2008 Marco Marengo Barolo Brunate Annata

2008 Marco Marengo Barolo Brunate Annata

2008 M. Marengo Barolo

Knew as soon as I sniffed this wine that it’d be right up my alley. Garnet in the glass, the earthy aromas were sweetened with dark fruit. In the mouth, it’s round and velvety with plummy, dark cherry flavors with mocha notes. Pairings: Pasta with meaty sauce, duck, roasted mushrooms Style: Red Wine Grape Type(s): […]

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He’Brew Death of a Contract Brewer

He’Brew Death of a Contract Brewer

CILAGER_TAP

For 17 years, Schmaltz Brewing Company was a contract brewery in San Francisco. In May 2013, the popular brewery settled in its own facility in Clifton Park, NY and hence comes the name – Death of a Contract Brewer. I was excited to see this Schmaltz Brewing beer on an extensive beer list in Phoenix […]

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5 Easy Pies for Non Pumpkin Pie Eaters

I’m just not a fan of cinnamon so pumpkin pie isn’t a pie I enjoy. Since it seems fitting to bake pies for Thanksgiving, here are five, fail-proof pies to serve to your guests or bring as a hostess present for Turkey Day! Crumb Top Blueberry Pie Greek Yogurt Blueberry Pie Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie […]

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10 Easy Thanksgiving Sides and Starters

Okay, there are so many “lists” out there of yummy-sounding Thanksgiving recipes that it’s difficult to pick which are best for your holiday table. Below are 10 easy yet delicious, tested recipes that are sure to enhance your traditional turkey day table. Cheesy and Garlicky Pull Apart Bread Corn and Lima Bean Succotash Duck Fat […]

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Easy Shrimp Etouffee

Easy Shrimp Etouffee

Shrimp Etouffee

It’s fall and that means time for comfort food at our home. One of our favorite comforting meals is etouffée, the rich, spicy dish that originated in Louisiana. While it looks a bit complicated, this dish is quite simple: Start with a deeply-colored roux (butter and flour mixture) then add the ‘holy trinity’ – celery, […]

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Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Creamy Chicken Soup

I fell in love with creamy chicken soup at our local St Hubert restaurant in Quebec while I was growing up. It was pure comfort in a bowl and since then, I often order creamy chicken soup when I see it on a menu. While on Pinterest last week, I saw Cooking Classy’s gorgeous photos […]

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Chakra’s Emilio Moro Wine Dinner

Chakra’s Emilio Moro Wine Dinner

Table Setting

Last week, I was invited to an exclusive dinner at one of my favorite New Jersey restaurants, Chakra Restaurant, where renowned winemaker Jose Moro of Bodegas Emilio Moro was present to share insight on his highly-rated wines from Spain’s Ribera del Duero. I’ll do a tasting notes post in the next few days, but want […]

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Denville Meat Shop To-Go Foods

Denville Meat Shop To-Go Foods

DMS Pork

Just when I thought I couldn’t love Denville Meat Shop any more, Owner Jeffrey Orel goes and offers to-go prepared foods that are better than what most folks can cook at home…and at affordable prices! I was in the meat paradise storefront in Denville last week to pick up a few things, and was amazed […]

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Watermelon – The Former Yucky Food

Watermelon – The Former Yucky Food

Watermelon

I think it’s interesting how the food our parents conditioned us to like or dislike can have a lifelong impact on what we eat. One such food was the watermelon at our home when I was a kid. Mom didn’t like watermelon and thus never served it and I grew up thinking that delicious, refreshing, […]

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Satis Bistro Cocktail Tasting 10/28

Satis Bistro Cocktail Tasting 10/28

Satis

Satis Bistro is hosting an exclusive cocktail tasting featuring Elba Giron of Erdington brands. Cost is $45 /pp (plus tax & tip) and includes cocktails tasting with light hors d’oeuvres, meats and cheese. 8 – 10pm. Featured Brands & Cocktails: Corpse Reviver Plymouth gin, Lillet Blanc, Cointreau, lemon juice, Absinthe rinse Mary Pickford Brugal rum, pineapple, […]

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