Kir is a traditional French aperitif that combines the sweet syrup of currants with dry white wine. This kir is ‘royal’ since it uses champagne. If you can’t find the creme de cassis, any sweet raspberry flavor liquid will work nicely.
Winters in New York City can be unfriendly with frigid winds and sudden snowstorms. I remedy the conditions by making my favorite hot, holiday drink, Glühwein. My friend Sonja gave me this version of classic German recipes – it is a great way to start a party: sweet and warm, it goes down so easily on a cold, icy night.
These are similar to the spanakopita that my Greek neighbors in Pittsburgh used to make for parties, weddings, and graduations. I use goat cheese instead of feta, because I love its creamy texture and tart flavor. I substituted melted butter for butter-flavored cooking spray to achieve the ‘skinny effect’.