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I’ve included below a tasty idea for your Thanksgiving hors d’oeuvres.
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Cranberry Brie Tarts
1 tablespoon salted butter, melted
2 cups fresh cranberries
2-4 tablespoons brown sugar, use more or less to your taste
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 sheets (1 box) frozen puff pastry, thawed
2 (8 ounce) wheels of Brie, each cut into 12 slices (leave the rind on)
1/3 cup fig preserves
1 egg, beaten
coarse sugar, for sprinkling
fresh thyme, for serving
1. Preheat the oven to 425°f. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, cranberries, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
3. Cut each sheet of puff pastry into 6 rectangles. Spread each rectangle with about 1 teaspoon fig preserves, leaving a 1/4 inch border. Top with 2 slices of brie and then mound the cranberries over the brie, pressing them into the brie to adhere slightly
4. Fold the edges of the pastry inward to enclose the brie. Brush the edges of pastry with beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar.
5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the pastry is golden and the brie melted.
Top with fresh thyme. Serve and enjoy!Remember to scroll down and see our spectacular properties and to come by our open houses this weekend.
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Wealth Growth in the United States.
In Q4 2019, US households held about $1 trillion in what was effectively cash—currency and accounts against which checks could be written. By the 2nd quarter of 2022, the amount had leapt to $4.7 trillion. Nothing like this has happened in the past 70 years—though consumer spending stats point to something similar having occurred during World War II. The federal government put almost $1.5 trillion directly into Americans’ pockets over the course of 2020 and 2021 with stimulus checks and supplementary unemployment benefits, and other aid programs indirectly funneling more. Those who kept their jobs and/or were above the stimulus-check income limits enjoyed windfalls from the stock and real estate markets. Spending options were few, especially early in the pandemic, and until recently interest rates were so low that there wasn’t much point in moving money out of one’s checking account (or from under the mattress). This massive cash reserve makes this ‘recession’ very different. (Bloomberg)
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