Easy 4th of July Starters

With so many “lists” out there of tasty-sounding 4th of July recipes, it’s difficult to pick which are best for your own get-together.

Below are 5 easy yet delicious, tested recipes that are sure to get the festivities started on the right foot!

Cheesy and Garlicky Pull Apart Bread
Easy Pimento Cheese Dip
Green Goddess Dip
Hasselback PotatoesMemorial Day Flag
Pork Belly Deviled Eggs

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Veronique

Express Lunch at The Orange Squirrel

Express Lunch at The Orange Squirrel

TOS Express Lunch Photo Credit overhead view- The Orange Squirrel

Francesco Palmieri, Chef/Owner of the popular The Orange Squirrel in Bloomfield, is now offering a new weekday lunch menu. The $13, Three-Course Express Lunch is available from Monday through Friday between 12:15PM – 2:45PM for dine-in or pick-up.  A great value at just $13, lunch includes a choice of soup, a salad and a choice […]

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5 Affordable Wines for 4th of July Parties

Summer’s here and so are warm days and humidity. What summer also means is fun-filled gatherings, including 4th of July get-togethers. Here is a list of five wines to pour during your 4th of July celebrations that are affordable and certain to please your guests: Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé Cremant D’Alsace ($22): This lovely bubbly is […]

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Crystal Springs Resort – Excelling at Garden to Table Dining

Crystal Springs Resort – Excelling at Garden to Table Dining

Chef's Garden. Photo credit: Crystal Springs Resort

Last week, I was invited to join a small group to sample some of the new dishes and drinks offered at Crystal Springs Resort’s Chef’s Garden. The Chef’s Garden has a new Chef, a new menu and a new drinks program. What’s not new is how gorgeous the space is. Adjacent to a fantasy-like garden […]

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Dirty French – Leading the Pack with Service Issues

Dirty French – Leading the Pack with Service Issues

Bagel

I was excited to have breakfast at Dirty French last weekend, but never again. The space is super cute with lots of kitsch and neat ornamental features – promises of good things to come….empty promises, unfortunately. Food was just okay. The blackened salmon on my bagel had an acrid off-putting flavor I couldn’t quite put […]

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Supper Club at Terre a Terre – Italian Godfather Dinner

Supper Club at Terre a Terre – Italian Godfather Dinner

TaT

UPDATED 6/29/15 Twice a month, join others who have a passion for local, seasonal foods for themed dinners in the heart of Bergen County. Terre à Terre is taking the underground Supper Club concept above ground with its own monthly events that are open to members only. To get the Supper Club started, Chef Todd […]

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Bastille Day Wine Dinner at Crystal Springs

Bastille Day Wine Dinner at Crystal Springs

Bastille Day

Crystal Springs will celebrate Bastille Day with a French wine dinner in the resort’s Wine Cellar on July 16. An American Chef in Paris – Bastille Day Wine Cellar Dinner will feature a reception, four-course dinner by Executive Chef Anthony Bucco and wines showcasing the breadth of French winemaking regions with selections from Alsace, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Rhone Valley and Champagne from the resort’s award-winning fine wine collection. Wine Educator Becky McNulty […]

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Extra Lemony Lemonade

Extra Lemony Lemonade

Lemonade

Summer’s a perfect time to squeeze some lemons for icy cool lemonade. This party-friendly drink can be served with or without booze, satisfying most guests at your next BBQ. For lemonade that’s extra lemony, follow these simple steps: Cut a lemon into quarters. Remove the seeds and discard. Cut off the ends with a sharp […]

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Unexpected Napa Valley Wine Tasting

Unexpected Napa Valley Wine Tasting

Unexpected Napa

This week, I was invited to explore unexpected wines from Napa Valley via a virtual tasting. I’ve explained the idea of virtual wine tastings in previous posts but for those who are new to the concept, here’s how they go: Get wine in the varietal or brand being sampled. Invite some friends to try the wine(s) and […]

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Kitchen Tip – Getting Ketchup Out of the Bottle

While I thought everyone knew this helpful tip already, I was just speaking to a friend who didn’t, so I’m sharing as we’re right in grilling season and this might come handy! For glass bottles of Heinz Ketchup, the smart folks at Heinz added a tiny “57” in the glass directly above the label. There’s […]

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