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Pelham - Windham News 8 - December 3, 2010


Updating Your Home Entertainment System? Make it a Holiday Gift for the Whole Family


Season’s Greetings Season’s Greetings


Experts call the big flat-screen high definition TV the hearth of the 21st century. And if this season finds you playing host, you’ll be able to gather your friends and family around the big flat-screen HDTV for your favorite holiday movies in better picture quality than you remember, as many holiday favorites have been updated and re- leased on Blu-ray disc, the HD version of DVD. If your holiday traditions include en-


Have you decided it’s finally time to get rid of the boxy tube TV? Maybe up- grading your old DVD player to some- thing a little more sleek and modern? For those who haven’t shopped for consumer electronics for quite some time, buying a new entertainment


system requires some education on the options that are available. Thanks to advances in technology, features you might have once thought were out of your price range have now become more affordable, and just in time for the holidays.


joying family photos taken throughout the years, or even digging out that old projector, today’s HDTVs allow you to make that experience more interactive. Many new HDTVs and Blu-ray players feature Internet access options so you can gather everyone around the televi- sion to share digital photos or show videos of the kids that you have posted on YouTube. While it’s already easier to get bet-


ter value for a new HDTV, there’s no better time to shop for a new set than the holiday season, as many stores are competing for your attention and dollar. If you decide you would like to


give your family the present of a new HDTV, now is the best time to find bargains.


Once considered a luxury, HD


technology is now commonplace in today’s TVs. For example, it’s possible to find a standard 42-inch LCD HDTV like the LD450 from LG Electronics for $600 or less, where such a TV would have been priced at more than $1,000 not long ago. Before you look, here is a brief


overview of some of the features to familiarize yourself with when looking for home entertainment technology this holiday season: Screens: It’s now standard to expect


new TVs to come with a flat-screen slim design. Most screens are either plasma or LCD screens. Plasma TVs usually come in the 42- to 60-inch range, while LCD screens can come in sizes as small as 22 inches and also as large as 60 inches. LCDs generally offer a brighter picture and less screen glare. Plasmas typically offer better viewing angles and deeper black levels. Blu-ray: While your old television


Gift List Cheat Sheet: Ideas for Personalized Gift Baskets


Does it seem like your gift list gets longer every year? Even for the most creative gift-giver, coming up with unique and meaningful gifts for family, friends, coworkers and hosts can quick- ly drain your reservoir of gift ideas. Personalized, homemade gifts – and an early start – will result in memora-


ble gifts for your entire list this holiday season. Creating a gift basket with homemade goodies and correspond- ing recipes to match the entertaining personality or holiday palate of the recipient will be a sure success, and may create new holiday traditions for years to come. Here are some ideas to


get you started: * For those who like their coffee with a little extra personality, consider com- bining spices, Starbucks VIA(R) Ready Brew Italian Roast coffee and tumbler glasses with a serving pitcher and the following recipe:


Spiced Coffee Liqueur Ingredients: 2 cups hot water 4 packets Starbucks VIA Italian


Roast


Great Gift Baskets & Gifts for New England Fans!


• Fresh & Silk Centerpieces • Wreaths & Swags • Ornaments


•Wall & Mantel Decor • Boxwood Trees • Poinsettias •Tabletop Trees • Candles • Nativity Sets


• Gifts for the Gardener • Great Men’s Gifts •Hammond’s Candies • Eco Friendly Ice melt • Thermawood


(Better than cordwood) Hand


demade Holiday Wreaths from 12" to 60"


Oulr Owun Kissing Balls Roping Balsam, Laurel, White Pine


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Full Assortment of Indoor & Outdoor Greenery and Products


Christmas Trees up to 16’ OVER 300


to choose from Kids Day!


Saturday, Dec. 11th, 11-2 Free Craft Class


Visit with Santa and Enjoy Snacks


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Layaway for


Free Assortment of


Engagement Rings


Engagement Rings


with any purchase While supplies mlast, one per person, with coupon


Holiday Craft Fair December 5th to benefit Cystic Fibrosis (9am-3pm)


Gratis Light Appetizers and Live Music Gift Certificates from BWG make the perfect gift!


43 Pelham Rd., Salem 328-9013 Open House December 23 rd


3 cups sugar 2 cups vodka 1 vanilla bean 2 whole cloves 2 cinnamon sticks 1 bay leaf 20 whole coriander seeds


Directions: Dissolve coffee and sugar in


hot water. Add vodka. Split vanil- la bean lengthwise, scrape and add beans and pod to liqueur. Break cinnamon stick into pieces and add. Stir cloves, bay leaf and coriander into liqueur. Do not crush cloves or coriander. Chill for two weeks and allow spices to infuse into liqueur. Strain and


serve by shaking equal parts coffee liqueur and milk with ice. Keeps well, refrigerated, for one month. * Looking for a hostess gift sure to please? Consider bringing all the fixings for dessert—including ingredi- ents for fresh, homemade hot fudge. Combine a gallon of vanilla ice cream and holiday cups or bowls with the ingredients below, festively displayed in a clear glass jar from which the


finished hot fudge can be served. Once the fudge sauce is simmering on the stove, you’ll have the host, and all the guests, happily awaiting dessert.


Mocha Malted Hot Fudge Sauce Ingredients:


1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/2 cup sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup whole milk 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup light corn syrup 1/8 teaspoon cider vinegar 3 ounces semisweet chocolate 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 6 tablespoons malt powder 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 packets Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Italian Roast


Directions: Finely chop chocolate and set aside. In a heavy saucepan, whisk together cocoa, sugar, salt and milk until mixture forms a smooth paste. Place over me- dium heat and stir in the cream, corn syrup, vinegar and 2/3 of the chocolate. Bring mixture to a boil, whisking or stirring fre- quently. Boil, whisking frequent- ly, until the sauce reaches 220° to 225°F on a candy thermom- eter, about eight minutes. Re- move from heat. Whisk in butter, malt, vanilla, coffee and the remaining chocolate until the sauce is smooth. Strain and set aside for a few minutes before serving. If not using right away, chill sauce in airtight container. Re-warm before serving. Keeps well, chilled, for three weeks. * What dessert lover wouldn’t adore personalized baking supplies, perhaps a baking pan with his or her name etched on the side so it’s not lost at parties, and a new recipe to wow guests? Adding the below recipe and ingredients to festive baking supplies makes a sweet holiday gift indeed—just don’t forget a candy thermometer.


Coffee Toffee with Milk Chocolate and Pretzels Ingredients: 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup water 1/8 cup corn syrup 8 ounces unsalted butter 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup almond slivers 1 cup chopped pretzels


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may not have been compatible with a Blu-ray player, most new TVs sold today have high-definition features that work seamlessly with Blu-ray technol- ogy. Most new Blu-ray players are also able to play regular DVDs and have the ability to improve picture definition, although not to the point of Blu-ray discs. Blu-ray players from reputable manufacturers can be found for $200 or less. Web features: Many new HDTVs and Blu-ray players also feature the ability to connect to the Internet to allow you more viewing and listen- ing options. For example, LG’s BD550 Blu-ray player comes with NetCast Entertainment Access that allows us- ers to tap into sources like Netflix for instant streaming movies and Pandora for music, without a PC. With all the new options available this holiday season, you’ll find that new home entertainment technologies deliver sharper images and more view- ing choices - without breaking your budget.


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