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Last minute New Year’s Eve Sparkling Wine Guide

SEATTLE — With the new year hours away, the time-crunch is on to find some kick-ass bubbles to help ring in the new year. As always in the world of wine, your options and selection is nearly endless. With so many great wines to choose from, we’ve narrowed down a few bottles of bubbles that ...

Follow a Star, Faith, Christianity, Three Wise Men, Magi, Dennis Jamison

Christmas and the faith to follow a star to the glory of Christ

WASHINGTON: And they were saying, “Where is The King of the Judaeans who has been born?” For we have seen his star in The East and we have come to worship him. Matthew 2:2 Each year at Christmas millions of Christians in America celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, their savior. However, to many Americans, ...

Brussels Sprouts with Ancho Chili and Three-Cheese Risotto for Chrismas

WASHINGTON: Whether you are having a prime rib, pork roast or fowl, add these Christmas feast recipes: a modern uptake on Brussels sprouts and savory three-cheese risotto that will perfectly support your Christmas feast. CDN’S FAVORITE CHRISTMAS FEAST RECIPES:  ANCHO CHILI BRUSSELS SPROUTS Brussels sprouts are a breed of wild cabbage grown for its small size. ...

Red or White: The best 2018 Christmas Wine Guide

SEATTLE:.  With so many clamoring to snatch up last minute Christmas gifts, it can be easy to overlook many a great wine. This somewhat brief line-up comprises a list of white and red wines that will help make your Christmas meals memorable.  Or double as a great gift idea. Keep a few on hand, in ...

Prime Rib Roast: How to buy and cook a perfect roast for beginners and pros

WASHINGTON:  Whether you are creating a first Christmas Dinner or have just never cooked a prime rib, it is really one of the easiest dishes to make.  And the Whos in Whoville know that a perfect roasted prime rib of beef makes any holiday meal special. However, the cost and fear of roasting a prime ...

Inspiring Stories, Books for Girls, Christmas Presents, Brigid Moret

Christmas Gifts: Five inspiring books written for girls

LAUREL, MD – With the holidays upon us, gift ideas are in the forefront of most people’s minds. Whether you are a parent who likes the idea of giving a book as a present, or you are just looking for last minute gift ideas for the girls in your life, here are some inspiring books ...

Mitzva, America

The 21st Century America living in quiet desperation, seeking a Mitzvah

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, MD.  It was a horrendous day. We in the Mid Atlantic US get these days in early winter, 45 degrees with a fine rain. We were receiving donated computer equipment at a Mitzvah. I had recently learned that it translated to something close to “good deeds event”. It was early on a Sunday morning. ...

Steak perfection: BLT Prime, Trump International Hotel, Washington, DC

WASHINGTON: The Old Post Office Building on Pennsylvania Avenue offered a cacophony of noise, bad food court smells and sweaty tourists. That changed in 2016 when the historic building was transformed into the Trump International Hotel. Today, the large, serene atrium lobby is awash in shades of cream and blue, with light bouncing off hundreds of crystal ...

Chanukah and Christmas: Celebrating the defeat of darkness by the light

FORT WORTH, Texas: Christmas may define December in the minds of many. But it also hosts Chanukah, or the Festival of Lights. This year, Chanukah begins at sundown on December 2nd. It would seem and Chanukah and Christmas have nothing to do with each other. But that isn’t necessarily so. Raised as a Christian around ...

Blog, Kerry Baynes

It is not too late to start your own blog and blogging site

WASHINGTON: The internet has drastically revolutionized the world we live in today. In many ways the world of two decades ago seems as far removed from our collective consciousness as the middle ages is from the modern era. There isn’t any fabric of society that the internet has not improved, including publishing. As a matter ...

Thanksgiving, Cranberry Salad, Pumpkin Pie, Claire Hickey

Thanksgiving recipes: Hazel’s Cranberry Salad and Mom’s Pumpkin Pie

FORT WORTH:  Thanksgiving means old family traditions, particularly when it comes to food. Like most families, our own favorite Thanksgiving recipes have been handed down throughout the generations. Every family has their favorites, from green bean casserole to Waldorf Salad.  At our house, we always serve two traditional Thanksgiving recipes – Cranberry Salad and Pumpkin ...

Vegan gluten free pumpkin pie is perfect for Thanksgiving

SAN DIEGO: Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie is the perfect pumpkin pie recipe for Thanksgiving dessert this season? Here it is! With only 10 ingredients and easy to make, it is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert and will delight holiday guests while ensuring appeal for those with special dietary needs. GO VEGAN WITH THIS THANKSGIVING FAVORITE Pumpkin ...

2018 Thanksgiving wine description and purchasing guide

SEATTLE: Another Thanksgiving is near and that means my yearly, obligatory Thanksgiving Wine recommendation list. While opinions of what pairs well with the foods at a typical Thanksgiving table vary, one that that most all wino aficionados agree on is that sparkling rose’ goes with nearly everything.  So a nice Sparkling Rose is the no-brainer pick. ...

Side dish tips and turkey FAQs for the perfect Thanksgiving Fest

WASHINGTON: A traditional Thanksgiving menu means turkey with the trimmings – from stuffing to cranberry sauce. Whether a seasoned home chef or creating your first Thanksgiving feast, there are plenty of questions on how to make your holiday memorable.  From brining your bird to moist and flavorful stuffing, the following are frequently asked Thanksgiving questions, ...

How to Apple Cider and Citrus brine and roast a Thanksgiving Turkey

Wet brining a turkey, submerging the raw bird in liquids, aromatics and spices will result in the juiciest, most flavorful turkey meat. A bird that has soaked in brine is not only rich in flavor but also moist. This means a special treat on the Thanksgiving table but also much more flavorful leftovers. There are ...