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Holiday Cool

Brandy Alexanders are often made with ice cream and probably should be savored after dinner around the holidays, if only to ensure that the turkey makes it to the table. In my household, however, we drink them as milky aperitifs, pouring them as soon as the women in the kitchen say they need them. Don't fuss over the brandy; Korbel or E&J will warm belly and spirit just as well as any high-end brand. This is what you will need: crushed ice (I put ice cubes in a large, Ziploc bag and whack them with a rolling pin), a cocktail shaker (Mason jars with lids also work), brandy, dark creme de cacao and half-and-half. Place the equivalent of one ice cube per 8-oz. serving into the cocktail shaker. Pour in equal parts of brandy, creme de cacao and half-and-half. The colder these drinks get the better, so shake them until you think the mixture is frosty, and then keep shaking for another minute. Strain Alexanders into wide-mouthed glasses. Don't ask why. It's just tradition.

Market Watch

The Crescent City Farmers Market will be closed on Christmas Day, but stop by on Saturday, Dec. 29 for a pre-New Year's celebration. At 10 a.m. the vendors will channel luck for the year to come by serving black-eyed peas and cabbage. The Tuesday market is at 200 Broadway St. and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Saturday market is at 700 Magazine St. and runs from 8 a.m. to noon. The Thursday market is at 3700 Orleans Ave. and runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call 861-5898 or visit

More Marisol Moments

Chef Pete Vazquez and wife Janis of Marisol (437 Esplanade Ave., 943-1912) have a litany of new specials and happenings to report. First up is the all-you-can-eat Antipasto Table offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Secondly, diners who tote their own wines pay no corkage fee on Wednesday evenings. Also on Wednesdays while supplies last, you'll receive a free pass to either the Prytania Theater or Canal Place Cinema with the purchase of any entree. Lastly, Marisol's World Beat Happy Hour, which runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, is featuring street foods from Asia and the South Pacific. They include Thai chicken satays, chilled soba noodles in dashi broth and spicy jellyfish salad. -- Roahen

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