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The solution for keeping healthy-eating resolutions

| Brandpoint@queenscourier.com


New Year’s resolutions are good things – unless you set yourself up for failure with grand, ultimately unachievable goals. Rather than frustrate yourself with overwhelming changes, try making smaller ones that will positively impact your life and encourage other healthier decisions throughout the year.

Sticking to your New Year’s resolutions doesn’t mean that you can’t continue to take pleasure in the joys of the season. It’s OK to indulge in a sweet treat every now and again – even if you promised that you would steer clear of those baked confections in the new year. Simply lighten up the recipe with a few key substitutions, such as replacing fatty shortening, margarine or butter with olive oil.

Small substitutions are easy to do and make a noticeable difference. By replacing 1 cup of butter with 3/4 cup of olive oil, you will save approximately 430 calories and 48 grams of fat calories. You won’t have to hesitate to treat family and friends to warm, rich baked goods because they have fewer calories and more nutritional value. You won’t feel like you have lost sight of your goals either.

You can use olive oil in any of your favorite old family dessert recipes or try Chef Fabio Viviani‘s delectable double chocolate truffle cookie or delicious olive oil cake recipe. Next time you need to make a sweet treat for an event or special occasion, give olive oil a chance. You may be surprised at how wonderfully a simple change can make a big difference.

As you are breaking out the stand mixer and baking pans this year, consider replacing cholesterol-laden butter, canola oil, or shortening with Bertolli Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil. The light flavor of this olive oil is virtually undetectable and will not compete with the sweetness of your secret cookies, brownies or cakes recipes. Bertolli Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil doesn’t have the distinct olive flavor that other olive oils have, making it ideal for baking. You won’t have to worry about serving a dry dessert, because olive oil will help to keep your family’s favorite dessert recipes moist down to the last crumb.

Making the switch is a smart option for your new year’s resolution and your health. Olive oil is a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants that help protect your cells from damage.

Double Chocolate Toffee Cookies


3/4 cup Bertolli Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil

1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 eggs

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons hot water

1 teaspoon sea salt and extra for sprinkling

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup toffee bits or chocolate toffee



In a stand mixer, beat the olive oil, sugar and extract until well mixed. Beat in the eggs one at a time.

Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water and set aside.

Add cocoa powder, flour, and salt into the mixer. Mix until rich dough comes together.- Add in the dissolved baking soda. Then mix in the chocolate chips and toffee.

Scoop the dough using a small ice cream scoop onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top of each cookie dough ball.

Bake at 350 F for 8 minutes, until the edges are set.

Let cool completely on the baking sheet before transferring to wire rack or plate.

-Courtesy BPT



Cuomo to hold New Year’s open house at Executive Mansion

| brennison@queenscourier.com

Photo via Flickr/governorandrewcuomo

Want to spend New Year’s with the governor? Well, here’s your chance.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is opening the doors to the Executive Mansion in Albany on New Year’s Day and he’s invited the whole state to join him.

The open house will take place from 1-3 p.m.

All adults over 16 wishing to join the governor must have a ticket to get in and space is limited.

Click here to sign up for the open house

Registration will remain open until 6 p.m. tonight. If the number of requests exceeds the available space, guests will be selected by lottery.

No photos or videos will be allowed.


New York Hospital Queens welcomes first baby of 2012

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Photo Courtesy of NYHQ

Rose Honore and Duane McConnell celebrated the New Year with one of the first bundles of joy born in 2012.

Nina Love McConnell-Honore, the first baby born at New York Hospital Queens, and among the first in the city, was welcomed to the world 18 minutes into the New Year, weighing in at 7-pounds 10-ounces.

“I feel great. I feel special and so does she,” said mother, Rose Honore, about her and the baby. “She is sweet, quiet and lovely. That’s why her middle name is Love.”

Among the gifts bestowed on the proud family were a $1,000 savings bond and a congratulatory basket of flowers from the hospital.