New Jersey Beer & Food Festival

New Jersey Beer & Food Festival

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The New Jersey Beer & Food Festival takes place at Crystal Springs 6/14 – 6/15. This weekend-long celebration of craft beers also coincides with Father’s Day June 16 making it the perfect destination with something for everyone: beer lovers, golfers and families, with two top US ranked spas and the Biosphere indoor/outdoor pool complex as […]

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Sweet Potato vs White Potato

Sweet Potato vs White Potato

sweet-potato

Earlier this week, I was telling a friend that sweet potatoes are better for a low carbohydrate diet and glycemic index than white potatoes, but when she questioned me as to why, I really couldn’t address it beyond “I’ve read it in the South Beach Diet book”. I was actually curious for a proper, more […]

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2010 Selbach Oster Riesling Kabinett

2010 Selbach Oster Riesling Kabinett

Wines

Perhaps it’s because we’ve vacationed in Mosel and visited and stayed at an inn that poured Selbach-Oster, but I just enjoy these wines tremendously. I uncorked this German Riesling at a recent lobster dinner in Canada and it was a super pairing. On the nose it’s floral with wet stone aromas. Although a Kabinett, which […]

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Top New York chefs raise over $60,000 to feed hungry New Yorkers

Top New York chefs raise over $60,000 to feed hungry New Yorkers

Farm to Tray

On last Thursday, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen – the largest emergency food program in New York City – hosted ‘From Farm to Tray’ a sustainable food benefit, to raise much needed funds. With the help of some of New York’s best loved culinary names, the soup kitchen attracted over 300 guests to the first time […]

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No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake

No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake

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When I saw this beautiful dessert from the July 2003 issue of Bon Appetit, I knew it would be perfect for me Memorial Day barbecue. I’ve made some changes to the recipe and it’s light, pretty and delicious. I had the perfect quantity of blueberries from a giant container from my local Costco. Crust Ingredients: […]

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Ginger Dressing Marinated Whole Grilled Chicken

Ginger Dressing Marinated Whole Grilled Chicken

Chicken Gets Lacquered Skin

Whole chicken “butterflied” and cooked the grill is one of my favorite summertime dishes. I’ve marinated the chicken in many different concoctions but this ginger dressing is still my favorite. Don’t have the time or inclination to make your own ginger dressing? No problem, just buy a high-quality dressing. The sugars from the marinade will […]

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2009 Marquis de Chasse Sauternes

2009 Marquis de Chasse Sauternes

Sauternes

Golden in the glass, the 2009 Marquis de Chasse Sauternes offers typical aromas of honey and dry apricot. In the mouth, it’s rich with ripe pear and honey flavors with a little nutmeg notes on the finish. Sweet yet well-balanced – very pleasant for such a young Sauternes. Pairings: Cheese course, foie gras, most desserts […]

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Family, Friends and Food in Quebec

Family, Friends and Food in Quebec

Beet Salad

Last weekend, I flew up to Quebec to surprise my dad for his birthday. As always, the weekend was filled with an abundance of food and adult libations. Friday, the weather was nice and we opted to grill pork tenderloin kebabs that my brother-in-law, Etienne, had marinated in his special concoction a good part of […]

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Dishcrawl Jersey City Ticket Giveaway

Dishcrawl Jersey City Ticket Giveaway

Giveaway

I recapped my recent participation in Jersey City’s Dishcrawl and I’m happy to say I have 2 FREE TICKETS to give away to the next event taking place on 6/12 at 7PM in the Hamilton Park area of Jersey City. Hamilton Park is home to several unique and delicious restaurants. Dishcrawl is pulling out all the […]

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2010 Albert Mann Cremant D’Alsace

2010 Albert Mann Cremant D’Alsace

2010 Albert Mann Cremant D'Alsace

Warmer weather’s among us and for me, that calls for bubbles. If you like French Champagne but not the cash outlay, try Cremant D’Alsace.  This Alsatian wine offers bright aromas of juicy pear and lemon zest and crisp apple flavors. Simply a super bubbly with tons of creamy, moussy bubbles great for any occasion. Pairings: […]

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