Seared Duck Magrets (Duck Breasts)

Seared Duck Magrets (Duck Breasts)

Seared Duck

A few weeks back, I was sent some samples of Maple Leaf Farms duck that I literally prepared multiple ways. As simple as it is, I just find seared duck magrets/breasts to be one of my very favorite dishes, to make and eat. I served this duck over a simply-prepared Porcini Mushroom Risotto but it […]

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Sauce au Cassis

Sauce au Cassis

Sauce

This reduction is what I typically serve over duck but it could be great over other poultry, over lamb or even beef. Sauce: ½ cup beef broth ½ cup red wine ¼ cup crème de cassis 1 Tbsp. cassis jam (or mixed berries) 2 Tbsp. butter 2 generous pinches of salt Directions: In a small […]

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Chakra Hosts Hourglass Wine Dinner on 2/11

Chef Thomas Ciszak of Chakra in Paramus will have Hourglass winemaker, Anthony Biagi, inhouse for a four-course, wine-paired dinner. Hourglass wines represent a cutting-edge, modern Napa Valley winemaking style. Chef Ciszak has crafted this menu to match the award-winning Hourglass wines: First Course Poached Lobster tarragon, green apple, melon salad 2013 Hourglass Estate Sauvignon Blanc, […]

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Chef Anthony Bucco joins Crystal Springs’ Latour & Tavern‏

Chef Anthony Bucco joins Crystal Springs’ Latour & Tavern‏

Anthony Bucco

Crystal Springs Resort is proud to welcome Anthony Bucco, one of New Jersey’s most acclaimed chefs, as the new Executive Chef of Restaurant Latour and Crystal Tavern. A Garden State native, Bucco is well known for relaunching New Jersey landmark Ryland Inn to critical acclaim along with his work at Uproot and Stage Left. Most […]

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Fluffy Quinoa 101

Fluffy Quinoa 101

Fluffy Quinoa

My bestie, Gloriann, has been a fan of Quinoa for a long time and kept telling me what a fab kitchen staple is it. Once I tried it, I was hooked. It’s great as a simply side dish served like one would serve rice but is versatile enough for a salad or other mainstays like […]

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Talenti Sea Salt Caramel Gelato Sandwich

Talenti Sea Salt Caramel Gelato Sandwich

Ice Cream Sandwich

I know this isn’t much of a “recipe” since the gelato is store-bought, BUT, this is by far the BEST commercial gelato I’ve had, so I thought I’d share the wealth (no, I’m not being compensated by Talenti, it’s just a great product). Ingredients: One pint Talenti Sea Salt Caramel gelato Eight cookies from a […]

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Easy Valentine’s Day Menu and Wine Pairings

Easy Valentine’s Day Menu and Wine Pairings

happy valentines day 2014

From experience, we all know Valentine’s Day at a restaurant can be hectic and restricted to fixed menus. For those of you who prefer to stay home and cook up a romantic meal, here is some inspirational recipes with affordable wine recommendations.  Coquilles St Jacques paired with  2012 Les Vignobles Gueissard Bandol Rosé ($18) Sweet Potato […]

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2015 NJ Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs Resort

Tickets are on sale for the seventh annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival taking place March 20–22. This year, the Guest of Honor is David Kinch of Michelin 2-star Manresa in Los Gatos, California.  Chef David Kinch will bring a taste of his acclaimed Manresa to New Jersey to kick-off the Festival with a dinner in Restaurant Latour on Friday, March 20. […]

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Sugar and Spice Candied Nuts

Sugar and Spice Candied Nuts

Empty Jar

On New Year’s Eve, we met some friends for a celebratory meal at one of my favorite New Jersey eateries – The Orange Squirrel, and to my joy, my friend Diane had brought me a jar of homemade candied pecans. I’m not much of a cinnamon fan, so I don’t typically like these types of […]

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1991 Château Montus Madiran Cuvée Prestige

1991 Château Montus Madiran Cuvée Prestige

1991 Château Montus Madiran Cuvée Prestige

On a recent visit to Quebec, my dad dug deep in his cellar for this purely wonderful bottle. While I’ve read this wine should have drunk before 2011, its perfect storing condition extended its life. In the glass, it’s a beautiful brick color with the type of barnyard funk I absolutely love. In the mouth, […]

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