Marie Antoinettes Studmuffin Desserts

Cake needs a break. Let us eat cookies! New to debut to Studmuffin Desserts is the Marie Antoinettes, bit-size cookies crafted with colorful funfetti sprinkles that is sure to appease everyone of all ages. When I think of Marie Antoinette, I instantly become reminded of her grandeur, elegant dresses, hair and costumes, and her exquisite attention to detail. She, in fact, is one of my most favorite historical figures. It is as if these delightful cookies named themselves!

These are the first cookies you would serve to guests at any social gathering. Cheerful, crispy, buttery, and not-to-sweet, you will be treated to a summery escapade that you will want to experience again and again.

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Voila Chocolat

Summers in the Hamptons have always been known for the extravagant galas and soirees that seem to pour into each weekend. It would not be a fulfilling season out east without attending at least one of the well-known gatherings. Plus, who could miss out on an opportunity to go shopping and get glammed up for that spectacular evening? There is a feeling of wonder and excitement in the air knowing that summer is just around the corner. With the arrival of summer, my attention turns to my wardrobe. I love deciding weeks in advance what I will be wearing to which event, and when attending multiple events in one day, it is essential that my outfits are ready to grab, change into, and continue about my day. As I begin to organize the season’s wardrobe, I instantly become reminded of all my favorite events, some of which are child-friendly, a huge plus for my family. From fashion and feasts to breakfasts with famous chefs, below are my top Hamptons summer events I am looking forward to.

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Swedish Meatballs

Ever since I could remember, anytime I went out to a restaurant, if Swedish meatballs were on the menu, guaranteed that would be the entree I would order. It became such a regular dish to have at some of my favorite restaurants, that I began to take notes on what ingredients and techniques were used to create the dish. Very soon after, I sought to recreate my favorite dinner dish at home. Traditionally served with mashed potatoes and a thinner, darker gravy, I much preferred a thicker, richer sauce with fresh herbs and a plentiful amount of sliced mushrooms.

At home, we have Swedish meatballs at least twice a month. We always make enough to have for lunch the next day as well. When it comes to these delectable homemade meatballs, a pairing with Lingonberry jam is a must. You can also use red currant jam. And the sauce – so smooth and creamy with an essence of fresh rosemary, you will surely want to add a couple more tablespoons over your bed of egg noodles for an extra boost of tasty fun. Let’s get that plate dancing, shall we?

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Pindar Vineyards

This past Saturday, March 11, I ventured over to the North Fork with my husband to attend a wine and chocolate pairing at Pindar Vineyards in Peconic. The wine pairing was in partnership with North Fork Chocolate Company located in Aquebogue, one of my favorite spots to stop at while I am in the area for great gifts from talented local businesses. Their chocolates are also out of this world! Pindar Vineyards and North Fork Chocolate Company are open year round.

Pindar Vineyards was quite busy that Saturday. We saw a few bridal parties celebrating, some birthday bashes, family and friend gatherings, and more. We were delighted to listen to live music and enjoy a cheese plate (sold in their refrigerator) during our tasting. Pindar is always a lively spot and the staff is consistently accommodating. If you happen to purchase a cheese plate or a selection of cheeses, complimentary crackers are provided at the wine bars. We also could not get enough of their Irish Soda Bread, seriously one of the best soda breads I have tried: so moist and fresh!

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Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. Whether you are celebrating with that special someone, close friends, family, or perhaps a long lost connection, I have curated a list of some of my favorite sweets to enjoy on Cupid’s Day and even all winter, from local sweet treat to a specialty food favorite.

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