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l OUT & ABOUT Explore the Flavors of Fall A list of seasonal beers from local Long Island breweries. l THE BAKING COACH Pumpkin Bread A must-make fall recipe that combines all the flavors of the season. l HEALTH & WELLNESS Health and Wellness and Giving Thanks Tips that will guide you through Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. l HOME & GARDEN Hosting, Gift Giving, and Quick Decorating Fixes for the Holidays How to check off your “to-do” lists for gift giving and home decorating. l FASHION & BEAUTY Tips for Trendy Nails Unique designs that are sure to draw attention at this year’s holiday party. l DISHIN WITH DENISE Culinary Renditions, Transitions and Traditions…“Sfincione” A delicious Sicilian style pizza created in the region of Palermo, Sicily. l FOODIE VUE Legends Bar & Grill An inside look on Legends Bar & Grill of Kings Park. l LET’S EAT An Inside Look on Fine Local Restaurants l PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT Grateful, Thankful, Blessed Count your blessings and be mindful every day of all the good that exists in the world. l FAMILY FEATURES Delectable Desserts for Holiday Celebrations Unique dessert recipes that will sweeten up any holiday gathering. l MARKETING Starting a Small Business All the right questions to consider when becoming an entrepreneur.

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Prepare healthy meals together. Today there are so many food services such as Daily Harvest (www.daily- harvest.com) that prepare and sell pre- made smoothies, harvest bowls, and soups. On weekends, prepare meals with your family so that everyone has input for the week’s meals. Even though this past year and a half has been difficult, let us give thanks to those whose love and suppor t have guided us through these challenging times. As my mother used to say, “There is always some- one worse off than ourselves.” Hug a friend or a neighbor. Smile. Do a good deed. Give thanks for all you have.

Walk for heart, bone and mental health. Walking, yoga, weight-bearing ex- ercises, and strength training keep you fit at any age (www.mayoclinic.org). If you love the outdoors, hike, bike, or ski as win- ter draws near. Surround yourself with friends and family as often as possible. We re- cently visited with friends who moved to the Finger Lakes region so that they could be near their children and grandchildren. We were four couples who shared meals, music, laughter, and reminisced about “the old days.” We left there feeling well con- nected to them and their new home. Kindness goes a long way. I’ll never forget the man who paid for my items at a Dollar Store this past summer. Even though we were both “masked,” I could see his eyes smiling as he bestowed a priceless gift to me. Check in with an elderly relative by phone or pay a quick visit. Bring a homemade gift. Donate food to a homeless shelter or food pantry. Volunteer at a church or soup kitchen.

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season is green , in varieties like seafoam, chartreuse and emerald . These may not be the most flattering hues on everyone but if you feel adventuresome…go for the green. The French manicure is a favorite go-to for many women, and this year the new colored French manicure takes center stage. This updated look is still tasteful and clean. Instead of a light pink with white tips, you can choose polish in any shade you fancy and garnish the tips with geometric designs, metallic flecks, abstract shapes or swirls of color. One of the prettiest nail art styles trending today is the dried flower look , with tiny floral emblems on the nail tips covered by a sheer pale pink . It’s lovely

Pretty much anything goes these days when it comes to fingernail fashion. Manicures are the new accessory and nail design has become an art form unto itself. There are all kinds of dramatic, festive and beautiful ways to express yourself, so ask your nail technician to create a unique design that is sure to draw attention at this year’s holiday party. Sure the timeless neutrals, nudes and monochromatic autumn colors are nice for the cooler months, but with so many unconventional nail choices at your fingertips, why not venture outside the traditional and try a fun new look? Take a scroll through social media and you’ll find a myriad of spectacular, glamorous and often quirky styles to give you inspiration. Nails can be short, square, pointed or ultra-long. There really are no rules so if you can imagine it, you can paint it! For the upcoming holidays you can’t go wrong with the shimmery golds, silver and pewter polishes that flatter any skin tone and compliment any outfit. Darker manicures are still popular as well, yet the stark blacks and greys have been replaced with navy, deep plum, or espresso brown for a fresh and classy look. Another popular polish color this

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A playful manicure suitable for any age: polished nails accented with bits of decorative art, (little snowflakes, gold stars, red hearts, polka dots, glittery stripes or even your favorite emoji). Nails can also be painted in tortoise shell, various animal prints, rainbow mix and match, black and white designs or even plaids. These are just a few of the new trends in nail art. So why not shake it up this season and try one of these eye-catching alternatives for your next manicure. Don’t forget, when it comes to fashionable nails, you can also never go wrong with a classic crimson red.

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We have entered the season of holidays and warm family traditions. With food, try to imagine, create, eat and repeat! I lovingly think of how Italy has influenced the food culture in my life and around the world, where food is viewed as art, love, religious rituals, and of course family values. This recipe will introduce you to a Sicilian style pizza. Authentically known as Sfincione, it was created in the region of Palermo Sicily, a place that holds my heart and much of my beloved family. The difference between Sicilian pizza and Sfincione is that it’s more of a focaccia with toppings—a wonderful and delicious simple food! Sfincione uses more oil, butter and/or lard shortening, and has a crispy more fried like bottom where the crust boarders up the pan, (either a rimmed sheet pan or cookie pan, that is rectangular in shape). In Sicily, the Grandmothers traditionally made this pizza dish on New Year’s Eve, Good Friday, during Lent or for special family occasions. A delicious combination of tomato sauce, brimming with soft sautéed onions, anchovies, toasted pignolia nuts, and caciocavallo cheese (made from sheep or cow milk and meant for grating). As for me, I’m a bit ‘sheep-ish’ so I use Pecorino Romano or Locatelli cheese, topped with toasted bread crumbs. Popular on the streets and towns in beautiful Sicily, food vendors line up selling pre-made Sfincione. Vendors heat up servings in their small ovens, (topping it off with a drizzle of Italian olive oil for delight). This style pizza eventually found its way to America as a Sicilian or Grandma’s pie. The Italian culture’s love of family, keeps food as an important ingredient in everyday life and commemorates the extended, large family eat-together’s... whether it’s a holiday or not. I always make one pie with anchovies and one without, to please all the palates at this Nana’s Palace - where the only form of payment accepted is a kiss! Once you make this recipe, you’ll find that every day is a “Holiday” with Sfincione!

INGREDIENTS: 2 store bought pizza doughs (let rise) 6 cooked Italian sausage links sliced (for regular Sicilian Pie)

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So many things come to mind when we hear this phrase! We think of family, friends, our homes, occupations, and the special relationships we share with the important people we have in our lives. After this past year and a half, we think of all the suffering and loss, constraints and confinement, and

the dashed dreams and uncertainty. We think about what our lives used to look like, and what they have become. We pine for all we used to have and all we took for granted. It is not that we deliberately set out to assume things would continue as they always have. As human beings, we naturally become accustomed to habits, routines, schedules and plans that we make (and fully anticipate will manifest). We crave the predictable, with just a dash of spontaneity, and genuinely expect that our dreams and visions will become a reality!

guiding and protecting us on this very unchartered journey. Consider the collective intrepidity of our human spirit, and our unwavering desire to survive and endure all that we had thrust upon us, without warning. The untold acts of kindness and the care and concern for others, along with the sacrifice and suffering that took place worldwide. Take a closer, more intentional look at what our newfound priorities are and how they surely differ in many ways than they previously did. Finally, we need to acknowledge the overwhelming good in our world,

This time of year is one wherein we make a concerted effort to list and acknowledge the many and varied things we are so grateful for.

and despite the hefty amount of negativity that still exists, appreciate the incredible optimism and hopefulness that all of these aforementioned things bring to the forefront! We have so much to be grateful and thankful for, and we are, indeed, very blessed. Let’s be mindful, everyday! HappyThanksgiving!

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Bake 60-65 minutes, or until custard is set and edges of bread are browned. To make orange custard sauce: In small saucepan, whisk egg yolks with sugar until lightened to pale yellow color, about 2 minutes. Stir half- and-half into mixture until combined. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, 15-20 minutes, or until sauce thickens enough to coat spoon. Stir orange zest into custard sauce. Serve bread pudding with warm custard sauce over top. #15399 Source: Family Features

Recipe courtesy of Kirsten Kubert of “Comfortably Domestic” on behalf of Milk Means More www.milkmeansmore.org. Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 65 minutes Servings: 12 PUDDING: 1 loaf Texas toast or day-old bread 1-2 tablespoons softened butter 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries 6 eggs 3/4 cup granulated sugar 3 1/2 cups 2% milk 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest 1/4 cup fresh orange juice 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 1/2 tablespoons coarse granulated sugar (optional) ORANGE CUSTARD SAUCE: 3 egg yolks 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 cup half-and-half 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest To make pudding: Cut bread into bite-sized cubes. If bread is soft and fresh, place cubes on half sheet pan and let stand at room temperature overnight to dry out. Preheat oven to 375° F. Grease 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking dish with softened butter. Place bread cubes in prepared baking pan. Scatter cranberries over bread. Beat eggs with sugar, milk, orange zest, orange juice, melted butter, vanilla and cinnamon until well blended. Pour evenly over bread and cranberries to coat. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired.

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Working for someone else is, for many, far from their dream. These individuals want to be their own boss, understanding both the positives and challenges of this course. For those with an entrepreneurial spirit, building a business is the path forward. What is an entrepreneur? Some define an entrepreneur as someone willing to work 80 hours per week to avoid a 40 hours per week job. There is truth in this. As the owner of the business, if something needs to be done the responsibility is, ultimately, with you. An entrepreneur takes an idea and puts in all the effort needed to make it a reality. You revel in the thrill of each success: serving a client to satisfaction, making a deal, hiring anew, and all of the other ‘wins’ for the business. There is, however, much work to be done. Until the business grows, you are responsible for the operational needs of the business - bookkeeping, marketing, hiring (or firing), etc. along with the tasks related to the business’ purpose. But a true entrepreneur doesn’t mind hard work; it is the cost of starting something that is all yours.

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On my latest visit to Legends, I wanted to try a variety of appetizers and entrees that covered a broad spectrum of flavor profiles. The Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese starter was incredible! The crispy chicken tenders tossed in buffalo sauce were insane. Then came the “Fresh Mozzarella,” panko crusted and fried in a marinara and vodka sauce. Bet you cannot eat just one! From their special ’s menu, we ordered Crispy Chicken Egg Rol ls - stuffed with cheese, bacon, pasta, and cilantro, served over Legend’s signature sauce. OMG, simply addictive. You would never think of ordering pasta at a gastropub. However, Legend’s Signature Orecchiette (Ital ian sausage, broccol i rabe and orecchiette, served with EVOO), was old world authentic and savory. Next on deck was the Breakfast Burger. Why not go al l the way I say! A sizeable burger prepared with cheddar, bacon, and yes, a sunny side up egg, along with fresh-cut fries - cooked to a perfect medium. Absolutely delicious. Once learning from the server about their most popular Rainbow Cake, we could not resist the temptation. Dense, moist, and colorful, this beautifully presented cake delivered on the promise of popularity. Bountiful portions, beautiful ly displayed and packed with flavor, and a limitless menu makes Legends all that legendary.

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SANGRIA 71 71 Hillside Ave. Williston Park 516.246.9778 1095 W. Jericho Tpke. Commack 631.670.7606 4585 Austin Blvd. Island Park 516.882.4250 This family friendly restaurant specializes in all the flavors of Spain. Their menu offers a fine assortment of tapas, steaks, chicken, seafood as well as savory family-style paellas, delicious sangrias and a large selection of Spanish wines. Whether you stop by for just a drink or come to have dinner with friends and family, you’ll absolutely adore the festive yet casual atmosphere. So, make your next event a paella party! Check out Sangria 71’s catering options for a unique experience all guests will love.

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