9:55 AM EST, December 12, 2012
Welcome to the holiday baking homestretch. Today at my blog, OrlandoSentinel.com/thedish, check out four twists on classic thumbprint cookies. These iconic treats have an indentation in the center made with the baker's thumb or a small spoon. The tiny pocket holds jam, cheese and nut mixtures that provide a burst of flavor. While the oven preheats, let's dish:
Holiday brunch kits. The folks putting together the East End Market, a mixed-use development that will showcase Central Florida food artisans, are selling holiday brunch kits filled with items from tenants of the new venue. Deadline to order is Tuesday for Dec. 21 pickup at the Audubon Park Garden District Office, 1807 E. Winter Park Road, Orlando.
Included in the kits, which cost $53.25 and serve 6-8 people, are:
•Arrangement of organically grown flowers from Locally Grown, a Sanford flower farm
•One-pound bag of Florida country milled grits, Lake Meadow Naturals eggs and Mannix Vanilla extract, plus a recipe on how to use all three
•Skyebird homemade bloody mary mix with mixology recipe
•Half-pound bag of AtoZ Coffee Roasters' East End Morning Blend organic beans
•Half pound of signature slab bacon from Cuts & Craft Artisan Meats
• Freshly caught Titusville Canaveral White Shrimp from Brevard County's Wild Ocean Seafood
•Granola from Olde Hearth Bread Co.
•A half pound of Fatto in Casa's Italian biscotti or gluten-free cookies
•Recipes from The Spanish River Grill; the New Smyrna Beach eatery is expanding in Orlando with the East End Market's Txokos restaurant.
The kits can be ordered via a link on the East End Market Facebook page or by calling 321-236-3316.
When it opens in the spring, East End Market will house small, independently owned food enterprises and the exterior will be landscaped with edible and Florida-friendly varietals.
Emeril takes on Florida. "Emeril's Florida" television show will premiere Jan. 6 on the Cooking Channel. From Northwest Florida to Orlando and St. Petersburg-Clearwater to Miami and Palm Beach, celebrated chef Emeril Lagasse played tourist on a mission of culinary discovery. James Petrakis of The Ravenous Pig in Winter Park, Bernard Carmouche, Lagasse's culinary director and pastry chef, and David Ramirez of Rosen Shingle Creek Resort are featured in the first episode at 10:30 a.m.
The Foodies are coming! It's time to vote for your favorite restaurants in the Orlando Sentinel's 15th annual Foodie Awards. The online ballot has more than 45 categories, including fine-dining, wine list, breakfast, brunch, power lunch, food trucks, coffeehouses and bars that serve exceptional food. The final results — along with my picks — will appear in the Calendar section on Friday, Jan. 25. All votes must be cast by midnight Dec. 31. So put down that fork and vote today at OrlandoSentinel.com/foodies.
Heather McPherson can be reached at 407-420-5498, Twitter@OS_thedish and email@example.com. Follow daily food news at OrlandoSentinel.com/thedish.
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Check out the Morning Mix with Scott McKenzie recipe of the week, Bacon, Egg and Hash Brown Biscuit Bake, at OrlandoSentinel.com/thedish and Mix1051.com