FOOD

Elizabeth Hurley's ...

DINNER FOR FOUR UNDER $10

Straight from the organic English farm she now calls home, the star reveals her rustic specialty

PORK CHOPS AND BAKED APPLES

• 4 apples

• 4 tbsp. onion, finely chopped

• 2 tbsp. butter, softened

• 1 tbsp. brown sugar

• sage leaves

• ½ cup white wine

• ½ cup water

• 1 tbsp. olive oil

• 4 1-inch-thick pork chops on the bone

• salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Core apples from the bottom, leaving the stem intact.

2. Mash together onion, 1 tbsp. butter, brown sugar and a sage leaf. Stuff mixture into hollowed-out apples. Stand the apples, stuffed side up, in a baking dish. Add wine and water and bake until apples are soft, about 1 hour.

3. Heat remaining tbsp. of butter, olive oil and 8 sage leaves in a heavy skillet. Sprinkle chops with salt and pepper. Place in skillet and cook, 6 minutes per side.

TO SERVE: Top each chop with a baked apple, stem side up. Slightly squish the apple down. Combine remaining liquid from apple-baking dish with juices left in pan. Drizzle over chops and sprinkle with crispy sage leaves.

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ENTERTAINING

PRESIDENTIAL PANCAKES

Hotcake-topping suggestions from the owners of the First Lady's favorite diner for breakfast fare

Want to wow your friends at your next brunch? Gail Klingensmith of Pittsburgh's Pamela's Diner offers up these exotic alternatives to plain old butter and maple syrup.

1. For a super sweet tooth

"Drizzle with caramel, sprinkle on pecans, top with sliced bananas."

2. For fruit lovers

"Slather hotcakes with raspberry jam, roll up with sliced peaches sautéed in brown sugar and butter, top with almonds."

3. For something crunchy and (sort of) healthy

"Top pancakes with vanilla yogurt, sprinkle on your favorite granola, and drizzle with honey."

4. When you're feeling really decadent

"Sprinkle Reese's Pieces into the batter during cooking. Then top with strawberry jam."

GEORGE WENDT'S GUIDE TO

BEER DRINKING

The ex-Cheers star and new author gives some tips on savoring suds

FEELING A DRAFT?

"My wife had a tap installed in our home, but you can also get five-liter minikegs that are ridiculously easy to use," says Wendt. "$2 a pint for draught beer is quite a value."

Heineken DraughtKeg, $19.99; grocery stores

THE MUG MATTERS

"Tapered glasses create a lovely head," he says.

Imperial Pint Glass, $35.50 for 6; surlatable.com

Wendt's book about beer Drinking with George is in stores now.

TRAVEL

Genevieve Shaw Brown ...

GET A JUMP ON NEW YEAR'S

The Travelocity senior editor shares her insider tips for ringing in 2010

TIMES SQUARE

NEW YORK CITY

"For over 100 years, travelers have flocked to Times Square to welcome the New Year," says Brown of the event viewed worldwide. "Those who brave the cold to experience it firsthand earn bragging rights to last until the next year's New Year's Eve." For those traveling in from out of town, Brown suggests booking a hotel outside the Times Square area to save money.

Info: timessquarenyc.org

BOSTON

MASSACHUSETTS: "The city's First Night celebration is a great, family-friendly alternative to the typical New Year's Eve revelry," says Brown. Besides seeing an array of performers, take in the giant ice sculptures on the Boston Common and the parade through the city streets culminating with the fireworks display over the Boston Harbor at midnight.

Info: firstnight.org

WHISTLER BLACKCOMB

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Brown suggests beating the crowds and heading to Whistler before the 2010 Winter Olympics. "For families, an alcohol-free celebration features fire dancers, face painting and comedians."

Info: whistlerfirstnight.com

LAS VEGAS

NEVADA

Brown says "the world-famous Strip is closed to cars, turning it into a huge outdoor party with fireworks going off overhead." For views of Sin City from more than 1,100 feet up, check out the observation deck at the Stratosphere.

Info: visitlasvegas.com

TIMES SQUARE TIPS

• WHEN TO ARRIVE

As early as possible. The best viewing areas fill up early in the afternoon on Dec. 31.

• WHAT TO LEAVE AT HOME

Backpacks and large bags.

• BEST VIEWING SITES

Broadway, from 43rd Street to 50th Street, and along Seventh Avenue as far north as 59th Street.

• BOOK EARLY

Hotel rooms fill up fast, but hotel restaurants—including those at the Marriott Marquis—offer great views.

  • Contributors:
  • CONTRIBUTORS Antoinette Y. Coulton,
  • Amy Elisa Keith,
  • Suzanne Zuckerman,
  • with Liza Hamm.