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Join us on National Wreaths Across America Day
December 17, 2016

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,100 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and...

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Cooking with 'Friends': Jennie Garth's Strawberry Pocket Pies

TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes
MAKES: 8 pies

⅓ c. confectioners' sugar
1 tbsp. whole milk
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
2 (8 oz.) packages refrigerated crescent roll dough sheets
2 slices (⅛ each) leftover Marie Callender's Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Preheat oven to 375°F.  Whisk together sugar, milk and vanilla in small bowl until mixture is thick but pourable. If needed, add a few extra drops of milk. Refrigerate until pocket pies are baked.
Roll out 1 crescent dough sheet onto flat surface. Using pizza cutter cut dough into 8 rectangles; place on baking sheet. Spoon 1 rounded tablespoon strawberry rhubarb pie filling onto center area of each rectangle; discard pie crust.
Roll out and cut 2nd crescent dough sheet evenly into 8 rectangles. Cover each filled rectangle to enclose filling. Press edges with fork to seal. Prick tops with fork to vent. Bake 10 to 13 minutes or until lightly browned. Drizzle each pocket pie with glaze just before serving.

Cooking with 'Friends': Deana Martin’s Pasta Fagioli

Deana Martin, singer and daughter of Dean Martin, stopped by to spread some holiday cheer as she tours the country promoting her new CD “Swing Street.” Find her latest tour dates below!

Serves 4
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 (15-oz.) cans cannelloni beans
6 c. water
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon – her secret ingredient
8 oz. tubetini pasta
¼ c. grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

Heat the oil in a large pan and sauté the onion for a minute. Add the two cans of beans with the six cups of water. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the cinnamon, cover and bring to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes, then reduce heat and simmer for one and a half hours. Simmer very slowly. Check occasionally and add boiling water as necessary. Add the pasta and continue simmering until the pasta is al dente. Remove from heat and serve with grated cheese sprinkled on top.

Source: Book “Memories Are Made Of This: Dean Martin Through His Daugther's Eyes” - 2004

Shaker or stirring glass
Bar spoon or teaspoon
Cocktail glass

1 Part Vodka
2 Parts Lemonade
1 Dash of Grenadine

In mixing glass or cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, lemonade and grenadine.
Stir well for about 20 seconds, then strain into martini glass.
Garnish with a cherry and serve.
December 4 - Red Bank, NJ - The Sinatra Birthday Bash 10th Annual Celebration at Count Basie Theater
December 16 - Las Vegas, NV - The Smith Center
December 17 - Las Vegas, NV - The Smith Center
December 31 - Columbus, OH - New Year’s Eve Concert with the Rick Brunetto Orchestra at Blackwell Inn