Morris Tap and Grill Fall Menu Preview

Morris Tap and Grill Fall Menu Preview

Hot Pastrami

Last night, I attended an intimate event to preview Chef Eric LeVine’s fall menu at Morris Tap & Grill. This event gave Chef LeVine an opportunity to ‘test drive’ the menu to a targeted group of fans, foodies and food writers who are familiar with his style of cooking.   The new fall dishes in […]

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Oatmeal and Butterscotch Cookies

Oatmeal and Butterscotch Cookies

Baked Cookies Stacked

I must be honest, oatmeal cookies aren’t my favorites. I’ve tested several variations of my basic recipe and have finally found a cookie that’s chewy yet crispy and that I can incorporate one of my favorite flavors in – butterscotch. Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup light brown sugar, packed […]

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2003 Rudd Oakville Estate

2003 Rudd Oakville Estate

2003 Rudd Estate

Tasted this wine after it’d been decanted for a couple hours – wow. In the glass, it’s deep garnet and one sniff had me hooked. Aromas of mocha, tobacco, dark fruit and stone fruit. In the mouth it’s lush and round and offers great fruit flavors with caramel, leather and blackberry notes. Finish lasts forever. […]

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2010 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

2010 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

2010 Penner-Ash Pinot Noir

Just love this wine. It’s become my ‘go-to’ for a great Pinot that’s not outrageously-priced. Medium ruby in the glass, this Oregon Pinot Noir offers aromas of dark cherries, ripe raspberries with peppery notes. This is a medium-body wine with rich cherry and dark berry flavors with a little spice on the dry finish. Nice […]

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Duck Fat and Bacon Fingerling Potatoes

Duck Fat and Bacon Fingerling Potatoes

Fried Fingerling Potatoes

Okay, don’t freak out yet about the title of this recipe. You’re not eating the whole recipe, just one of 6 servings! These are easy to make, pretty darn tasty and go a long way in satisfying your guests, even with a small portion.     Ingredients 2 quarts water 2 Tbsp. Kosher salt 2 […]

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Heart & Hands Wine Company – Pinot Noir and Beyond

Heart & Hands Wine Company – Pinot Noir and Beyond

Heart & Hands Wines

Since being exposed to Finger Lakes wines nearly 10 years ago, I have been a staunch supporter of the products coming out of that region. I am a devoted fan of high minerality, dry Rieslings from the Mosel region and to me, Finger Lakes dry Rieslings rank up there with those fabulous German wines. While […]

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2012 Dirty & Rowdy Semillon

2012 Dirty & Rowdy Semillon

2012 Dirty & Rowdy Semillon

Bright yellow and cloudy in the glass, this wine rocks. I could sit here and describe the 2012 Dirty & Rowdy Semillon in so many different ways: funky and fleshy, bold and intense, well-structure with great acidity, herbaceous and a little spicy, pink grapefruit and nutty? Yes, it’s all that and more. Hardy Wallace, winemaker […]

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2012 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé

2012 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé

2012 Bandol Rose

The medium-bodied Rosé is crafted from hand-harvested grapes. It’s salmon in color and just pretty to look at. What’s in the bottle isn’t too shabby either. This French Rosé has an intense floral nose with a bit of strawberry. It has incredible peaches and juicy, ripe cantaloupe flavors with bright acidity and a long pleasantly […]

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2011 Gary Farrell Russian River Valley Chardonnay

2011 Gary Farrell Russian River Valley Chardonnay

2011 Gary Farrell Chardonnay

This wine from Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir pioneer, Gary Farrell Vineyards, has further opened my mind to California Chardonnay. While I enjoy unoaked Cali Chardonnays, this outstanding wine’s great level of acidity balances the oak it sees from seven months in 40% new French oak making it enjoyable for folks who aren’t […]

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