Stirring with vintage swizzle sticks In the world of vintage bar accessories, amid colorful glassware and shakers in sparkling chrome, swizzle sticks were also highly regarded.  I recently came upon a collection of vintage stir sticks from the 1960s and 1970s. Discovering this mismatched collection of drink stirrers was like finding a party in a box.

But first a little history.  The original swizzle stick was actually a 19th century West Indian invention. A skinny little branch, frayed on one end, was rotated in a glass to mix a drink. But it wasn’t until 1935 when Jay Swindler, a chemical engineer, patented a version of it just after Prohibition ended. He designed the stick with a point on one end for retrieving sunken olives and cherries, and a flat, paddle-like top to display advertising.

Custom stir sticks for Godo Shusei, a Japanese manufacturer of sake and shochu (white spirits) From the 1930s through the 1950s, swizzle sticks came in a variety of styles-from simple and unadorned, to glittery and playful. Most sticks during this era were made of glass. Manufacturers customized the swizzles by imprinting hotel and bar names on the glass. In some cases the logo was screened on a piece of paper, which was then inserted into a tube before the end was sealed – kind of like a message in a bottle!

Hotel stir sticks collected from cocktail lounges and restaurants Then during the 1940s and 1950s, plastic production increased, and many businesses, such as nightclubs, airlines, and liquor companies had a custom signature swizzle. These were considered souvenirs and taking them home was encouraged.  Essentially, they could be used again, serving as reminders of a great trip or night on the town.  In this case, collected and stored ever so carefully, to receive the spotlight again 50 years later.

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So the key here is to get several individual-size ramekins.  Not the shallow ones – the deep ones (5″high x 3″) for the hearty appetite!  This chicken pot pie is a no-fail recipe. Perfect for cooler weather, but in our household, it’s welcomed throughout the year.  I serve with it with a spinach and arugula salad.

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Directions:  Thaw puff pastry at room temperature.  Preheat oven to 375.  Melt butter in pan and add onions.  Cook on medium for 15 minutes until onions are translucent.  In a separate saucepan, heat chicken broth and bouillon cubes.  Add flour to onion/butter mixture and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add hot chicken broth to the flour mixture, stir until cooked thoroughly.  It will start to thicken. Then add chicken, frozen vegetables, parsley, salt and pepper.  Heat over medium while mixing all ingredients together.  Pour into 5 individual ramekins.  Apply egg wash to rim of ramekins.  Roll out puff pastry and cut a circle approximately 1/2 inch larger than rim size.  Place a puff pastry circle on each ramekin and pinch down sides.  Brush egg wash on top of pastry.  Poke a few vent holes, sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Place in over for 45 minutes.  Keep an eye on the puff pastry.  If it starts to darken before 45 minutes, place foil on top to prevent burning.  Serve hot.

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It’s no surprise that Sonia’s granola is so yummy.   She is no stranger in the kitchen.  Before she embarked on her granola line,  she has debuted her vision, creativity and culinary skills at some of the most beloved and recognized restaurants, like Nobu, Lafayette, Masa’s, JoJo’s … the list goes on.  As if that wasn’t enough, she retreated to Paris to enhance her culinary skills by doing a “stage” at Fauchon with Pierre Hermee for six months. Soon after, Sonia opened a popular diner in Belgium where her truly NYC authentic bagels and American favorites delighted the local.  After a four-year act in Brussels, Sonia returned to the states and in 1996, as Pastry chef at Nobu, her originative desserts garnered rave acclaim.

Although she is well known for her sensuous yet cozy desserts, she also has a devoted following as a private chef with her catering company. Her early on cultivated passion for Mid Eastern and Armenian cuisine results in delectable tastes of pure love.  You can taste it in her her granola.

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Zucchini pizza, yes! It’s so simple to make, and I guarantee you’ll be running out of these slices quickly. RECIPE:

4 zucchini (mix up zucchini and yellow squash for variety)
Heirloom cherry tomatoes, sliced
Olive Oil
Mozzarella Cheese
Parmesean Cheese
Optional: crushed red pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash and slice zucchini length-wise. Lightly coat the bottom of baking tray with olive oil. Arrange zucchini slices on tray. Sprinkle cheese over zucchini. Place tomato slices on top of zucchini. Sprinkle with more cheese on top of tomatoes and zucchini slices. Add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle with oil oil. Cook in oven for approximately 20 minutes or until cheese starts to bubble and turn golden brown. Serve hot and watch them disappear.