Blueberry Smash

Blueberry Smash

Blueberry Smash

I’m always looking for fun cocktail recipes to serve at my various parties and lately, I’ve been really into gin drinks. This summery cocktail recipe was provided by one of my favorite local spots to enjoy libations and tapas, Spuntino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas. I love the idea of incorporating Jersey blueberries in this […]

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Baby Back Ribs with Balsamic BBQ Sauce

Baby Back Ribs with Balsamic BBQ Sauce

Pork Ribs

While I have my go-to ribs recipe, I’m always looking for new ideas and variations from the old standard. This recipe, provided by Executive Chef Josh Bernstein of Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, puts a bit of an Italian spin on the backyard BBQ favorite. Ingredients: Rib Spice Rub: 1/4 cup dried basil 1/4 […]

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Top Rosé Wines for the Summer

Top Rosé Wines for the Summer

Rose Wines

Summer’s finally here and warm days are among us. While sipping rosé wines during the summer isn’t anything new, what I’m really enjoying is how food-friendly rosés have become. Rosé, French for ‘pink’, describes a genre of refreshing wines, in various hue of pink and that are made using red grapes. Here are some rosé […]

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Watermelon Strawberry Sangria

Watermelon Strawberry Sangria

Watermelon Drink

I simply find cold watermelon to be one of the most refreshing things on hot summer days and love to incorporate it in drinks, both alcoholic and not. In this version of traditional sangria, I use watermelon and some ripe, sweet summer strawberries. Ingredients: 2 pounds watermelon, ideally seedless, peeled and cut into chunks 10 […]

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Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup

I make a double batch of this syrup and keep it in the fridge to add to cocktails. In an airtight container, it’ll keep for a month. Feel free to add aromatics to the hot syrup. Good options to add to the syrup are a large orange peel, basil/rosemary/mint leaves and vanilla beans. Syrup with […]

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Fourth Annual Sip into Summer Washington Lake Park Wine Festival

Fourth Annual Sip into Summer Washington Lake Park Wine Festival

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Voted the 2015 Best Event of Washington Township, the “Sip Into Summer” Washington Lake Park Wine Festival in Sewell, NJ offers something for everyone: some of the best New Jersey wineries offering wines for sampling and sale, delectable foods from fabulous food trucks, great live music, unique artisan crafts and more! Festival hours are Saturday, […]

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Just Jersey Food Truck & Music Festival

Just Jersey Food Truck & Music Festival

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Get the Father’s Day celebration started a day early by taking dads and future dads to the Just Jersey Food Truck & Music Festival on Saturday, June 18th, at the Historic Waterloo Village Concert Field in Stanhope.  Attendees will have an opportunity to sample the finest gourmet food while being immersed in the sounds of […]

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2014 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay

2014 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay

2014 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay

On the nose apricot and citrus with flinty notes. The palate of this medium to full-bodied wine brings more citrus with a decent level of acidity on the finish. A great value for a California Chardonnay of this caliber. I’m a big fan of Jim Clendenen, Au Bon Climat’s winemaker, who’s been making high quality […]

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Black Skillet Frittata by Piattino

Black Skillet Frittata by Piattino

Black Skillet Frittata

I love brunch and am always looking for creative dishes to serve at home when I host. I received this easy recipe for a meatless frittata from Piattino: A Neighborhood Bistro and wanted to share as it sounds delish. Piattino, serving up modern twists to traditional Italian fare, is now serving an a la carte […]

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2016 Montclair Food & Wine Festival: BBQ, Bourbon, Biergarten

2016 Montclair Food & Wine Festival: BBQ, Bourbon, Biergarten

Bourbon

The BBQ, Bourbon + Biergarten is an event put forth by the folks at Montclair Food & Wine Festival. The fun-filled evening will take place on July 9th from 6PM – 10PM at the Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ) and will feature the flavors and spirits of summer with live music […]

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