Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Pasta Carbonara

This Roman dish was created in the middle of the 20th century using simple ingredients: pasta, eggs, pork jowls (think bacon) and cheese, typically Pecorino. I’m all about simple pasta dishes, especially during the week, so this is one of my go-to recipes. I’ve made this decadent dish using a few variations, adding peas, morel […]

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Pig & Prince Restaurant Duck Fat Grilled Cheese

Pig & Prince Restaurant Duck Fat Grilled Cheese

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Today is National Grilled Cheese Day, a day dedicated to celebrating a national favorite: the grilled cheese sandwich. Chef Mike Carrino, of popular restaurant Pig & Prince Restaurant in Montclair, NJ, has masterfully created an elegant and delicious twist on a classic sandwich – the Duck Fat Grilled Cheese. This elevated take on the ‘old reliable’ of sandwiches is […]

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Laurel Glen and Flowers Dinner at Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern

Laurel Glen and Flowers Dinner at Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern

Lamb Salad

A couple weeks ago, I was invited to a very exciting dinner held at the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn. It was a wine dinner featuring the lovely wines of Laurel Glen and Flowers. Executive Chef Hank Barrett created a menu worthy of the fantastic wines and Laurel Glen Proprietor, Bettina Siche, was in attendance to mingle with […]

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Essex Junction Craft Kitchen & Bar

Essex Junction Craft Kitchen & Bar

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Last week, my recap of dinner at Essex Junction Craft Kitchen & Bar was published by Jersey Bites. Please read my review here. Cheers, Veronique

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Beers Eat Free at Office Tavern Grill on April 7th

Beers Eat Free at Office Tavern Grill on April 7th

The Office Burger

On April 7th in honor of “National Beer Day”, beer enthusiasts nationwide will come together and rejoice in honor one of their favorite holidays – National Beer Day!   The Office Tavern Grill, which boasts 40 rotating beer taps and an extensive craft beer selection, is officially joining the celebration by paying homage to anyone who is lucky enough […]

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Berry Bellini

Berry Bellini

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I received this fun and elegant cocktail recipe from the folks at Driscoll’s Berries. I think it’s perfect to kick off spring! Ingredients: 1 oz St. Germaine 0.5 oz lemon juice 0.5 oz simple syrup 4 raspberries Sparkling Brut 2 Raspberries for garnish Directions: Combine the St. Germaine, lemon juice, simple syrup and berries in […]

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Warm Brie with Honeyed Raspberries and Pistachios

Warm Brie with Honeyed Raspberries and Pistachios

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This is an easy yet festive recipe I received from the folks at Driscoll’s Berries. Ingredients: 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shelled pistachios 1 wheel (13.3 ounces) ripe Brie, box reserved, top rind sliced off, cheese chilled 1/4 cup honey 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary 1 package (6 ounces or 1 […]

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Cheng Du 23 – Sichuan Cuisine

Cheng Du 23 – Sichuan Cuisine

Crispy Scallops

Last week, I was invited to dine at Cheng Du 23 in Wayne, NJ to sample some of the area’s most popular Sichuan food. I’d heard of the place, near the Willowbrook Mall, but since Chinese cuisine isn’t a favorite, I’d not made the effort to go. That was an error on my part as […]

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Getting to Know Gigondas Wines

Getting to Know Gigondas Wines

Gigondas

A couple weeks ago, I attended a wine tasting focused on Gigondas wines. I’m not well-versed on these wines so really enjoyed the 10 wines we sampled and the open discussion from the group. About Wines of Gigondas (Wikipedia): “Gigondas is a French wine Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in the southern Rhône wine region of […]

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Sumo Citrus – New Healthy Discovery

I’m trying to add a variety of fruits to my diet and while I like oranges, I dislike if they’re difficult to peel, are dry and ‘grainy’ or have pits. I like those juicy little mandarins, but there are typically 2-3 seeds per tiny segment – boo! After last weekend’s visit to the grocery store […]

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