March 22, 2017

Chef Luke makes Boobie Frieda’s “Flatzy” chicken

If you ask Chef Luke what he wants to eat for dinner on any given day he will say FLATZY CHICKEN!  Actually he won’t say it…he will scream it. Hands down my Boobie (Grandma) Frieda’s “Flatzy” chicken is the best. What does “Flatzy” mean? Flat. That’s right she took that word and made it Yiddish. That’s what she does with most words adding a Y or A at the end. For the sake of this post you can call me Serinka. That’s what Boobie calls me. Now let’s make some Flatzy Chicken!

Here’s what you’ll need…
1 package of chicken cutlets
2 eggs
Breadcrumbs and/or Cornflake crumbs
Corn oil for frying

-Crack 2 eggs into a shallow bowl and whisk
-Pour bread crumbs mixed with corn flake crumbs onto a plate
-Take one package of chicken cutlets and FLATTEN them with a mallet on a plastic cutting board
-Heat corn oil in a frying pan or electric frying pan
-Dip the chicken into egg before coating both sides of the chicken evenly with breadcrumbs
-Ask an adult to gently drop the chicken into the pan of hot oil
-Cook for 2-3 minutes per side
-Remove from pan and drain on paper towel

Follow Chef Luke on the Little Miss Party YouTube channel! He’s always cooking up fun, kid friendly food!

Video by Maggie Antalek
Photos by Abby Copleston

xx, Seri
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March 21, 2017

Elderflower Smash

Today just happens to be one of those random Instagram Holidays that we love… #NationalFlowerDay! Apparently, it’s also now officially spring, which I find hard to believe since we had all that snow last week in NYC…

In true LMP fashion, we knew we had to make a cocktail to celebrate this floral Holiday, so our lovely intern, Natalie, helped me brainstorm dome ideas, and we settled on this delicious Elderflower Smash.

Here’s what you need:

-gin
-St. Germaine elderflower liqueur
-bitters
-fresh lemons
-fresh mint
-ice
-cocktail shaker

Here’s what to do:

1) Fill your cocktail shaker halfway with ice, and combine 4 oz. gin, 3 oz. elderflower liqueur, 6 dashes of bitters, juice of 1 lemon and 8-10 fresh mint leaves.


2) Shake up all ingredients until well combined.
3) Fill cocktail glasses with ice, and pour mixture from cocktail shaker over top of ice.


4) Add lemon wedge and sprig of mint to each glass, and serve.

Enjoy, and Happy National Flower Day!

xx, Abby
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March 17, 2017

Ready, Set, Weekend With Simply Beautiful Eating

Green isn’t limited to shamrocks and leprechauns. At this epic spread, it’s the inspiration for a healthy, yet hearty lunch that offers a spread of crudités with green goddess dip, mini fruit-topped pavlovas, and iced green tea.

Here’s what comes to mind when I think about St. Patrick’s Day: loads of green food, rainbows, pots of gold, shamrocks and of course, leprechauns. Even if you’re not Irish, you can create, style, cook, bake and host a gorgeous and elegant St. Patrick’s Day party!

This table offers a lush meets luxe dining experience. Think green and leafy intertwined with white and gold accents for your table settings. In keeping with the traditions of this theme, I used all of Martha’s recipes to blend together a wonderful, healthy lunch for family and friends.

One of the most eye-catching details at this table? The four-leaf clover napkins! Since this holiday is always fun and festive, I wanted to try my hand at napkin-folding. The only problem I have with this type of challenge is following instructions. This was a perfect job for my husband to tackle. (I bet you didn’t know that he is an expert napkin folder. Now you do!) He has so much more patience when it comes to tasks like this, it’s wonderful. Here’s how!

One thing I loved doing for an anniversary party I hosted recently, was a DIY garland for the table runner. It was super easy, reasonably priced, and packed a punch as a focal point for a simply beautiful centerpiece. For this garland, I included frisée (pronounced “free-ZAY”), which is used to refer to a variety of endive with curly, pale green or yellow-ish leaves. I created the garland with an edible factor, which is also appealing to the eye.

Let’s get back to the food. I chose these recipes carefully, based on three ingredient colors: green, white, and a pop of gold. For a quick appetizer, I created a wonderful crudité platter with green goddess dip.

My main course dishes were super healthy, green, and packed with protein. A warm quinoa and chicken salad, baby bok choy with ginger and garlic plus a refreshing salad with buttermilk dressing.

Don’t forget a signature mocktail. I served a cool and refreshing iced green tea with cucumber, which paired perfectly with the meal.

Lastly, dessert was easy: mini pavlovas garnished with fruit and a fresh herb that kept the St. Patrick’s day theme going — green grapes, kiwi, and mint.

Wishing you a pot of gold and all the joy your heart can hold.

Here are some quick tips for hosting this party:

Get festive with your food, think green and clean.

Showcase your creativity by cutting foods into pretty themed shapes. For example, a green pepper sliced width-wise looks exactly like a shamrock or four-leaf clover.

Give your tablescape a focal point, like the DIY garland.

Incorporate traditional with a modern twist: a four-leaf clover napkin, gold drinking straws, confetti and a menu filled with color themed food.

Include a signature “green” drink.

Have fun!

Credits
Author/Photographer/Stylist: Debi Traub | @simplybeautifuleating created exclusively for

Martha Stewart Living

Party props: Little Miss Party

Tableware, Props: Pier 1 Imports

Florals: Irene’s Floral

Tableware, Props: HomeSense (U.S. readers can shop similar product at HomeGoods)

View all recipes by clicking on the pictures above

xx, Debi
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March 14, 2017

St. Paddy’s Day Spiked Shamrock Shake

Now that St. Paddy’s Day is almost here, not only am I seeing ads for McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes everywhere, but pretty much everyone I know has expressed their craving for one to me within the past few weeks.

Personally, I’ve never had one, but there’s gotta be a reason for all the hype, right? I decided to try my hand at a boozy version of one, and I gotta say, it turned out pretty delicious.  You guys will have to be the judges as to whether or not it is as good as the original!

Here’s what you need:
-whisky
-vanilla ice cream
-milk
-mint simple syrup (recipe below)
-green food coloring
-fresh mint
-maraschino cherries
-whipped cream
-blender

Here’s you need for the mint simple syrup:
-sugar
-water
-fresh mint
-small saucepan
-fine mesh strainer

Here’s what to do:
1) Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan.
2) Add sprig of mint to saucepan, ripping up to release flavor.
3) Bring mixture to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved.  Reduce to a simmer, leaving on stove top for 2 minutes.


4) Remove saucepan from heat and leave to steep for 20 minutes.
5) Once thoroughly steeped, pour mixture into a bowl through a fine mesh strainer to remove mint leaves.

Now, you’re ready to make your shakes!

Here’s what to do:
1) In blender, combine 4 cups vanilla ice cream, 2 oz. of whisky, 1 oz. of your mint simple syrup, and 1/2 cup of milk, and food coloring.  Blend until shake reaches your desired thickness.


2) Add drops of food coloring as needed until you reach your desired shade of green.


3) Once you are satisfied, pour shake into each glass.


4) Top with whipped cream, a cherry, and a sprig of mint.

Add a straw, and sip away.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day… Stay green!

xx, Abby
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March 13, 2017

Heaven on Jumby Bay

Every year my husband and I carve out 5 days to OURSELVES. We plan a trip somewhere fabulous, for just the two of us. I think this is one of the keys to a successful marriage when you have kids: alone time.  It’s also important for your own sense of well-being. To spend time away from the office and stresses of life is KEY.

People always ask me how I leave the kids at home to travel.  The answer is I have a few of the most amazing babysitters.  Girls who have been in my boys’ lives for years now whom I trust fully with my babies. I also rely on family. Whether it’s my in-laws or family members from Toronto, it’s a time where the boys get to spend quality time with people who they don’t get to see all that often.

This year, we went to the Rosewood Hotel at Jumby Bay. It’s our fourth year in a row vacationing on this Island. It’s over the top and totally a luxury resort but we are addicted and it’s an annual treat. The beauty, the beach, the service, the food, the weather…it’s all top notch.

The rooms at this resort are like small villas. They are not like hotel rooms. Each room has an outdoor shower and either a hammock or small plunge pool on the deck. There are no room keys as the island is so safe you just leave all your belongings in the villa and come and go as you please knowing that all will be safe. Each room also comes with bikes to get around the island.

The resort is all inclusive so all your drinks, meals and activities are included in the price. The food is so delicious and you never bring a wallet as the service is included so there is never any awkward feelings about tipping.

The staff there is so sweet, kind and attentive. They know everyone’s name and want nothing but to keep the guests happy.

We spend most of the days on the beach relaxing, reading and searching for interesting sea life like the beautiful starfish that are in the water and on the beach. They offer different activities daily and we pick and choose…my favorite is the cooking class while Adam loves to snorkel.

There are four restaurants that we rotate eating at. The main spot is where they serve a beautiful buffet breakfast with an egg station, fresh fruit, pastries and cereal. Lunch is either at the pool grill or the shack on the beach where they serve the most fantastic chicken curry roti.  Then there is the Estate House. Fancier of all the places to eat and only open for dinner. The bartender is a doll and makes the most fabulous cocktails and the food is divine.

Last but not least is the spa. My favorite part of the resort. So tranquil and relaxing. I always get a massage when we’re at the resort. The therapists are amazing and know exactly how to work my sore, stressed out body.

I couldn’t be a bigger fan of this place. We’re hoping to bring our kids there one day soon as they would love the beach, riding the bikes around and trying out all of the water activities.

xx, Seri
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