When deciding which dishes to serve this year at festive season gatherings, consider going beyond traditional recipes and use beloved seasonal ingredients in new ways.
For example, while pecan pie is top of mind for many dessert-makers, it’s also a perfect time to make new dishes with an ingredient like pecans, also known as The Original Supernut. Naturally sweet and nutritious, the pecan lends itself to nearly endless festive season menu inspiration.
It hasn’t been an easy year for the pecan industry, but you can support American pecan growers and #PledgePecans – that’s a promise to add one more pecan-friendly recipe beyond the pie to your table this holiday.
To pledge, visit Americanpecan.com/PledgePecans and click on seasonal recipes or watch the Pecan-A-Thon, an entertainment variety show spotlighting the growers behind the Supernut and showcasing ways pecans can be enjoyed this festive season.
Pecan-Crusted Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream Sauce
Horseradish Cream Sauce (optional):
- 1 cup low-fat sour cream
- 1/4 cup horseradish, grated
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 lemon, juice and zest only
- 2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely sliced
- kosher salt, to taste
- fresh black pepper, to taste
- 1 boneless prime rib roast (8-10 pounds)
- 1 tablespoon, plus 1/4 teaspoon, kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons fresh black pepper, plus additional for pecan topping
- 1 cup raw pecan pieces
- 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
- 3 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
- 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 8 garlic cloves, divided
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, divided
- To make Horseradish Cream Sauce: In small bowl, combine sour cream, horseradish, mustard, lemon juice and zest, and fresh chives; add salt and pepper, to taste. Sauce can be prepared 1 day ahead of time and refrigerated.
- Season prime rib with 1 tablespoon salt and pepper; let sit at room temperature 1 hour.
- To make pecan topping: Heat oven to 325° F. In food processor, process pecans, rosemary, thyme, breadcrumbs, butter, 2 cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon mustard, remaining salt and pepper until combined. Set aside.
- Cut small slits in fatty side of prime rib; stuff with remaining garlic. Rub remaining mustard over top of prime rib and apply pecan topping, making sure to press firm.
- Transfer prime rib to roasting pan. Place rib roast in lower-third of oven, insert digital probe thermometer in middle and loosely cover top of prime rib with foil so pecans don’t burn. Cook 1 1/2 hours, remove foil and continue cooking until internal temperature reaches 120° F.
- Allow prime rib to rest covered 30 minutes so juices can redistribute. Serve with Horseradish Cream Sauce, if desired.
Pecan Apple Stuffing
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 pound mild Italian sausage
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or pecan oil
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 12 ounces herb-seasoned cubed stuffing
- 2 cups tart apples, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
- 1 cup chicken broth, plus additional (optional)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Heat oven to 350° F. Grease large casserole dish or 9-by-13-inch pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- In large skillet, brown sausage, breaking into crumbles. Drain on paper towels. Discard excess grease.
- In same pan over medium heat, add olive oil. Saute onions, celery and garlic 2-3 minutes, or until starting to soften and fragrant.
- In large bowl, mix sausage, onion mixture, stuffing cubes, apples and pecans.
- Add broth and stir to combine. If stuffing mixture remains dry, add additional broth as desired. Season with salt and pepper; stir to combine.
- Transfer stuffing to prepared baking dish. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake 15 minutes. (Family Features)
American Pecan Council
Written by Scotty Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine
Photography by Joan Marcus.
Lexus Broadway In Austin’s presentation of Love Never Dies is the heart wrenching sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of The Opera. While The Phantom has found a new life for himself and his music amongst the freak shows and fantasma of Coney Island, his entrenched love for his former protégé Christine Daaé drives him to yet further maddening lengths.
Ten years after their impassioned soirée and The Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House, Christine has established herself as one of the world’s finest sopranos and has built for herself a new life with her husband Raoul and their young son Gustave.
Unbeknownst to most, The Phantom’s awareness of their strained marriage due to Raoul’s drinking and gambling, gives hatch to The Phantom’s desperate ploy to bring Christine to him in America by posing as Oscar Hammerstein and luring them with the promise of great financial rewards and the opportunity to sing at the opening of Hammerstein’s new theater in New York.
Upon their arrival to New York, it takes precious little time for Christine and Raoul to realize The Phantom’s sinister guise. All the while, their dire financial needs, their wavering marriage and their fragile young son all lie in the balance, much to the opportunistic pleasure of The Phantom.
Lending to the extreme drama and wholly traumatic unfolding of lives joined unexpectedly together and most certain to be torn asunder, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s profound orchestration and lyrics are astonishingly lifted to intense heights of joviality amongst the circustry of The Big Top of Coney Island in all its grandeur of scenery and costuming and it’s array of misfits that stir our hearts and minds as to the sheer strength and the most certain fragility of love.
We hope you arrange your schedule to experience Love Never Dies. Details are as follows:
Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts
Love Never Dies
November 27 – December 2, 2018
Tuesday – Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 2 & 8 pm; Sunday at 1 & 7 pm
Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712
Start at $30. Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060. For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.email@example.com.
It’s that time of year again… with fall in the air and the festive season on the horizon, it’s time to prepare for the upcoming festivities!
We’ve put together some of our favorite festive season entertaining must-haves.
Spiced Ghee Sampler Pack from Pure Indian Foods
Ghee is a cornerstone of Indian cooking that makes every dish truly authentic tasting. Indian ghee is a rich clarified butter that is often used as a substitute for vegetable oil. One of the many benefits of using ghee to cook with, beyond its amazing flavor, is that it can remain stable at higher temperatures. The organic, grassfed ghee sampler pack contains one 1.1 oz jar of each of the following 6 unique flavors that can be used in a variety of dishes this holiday season: Digestive Ghee, Garlic Ghee, Herbes de Provence Ghee, Indian Dessert Ghee, Italian Ghee and Niter Kebbeh. The package includes everything you need to get cooking right away: a detailed description of each spiced ghee, benefits of the herbs and spices used, and recipes. Both 1.1 oz jars and 7.8 oz jars are available online at www.pureindianfoods.com.
BAO Cultured Sauces
Add a healthy, flavorful twist to your holiay table! BAO Cultured Sauces add an extra flavor boost to your sauce, salad dressing, marinade and more. Packing a powerful dose of flavor and nutrition, the BAO Cultured Sauces 6 Pack includes Bao-B-Que, Sour K’Chup, Original Hot Sauce, Chipotle Hot Sauce, Mango Hot Sauce, and Jalapeno Hot Sauce. Fermented foods are usually rich in umami, the deep earthy flavor that makes you want to eat more. BAO is a blend of briny, tart, spicy, and umami…and a little goes a long way. 1-2 tablespoons is usually enough! Each bottle or jar of BAO is packed full of organic ingredients and vibrant probiotic bacteria. All BAO products are gluten-free, certified organic, vegan and fermented. https://baofoodanddrink.com/products/mixed-sauces
BAO Cultured Vegetables
Fermented food, such as BAO Cultured Vegetables, is full of flavor and is a great addition to salads, pasta, and holiday spreads! BAO Raw Slaw is available in 7 flavors, including Red Beets, Pickles, Giardiniera, Green Slaw, Spicy Slaw, Tangy Slaw, and Sour Pickle Relish. Whether served on top of your favorite salad, or as a healthy side, BAO Cultured Vegetables add tangy depth and flavor! Each jar of BAO is packed full of organic ingredients and vibrant probiotic bacteria. All BAO products are gluten-free, certified organic, vegan and fermented. https://baofoodanddrink.com/products/bao-raw-slaw
TrayCups® Party Plates
Party problem, solved! Tired of having one hand holding a plate of nibbles and the other hand carrying your beverage, but no way to enjoy either? With TrayCups Party Plates, one hand is all you need to hold and pair your favorite foods and beverages. The options are endless! These integrated tray + cup plates are perfect for any social gathering this holiday season. The Disposable Clear TrayCups serve as a stand-alone party plate, and are made from eco-friendly recycled food grade plastic, and can be recycled after use. Team Colors TrayCups® are also available. TrayCups® are 100% made in the USA with pride. https://traycups.com/
“I attend several soirees a month and am always struggling with how to socialize and enjoy food & beverage at the same time. The TrayCups Party Plates is the answer. They allow me to keep one hand free which is awesome in a social setting. They also decrease the risk of spills and messes.” ~ William Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.
All-Purpose Cleaner from GAIA Natural Cleaners
Be party ready – naturally! GAIA offers an all-purpose cleaner that packs enough punch to clean any room, while leaving them smelling fresh and wonderful! Most importantly, this all-purpose cleaner is safe to use in a household teeming with children, pets, and yes, holiday guests! Made with only natural, environmentally responsible ingredients, and pure essential oils. Use anywhere in the house – just spray and wipe. Four scents are available, including Lavender & Lime, Lemongrass, Grapefruit & Tea Tree, & Mint (Spearmint & Peppermint). https://www.gaianaturalcleaners.com/store/p1/All-Purpose_Cleaner.html
If the very notion of holiday hosting has you feeling a bit overwhelmed, get organized with these simple ideas that can help you serve up a successful holiday celebration.
Entertainment: Ensure guests enjoy a good time by offering entertainment that is suitable for their personality types. If your guests are more drawn to energetic activities, choose light-hearted, competitive games like charades. For guests who are more laid back, organize classic board games. There are many popular games available in special holiday editions for extra-festive fun. You can also simply play holiday movies and music in the background for crowds that would rather just mingle.
Beverages: Stock up on refreshments all ages can enjoy. Keep a kid-friendly favorite like lemonade on hand, and tea is a traditionally well-received option for the grownups. Put a special holiday touch on your drink menu with a recipe like this Holiday Hot Tea featuring Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea, which has been fresh brewed from custom-blended tea leaves with no added acids or preservatives for generations.
Favors: Send guests home with a sweet memory of the event, such as an ornament that connects to the party’s theme or a bag of seasonal treats like homemade cookies or candy to nibble on during the trip back home.
Simple Snacks: Building your menu around simple snacks and finger foods guests can nibble on while they mingle is perfectly acceptable for almost any type of holiday gathering. Include options that can satisfy all the taste buds. You can even combine sweet and sour with a seasonal crowd-pleaser like this Lemonade Cranberry Orange Bread, which draws its flavor from a secret ingredient: Milo’s All Natural Lemonade.
Find more holiday hosting ideas and recipes at drinkmilos.com .
Lemonade Cranberry Orange Bread
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
- 1 can cranberry sauce
- 3/4 cup Milo’s All Natural Lemonade
- 1 orange, zest only
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Heat oven to 350° F.
- In large bowl, mash cranberry sauce into small pieces. Add lemonade, orange zest, vegetable oil and egg; mix until blended.
- In separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Combine wet and dry ingredients; mix until batter is formed.
- Pour batter into greased loaf pan. Bake 1 hour. Let cool 20 minutes before slicing and serving.
Holiday Hot Tea
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
- 12 cups Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea
- 2 cans (12 ounces each) frozen limeade juice concentrate
- 1 orange, thinly sliced, plus additional for garnish (optional)
- 12 whole cloves
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 cup ginger ale
- raw sugar, for garnish (optional)
- In large slow-cooker, combine sweet tea, limeade concentrate, orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks, vanilla, cranberries and ginger ale; stir.
- Heat on high 30 minutes then reduce heat to low for 2 hours, or heat on low 2 hours then reduce setting to warm overnight.
- Invert moistened glass rims in sugar then fit orange slice over rim, if desired.
Note: For easier serving, place cloves in tea ball or double layer of coffee filters sealed with kitchen twine. (Family Features)
Texas Monthly BBQ Festival, taking place Nov 3-4 in Austin, celebrates the award-winning magazine’s latest list of “Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas” with a weekend full of exciting events and tasty meats. Saturday, Nov. 3 will kick off with “Cue Course,” a BBQ education course at Stiles Switch hosted by Texas Monthly BBQ editor, Daniel Vaughn; and the first ever Franklin and Friends’ event hosted by Aaron Franklin himself.
The main festival, which features a lineup of 30 of Texas Monthly’s top BBQ joints in Texas, will take place on Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. While the Saturday events are sold out, GA and a very limited number of VIP tickets for Sunday’s event are still available.
Photography courtesy of Kirk Tuck.
Based on the 2007 Academy Award®-winning film, Once is an enchanting, modern love story about the complexities of relationships and the power of music to connect us all. Once tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. Winner of 8 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this unique theatrical experience, with breathtaking melodies by Glen Hansard of the Irish band The Frames, will have you falling in love from the very first note.
Speaking to Austin’s live music roots, ZACH’s Topfer lobby transforms into an Irish pub, creating an immersive experience from start to finish. Based on the 2007 Academy Award®-winning film with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, and book by Enda Walsh, audiences will fall for this unexpected romance that features a talented ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage. Once will play The Topfer at ZACH Theatre, September 19 – October 28, 2018, under the direction of ZACH Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley with Musical Direction by Allen Robertson, Scenic Design by Donald Eastman, and Choreography by Cassie Abate.
Once at ZACH Theatre
When: September 19, 2018 – October 28, 2018
Where: The Topfer at ZACH | 202 S. Lamar Boulevard | Austin, TX 78704
Tickets: Start at $25 available at the ZACH box office - (512) 476-0541, x1
Age Recommendation: 10 and up for language
According to William Jackson, Founder & Chief Business Officer InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential, “Once is a perfect blend of theatre and music, warmly wrapped around a touching yet complicated love story. The emotional intensity of the unfolding story, a story perhaps experienced by many, is portrayed beautifully by the actors/musicians and leaves an indelible mark on the heart and soul. For anyone who has a heart, Once is a must-see!”
Set the menu for easy entertaining
One of the best-kept chef secrets to hosting the most memorable at-home parties is keeping the food simple and adding small details to make it special. After all, a host who isn’t hard at work in the kitchen is a host who can spend more time with guests.
One way to make every minute in the kitchen count and provide crowd-pleasing food is by using wholesome, quality core ingredients like olive oil, fresh bread, cheese and artisan chocolate to create flavorful dishes that are easy to prepare, and leave you with more time to enjoy what matters most: moments with the ones you love.
When it comes to cooking, focus on the essentials and the highlights of each dish. Building recipes around quality ingredients, such as Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, makes it easy to create show-stopping dishes time and time again. Planning ahead is key to entertaining, but when it comes to cooking, make things quick and easy with a little help from powerhouse ingredients that lend themselves well to a variety of flavors and preparations.
In keeping things simple, use olive oil to add a little extra zest and create dishes that pop off the plate, like this recipe for Beet Hummus. Or if you’re looking for something comforting and wholesome, indulge in this creamy Tomato Soup with Olive Oil Croutons. For a larger event, try Mushroom Carpaccio and Creamed Spinach Au Gratin, which can leave a lasting impression on your guests. To top it all off, go for this Bitter Chocolate and Pistachio Cream Dessert for a perfect way to end a meal.
Make every moment count and find more simple recipes at Bertolli.com.
Tomato Soup with Homemade Olive Oil Croutons
Prep time: 10 minutes
- 4 tomatoes
- 3 grilled red bell peppers in oil
- 1 shallot
- 1/2 cup Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus additional for brushing on bread
- 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
- 1 clove garlic
- 10 basil leaves
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- 4 slices crusty bread
- Cut small cross in bottom of tomatoes and submerge in boiling water 30 seconds. Let tomatoes cool in ice water 30 seconds then remove skins.
- In blender, blend tomatoes, red bell peppers, shallot, extra-virgin olive oil, vinegar, garlic, basil, salt and pepper, to taste, until mixture is smooth. Add mixture to large pot and heat, stirring frequently.
- Cut bread slices, brush with olive oil and grill 2 minutes per side over medium-high heat until visible grill marks have formed.
Healthy Beet Hummus
Prep time: 15 minutes
- 3 beets
- salt, to taste
- Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 cups canned chickpeas
- 2 tablespoons sesame seed paste or tahini
- Heat oven to 375° F.
- Peel beets and boil until soft; season with salt and olive oil.
- Puree beets with chickpeas and sesame seed paste until a uniform paste forms. Transfer to oven-safe serving dish. Bake 10 minutes and serve.
Mushroom Carpaccio and Creamed Spinach Au Gratin
Prep time: 15 minutes
- 2 1/4 cups cremini mushrooms
- Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- salt, to taste
- 2 1/4 cups spinach
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Parmesan cheese
- To make Mushroom Carpaccio: Heat oven to 400° F.
- Clean mushrooms and cut into thin slivers.
- Season with olive oil and salt. Set aside.
- To make Creamed Spinach: Boil spinach 2 minutes, strain and place it into saucepan, over cream. Cook 5 minutes.
- In blender, puree mixture and pour over Mushroom Carpaccio.
- Grate Parmesan cheese over entire dish; bake 5 minutes.
Bitter Chocolate and Pistachio Cream Dessert
Prep time: 15 minutes
- 1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon, sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus additional for pistachio cream
- 4 ounces dark chocolate
- 1 1/4 cups shelled pistachios
- In saucepan, combine condensed milk and sugar; cook over low heat, stirring until mixture takes on toasted color.
- Add olive oil and dark chocolate; continue to stir until fully combined.
- Line 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper and spread mixture into pan. Refrigerate until fully set.
- To make pistachio cream: Blend pistachios and olive oil until smooth paste forms.
- Remove dessert from pan and cut into slices. Serve with pistachio cream on top. (Family Features)
Photography courtesy of Eric Gonzalez.
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Born in Argentina, based in Los Angeles, Michelle Leclercq is a singer / songwriter/producer known for her Latin infused pop songs. Described as “captivating” by magazine ABC COLOR, Michelle’s debut single The Mission reached #1 on iTunes Argentina. Her successful compositions and honesty on her lyric writing have called the attention of major recognized producers, such as the two times Latin Grammy award winner Raniero Palm.
Growing up Michelle was considered by her family and teachers a musical genius. Since the age of six she played violin at her school’s orchestra, and she taught herself how to play piano and guitar. With her short but interesting career Michelle has already performed at several local venues throughout California, Argentina, Paraguay, and Australia.
Her new song album,Self Love has been to Michelle a means to self-understanding and inner healing. The four song EP contains some of the deepest and most honest emotions the artist has ever expressed publicly. In September 2017 Michelle’s first love passed away from a drug overdose. After that, the artist was immersed in a complete confusion and constant reflection. She understood even though drug addiction is a one-way road to self-destruction, giving up on love or renouncing to happiness due to fear of failure is also a way of self-destruction and it all roots in the lack of self-love. Through this album, Michelle seeks to open the eyes of her listeners, leading them to love themselves and spreading the message that we are all worth it, and we all deserve happiness.
Soon she’ll release one new song Present Past Future.
For additional thrilling details about Michelle, visit www.michelleleclercq.com.