.S.B. 9 am-noon

Craft Stations, Gingerbread House Decorating,The All Village Singers Chorus and Holiday

Sampling will be at Whole Foods Market noon-3 pm

Mural Making at the Park District 10-noon

Gingerbread House Design at the Park District noon - 2 pm

Snowman Making (snow or shine) 2-4 pm

“Cute as a Buton” pictures with Frosty 10-4 pm

Friends of Atebubu - Holiday Market Place hosted at the First Presbyterian Church 9-4 pm

Support Deereld Businesses and your local DBR Chamber of Commerce at

www.dbrchamber.com or call 847-945-4660


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Sachs Recreation Center (SRC)

455 Lake Cook Road (near Waukegan Road), Deerfi eld

847-572-2600

info@SachsRecCenter.org; www.SachsRecCenter.org

Stay Fit & Have Fun –even on Thanksgiving Day!

“Earn your Bird” event is for everyone! For 16+: come

7am – 1pm for Group Exercise/Yoga/Indoor Cycling, indoor Track,

Gyms, Swim & more. Children with parent may come at 9:30am

for Family Yoga; 10am for Swim, Gym, more;

11-noon for Family Dodgeball. Babysitting is available.

Reasonable fees apply for SRC non-members. Free for SRC members

$30 for 30 days of Fitness

–for College Students home on Winter Break for

Fitness Center, Classes, Gym/Swim/Track & more.

H.S. Students under 16 yrs.

–get your SRC membership through our

Teens N Training (TNT) program

Did you know?:

Now is the time to register for our Sept. thru May

Preschool Program: at Jewett Park Community Center

–for children 2.5-5 years of age.

Call 847-572-2634 for a tour or for more information.


















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It’s a celebration!

Celebrate all good times, come on.


1621 WAUKEGAN RD. • GLENVIEW

847-729-0550

www.scanskishop.com

HOURS: M & F 10-6, TUES, WED, TH 10-8

SAT 10-5, SUN 12-5


PRE-HOLIDAY SALE

3 DAYS ONLY!!!

Friday Nov. 26

thru Sunday Nov. 28

20% OFF

EVERYTHING IN THE STORE!



Does not apply to previously purchased items or

items already on sale. No coupons allowed with

this sale. Does not apply to labor or rentals.


by Pauline Pang

Special to Pioneer Press

When you celebrate, whatever you celebrate,

you recharge your connections to

the significant people and events in your

life. Shared celebrations are at the heart

of family and community, whether passed

down through children to span generations

or sampled at a school potluck

bridging cultural traditions.At this time of



We sell the fun of skiing...

46 Years of Serving the North Shore!

year and all year round, books allow kids

especially to affirm their own experiences

and encounter others less familiar.

Rose Joseph, co-owner of The Magic

Tree Bookstore in Oak Park, says reading

about different cultures and traditions

give children “an appreciation of the richness

of many different cultures and that

they all share something in common —

community, family, sharing and good

food!”

During The

Avenue’s Vintage

Village Fayre,

Magic Tree’s own

Becky Noble will

share holiday stories

on at 11 a.m.

on Saturday, Dec.

11 at the bookstore,

located at

141 N. Oak Park

Ave.

“Children are

mesmerized and

parents are

entertained by

Becky’s inimitable

style of reading,”

Joseph says.

Winter Solstice

After the growing darkness that follows the fall

equinox, the winter solstice promises the gradual

return of the sun’s light and warmth. In The Shortest

Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice,Wendy Pfeffer illustrates

the science of the solstice and how it has been

observed by various cultures since ancient times.

Many cultures, in fact, have borrowed traditions from

solstice celebrations and today still practice them.

Here Comes The Sun Cupcakes

Make cupcakes from yellow cake mix according to

package directions. Decorate with yellow frosting,

candy corn and candles.

Hanukkah

Eight Winter Nights by Laura Krause shows a family’s

preparations for this eight-day Jewish holiday that commemorates

the rededication of the Holy Temple after

the Maccabean revolt.According to the Talmud, there

was only enough oil to burn for one day. Miraculously,

the oil burned for eight days. Krause’s family gets ready

by polishing their menorah that holds the eight candles

representing the eight days that the oil burned. Best of

all, foods fried in oil are traditionally eaten in observance

of the Hanukkah miracle.

Fit to be Fried Potato Latkes

Peel one potato per person, cut into chunks and

coarsely grind in a food processor with a small piece of

onion to keep the potatoes from getting discolored.Add

matzo meal, salt and pepper to taste. Fry latkes by the

tablespoonful for four minutes or until golden. Drain on

paper towels. Serve with applesauce and sour cream.

Christmas

Christmas books for kids abound,

featuring much-loved characters from

the Berenstein Bears to Olivia trimming

their trees, putting out cookies

for Santa Claus and waking up bright

and early to open their presents. Elaine

Marzal, a Magic Tree Bookstore sales

associate, has a collection of holiday

picture books in her attic that she

brings out each year.

“These books are very precious to

me, even though my children are now

grown,” she says.“‘Merry Christmas,

Strega Nona’ by Tomie dePaola was a

real favorite!”

Snowy Rooftop Oatmeal Cookies

Beat together a half-cup of butter, a

half-cup of molasses and a quarter-cup

of sugar until creamy.Add a teaspoon

of vanilla and two tablespoons of

ground flaxseed mixed with six tablespoons

of water. Mix in one and a half

cups of flour, one teaspoon each of

baking soda and cinnamon, a half-teaspoon

of salt and three cups of oats.

Stir in a cup each of chopped dates and

walnuts. Drop by spoonfuls on an

ungreased cookie sheet and bake for

10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees or

until browned. Mix a cup of confectioner’s

sugar with a tablespoon or two of

milk. Dip cooled cookies upside down

into frosting to make snowy tops.

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a seven-day

festival that celebrates the

African-American people.

Celebrate Kwanzaa by

Carolyn Otto explains that

the candles lit on each day

of Kwanzaa honor the

principles of unity, selfdetermination,

collective

work and responsibility,

cooperative economics,

purpose, creativity and

faith. Created by Dr.

Maulana Karenga in 1966

and based on African first

fruit festivals, Kwanzaa

exemplifies how holiday

traditions are refashioned

to keep a community connected

to its past, present

and future.

Lullaby Sweet

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dash of salt, a half-teaspoon

of cinnamon, a

pinch of nutmeg, a half-teaspoon

of vanilla and a halfcup

of heavy cream. Pour

into an unbaked pie shell

and bake for an hour at

350 degrees. Cool. Serve

with whipped cream. · PP


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Surviving the Holidays

Make your health a priority

by Tracy Boyd

Special to Pioneer Press

Plummeting temperatures and the

stress of a packed calendar can land even

the hardiest reveler in the doctor’s office

this time of year. Confront cold and flu

season head-on with proactive strategies

for wellness.After all, knowledge just

might be the best medicine.

Here are a few tips for staying well

this season:

Avoid Overindulging

For many, those packed schedules

contain an influx of holiday parties.

Whether it’s as simple as an office lunch

out or a blowout New Year’s bash, be

careful to maintain consistent healthy

eating habits.Temptations such as sugary

treats and alcoholic beverages, if

overindulged in, can compromise the

immune system.

When white blood cells are exposed

to high levels of sugar in the bloodstream,

they have a decreased ability to

fight infections, says Chicagohealers.com

practitioner Dr.Tom Bayne. Similarly,

many days of heavy alcohol consumption

can leave the body fatigued, dehydrated

and toxic.As always, moderation is crucial

this time of year.

Boost Your Digestion

If you’ve noticed a surge in products

touting good bacteria and improved regularity,

it’s with good reason.When the

digestive system is in top form, nutrients

and vitamins from the food you eat are

properly processed and extracted for

your body’s natural functions.This

extends to immunity, as the digestive system

is also responsible for breaking

down toxins and harmful viruses.

“A healthy digestive system usually

indicates a healthy body,” says Dr. Helen

Lee, of Chicagohealers.com, who points

to signs of bloating, frequent yeast infections,

itchy skin and constipation as just

some of the red flags.“In a healthy body,

we have trillions of natural good bacteria

that work with our system to help

metabolize or breakdown food and

waste.When there is an imbalance

between the good and the bad bacteria,

our digestion can be compromised.”

A high sugar diet, something that the

holidays tend to threaten, supports a

dangerous imbalance by aiding bad bacte-

How Sweet It Is

The Buzz about Honey and Health

The pot of honey

in your kitchen

might have a new

place in the home

— the medicine cabinet.As

more

patients grow frustrated

with persistent

colds and recordbreaking

allergy seasons,

non-medicinal cures are

becoming increasingly popular

as a safe, affordable next

step.

“Raw honey is shown to

have anti-microbial properties that

support a healthy immune system,”

explains Dr. Helen Lee, of

Chicagohealers.com.“It contains

5,000 live enzymes, a full range of

vitamins, 22 amino acids and 27

minerals all of which can act as

powerful antioxidants, improve

digestion and stimulate the

immune system.”

Perhaps the most compelling

argument for a spoonful of the

sweet syrup is aimed directly at

seasonal allergy sufferers.When

pollen counts render even antihistamines

powerless, consider turn-

ing to nature itself. It’s suggested that

local honey offers additional benefits

because it’s produced by local bees

that have been exposed to the same

pollens that irritate your body. By consuming

local honey, you are exposing

your body to a remnant of the bee

pollen and stimulating your immune

system to respond to specific allergens.

For parents, dealing with your child’s

cough can be a nightmare. Many of the

over-the-counter syrups contain ingredients

too strong for small bodies.

When taken by the spoonful, or mixed

with hot water and lemon, honey is

found to coat the throat better and

act as an effective cough suppressant

before bed.

Honey contains many vital components,

including vitamin B-complexes,

C, D, E and an interesting ingredient

call propolis. Some researchers are

investigating whether this component,

which bees use to naturally clean and

kill bacteria in their hive, can be used

as a powerful antifungal to disable

viruses and fight infection in humans.

It’s also considered to be anti-inflammatory.

Now that’s something to buzz

about.

ria in the body.You can assist your diet in

a number of ways, in addition to the

good bacteria found in probiotics and

sources of acidophilus such as yogurt. By

incorporating more fresh ginger into

your diet, you warm the body and assist

in cleansing and enhancing the metabolism.Wild

and organic herbs such as garlic

and oregano have been known to

In areas where you spend

the most time, install

a steam humidifier to

add moisture to the air.

contain naturally occurring antiviral and

antibacterial properties that target the

liver by cleansing the blood flow and ridding

harmful waste.

Breathe Easier

“As weather cools, the air becomes

dry, which may cause the mucus membranes

to become irritated — a chink in

the armor for viruses,” says Dr. Phil

Hagen, a preventative medicine specialist

and medical editor-in-chief of a new

reference guide, The Mayo Clinic Book of

Home Remedies (October 2010).

Our nasal passages are the key entryways

for bacteria and viruses that cause

most colds.To flush out thickening

mucus and potential irritants, often the

simplest remedy works best. Nasal

lavage is a recommended process that

helps remove excess debris and reduce

inflammation through rinsing passages

with a mild solution of warm water

mixed with salt. Similar techniques can

also sooth a raw throat.

“Gargling with plain or salt water

helps a sore or irritated throat. For

allergies, try a saline nasal wash or netti

pot,” says Hagen, who warns of overusing

decongestant nasal sprays that provide

only a quick fix and can cause

membranes to become less responsive

to their effectiveness over time.

In areas where you spend the most

time, especially the bedroom, install a

steam humidifier to reintroduce moisture

to the air during winter months.

This will help avoid the irritation and

cracked skin that often opens mucus

membranes to infection.

Finally, encourages Hagen, know your

own body. Each person reacts differently

when exposed to stress and irritants.

Do not underestimate the power of

washing your hands, above all things. By

maintaining a healthy schedule of regular

sleep, exercise and healthy foods,

you can boost your immunity for a

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winter warm up

Seasonal cocktails that make the party

by Tracy Boyd

Special to Pioneer Press

Cap off your gatherings

with a toast for all ages.

Steaming mugs of hot chocolate,

apple cider and festive

cocktails are the perfect

compliment to family outings

and gatherings with friends.

With a little creativity, turn

classic winter beverages into

an unforgettable addition to

your menu.

“A carefully selected and

beautifully presented cocktail

sets the tone for your entertaining,”

says Jon Wool, of

Finesse Cuisine catering in

Chicago.“There is nothing

warmer or more welcoming

than a cup of rich hot cocoa

or fragrant cider.Also, when

kids have a drink that looks

like the one the grownups

are drinking, they feel like

they are part of the celebration.”

Sure, everyone loves a

handful of marshmallows

melting atop their mug, but

this year, allow your drinks to

take center stage with a

make-your-own topping bar

filled with plenty of garnishes.

This idea works very well

when serving both adults and

children. Simply arrange the

hot beverage or punch bar

with the option to add alcohol

at the end of the recipe.

As with all aspects of your

menu, look for opportunities

to add seasonal, local flavor in

the form of market produce.

Consider fresh springs of

savory rosemary to round

out a cocktail or set out candied

zests of Meyer lemon to

pop in herbal tea selections.

Even winter-friendly glasses of

mulled wine, brandy or bourbon

get a more rustic seasonal

enhancement with fresh

herbs and fruits.

For additional toppings and

garnishes, look no further

than the candy isle. Select

miniature candy canes for

stirring, or crush peppermint

hard candies to sprinkle with

white chocolate shavings atop

whipped cream.When creating

a cocktail, it’s fun to drop

a candy surprise inside to

melt and deepen the flavor.

Try Red Hots for an intense

burst of cinnamon, or a sour

apple hard candy to pack a

sweet punch.

Crushed candy can also

work for a memorable martini-style

cocktail, replacing the

salt or sugared rim with an

added flavor burst.Toasted

coconut or finely ground

almonds work well too.

Simply moisten the rim by

running a lemon along the

edge, or dip the rim in juice

before pressing into the

crushed topping. Remember

to look to your spice rack as

well, using fresh ground nutmeg,

cinnamon or even

cayenne pepper to kick your

cocktails up a notch.

For a ready-made party

idea, here are some recipes

local caterers will be using

this year:

Blue Plate Catering in

Chicago offers a twist on a

party classic: the Manhattan.

Try pomegranate or the

more seasonal cranberry

juice as a substitute for the

blueberry if you wish.

Blue Plate’s

Pom Blueberry

Smash:

.75 oz. POM Blueberry

100% juice

.5 oz. Makers Mark Bourbon

.5 oz. fresh lemon juice

.75 oz. honey syrup (mix two

parts honey with one part

Finesse Cuisine in

Chicago offers a recipe

to share a favorite seasonal

beverage in a

thoughtful way. By assembling

a ready-to-brew

homemade cocoa mix,

you have an affordable,

personalized holiday gift

for everyone on your list,

from coworkers to

teachers and hosts.

To finish the presentation,

purchase mason jars

from a local craft store,

and cut rounds of festive

plaid or burlap fabric to

tie over the lid. For

adults, feel free to include

a gift-wrapped bottle of

peppermint schnapps or

coffee liquor to enhance

the lingering magic of the

mix.

hot water and stir, cooling

before mixing)

Mint sprig for garnish

Finesse Cuisine offers a spicy

twist on hot cider, with the

addition of a much-loved tea

in this recipe, perfect for sledding

and caroling trips in the

cold.

Finesse’s

Chai Cider:

1 chai tea bag

2 cups apple cider

1 tsp. agave nectar

1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

photo by Tracy Boyd

Bring cider to a near boil,

then add to mug of agave and

lemon juice. Stir to dissolve.

Add chai tea bag and allow to

steep for 3-5 minutes. · PP

Spread the Warmth

Ingredients:

2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup Dutch process cocoa

2.5 cups powdered milk

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 pinch cayenne pepper

Directions:

Combine all ingredients

evenly in a mixing bowl.This

recipe makes five-and-a-half

cups of powdered mix.

Portion the mix into small

jars, including the following

preparation instructions.Top

off with miniature marshmallows

or crushed peppermints

and chocolate curls.

Fill your mug halfway with

hot cocoa mix and pour in

hot water. Stir to dissolve.

Whipped cream or mini

marshmallows are optional

toppings. For an extra indulgence,

use warm milk in

place of water. Enjoy.

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