New Year’s Eve at Crystal Springs Resort

New Year’s Eve at Crystal Springs Resort

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We’re still undecided as to what we’ll be doing to ring in the new year but this is quite the party! Crystal Springs Resort (1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ) rings in 2015 with New Year’s Eve celebrations and prix fixe dinners featuring an extravagant Biosphere Party. At the Biosphere Party, guests can dance the night away […]

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Product Review – Arctic Chill Muddler

Product Review – Arctic Chill Muddler

Artic Chiller

I don’t typically do product reviews but I was recently asked to do a review by Rizzi at Arctic Chill of its cocktail muddler and since I’ve yet to find a muddler I find works well, I jumped at the chance. Arctic Chill’s muddler is made of stainless steel and features a grooved nylon head. […]

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Escape Montclair Charity Dinner Featuring Chef Ian Kapitan

Escape Montclair Charity Dinner Featuring Chef Ian Kapitan

Chef Bryan Gregg

Escape Chef/Owner, Bryan Gregg, will hold a charity dinner with acclaimed Chef Ian Kapitan Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 7PM. The five-course dinner will allow diners to bring their own wines and will cost $68 per person with 50% of the proceeds being donated to the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center of NJ. On the menu: […]

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12/3 Balvenie Dinner at Chakra‏

12/3 Balvenie Dinner at Chakra‏

Balvenie DoubleWood 12

Chakra (144 W. State Route 4, Paramus, NJ) is aiming to take winter chill away with a Balvenie single malt scotch pairing on Wednesday 12/3 at 6:30PM. The Balvenie dinner will feature Balvenie 12, 14, 17 and 21 year old scotch, paired with a menu by Chef Thomas Ciszak. Balvenie Brand Ambassador Jim Patterson will be on hand to discuss the scotches. […]

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Easy Salted Caramel Sauce

Easy Salted Caramel Sauce

Caramel Sauce

I’ve shared caramel sauce recipes in the past but I thought the timing was perfect with the holidays around the corner, to do another. This one doesn’t require fancy equipment, perfect temperature on a candy thermometer or fuss – it’s based on judging the right color for the caramel and acting fast. Ingredients: 1 cup […]

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2008 Marco Marengo Barolo Brunate Annata

2008 Marco Marengo Barolo Brunate Annata

2008 M. Marengo Barolo

Knew as soon as I sniffed this wine that it’d be right up my alley. Garnet in the glass, the earthy aromas were sweetened with dark fruit. In the mouth, it’s round and velvety with plummy, dark cherry flavors with mocha notes. Pairings: Pasta with meaty sauce, duck, roasted mushrooms Style: Red Wine Grape Type(s): […]

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He’Brew Death of a Contract Brewer

He’Brew Death of a Contract Brewer

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For 17 years, Schmaltz Brewing Company was a contract brewery in San Francisco. In May 2013, the popular brewery settled in its own facility in Clifton Park, NY and hence comes the name – Death of a Contract Brewer. I was excited to see this Schmaltz Brewing beer on an extensive beer list in Phoenix […]

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5 Easy Pies for Non Pumpkin Pie Eaters

I’m just not a fan of cinnamon so pumpkin pie isn’t a pie I enjoy. Since it seems fitting to bake pies for Thanksgiving, here are five, fail-proof pies to serve to your guests or bring as a hostess present for Turkey Day! Crumb Top Blueberry Pie Greek Yogurt Blueberry Pie Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie […]

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10 Easy Thanksgiving Sides and Starters

Okay, there are so many “lists” out there of yummy-sounding Thanksgiving recipes that it’s difficult to pick which are best for your holiday table. Below are 10 easy yet delicious, tested recipes that are sure to enhance your traditional turkey day table. Cheesy and Garlicky Pull Apart Bread Corn and Lima Bean Succotash Duck Fat […]

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Easy Shrimp Etouffee

Easy Shrimp Etouffee

Shrimp Etouffee

It’s fall and that means time for comfort food at our home. One of our favorite comforting meals is etouffée, the rich, spicy dish that originated in Louisiana. While it looks a bit complicated, this dish is quite simple: Start with a deeply-colored roux (butter and flour mixture) then add the ‘holy trinity’ – celery, […]

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