Holiday Cooking in the East Village
The holidays are all about spending time with loved ones — and indulging in delectable seasonal cuisine while you’re at it. Though many are keeping celebrations simple and guest lists small this year, these recipes will ensure your feast is festive and fantastic.
Ginger Apple Moscow Mule
Get the party started with this wintry twist on the classic Moscow Mule cocktail. Mix apple cider, apple butter, and freshly grated ginger with vodka, lime, and ginger beer — the result is a potent brew that’ll warm you from head to toe. Festoon serving mugs with pomegranate arils and cinnamon sticks — and use the quartz stone countertop of your EVGB kitchen as a private bar. Nondrinkers needn’t miss out: Just skip the vodka, and they’re good to go.
Festive Duck Salad
Done with turkey for the year? Switch to duck — and make it light and flavorful with this zingy festive duck salad. All the flavors of the season are rolled into this colorful dish (think ginger, cinnamon, allspice), but there’s an exotic fruitiness, too, thanks to satsumas, pomegranates, and a generous squeeze of lime. With a prep time of just 25 minutes, you can have the luxury of mixing this salad while your guests are still enjoying their apéritifs. Talk about freshly prepared…
Butternut Squash and Miso Brussels Sprouts Nourish Bowl
Brussels sprouts sometimes get a bad rap, but your guests will think differently about the seasonal vegetable once they’ve tried this game-changing Asian-inspired nourish bowl. The sprouts are sliced, then caramelized with a miso glaze for the ultimate in umami. Succulent roasted butternut squash and almond-studded quinoa star in this dish, too, which is topped off with a mouthwatering tahini sauce, popping with coconut, garlic, and maple syrup. Cook it with ease, using your premium Miele appliances — and serve with a side helping of Bing Crosby and Mariah Carey, to ensure this dish is the talk of the East Village.
Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
As the digestifs are poured and people crash on sofas while admiring the warm, organic materials and finishes of your EVGB apartment, it’s time to bring out a sweet and decadent treat. These pumpkin chocolate chip beauties go above and beyond your average cookie; they’re oaty, chewy, chocolatey, spicy … in a word, sublime. Warm them in the oven, while continuing the chit chat — thanks to the open-plan style of your EVGB kitchen. Then, wait for the compliments to flood in, before telling everyone the glad tidings: They’re vegan and gluten-free!