Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Easter

It’s Easter morning and while I know I’ll have a lovely brunch with friends, it’s difficult being away from my family in Quebec. Easter was never a hugely-celebrated holiday in my family, we still went to Grandma’s for ham cooked in beer and my beloved Laura Secord chocolate egg (read about this special treat here). […]

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Oskar Blues Brewery – Mama’s Little Yella Pils

Oskar Blues Brewery – Mama’s Little Yella Pils

Mamas-Little-Yella-Pils

Little more malty than crisp, which I typically look for in a pilsner. Easy-drinking, quenching and perfect for summer. 100% pale malt. Brewed by:  Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, CO Style: Czech Pilsner Alcohol by Volume: 5.3% Color in the Glass: Medium-light blond with white clingy head International Bitterness Units: 35 Format(s): Can, on-tap Ideal Glass: […]

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Barrel Aged Beer Dinner – Morris Tap & Grill

Barrel Aged Beer Dinner – Morris Tap & Grill

Garlic Shrimps

Last week I attended the Morris Tap & Grill barrel aged beer dinner featuring six dishes paired with six pretty incredible beers. Morris Tap & Grill General Manager, Michael DeSimone, chose the beers and Chef Eric LeVine paired the food. Here are the dishes and their paired beers: First Course – Garlic Shrimp and Clams […]

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Founders Brewing Company – Dirty Bastard

Founders Brewing Company – Dirty Bastard

Founders Dirty Bastard

This big baby isn’t for the faint of heart or the light beer drinker. Darkest brown/ruby in the glass with a thick, creamy head. Layers upon layers of maltiness. Smoky, caramel and chocolate laced, a little sweet with a slightly bitter end that I enjoyed. Brewed by:  Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI Style: Scotch […]

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Caprese Salad for #MeatlessMonday

Caprese Salad for #MeatlessMonday

Caprese

I know it’s not technically a “recipe” but wanted to share my fresh and delicious caprese salad made with yellow cherry and kumato tomatoes. Just think the yellow and greenish/purple looks beautiful and I had super fresh Mozzarella so paired perfectly with a drizzle of Greek olive oil and reduced balsamic vinegar.  Just a simple, […]

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Cocktailing at the New Jersey Wine & Food Festival

Cocktailing at the New Jersey Wine & Food Festival

Christopher James

Last weekend’s New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs was THE event to attend for all things…well, wine and food-related. While I enjoyed partaking in the various food and wine activities, one session I truly appreciated was the Local Craft Cocktails session conducted by Mixologist Extraordinaire Christopher James of The Ryland Inn. The […]

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Maple Fondue

Maple Fondue

Maple Fondue

Another simple yet tasty maple recipe to help celebrate sugaring season. This fondue is great with fruit and other products typically served with chocolate fondue. Recipe is courtesy of my aunt, Francoise. Ingredients : ½ cup maple syrup 2 Tbsp. corn starch 2 cups light cream Fruits for dipping Directions : In a heavy, medium pot over […]

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Tangy Maple Dip

Tangy Maple Dip

Maple Dip

Every year, I feature some maple recipes at the start of maple season in Quebec. I have fond memories of going to the sugar shack growing up and each year, I engage my family and friends in sharing maple recipes with me for the blog. This one is from my aunt, Francoise. Ingredients: 1 cup […]

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Venegazzu Montelvini Asolo Prosecco Extra Dry DOCG

Venegazzu Montelvini Asolo Prosecco Extra Dry DOCG

Venegazzu Montelvini Asolo Prosecco

The wine is intensely yellow in the glass with light floral and apple aromas. Tiny bubbles for a creamy mouthfeel. The wine is clean and fresh with the apple carrying on to the palate with just a bit of honey. I served this as an aperitif initially but it held up nicely to Prosciutto and […]

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Celebrity Chefs Announced for New Jersey Wine & Food Festival

Celebrity Chefs Announced for New Jersey Wine & Food Festival

Photo by Geoff Mottram

A lineup of all-star chefs, including Guest of Honor Chef David Bouley (Bouley & Brushstroke, NYC), Michael Solomonov (Zahav, Philadelphia), Shirley Chung (Finalist Top Chef Season 11), Galen Zamarra (mas & mas la grillade, NYC), Ghaya Oliveira (Executive Pastry Chef, Daniel, NYC), Saul Bolton (Saul Restaurant, NYC), George Mendes (Aldea, NYC), David Santos (Louro, NYC) […]

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