A Winter Wonderland of Honey Flavors: Keep Warm all Season Long with New Honeylicious Holiday Drinks

While eateries and coffee shops may draw us in with their seasonal offerings, nothing beats a warm, homemade drink with honey to get you through the cold winter days.

The festive feel in the air, gatherings with family and friends, and of course, the delicious holiday feasts are among the many reasons we look forward to the winter months. From decadent dishes to comforting drinks, the aromas and tastes of winter are unlike any other time of year. This season, the National Honey Board and Melissa Bailey, author of the popular recipe blog Hungry Food Love, have created delectable honey-based drinks the whole family can enjoy.

Aside from the special touch it adds to this new festive drink menu, honey also contributes its benefit as an all-natural cough suppressant. With options as tasty as the Honey Caramel Coffee and Spiced Mandarin Orange Tea with Honey, mixing up a warm honey beverage to get through the cough and cold season is both easy and palatable. This golden, one-ingredient sweetener is your best ally against the cold weather months ahead.

“Honey has always been one of my favorite ingredients to experiment with in the kitchen because there’s simply nothing else like it,” states Melissa. “Its wholesomeness and unique flavor has always impressed me, and these qualities have motivated me to try it in a multitude of food recipes – and now in these new honey-infused drinks!” Honey’s role in these Latin-inspired beverages celebrates tradition by complementing the tones and flavors of holiday favorites. For example, the fragrant Apple, Pineapple and Honey Cider was inspired by the Colombian drink hervido de piña, which is very popular during the chilly wintertime.

These honey-licious new drinks are the perfect treat to share with loved ones on a holiday morning, brunch or evening get together – and you’ll be happy the winter season has enough cold days in it to enjoy each drink. Visit http://www.mielpura.org today to check out all of the recipes and find more information about honey’s natural benefits as a cough suppressant. Make staying bundled up indoors with a hot honey drink in hand your new favorite pastime of the season!

Coconut Cream Honey Eggnog Makes 4
3 tbsp. honey
1 cup coconut milk
½ cup condensed milk
1 cup evaporated milk
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. cinnamon, ground
3 tbsp. rum (optional)

Preparation: Place the three milks, the cinnamon and the yolk in a blender and blend. Next, pour the mixture into a medium-sized saucepan and cook over low-medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add the rum and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain to eliminate any solid residue. Store the eggnog in the refrigerator for 5 to 8 hours before serving.

*The rum can be left out for a kid-friendly version.

Spiced Mandarin Orange Tea with Honey Makes 4
4 tbsp. honey
Juice of 12 mandarin oranges (with the pulp)
Rind of 4 mandarin oranges
4 cups water
4 star anise pods
½ tsp. nutmeg, ground
½ tsp. cinnamon, ground
1 cinnamon stick
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Extra cinnamon sticks (optional garnish)
Preparation: Place all of the ingredients in a medium-sized saucepan. Cover with lid and heat over high heat. Stir every so often and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and boil for another 30 minutes without lid, until all the flavors are well combined and the aroma of the spices is strong.

Before serving, strain the tea to remove the pieces of rind and any residue. Serve hot and decorate each cup with a stick of cinnamon if desired.

White Chocolate Mocha Mint and Honey Cream (4 servings)
2 tablespoons honey
2 ½ cups cream ( heavy cream )
2 cups whole milk
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup espresso
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
Crushed mints to decorate (optional)
Preparation: In a saucepan over high heat medina, bring to a boil 2 cups of heavy cream and regular milk. When they are boiling, add the white chocolate and a tablespoon of honey. Lower heat to medium-low heat and add coffee and peppermint extract. Let the fire for about 5 minutes and presto!

* For honey cream
In an electric mixer, mix ½ cup of heavy cream with 1 tablespoon honey. Keep beating until lifting the beater peaks form. Use this cream for serving on mocha. Garnish with crushed mints.

Hot Chocolate Peanut Butter and Honey (4 servings)
4 tablespoons honey
4 cups milk
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
Preparation: In a saucepan over medium-high heat, boil the milk with honey. When boiling, add the chocolate. After the chocolate is dissolved, turn off the heat and with the still warm chocolate into the pot, add the peanut butter and mix with fast and frequent so that the peanut butter is well mixed and hot chocolate is a little thick movements.

A Feast to Satisfy Both the Eyes and The Stomach

A party is not a party unless you have some delicious appetizers to munch on. So to go with the previously published Holiday Cocktail Drink Recipe Guide (https://fashionpluslifestyle.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/lets-break-out-the-booze-and-have-a-ball/), I am also posting a menu of fun, tasty finger foods for you to make and enjoy as you hang out with family and friends.

Smucker’s® has introduced Smucker’s Pairings – a simple way to get inspired and discover new uses for your favorite fruit spreads. By uniting unique or traditional ingredients, home cooks can make delicious flavor combinations and create the ultimate wow factor. Smucker’s Pairings use five ingredients or less and are ready in about 15 minutes, so you don’t have to wait long to delight the taste buds. Whether entertaining friends, whipping up a family meal or making an afternoon snack for the kids, Smucker’s Pairings will inspire you to experiment with fruit spreads in new ways – like creating a Fresh Cranberry Orange Pecan Relish or a delicious Strawberry Feta Almond Spread.
SMUCKER’S NATURAL FRUIT SPREADS (available in four delicious fruit flavors – Strawberry, Red Raspberry, Orange Marmalade and Concord Grape) are made with ingredients from natural sources, has no preservatives and is naturally delicious made with real sugar.


Strawberry Feta Almond Spread
A classic combo with a twist: Combine the natural sweetness of Smucker’s®Orchard’s Finest Pacific Mountain Strawberry Preserves with the bold taste of feta cheese, toasted almonds, and balsamic vinegar in a bowl. Spread on assorted crackers, pitas, or endive.

Turkey Cranberry Bites
This appetizer is Thanksgiving in a bite. Just chop up some roast turkey breast, and spoon into thawed phyllo cups. Add brie, and top with Orchard’s Finest® Lakeside Cranberry Raspberry Preserves. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes at 350° F. Serve warm with a garnish of additional preserves, if desired.

Sweet & Spicy Orange Glazed Pecans
Try this pairing for a tasty spicy-sweet treat. Combine Smucker’s® Sweet Orange Marmalade and cayenne pepper, warming 30 seconds in the microwave. Toss with pecans and toast in a 300°F oven 20 to 22 minutes, until browned. Once toasted, sprinkle with salt and rosemary.

Fresh Cranberry Orange Pecan Relish
Add some seasonal flavor to your cheese board with this relish made with with cranberries, pecans, and orange. Combine chopped cranberries, toasted pecan pieces, diced red onion, and Smucker’s® Natural Orange Marmalade Fruit Spread in a bowl. Add a dash of red pepper flakes. Serve with a wedge of gorgonzola cheese, rustic crackers, or cinnamon pita chips.

Peach Pumpkin Dip
This snack captures autumn’s richness. Combine Smucker’s® Peach Preserves with the creamy lusciousness of canned pumpkin. Add a dash of pumpkin pie spice and combine with cream cheese. Puree in a blender, and serve with gingersnaps or vanilla wafers.

SMUCKER’S NATURAL FRUIT SPREADS VARIETIES are available at manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $2.59-3.89 at select retailers nationwide. Visit http://www.smuckers.com for a full list of Smucker’s fruit spreads varieties, product locator and recipes. Visit http://www.Smuckers.com/Pairings to view all the Smucker’s Pairings, and share your favorite using #smuckers #pairings.

FAIR. Quinoa Vodka is a product of the world’s first and unique Fair Trade Certified line of spirits. The company believes in being socially responsible by treating all people fairly and their vision has taken them globally to source the best ingredients directly from farmers for their high-quality, award-winning spirit. FAIR. Spirits has partnered with Kelley Sparwasser and Jessica Harlan, authors of the recently published Quinoa Cuisine, to create festive, palate-pleasing quinoa creations to complement FAIR. Quinoa cocktails. Below you’ll find cocktail dishes organized by brunch, appetizers, and then dessert.
Photo Credit: Dina Avila Photography

Blini with Crème Fraîche and Gravlax

Blini with Crème Fraîche and Gravlax

Blini with Crème Fraîche and Gravlax
This recipe will quickly become your go-to for guests, since it’s versatile enough to serve for brunch and a cocktail party alike. These fancy but easy blini are sure to have your guests thinking you’ve spent hours in the kitchen. Gravlax is salmon that has been cold-cured in salt, sugar, and spices. It is available at most specialty food stores and can even be purchased at IKEA. Tobiko can be purchased in the seafood department of most Asian and specialty food stores. Makes 20 to 24 Blini

1 recipe Quinoa Buttermilk Pancakes
1 cup whole milk
unsalted butter, as needed
6 tablespoons crème fraîche
2 pounds gravlax
4 tablespoons tobiko (flying fish roe)
24 small sprigs fresh dill

1. Make the quinoa buttermilk pancake batter according to the recipe instructions, but reduce the honey to 2 tablespoons and substitute 1 cup of milk for the buttermilk in the recipe.
2. Heat a griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add a dollop of butter and melt, spreading with a large flat spatula or tilting to coat the skillet completely. Spoon the batter onto the griddle or skillet, about 1 Tablespoon per blini. Cook until the underside is golden and little bubbles form on top, about 4 minutes, then flip and cook through, 3 to 4 minutes longer. Repeat with the rest of the batter, adding butter to the griddle or skillet as needed. Let cool.
3. To serve, top each blini with ¾ teaspoon crème fraîche, 1 ounce gravlax, ½ teaspoon tobiko, and a small sprig of fresh dill. Continue reading

The Recording Academy® Announces 2014 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame® Inductees

27 Recordings Added to the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Residing at the GRAMMY Museum®

Collector’s Edition Book Will Celebrate GRAMMY Hall Of Fame 40th Anniversary

Continuing the tradition of preserving and celebrating great recordings, The Recording Academy® has announced the newest additions to its legendary GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®. This latest round of inducted recordings continues to highlight diversity and recording excellence, and acknowledges both singles and album recordings of all genres at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance. Recordings are reviewed annually by a special member committee comprised of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. With 27 new titles, the list currently totals 960 and is on display at the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE. (For a full list of recordings inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, please go to: http://www.grammy.org/recording-academy/awards/hall-of-fame.)

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs.

The Recording Academy Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/The Recording Academy)

The Recording Academy Logo. (PRNewsFoto/The Recording Academy)

Representing a great variety of tracks and albums, the 2014 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame inductees range from the Mary Poppins Original Cast Sound Track album to Sugarhill Gang’s early rap hit “Rapper’s Delight.” Also added to the highly regarded list are the Drifters’ “Under The Boardwalk,” B.B. King’s “3 O’Clock Blues,” Kris Kristofferson’s self-titled debut album, Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” the Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women,” and U2’s album The Joshua Tree. Other inductees include the original soundtrack from Woodstock and recordings by James Brown, Chicago, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, Run-D.M.C., B.J. Thomas, and Neil Young, among others.

2014 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame Inductees (Songwriters of singles in parentheses)

Neil Young Louis Armstrong And The All Stars
Reprise (1970) (Spiritual Arranged by Henry “Harry” Thacker Burleigh)
Album Decca (1938) Single

George Harrison B.J. Thomas
Apple (1970) (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)
Album Scepter (1969) Single

Chicago Sugarhill Gang
Columbia (1969) (Bernard Edwards, Nile Rogers)
Album Sugar Hill (1979) Single

Creedence Clearwater Revival Miles Davis
Fantasy (1970) Prestige (1958)
Album Album

Doc Watson Gil Scott-Heron
Vanguard (1964) (Gil Scott-Heron)
Album Flying Dutchman (1970) Single

Creedence Clearwater Revival Sister Rosetta Tharpe
(John Fogerty) (Rosetta Tharpe)
Fantasy (1969) Decca (1945)
Single Single

Hoagy Carmichael And His Orchestra Robert Johnson
(Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell) Robert Johnson)
Victor (1930) ocalion (1937)
Single Single

James Brown B.B. King
(James Brown) (Lowell Fulson, B.B. King)
King (1970) RPM (1952)
Single Single

The Rolling Stones The Drifters
(Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) (Artie Resnick, Kenny Young)
London (1969) Atlantic (1964)
Single Single

Dolly Parton Run-D.M.C.
(Dolly Parton) (Joe Perry, Steven Tyler)
RCA (1973) Profile (1986)
Single Single

U2 Sam Cooke
Island (1987) (Sam Cook, Herb Albert & Lou Adler)
Album Keen (1960)

Kris Kristofferson Various Artists
Monument (1970) Cotillion (1970)
Album Album

War Charlie Parker Septet
(Allen, Brown, Dickerson, Goldstein,
Jordan, Miller, Oskar & Scott) (Charlie Parker)
United Artists (1975) Dial (1946)
Single Single

Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke & Various Artists
Buena Vista (1964)

Celebrating the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame’s 40th Anniversary, The Recording Academy has partnered with FX Marketing Group to publish a 150-plus-page collector’s edition book. GRAMMY Hall Of Fame 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition features in-depth insight into many of the recordings and artists represented in the Hall. Legendary artists provide exclusive firsthand accounts of the making of their GRAMMY Hall Of Fame-inducted recordings, including Mel Brooks, Herbie Hancock, Loretta Lynn, the Mamas And The Papas’ Michelle Phillips, Carlos Santana, James Taylor, the Who’s Pete Townshend, and Bill Withers, among others. The full-color book also highlights the legacy of the Beatles, the group with the most titles inducted into the Hall. The book is available online at the official GRAMMY store, and is sold in Barnes & Noble, Target and Walmart stores as well as on newsstands nationwide and at the GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles. For information on the Hall Of Fame’s 40th Anniversary, please go to http://www.grammyhalloffame40.com.

For more information about the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame or the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® (to be broadcast live on Jan. 26, 2014, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network), please visit http://www.GRAMMY.com. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook.

Lady Gaga Announces the artRave: The ARTPOP Ball Tour 2014

2014 North American Concert Dates Confirmed, Tickets Go On Sale Starting Dec. 9

One of the top global touring acts of our time, having sold nearly 4 million tickets during her first three tours, Lady Gaga is hitting the road in support of her new album ARTPOP.

LADY GAGA'S artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball Tickets on Sale Starting December 9th.  (PRNewsFoto/Live Nation Entertainment)

LADY GAGA’S artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball Tickets on Sale Starting December 9th. (PRNewsFoto/Live Nation Entertainment)

Live Nation Global Touring announced today that Lady Gaga’s artRave: The ARTPOP Ball will begin May 4 in Ft. Lauderdale. The tour will include several cities that have not hosted Lady Gaga before as well as cities that missed her tour earlier this year following a hip injury, which forced her to cancel. The announcement of artRave: The ARTPOP Ball tour follows the immediate sell-out of a historic residency at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom from March 28 – April 7, 2014. Lady Gaga will perform the final seven shows at the venue before it closes down forever, and simultaneously set the record for the most consecutive shows by any artist at the Roseland. Tickets for artRave: The ARTPOP Ball will go on sale beginning Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.

Littlemonsters.com members will have first access to tickets. Members who RSVP to the event listings for the shows they wish to attend within LittleMonsters.com will be provided a unique code and may order online while quantities last. For all shows going on sale on December 9 th, members will be able to purchase tickets starting Tuesday, December 3 rd at 2:00 p.m. through Thursday, December 5 th. For the shows going on sale December 16 th members will be able to purchase tickets starting Tuesday, December 10th through Thursday, December 10th. There will be a ticket limit of four (4) per member.

Citi is the official credit card of the Lady Gaga’s artRave: The ARTPOP Ball tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 10:00 a.m. through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details, visit: http://www.citiprivatepass.com.

Tickets for artRave: The ARTPOP Ball will go on sale starting Monday, Dec. 9 at 10:00 a.m. General Admission floor tickets are $85.00. Reserved seating also available for $35.00, $49.50, $85.00 and $200.00 (plus applicable service fees). Tickets on sale at http://www.livenation.com.



The New York Film Critics Series® (NYFCS®), one of the leading word-of-mouth screening companies, have partnered with movie theater locations throughout the U.S. to present live, national, in-theater screenings. The events are moderated by Peter Travers, film critic for Rolling Stone Magazine, and ABC’s Popcorn, along with additional coverage by Alison Bailes of More Magazine, WOR Radio, and The Charlie Rose Show. The series presents interactive, in-theater; pre-release movies and big screen HD simulcast with the stars and filmmakers.


This is the first ever live national in-theater screening series which will entertain, educate, surprise, and refresh the spirit of true independent and foreign language filmmaking through provocative story-telling. The NYFCS® is dedicated to producing inspiring events in a collaborative environment and to nurturing the long-term success of movies. Featuring an energetic, creative, and experienced team, the NYFCS® exhibits socially and culturally relevant films with live world-class talent in the best independent theaters throughout the US.

The November event featured a pre-release screening of Paramount Vantage’s NEBRASKA, with live appearances by the film’s stars Bruce Dern, Winner of Best Actor, 2013 International Cannes Film Festival, June Squibb (ABOUT SCHMIDT) and Will Forte (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and MACGRUBER). Nebraska is directed by Oscar® winner Alexander Payne (THE DESCENDANTS, SIDEWAYS). NYFCS® is never available on the internet or on TV.

The December screening will feature Columbia Picture’s AMERICAN HUSTLE with live appearances by the film’s Oscar® nominated Director David O. Russell (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, THE FIGHTER). The film stars: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence. A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). Like David O. Russell’s previous films, American Hustle defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes. AMERICAN HUSTLE is directed by David O. Russell. Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell. Produced by Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon. The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 13th and wide December 18th.

The live event will take place at the AMC EMPIRE 25 (234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036) on Monday December 9th at 1:15pm and throughout the country on Tuesday December 10th.

A regular series of ongoing preview screenings is established in approximately 50 selected major markets. Audiences experience all of the excitement of live Q&A sessions, hosted by Peter Travers. The big screen events deliver 9-13 curated pre-release films per year to discerning audiences on a monthly basis. Each movie in the screening series is introduced live by Peter Travers. Audiences then see award contenders prior to their release followed by live, HD Q&A between Travers, audiences and talent from the films. Each piece brings the energy and VIP nature of prestigious, NYC screenings for nationwide audiences to interact with stars and directors via two way simulcast.

Producer Mark Ehrenkranz, who will continue to program the series, commented: “Exclusive New York screenings with Peter Travers and live stars will now be intimately shared and enjoyed by film lovers everywhere in the comfort of their own neighborhood theaters. Unavailable in the past, filmgoers now have immediate access to personally chat with artisans to honestly discuss their work. The creators of the smaller, better films will now mutually interact with a nationwide audience to help spread the word and ensure that these films of high caliber continue to be made and distributed.

The prestige movies in the Screening Series might be followed by a regular theatrical run, or be available thereafter on VOD, DVD and other home entertainment vehicles.