Holiday Interludes

By staff December 21, 2008

Jolly delivers wonderful pastries and great moments with friends.


By Judi Gallagher

A jolly good time with Heather Dunhill, Marjorie North and friends.

Why is it that we all too often forget to make time for a soothing cappuccino and a pastry or three with friends? When I am in Italy, it seems that is all I do: sip coffee and dip my biscotti. Thanks to Heather Dunhill’s wonderful birthday party- simple and elegant- good friends were together for delicious pastries, great conversation and a toast to the changing of the guard with Sarasota Herald-Tribune social columnist Marjorie North passing the torch, or in this case the cannolli, to Heather Dunhill. Leave it to Heather to organize table arrangements including the cloth and napkins and her now famous “must leave with treats in hand” goodie bags. Jolly’s is located on Palm Avenue and is part of Epicure, which is soon to feature a new martinis bar and pizza oven. It is the perfect stop for holiday sweets.


On the healthier side of baked goods, Omega cure has launched the Omega Cookie. I know, I know, fish oil and cookies? Nevertheless, I did try one and they are quite good. The cranberry cookie is moist, gives you the boost of fish oil without having to deal without having to clean and cook a few dozen mackerels!


So glad  cookbook author and good buddy Gail Greco is back in town. Not only is Gail one of the best cooks I know, she has a taste for good flavor. Glad we lunched over at Lee Roy Selmon’s, where we munched on brisket quesadillas and pulled pork sandwiches and compared notes on holiday cooking.


For those of you that want to know the menu: Since Hanukkah and Christmas fall on the same week, we are blending the two a bit. Christmas Eve will be Pho Cali with special friends and family- honest, it is such a Jewish thing for Asian food and the movies, I just can’t go without. Christmas morning will bring a strong beach walk before heading over for Bill and Margaret Wise’s gumbo party and then back home to prepare the latkes with homemade applesauce, prime rib and Parmesan creamed onions, warm gingerbread with caramel and fresh cinnamon whipped cream and apricot rugulah.

A toast to the holidays

To all our readers I want to wish you the happiest of holidays. May your latkes be crisp, your plum pudding just right, your Kwanza filled with colorful foods and time with family and most of all- just a good night!
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