Children's Birthday Parties


Let Dazzle Me A Dish create a fun and different birthday party for your child on or off premises.  Our services are tailored to suit your needs and your budget.

We offer a “cooking/baking lesson” birthday party with all the trimmings.  Themes are welcomed!

Your child will love the attention they receive during a planned lesson which is taught in a fun, creative way.  Each child will be “hands-on” as they make their own dessert or meal.  They will learn the proper way to set a table as well as table manners.  Included are photo props so you can take memorable, fun photos and music and dancing with a light show.  We also offer at an additional cost keepsake aprons and recipe binders which add that special touch.  DJ’s, photographers, favors are also available at an additional charge.

Cost includes lesson, recipe, balloons, lunch and celebratory dessert, 2 snacks and drinks, music and dancing, and use of photo props.  Adults are an additional fee.  Please call Chef Cynthia for more details (347) 524-0355.

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DAZZLE PARTY PLANNING


Let Dazzle create that special event for you! Check out our most recent off-site Bridal Shower. Each detail is carefully thought out to give you a memorably perfect event! All photography courtesy of Photos By Lisa (917) 450-6233.

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How Do You Keep Leftover Avocado From Turning Brown?


How do you keep that leftover avocado from turning brown?

Let’s talk about why avocados turn brown. Like apples or potatoes, they oxidize when exposed to air. Once you cut into an avocado, you’ll never be able to completely stop the oxidation process, but you can dramatically slow it with a few quick tips and tricks:

1. Cut the avocado with a ceramic or plastic knife. Metal actually accelerates the oxidation process.

2. Try lemon or lime juice. Citric acid is a powerful antioxidant; rub a little juice around the exposed flesh and you’ll significantly delay the browning effect.

3. No lemon or lime? Use oil. Oil is another great buffer to oxygen. Use in place of lemon or lime juice when you don’t have any handy.

4. Store as air-tight as possible. Again, avocados turn brown due to oxidation and exposure to air, so storing in an air-tight container only makes sense.

5. Water. Huh? That’s right! This one works exceptionally well for guacamole. Place your leftover guacamole in a plastic container and press down to remove any air pockets. Add a half inch of water on top and seal with an air-tight lid. The water creates a barrier between the avocado and the air, keeping your guacamole fresh and 100% green for 24 hours or more! When ready to eat some more, just drain the excess water and enjoy. Works like a charm!

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Kid's Baking Classes - Schedule


Kid’s Baking/Cooking Classes are in session at our Staten Island location from 11 a.m. – 1p.m. on Saturday’s.


Space is limited.

Please call 347-524-0355 to register.

Ages are from 8-17 years old.

No experience necessary.

Please come and join the fun!




What is Parchment Paper?


Parchment paper or baking paper is a moisture-resistant, grease-resistant paper used in cooking and/or baking recipes; also used to line baking pans.  En Papillote is a cooking method in which foods and seasonings are cooked together inside an envelope made with parchment.  This cooking method produces a delicious, healthy, moist, and tender dish.  Parchment paper can be found in the baking section of the supermarket.  Visit the Recipes section of this website for some recipes using parchment paper.

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Dust off your Slow Cookers! Let's make a Dazzling Pot Roast.


potroastWinter means comfort food and I love a good pot roast.  Pot roast is a cheap, tough cut of meat that can be transformed into a delicious dinner.  Most tough cuts are best when cooked slowly.  That’s when a slow cooker becomes your best friend.  This appliance works slowly breaking down the tough meat fibers, while at the same time keeping the meat moist with flavorful liquid.  The best way to bump up the beefy flavor in a pot roast is to sear the meat first.  Searing gives the meat a delicious  browned crust that is formed when sugars and proteins in the meat react to the heat.  It not only looks and smells good, it gives the sauce a complex flavor and rich color.  Once the meat is seared, transfer it to the slow cooker along with the pan drippings.  Please visit the Recipes Section of this website for instructions on how to make Pot Roast in the Slow Cooker.  Yum!




7 Anti-Aging Foods, Eat for Life!


If you are over the age of 40, you should incorporate these 7 anti-aging foods into your diet.  Eat for Life!

1.  Olive Oil – Not only do the monounsaturated fats contained in olive oil support healthy arteries and a healthy heart, but olive oil also contains polyphenols, a potent anti-oxidant that may help prevent a number of age-related diseases.  I recommend organic extra virgin olive oil for the most anti-aging bang for your buck.

2.  Red Wine – That’s right, a glass of wine daily may indeed have a positive effect on your health due to its resveratrol content, a unique anti-oxidant that can help fight against diabetes, heart disease, and age-related memory loss.

3.  Beans – The unique proteins in beans thicken and strengthen your hair cells, so you can enjoy a full head of hair as you lengthen your years. :)

4.  Brazil Nuts – Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, a mineral which aids in the production of the anti-oxidant glutathione to help slow down the skin aging process.  Just 2 nuts a day will provide you with enough selenium to reap its anti-aging benefits.

5.  Tomatoes – Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which has been shown to support heart health and healthy cholesterol levels as you age.  Lycopene also acts as a natural sun block to keep skin youthful and protected from harmful UV rays.

6.  Raspberries & Blueberries – These two berries contain important anti-oxidants to help offset inflammation and oxidative stress that contribute to skin aging and wrinkles.  Just one serving of either or these berries contains more anti-oxidants than 10 servings of most other fruits and vegetables!

7.  Organic Eggs – Despite the bad rap eggs get because of their cholesterol content,  eggs are rich in biotin and iron which help to promote healthy, youthful skin and hair.




Top 10 SuperFoods, Dazzle Your Dishes With Them!


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BLUEBERRIES deep blue color is a by-product of flavonoids (plant-based compounds with powerful antioxidant properties). This superfood has been shown to preserve memory function. It has a high water content which is hydrating to your skin and other cells of the body.

SARDINES contain Omega-3 fat, high protein, and calcium.  Ounce for ounce sardines contain just as much heart-healthy omega-3 fat as salmon.

SPINACH is filled with antioxidants, including vitamin C and beta-carotene as well as lutein and zeaxanthin, (sunscreen for your eyes). One cup of fresh spinach leaves also provides almost double the daily requirement for vitamin K.

PISTACHIO NUTS are loaded with protein, fiber, and heart-healthy unsaturated fat. Pistachio nuts have been shown to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels. Thirty pistachios will cost you only 100 calories.

DARK CHOCOLATE is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants and has been shown to lower blood pressure and improve blood flow. Choose chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa to optimize antioxidant power. It also boosts your mood. Portion control please….one ounce of dark chocolate has about 150 calories.

RED BELL PEPPERS – One pepper has twice as much vitamin C as an orange. It prevents arthritis, delivers beta-carotene, lycopene, and has a high water content. Red bell peppers have been shown to decrease eye diseases.

BEANS are a wonderful source of protein and fiber and help you stay full and satisfied. Beans are a good source of magnesium and potassium and have been shown to lower blood pressure and keep vessels healthy….and are inexpensive!!

EGG WHITES are a low-calorie, fat-free, high-protein food. There are 4 grams of protein per egg white.  Egg whites can help you maintain strong bones, muscles, nails, and hair.

PUMPKIN is rich in beta-carotene which is an antioxidant that helps rejuvenate skin, protect your vision, and may reduce the risk of arthritis. It also contains the mineral potassium which is involved in lowering blood pressure and maintains healthy bones.

OATS are a great source of fiber and has been shown to lower cholesterol and help control blood sugar levels.




Bang for Your Buck Wines


 I am always in search of really good wines that are inexpensive.  Spending alot of money on wines every now and then is great but if you like to drink wine with dinner often or bring a bottle to a friends house for a visit, you don’t necessarily need to go broke doing so.  Here are some of my great finds and you really can’t tell that they are under $15!  Cheers!

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Vega Sindoa, Chardonnay, Cabernet, and Merlot – $6.99-$9.99.  The Chardonnay is my favorite and I compare it to Rombauer, which is a $40 bottle.

Red Truck, California Red – $7.99

Bogle, Reds & White – $7.99-$9.99.  The Bogle Phantom is outstanding, a bit more in cost at $16.99 but well worth it.  It’s hard to find.

J. Lohr, Reds & White – $11.99-$12.99

ApothicRed, 2012.  $12.00.  Ivory overtones, maple undertones, hints of cranberry, brandy-like finish.

 




Dazzling Easter Menu


 

Easter Dinner

Easter is approaching!  Have you thought about a menu for your guests?  Keep it simple, prepare ahead, and spend more time with your family and friends.  Check the recipes section for some ideas!