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Janie’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake

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Janie’s Sour Cream Coffee Bunt Cake – made the night before, it’s been a Christmas morning tradition in the Elliott Family for as long as anyone can remember. Served with hot coffee, fresh strawberry-orange juice and ripe strawberries with powdered sugar to dip for the kids while opening presents. Happy, Happy!

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Libby’s big 5

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Barbara at Inatteso Café Casano outdid herself again. This time with puffy, pink and girly cupcakes in vanilla with vanilla butter cream and chocolate with her famous chocolate ganache to match a party of four whipped up little ballerina’s, a half-pint little sister ballerina and five pirouetting parents celebrating all things Angelina Ballerina and, of course, dear Libby’s fifth year on this earth – Happy Birthday, gorgeous one!

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The Dutch


From the first moment we read about their devil’s food cake with boiled black pepper icing in Bon Appetit, we’ve been dying to try The Dutch. Located on Prince Street in the former Cub Room quarters, this popular new eatery sports a month-long waiting list for reservations due to its fabulous menu, pleasing décor and epicurean, yet slightly snippy staff who can get away with it and why shouldn’t they? They work at The Dutch, after all. Not to be missed are the fabulous cocktails (we enjoyed the New York Sour), little fried oyster sandwiches, Barnstable Oysters (a new one to us and, shockingly, even more turgid and delicious than our former global favorite, Glidden Points, with whom they shared an icy platter). Any supper menu that sports an “oyster room” is good by us! And when you factor in the sumptuous burrata with figs, arugula salad and toasted freshly baked bread, the Asian White Boy Ribs, The 18oz Dry-Aged Bone-in NY Strip with house-made Steak Sauce that was absolutely to die for (and, sadly, not available for purchase) and the Smoked & Roasted Chicken, Mushroom Stroganoff with Paprika and Garganelli with Artichokes, Cherry Peppers & Basil you’ve got quite a feast on your hands (oh, and we almost forgot the sautéed Brussels sprouts with zingy horseradish sauce that showed up as a special little gift that was “on the house” for ordering like such piggies). Top it off with Buttermilk Pie and that now famous Chocolate Cake with Boiled Black Pepper Icing (in which, to be honest, the pepper was hardly detectable, but still delicious), you are going to have to squeeze out the door. And happily so!

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11.11.11 11.11.11 celebration!

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At 11:11 on Friday, November 11th, 2011 we each made a special wish and celebrated our favorite and most magical number in quintuplicate with close friends, delicious chocolate ganache cupcakes from Inatesso Cafe in Battery Park City and a little toast of bubbly!

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Fresh Fig tarts

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Fragrant, earthy, sweet and vaguely exotic – this subtle, jammy fruit makes such a light and perfect meal ender this time of year. We’ve been so lucky to have the two trees in Maryland producing quite a bumper crop for the first time this season – thank you for the inspired planting, Wright and Patsy!

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Wayne Thiebaud food paintings

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We love these pre-pop era paintings from the 1950s and ‘60s depicting the kind of production line style food found in diners, bakeries and cafeterias. With his heavy use of pigment, sophisticated, exaggerated colors and well-defined shadows, Wayne Thiebaud’s work looks so modern, even today.

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream taste test

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What do you get the guy that has everything (Dad)? How about a delectable assortment of inventive, seasonal frozen concoctions packed on dry ice and shipped right to the door in St. Michael’s from Jeni’s. We ordered an assortment of five flavors: peach buttermilk, goat cheese with red cherries, queen city chocolate cayenne, salty caramel and sweet corn and black raspberries. And then did a taste test around the dining table with all nine family members, ages 7 to 76 and found that the dark horse, goat cheese with red cherries was the long shot unanimous winner with peach buttermilk coming in a close second and sweet corn and black raspberries third … the seasonal/fruity combinations definitely won out in our family. But all flavors were unanimously beloved and gobbled up by all – we cannot recommend Jeni’s ice cream or the family taste test enough and will make it a family birthday tradition from now on!

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