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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Rosemary and Lemon Compound Butter

Rosemary and Lemon Compound Butter

Compound Butter Disks

I just love having compound butter on hand for summer grill outs. Compound butter is made by whipping softened butter with herbs or other condiments to boost flavor in food. I’ve played around with add-ons like minced garlic, chopped anchovies (great on grilled romaine lettuce) and various herbs. This version of compound butter uses lemon […]

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Red, White and Blue Cake

Red, White and Blue Cake

Red Velvet Angle

I love red velvet cake, well, the cream cheese frosting actually, so when I was looking for a dessert to make for my 4th of July party, I opted for a red and blue velvet cake. I love that this cake turned out not…fussy and perfect for a casual outdoor party that involved grilling a […]

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5 Affordable Wines for 4th of July Barbecue

5 Affordable Wines for 4th of July Barbecue

Summer Wine

Summer’s here and we all know that means heat and humidity. What summer also means is fun-filled gatherings, including 4th of July barbecues. Here are five wines to uncork during your 4th of July celebrations that won’t break the bank but are certain to please your guests: 2011 Herdade do Esporão Monte Velho White ($10): […]

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Pork Belly Deviled Eggs

Pork Belly Deviled Eggs

Pork Belly Deviled Eggs

I love deviled eggs and think they have a place at most parties whether upscale (think caviar-topped eggs) to casual (served plain) to quirky, which I’d consider this pork belly version. 6 large No Fail Hard-Boiled Eggs 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 5 Tbsp. Mayonnaise Pinch of Paprika ½ tsp. Sriracha, salt and pepper 12 2-inch […]

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Crispy Pork Belly

Crispy Pork Belly

Broiled Belly

This pork belly recipe can be used in many ways, so feel free to experiment. I especially enjoy it in a slider, in a bowl of ramen noodle soup or on deviled eggs. Ingredients: 2-pound pork belly 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup dry Sherry 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced in in […]

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10 Summer Beers for the Craft Beer Enthusiast

10 Summer Beers for the Craft Beer Enthusiast

Summer Beer

I’m a wine lover and a big fan of refreshing wines that pair well with my summer dishes but I’m also Canadian and inherently, I believe, that means I grew up quenching my summer thirst with beer. I’ve developed a soft spot over the last few years for craft beers and especially think the summer […]

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Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Stuffed Portobello

I’m on a low carb diet and to try to mix things up a bit for lunch, I decided to forgo my usual spinach salad for spinach stuffed Portobello mushrooms. I can grill the mushrooms on a Sunday, stuff them and store them in sealed containers to have anytime during the week. The addition of […]

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