New Years

Pomegranate Cocktails

December 23, 2017

Pomegranates add a bright and delicious flavor to holiday cocktails.

Tangerine Negroni

December 31, 2015

A wonderful tangy, tangerine take on the super-trendy Negroni.

Brandy Pudding Cake

December 28, 2015

This Brandy Pudding Cake is excellent when eaten warm.

Pomegranate Margarita

December 24, 2015

If you’re in a festive mood then you may want to give this delicious Pomegranate Margarita a try.

Beef Steak Bites

Beef Steak Bites

December 3, 2015

Here at Tiny New York Kitchen, this is one of our favorite holiday appetizers.

Prosciutto Wrapped Figs

December 31, 2014

Here is an unbelievably simple party hors d'oeuvre recipe. Often times simple equal sophisticated in my book.


Japanese New Year

January 1, 2014


Japanese wooden horse

Japanese New Year

Ringing in the New Year is an important holiday activity and exciting event for the Japanese.  In Japan the New Year celebration is called “nenga.” The Japanese observe nenga by eating osechi ryouri (New Year’s dishes), going to hatsumoude (first shrine visit), and decorating houses with ornaments like kadomatsu (pine tree decoration), shimenawa (a rope made with rice straw), and kagamimochi (round rice cakes to offer to the gods). 

Reading New Year’s postcards, called nengajo, It is customary to send New Year’s postcards to friends, relatives, co-workers, and business clients which is very similar to the Western custom of sending Christmas cards.  People in Japan consider it extremely important that nengajo are delivered EXACTLY on January 1st.  This makes for the busiest day of the year for Japan Post because they are responsible to meet everybody’s needs to get their nengajo delivered on time.  E-cards are becoming increasingly popular, Japanese people still keep the custom of sending New Year’s greetings by the postal service.

Nengajo usually have an illustrated New Year’s message with graphics symbolizing the New Year which may include a sunrise, a plum tree or one of the 12 eto animals (mouse, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig). A specific animal represents each year. The eto for 2014 is the horse (uma). 

Among many of the New Year’s activities, “ostoshidama” is the most fun one for children.  Otoshidama was originally a gift to celebrate the New Year, but the word mainly refers to money given to children by older people during the holiday.  Otoshidama are handed out in small envelopes called “pochibukuro.”  

Japanese New Year

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2014

2014Tiny New York Kitchen Wishes You & Your Family A Very Happy New Year!

Seven Stylish Bar Drinks

December 31, 2013


Seven Stylish Bar Drinks

Some like their cocktails sweet and fruity; others want them brisk and sour; and martini lovers are in a class by themselves.  Keep these recipes in your repertoire and you’ll be covered no matter whom you’re hosting. Remember to drink and serve responsibly!



1/4 Cup (2 Ounces) Vodka

2 Tablespoons (1 Ounce) Orange Liqueur

2 Tablespoons (1 Ounce) Cranberry Juice

1 Tablespoons (1/2 Ounce) Lime Juice

In a cocktail shaker combine all ingredients. Add ice cubes, cover and shake until very cold.  Strain liquid into chilled glass. If desired, garnish with lime peel twist. Makes 1 serving.

Mai Tai


1/3 Cup Pineapple Juice

3 Tablespoons (1 1/2 Ounces) Rum

3 Tablespoons (1 1/2 Ounces) Orange Liqueur

2 Tablespoons (1 Ounce) Grenadine Syrup

Dash Lime Juice

Dash Sugar

In a cocktail shaker combine all ingredients.  Add ice cubes, cover and shake until very cold. Strain liquid into tall glass filled with crushed ice.  If desired, garnish with fresh fruit (such as strawberries, kiwifruit, orange wedges) threaded on long skewer.  Makes 1 serving.

Vodka Gimlet


3 Tablespoons (1 1/2 Ounces) Vodka or Gin

1 Tablespoon (1/2 Ounce) Bottled Sweetened Lime Juice

In a cocktail shaker combine vodka and sweetened lime juice. Add ice cubes, cover and shake until very cold. Strain liquid into an ice-filled glass.  If desired garnish with a lime peel twist.  Makes 1 serving.



1/4 Cup (2 Ounces) Brandy

2 Tablespoons (1 Ounce) Lemon Juice

2 Tablespoons (1 Ounce) Orange Liqueur

Wet the rim of a chilled glass with water. Dip rim into dish of sugar to coat.  Set aside.  In a cocktail shaker combine all ingredients.  Add ice cubes, cover and shake until very cold. Strain liquid into prepared glass filled with additional ice cubes.  If desired garnish with quartered lemon slices.  Makes 1 serving.

Whiskey Sour


1/4 Cup (2 Ounces) Bourbon

2 Tablespoons (1 Ounce) Lime Juice

2 Tablespoons (1 Ounce) Lemon Juice

1 Tablespoon Sugar

In a rocks glass combine all ingredients. Using a spoon, stir until combined and sugar is dissolved.  Add ice cubes.  If desired, garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.  Makes 1 serving

Blackberry Fizz


5 Fresh or Frozen Blackberries (Thawed)

1 Tablespoon (1/2 Ounce) Lime Juice

1 Teaspoon Superfine Sugar

3 Tablespoons (1 1/2 Ounces) Cognac or Other Brandy

3 Tablespoons (1 1/2 Ounces) Sparkling Wine

In a cocktail shaker combine blackberries, lime juice, superfine sugar.  To muddle, gently crush berries with the back of a spoon. Add cognac or other brandy and ice cubes.  Cover and shake until very cold.  Strain liquid into an ice filled glass.  Add chilled sparkling wine.  Garnish with additional blackberries and, if desired, a mint sprig.  Makes 1 serving. 



3 Green Olives

1/4 Cup (2 Ounces) Gin or Vodka

1 1/2 Teaspoons (1/4 Ounce) Dry Vermouth

Thread green olives on a cocktail pick. Set aside. In a cocktail shaker combine gin (or vodka) and dry vermouth. Add ice cubes.  Cover and shake until very cold. Strain liquid into a martini glass.  Garnish with olives and/or a lemon peel twist.  Makes 1 serving. 

Vintage Travel Bar Set

New Year’s Menu Ideas

December 30, 2013

New Year's 2

New Year’s Menu Ideas

If you’re having a New Year’s Eve party or just want to prepare a nice family dinner here are some tasty menu ideas that can help you plan a perfect start to the New Year!

Hors D’Oeuvres, Soups And First Courses

American Osetra Caviar

Smoked Salmon Platter (With Diced Red Onion, Egg Whites, Egg Yolks, Capers & Lemon Wedges)

Salad of Baby Greens With Candied Walnuts, Dried Cherries & Chevre

Artisan Cheese & Seasonal Fruit Platter

Roasted Winter Squash Soup

Shrimp & Crab Bisque

Baked Brie

Shrimp Cocktail With Cocktail Sauce

Pigs in a Blanket

Mini Crab Cakes With Classic Remoulade Sauce

Peking Duck Wrapped in Scallion Pancakes

Smoked Salmon On Cucumber Rounds

Coconut Shrimp With Mango Dipping Sauce


Beef Tenderloin

Roasted Chicken Breasts With Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Herb Roasted Rack of Lamb

Roasted Salmon Filet With Grilled Pineapples

Individual Beef Wellington

Lobster Pot Pie

Roasted Tournedos of Filet Mignon

Side Dishes

Roasted Mushrooms and Potatoes

Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Potato Gratin

Haricots Verts With Mushrooms & Shallots

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pancetta & Balsamic Vinegar

Steamed Asparagus

Herb Roasted Potatoes

Whipped Potatoes

Butternut Squash Mash With Brown Butter & Sage


Chocolate Cake

Dark Chocolate Mousse


Chocolate Éclairs

French Macaroons

Petits Fours

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