Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Centers

Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Centers

Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Centers

Ganache centers, need I say more?? These dark chocolate cupcakes get an extra boost of chocolateness with the addition of bittersweet chocolate ganache filling in the center of the cupcakes. As you bake these cupcakes, the fudgy centers will cave in – no worries! That’s the perfect little nook to put extra frosting in. Ganache […]

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Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting

Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting

Marshmallow Frosting

One of the best frostings I’ve ever tasted was at a kids’ birthday party when I was around 8 years old. My friend’s mom made a light and fluffy marshmallow frosting over confetti cake so delicious I remember it vividly to this day. Since I’m a serious chocolate fanatic, I decided to try a chocolate […]

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Sick of White Wine Yet?

Sick of White Wine Yet?

Wine Steak

It’s hot and muggy outside and for many, including me, the weather calls for light, refreshing white wines. While I’ve poured my share of Assyrtiko, Sauvignon Blanc and Albarino this summer, I’m now craving reds that pair well with burgers, ribs and steaks. 15 Red Wines to Uncork at Summer Barbecues: Wines for Burgers: 2007 […]

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Veggie Heaven – Meatless in Denville

Veggie Heaven – Meatless in Denville

veggie heaven

If you’ve read me in the past, you might be slightly amused to see me dining at a vegetarian restaurant. I’m known for my porkie penchant and my beefy boldness and venturing into foreign land was a bit intimidating for a non-vegetarian like me. The menu is extensive and offers some dishes whose names will […]

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2011 Burgans Albariño

This wine is offered by Bodega Martin Codax, one of my favorite Albariño-makers. It was recently given 90 points by Wine Enthusiast and I can see, and taste, why. In the glass, this wine is golden with greenish hues – very pretty. The aromas are of lush, juicy peach and apricot. The flavors are of […]

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WITS Virtual Wine Tasting 2013

WITS Virtual Wine Tasting 2013

wits-logo-new

I’ve detailed the concept of virtual wine tasting in previous posts and I try to participate in several of them each year. Last night was the Wine Industry Technology Symposium (WITS) and a virtual tasting of three California wines was hosted from my friends at WineTwits. For those of you who are new to virtual […]

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Fiori Di Zucchine – Fried Zucchini Blossoms

Fiori Di Zucchine – Fried Zucchini Blossoms

Zucchini blossoms

Saturday night, I had the pleasure of dining at The Orange Squirrel in Bloomfield, NJ again. It had been several months since I had eaten Chef Francesco Palmieri’s inventive and flavorful creations and once again, it was a great meal. I absolutely adore zucchini blossoms and was thrilled to also see them served up as […]

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5 Wine Paired Dishes to Celebrate Bastille Day

5 Wine Paired Dishes to Celebrate Bastille Day

Coquille-Saint-Jacques

If you need an excuse to eat delicious French food, Bastille Day is Sunday July 14 and might be the best excuse of them all. Bastille Day commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789. Festivities and official ceremonies are held […]

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Dinner with Jacob’s Creek…at My Home

Dinner with Jacob’s Creek…at My Home

Jacob's Creek

This year, 4th of July was celebrated with beef and beefy red wines at my home. My guy grilled a whole beef tenderloin and I baked my Cabot Creamery Seriously Sharp Cheddar Mac N Cheese. Since I had a nice lineup of Jacob’s Creek’s current release, I decided to focus the party around their wines. […]

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Cabot Creamery Seriously Sharp Cheddar Mac N Cheese

Cabot Creamery Seriously Sharp Cheddar Mac N Cheese

Mac n Cheese

I make macaroni and cheese using various cheeses and featuring other decadent ingredients (see Porcini and Lobster Macaroni and Cheese) but for cook outs and casual get-togethers, I love the flavor of Cabot Creamery’s Seriously Sharp Cheddar. Crusted with a Panko topping, this mac n cheese gets rave reviews every time. Ingredients: ½ stick (4 […]

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