Photo Recap: IntoxiKate’s Cheesy Event with Great Balls of Cheese

Last night, author Michelle Buffardi and I teamed up for a Cheesy Event for Great Balls of Cheese. The book features a collection of sweet and savory cheese balls perfect for any occasion. With recipes fitting for everything from an upscale cocktail party to an impromptu family gathering, these creations pair pantry favorites with a variety of cheeses. Delight guests at your next event with a simple (and inexpensive) cheese ball! Ernie's Wine Bar + Eats in Bronxville provided the perfect backdrop for the event—I mean, what goes better than wine and cheese? The event recap, in photos, is below. To [...]

By | 2013-12-21T00:49:15+00:00 December 20th, 2013|recipe|0 Comments

Book Review: Great Balls of Cheese

Looking for a cheesy way to kick off your holiday party? Before heading to your local grocery story (or cheese monger), and head straight to the bookstore! Michelle Buffardi created Great Balls of Cheese, a recipe book filled with brilliant ways to incorporate cheese balls into any occasion. Recipes include: • Bored with your bean dip? Try crowd-pleasers like the zingy Mexican Black Bean Ball, a Cranberry Cheddar Ball, an updated Port Wine Cheese Ball (minus the scary pink color), and a bacon-filled Pigskin that’s perfect for game day. • Fun shapes like an adorable Herbed Caterpillar and Nacho Cheese [...]

By | 2013-12-02T22:40:40+00:00 December 2nd, 2013|entertaining, recipe|0 Comments

Cook Gourmet Meals with Plated

If you enjoy a good meal like I do, odds are you also like to try new recipes at home. And when you're trying a new recipe, it's sometimes hard to track down the ingredients it calls for—trust me, I can write a whole entry on hunting down the Knorr tamarind soup base I use to make Filipino pork Sinigang soup. And, if you do happen to get your hands on that hard-to-find ingredient, you'll use a teaspoon of it in the recipe and then that spice will sit in your pantry for months on end, unused. That's why I'm [...]

By | 2013-11-24T13:38:52+00:00 November 27th, 2013|recipe|0 Comments

Introducing the IntoxiKate Holiday Guide

The holidays are my favorite time of year. Friends and family gather around the table, pausing their busy schedules to sit down and share a delicious meal. Whether you’re serving up nostalgic dishes that remind you of yesteryear, or to trying out new items to wow the newbies at your table, it’s the meal that brings us together. From Turkey Day to New Year’s, the next couple of months are also bound to get a little crazy. I want you to focus on those special meals with loved ones, so I’ve scoured the county to help make this year’s holiday [...]

By | 2013-11-20T01:03:03+00:00 November 20th, 2013|recipe|2 Comments

Recipe: Trick-or-Treat with Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cups

Pass out these delicious, gluten free goodies to the ghouls and gals that visit your door this Halloween! Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cups How they are healthier… They’re gluten-free and sugar-free, and the carob and unsweetened carob powder are safe for diabetics, because you’ll be sweetening them with stevia and agave. Both the shells and the peanut butter fillings bake easily in a mini-cupcake tray, and here’s another secret ingredient: Extra-virgin coconut oil, which is great for the liver and immune system, and also boosts metabolism. Tip: If you’re a dark chocolate fan, use roasted carob, because the roasting makes the [...]

By | 2013-10-24T13:01:17+00:00 October 27th, 2013|recipe|0 Comments

Plan a MonStar Mash with Evite Gatherings and Party Bluprints

The gals at Party Bluprints have done it again! Party planner extraordinaires Dawn Sandomeno and Elizabeth Mascali, co-founders and owners of Party Bluprints Inc. and The Party Bluprints Blog, teamed up with to create a MonStar Mash party you're sure to love! Chock full of design tips, crafts and recipes, the Evite Gatherings online magazine is the perfect last minute game plan to pull off a Halloween party guest-goers are sure to remember! Click on the cover below to view the magazine.

By | 2013-10-24T17:18:09+00:00 October 25th, 2013|entertaining, recipe|0 Comments

Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

With the temperatures dropping almost overnight, I'm scrambling to find my favorite soup recipes to start cooking. Warm up with this recipe for Italian Wedding Soup from Swirls of Flavor blogger and Chef Gwynn Galvin. She writes: One of my favorite things about the seasons changing from summer into fall is homemade soup simmering on the stove.  Soup warms up your body and your soul. Italian Wedding Soup is one of my all-time favorites but did you know that the soup has nothing to do with weddings? The name “Italian Wedding Soup” happened to get a little lost in translation. It is a mistranslation of the Italian phrase [...]

By | 2013-10-24T09:11:08+00:00 October 24th, 2013|recipe|0 Comments

Cornbread Stuffing Recipe from Chef Ethan Kostbar

The holidays are quickly approaching, and for me (who happens to be hosting Thanksgiving this year) that means I'm on the hunt for new recipes to freshen up the menu for my holiday dinner. Thanks to Moderne Barn's Chef Ethan Kostbar, I have a new twist on stuffing; instead of using my traditional Pepperidge Farm bread cubes, I'll be using cornbread, and adding a new flavorful side dish to my list of favorites. Enjoy! CORNBREAD STUFFING Ingredients: 8 cups Cornbread (small cubes, dried in oven) 1 medium Onion, diced 2 Carrots, diced 6-8 stalks Celery, diced 1/2 pound Bacon, diced [...]

By | 2013-10-16T15:56:51+00:00 October 16th, 2013|recipe|0 Comments

Strawberry and Feta Goat Cheese Salad Recipe

During the broadcast of Friday's Lisa Wexler Show, I had the pleasure of meeting Frank, from family-owned Goats & Gourmets, a new vendor at the Ridge Hill Farmer's Market. I was immediately impressed by the super fresh goat cheese created at the farmstead, especially with some of the flavor combinations they offer. I picked up a small tub of their creamy apricot and honey goat cheese (a perfect spread for your favorite cracker) and the Greek feta, a combination of fresh feta goat cheese, Greek dressing, green olives and sweet onion. The latter (which turned out to be my favorite) [...]

By | 2013-10-01T22:37:09+00:00 October 2nd, 2013|recipe|0 Comments

Balsamic Portobellos Caprese Recipe

Go meatless this monday with a delicious recipe from Swirls of Flavor blogger and Chef Gwynn Galvin. I’m a push over when it comes to anything Caprese. Fresh mozzarella, juicy tomatoes and fragrant basil… doesn’t get much better than that! Brings me right back to my visit to Italy a few years ago…..and makes me wish I was there again! Inspired by a Caprese platter, I flavored Portobello mushrooms in a Balsamic marinade, grilled them and crowned them with fresh mozzarella, pesto and compari tomato slices. Topped with the finishing touch of fresh basil leaves, these portobellos can be a vegetarian meal or side dish. [...]

By | 2013-08-15T23:46:51+00:00 August 19th, 2013|recipe|0 Comments