Easy Chicken Piccata

Easy Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata

Piccata originated in Italy using veal. While I enjoy the veal version, I’m partial to chicken. This recipe is simple to make any night of the week and is fancy enough for a dinner party. I like to serve mine with a side of angel hair pasta. Ingredients: 2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, butterflied […]

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Down to the Bone Barbecue

Down to the Bone Barbecue

Lakeview

UPDATE – THIS RESTAURANT IN NOW CLOSED. Down to the Bone Barbecue is located on scenic Lake Lackawanna in Stanhope, NJ. The restaurant is Owner/Chief Smoker Jeff Feldstein’s newest project born after years of barbecuing at street fairs and markets. Feldstein entered his life of barbecuing after working in Corporate America as the General Manager […]

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Chewy Crunchy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Crunchy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies Stacked

I truly love when readers contact me to say they’ve successfully tried some of my recipes and have even ventured to make yummy variations to them. One of my readers, Kayla from New Jersey, wrote me recently to say she used the Extreme Peanut Butter Cookies recipe and replaced the peanut butter chips with chocolate […]

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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

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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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