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STUDIO CITY (CBS) — Ted Allen, the host of the Food Network’s Chopped, stopped by KCAL9 Tuesday to show us how to entertain on a budget over the holidays!

Ted’s Tips:

Homemade Gifts

– Present personalized gifts by mixing homemade and purchased items

Instant Happy Hour

– Buy a case of a food friendly and affordable wine, like Robert Mondavi Private Selection Meritage, to send as great gifts

– Make the perfect happy hour snack

o Prepare marinated olives and parmesan crisps

o Round out your gift basket with salami and cheese

Instant Indulgence

– Bake a batch of brownies… present the tasty treats in a new baking pan or slice up in bite sized pieces and gift on a tiered cake stand

– Throw in a small container of your favorite vanilla ice cream for the finishing touch!

Wines for Every Occasion

– Robert Mondavi Private Selection Meritage is a food-friendly option to enjoy

– Gifting a boss? Go unexpected and sophisticated with the Inniskillin Icewine – it is intense and sweet yet balanced with brilliant acidity

– Christmas or Hanukkah Dinners? Choose something versatile like a buttery Napa Valley Chardonnay or a Pinot Noir, like Estancia

– Celebrating the New Year? Keep budget in check and try the new Ruffino Prosecco, which clocks in under $15. The crispness is just the thing to pair with holiday bites!

For more information on Ted Allen, click here.


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