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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I am pleased to announce my newest listing in The Corinthian Condominium Fort Lauderdale, Unit 3F, offered at $559,000. This stunning two bedroom two bath residence is completely remodeled showcasing top of the line finishes within a very spacious floorplan. Residence 3F is 1,450 square feet under air and is completely move in ready for the most discerning buyer. Some of the upgrades are found in the open chef ready eat in kitchen and include custom European cabinetry, quartz countertops, and stainless steel appliances. The adjacent utility room has a full size washer and dryer. Other upgrades include hurricane impact glass, smooth ceilings, 24 inch rectified white porcelain floors in living areas with rich wood porcelain tile flooring in each bedroom. The baths are completely remodeled, featuring top of the line finishes. This residence offers the best views of the Intracoastal waterway day and night and the best location for viewing the Fort Lauderdale Christmas boat parade. This is a Yacht Lover’s Paradise on the water.

The Corinthian Condominium Fort Lauderdale is one of my premier properties and these residences are highly sought after by primary residents, second home buyers, and investors, given its incredible location, financial stability, and amenities. It is minutes from the beach and its amenities include 24 concierge and parking attendants, assigned garage parking, 3 room fitness center on penthouse level, heated rooftop pool and Corinthian Club with kitchen facilities. For more information on this listing and other listings in the Corinthian, please contact me today!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

It is that time of year again when we all celebrate giving thanks with family and loved ones. If you are hosting Thanksgiving and are struggling to find new recipes, I am pleased to share some of the latest trends that celebrate Thanksgiving flavors and are also elegant in appearance as well. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Curried Butternut Squash Soup
Ingredients

1/4 cup butter
1 sweet yellow onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup minced fresh-peeled ginger
2 medium-sized butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded and cut into 1" cubes
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 bunch fresh sage leaves, stems removed

Yield: Serves 12

Instructions

Melt butter in a stockpot over medium heat. Sauté onion about 2 minutes. Add garlic and ginger, and sauté for 30 seconds, then add butternut squash and curry powder. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Stir in 8 cups water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes, until squash is tender.

Transfer half of soup to a blender and let cool down for a few minutes before blending so the heat doesn't get trapped and cause too much pressure in the blender. Purée soup, then stir in half of the juice and a teaspoon of salt. Repeat with remaining soup, then re-warm in stockpot if necessary.

In a medium skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add as many sage leaves as will comfortably fit in one layer, fry for 10 seconds, then remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining sage leaves, then sprinkle them all with a pinch of salt.

Serve soup in bowls or a large tureen. Before serving, top with freshly ground pepper and fried sage leaves.

Parmesan Cheddar Chive Biscuits

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
4 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 cup buttermilk, chilled (plus more if needed)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
3. In a large bowl combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and black pepper and stir.
4. Add the cubed butter into the dry ingredients and, using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour until it resembles a crumbly texture.
5. Add the cheddar, parmesan and chives and stir together.
6. Add the buttermilk to the bowl and gently stir until the dough comes together. If the dough isn't coming together, add another tablespoon of buttermilk.
7. Using your hands, tear off about 1/4 cup of dough at a time. Form it into drop biscuits and set it onto the parchment paper. Repeat this process with the remaining dough.
8. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes until the tops of the biscuits are golden brown. Let cool slightly and serve while still warm.

Sage Raosted Turkey with Crunchy Maple Crust

Ingredients

whole fresh turkey (18 - 20 pounds), neck and giblets removed
bunch fresh sage
lemon, quartered
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups pure maple syrup
lemon halves and fresh sage, for garnish

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F with rack in the lower third. Rinse turkey inside and out then pat dry. Transfer to a large roasting pan fitted with a roasting rack and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Tuck wings under turkey and stuff cavity with lemon quarters and sage, then season cavity generously with salt and pepper. Fold neck flap under. Season outside of turkey with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper and rub seasonings into turkey. Tie legs together with kitchen twine.

In a small saucepan heat melted butter and chicken broth over medium heat until butter is melted. Let cool. Meanwhile, in another saucepan, bring maple syrup to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer until syrup is reduced by half. Cover and set aside.

Brush turkey all over with butter mixture. Place in oven and roast for 30 minutes. Baste turkey with butter mixture and reduce temperature to 350 degrees F. Roast turkey, continuing to baste every half hour, until thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 175 degrees (about 4 hours total). During the last hour of cooking, baste turkey with reduced maple syrup instead of butter mixture.

Remove turkey from oven, brush with reduced maple syrup, and let stand for 30 minutes. Transfer to a platter, and reserve pan juices for making gravy, if desired. Carve turkey, garnish with sage and lemon halves and serve.

Pumpkin Tiramisu Layer Cake Recipe
Ingredients

Cake:
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 cup canola oil
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 15-ounce can pumpkin pie filling (includes all the spices)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon grated orange peel

Almond Syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup amaretto

Filling:
2 cups heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
pinch of cream of tartar
2 cups mascarpone
2 vanilla beans, seeds only, pods reserved for another use
2 tablespoons amaretto liqueur
1 bag of amaretti cookies, crushed (found at many grocery stores or at any Italian market)

Yield: Serves 12

Instructions

For Cake:
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Butter two 9-inch cake pans. Spray with cooking spray, then line bottom of pans with parchment paper; spray again, and dust pans with flour. Sift flour and next three ingredients into a bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat both sugars and oil in large bowl until combined. Add eggs one at a time, beating until well blended after each addition. Add pumpkin pie filling, vanilla and orange peel; beat until well blended. Add flour mixture; beat on low just until incorporated. Divide batter between prepared pans and smooth tops.
Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool cakes completely in pans on rack. Run knife around cakes to loosen. Invert cakes onto racks; remove parchment paper. Turn cakes over, rounded-side up. Using serrated knife, trim rounded tops of cakes to level, then divide cakes in half horizontally to make 4 thin layers.

For Syrup:
In a saucepan combine water and sugar. Bring mixture to a boil and continue boiling for 5 minutes. Strain into a sealable container, allow to cool, then cover and store in refrigerator.
When ready to use, mix in amaretto.

For Filling:
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar and cream of tartar, then beat until stiff peaks form.
Meanwhile, combine mascarpone, vanilla beans and amaretto in a small bowl. Beat with a whisk to combine, then fold into whipped cream.

To Assemble:
Brush a couple spoonfuls of amaretto syrup onto the cut side of each cake layer.
Put the first layer, uncut-side down, on a cake stand and spoon a generous layer of mascarpone filling over the top. Sprinkle a layer of crushed amaretti cookies over the filling. Repeat this process until all cake layers are used, ending with a thick topping of mascarpone filling and a generous sprinkle of amaretti cookies. Drizzle a little extra syrup over the top of the cookies and serve.
Store in the refrigerator — it's great the next day!

Courtesy HGTV

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Generally speaking, I recommend reducing clutter when showing a home, however tastefully decorating during the holidays can be beneficial to a showing. Warm smells of pine or a pop of color from a poinsetta can add touches that entice a buyer. When decorating for a holiday, it is best to remain religion neutral and to focus instead on the smell and sight senses with holiday colors and fragrances. Below are some touches that will increase your condominiums curb appeal and are also festive for the holidays. If you are looking to sell your Fort Lauderdale condominium, please contact me today!

Wreaths: wreaths are a non clutter entrance that show care you take of your property and signal a happy home, whether they are made of greenery or are simply made of wood.

Bells: bells on a door entrance are a festive touch and announce a visitor, your potential buyer will be greeted by bells and likely put in a better mood before they enter!

Scents: pine needles and cinnamon are traditional holiday scents and can be used in flower arrangements or a simple candle before a showing.

Colors: hints of gold, silver, and red are both classic and appealing when used to adorn a poinsettia or within an arrangement of pine.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

No sooner than I listed unit 16B in the Corinthian… it was under contract in only 9 days. This quick sale is the result of having the knowledge and understanding of values to establish the proper price point to attract buyers to make offers, without the seller having to go through a series of price reductions to get the unit sold. This listing was properly priced as an original unit, with important upgrades such as new paint, new carpet, wall paper removal, new window treatments, new microwave and stove to make the unit show in its very best light. Cosmetic upgrades, such as these, make a marked difference in curb appeal, and will generate a higher sale price. The quick sale of this property was due to a shrewd seller who chose to list for the right price at the right time, and the result is a quick hastle free sale.
There are currently 4 active listings at The Corinthian, please see above chart, and of the 4, two have been on the market 137 and 176 days. These listings are likely overpriced based on location, condition and view. If you look at the closed sales, 3 out of 4 were on the market 100 days or less. I cannot stress enough the importance of listing a property at the correct price. If you are looking to sell your Corinthian Condominium, please contact me today for an accurate comparative market analysis. Congratulations to the future owner and sellers of Corinthian unit 16B!

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