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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2011 Capiaux Chimera Pinot Noir

2011 Capiaux Chimera Pinot Noir

2011 Capiaux Chimera Pinot Noir

Bright ruby red in the glass with typical cherry and pumpkin spice aromas and a mouthful of ripe cherry flavors – love this style Pinot. Pairings: Roasted duck, chicken or turkey, mushroom dishes Style: Red Wine Grape Type(s): Pinot Noir Region: Sonoma County, CA, USA Price: $32

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5 Traditional Quebec Recipes to Celebrate Saint Jean Baptiste

5 Traditional Quebec Recipes to Celebrate Saint Jean Baptiste

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Today is Quebec Independence Day (also known as Saint Jean Baptiste) and all my friends and family ‘up north’ will be celebrating with fireworks, food and adult libations. Here are 5 traditional Quebec dishes to get everyone in the mood for a very happy holiday. Tourtiere du Lac St Jean (Meat Pie from Quebec) Tarte […]

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Chocolate Decadence Chip Cookies

Chocolate Decadence Chip Cookies

Chocolate Cookies

I made these decadent cookies as take-home gifts for my guests at my recent Food & Wine Chickie Lobsterfest, but the excess of adult libations “made me” forget to actually give them out at the end of the evening – boo! I sort of redeemed myself by bringing them to work where they received some […]

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2009 Jean Edwards Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 Jean Edwards Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 Jean Edwards Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

I had the California Cabernet Sauvignon at a recent wine pairing dinner and it was big and round and rich with stone fruit aromas and chocolate covered cherry flavors. It was paired with short ribs and côte de boeuf and it was simply decadent. Pairings: Roasted or grilled meats, cheese course Style: Red Wine Grape […]

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