Annual Quebec Smoked Meat Pilgrimage

Annual Quebec Smoked Meat Pilgrimage

Smoked Meat Sandwich

I just got back from making my summer trip up to Quebec and to my delight, my dad hosted us for his famous smoked meat sandwich party. Steamed smoked meat sandwiches are a special Quebec treat.  Dad used his restaurant-grade food steamer to cook a 10-pound piece of corned beef for about 4 hours. The […]

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Easy Fried Raviolis

I don’t typically take shortcuts in the kitchen when I host a dinner party, but when it comes to fried raviolis, I see no issue with using store-bought, fresh raviolis. Seriously, even if I made fresh pasta with the best filling, would there really be a huge difference once I deep fried them? No. This […]

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Easy Zeppole – Italian Fried Dough

Easy Zeppole – Italian Fried Dough

Photo by Eat with Dan

Who doesn’t love going to the fair and getting a hot paper bag full of Zeppole covered in confectioners’ sugar? Nobody – that’s who! I’ve used a ‘standard’ recipe for fried dough that involved yeast and just the right warm water temperature but really, who needs to go through all that? This is one easy […]

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Duck Fat Fries

Duck Fat Fries

Fries Soaking

Last weekend, I hosted my First Annual FryFest. All foods served were…fried! Since I love fries cooked in duck fat, I decided to make those one of the various sides I served. This is a classic double-fry process where the potatoes are first blanched in oil at a lower temperature to soften them then fried […]

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Summer Cocktails by Brancott Estate

Summer Cocktails by Brancott Estate

Brancott Minty Peach Sangria

I know the summer’s coming to a close soon but there are still some beautiful weather to come and what best way to celebrate what’s left of the summer than with a fun and delicious cocktail? These two wine-based cocktails would be perfect for your upcoming Labor Day get-togethers. Brancott Berry Ingredients: 3 parts Brancott […]

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First Annual FryFest

First Annual FryFest

Fried Turkey

Last night, I co-hosted the First Annual FryFest with my friend and fellow foodie, Danny of Eat with Dan. While not the picture of healthy eating, it was way fun evening filled with only foods that were fried. The guests were treated to an egg roll wrapping demo by Dan and his beautiful bride, Melissa. […]

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Grilled Salmon Caprese Salad

Grilled Salmon Caprese Salad

Salmon Caprese Salad

This week, I posted a picture of a light lunch I’d made for myself and I received so many requests for the recipe that I thought I’d do a quick recap. First of all, this isn’t really a “recipe”, it’s more of a tasty idea for a quick and easy summer salad. I like to […]

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I Finally Won Something!

I Finally Won Something!

Weber Grill

A couple of months ago, I entered the Jacob’s Creek Sip & Sizzle Grilling Contest sponsored by Pernod Ricard USA®, LLC. I’m a fan of Jacob’s Creek and its wines and have loved my Weber Silver and my Weber charcoal grills so I thought…why not? Several weeks went by and I was contacted by the […]

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2007 Chateau du Mourre du Tendre Côtes du Rhône Villages

2007 Chateau du Mourre du Tendre Côtes du Rhône Villages

2007 Chateau du Mourre du Tendre Côtes du Rhône

I went looking for a Chateauneuf du Pape and ended up with this little gem. In the glass, the wine is dark and leggy. On the nose, it’s big on cherries with black licorice and dried herbs. It drinks more like a C-d-P than a Côtes du Rhônes – it’s big with big cherry flavors […]

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2012 Ameztoi Rubentis Rose Getariako Txakolina

2012 Ameztoi Rubentis Rose Getariako Txakolina

Ameztoi

I discovered this beautiful pale pink wine with the 2009 vintage and it’s been one of my go-to summer rosés. This zippy Spanish wine is super dry with a great level of acidity. Strawberry, floral and slate nose. Light fizz on the front of the sip that dissipates into a dry finish. Bright, ripe strawberry […]

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