2013 Ken Wright Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

2013 Ken Wright Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Fruity, spiced nose, bright red in the glass. The palate of this medium-bodied wine is rich with cherry/tart berry flavors and some peppery notes. Smooth, silky texture and a slightly-peppery finish. This wine is a blend of grapes from blocks of Ken Wright’s best single vineyard sites. Pairings: Roasted poultry, grilled salmon, mushroom risotto. Style: […]

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Baked Feta Cheese Dip

Baked Feta Cheese Dip

I love any type of baked cheese dip. I’d been fortunate enough to find Dodoni brand Feta cheese at my local grocery store a couple weeks ago and really enjoyed it as part of a Greek salad, but I had a lot left that I wanted to be sure to use. Since the “big game” […]

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9th Annual Crystal Springs New Jersey Wine & Food Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the 9th annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs Resort, taking place March 31 – April 2. This year, we are excited to announce that one of the most celebrated chefs in the world, Daniel Boulud, will be the Guest of Honor. Proceeds benefit the James Beard Foundation and its mission to celebrate, […]

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The Alchemist Focal Banger

The Alchemist Focal Banger

I attended a charity dinner last night where I was fortunate enough to taste the fabulous Focal Banger by the popular Vermont brewery, The Alchemist. The brewery doesn’t sell outside its immediate market so it was a treat to be able to taste it in my home state of New Jersey. Hazy and medium golden […]

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Buffalo Shrimp – Hooters Copycat

Buffalo Shrimp – Hooters Copycat

The “big game” is next weekend and I’ve been trying to come up with a couple appetizers to make while we watch the game. Chicken wings are always a winner, but my all-time favorite Buffalo anything is by far Buffalo shrimp. I know I’m not supposed to like chain restaurants as a discerning foodie, but […]

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SkinnyPop Popcorn and Wine Pairing Guide

SkinnyPop Popcorn and Wine Pairing Guide

The fine folks at SkinnyPop have sent me this neat infographics that I think is pretty great. I’ve been a big fan of SkinnyPop ever since a friend recommended the very addictive treats, and at 39 calories/cup, it’s not only tasty, it’s guilt-free!!! I like several of these popcorn/wine pairings depicted, but think my favorite […]

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National Irish Coffee Day

National Irish Coffee Day

Today’s #NationalIrishCoffeeDay and this delicious-sounding recipe was provided to me courtesy of The Shannon Rose Irish Pub. This drink is a mainstay that guests can enjoy year-round at the Clifton and Ramsey locations of the popular pub. You can now enjoy this comforting drink at The Shannon Rose Irish Pub or in the comfort of […]

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Vegetarian Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili

Vegetarian Black Bean and Butternut Squash Chili

While winter’s been mild here so far in New Jersey, I’m still craving hearty, comforting food. In my continued effort to ‘prep Sunday – eat throughout the week’, this week, I’ve made a meatless chili that was uber satisfying and can be used in various ways during the week. I used it as dip for […]

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The Montclair Food & Wine Festival Speakeasy

The Montclair Food & Wine Festival Speakeasy

Montclair Food & Wine Festival and Amanti Vino present The Speakeasy – a clandestine affair set in the grandeur of THE WELLMONT THEATER on Saturday January 28. Reminiscent of the Prohibition Era, the evening will intertwine illicit libations coordinated by Amanti Vino, fine culinary bites from over twenty area restaurants, and the sultry sound of […]

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National Hot Buttered Rum Day

National Hot Buttered Rum Day

With chilly temperatures setting in, and in celebration of National Hot Buttered Rum Day today, The Shannon Rose Irish Pub is sharing a recipe for the warm and comforting cocktail. The Shannon Rose Irish Pub’s Hot Buttered Rum will be offered for a limited time in-restaurant from January 12 – 18 in celebration of National […]

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