5 Traditional Quebec Recipes to Celebrate Saint Jean Baptiste

5 Traditional Quebec Recipes to Celebrate Saint Jean Baptiste

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Today is Quebec Independence Day (also known as Saint Jean Baptiste) and all my friends and family ‘up north’ will be celebrating with fireworks, food and adult libations. Here are 5 traditional Quebec dishes to get everyone in the mood for a very happy holiday. Tourtiere du Lac St Jean (Meat Pie from Quebec) Tarte […]

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Chocolate Decadence Chip Cookies

Chocolate Decadence Chip Cookies

Chocolate Cookies

I made these decadent cookies as take-home gifts for my guests at my recent Food & Wine Chickie Lobsterfest, but the excess of adult libations “made me” forget to actually give them out at the end of the evening – boo! I sort of redeemed myself by bringing them to work where they received some […]

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2009 Jean Edwards Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 Jean Edwards Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2009 Jean Edwards Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

I had the California Cabernet Sauvignon at a recent wine pairing dinner and it was big and round and rich with stone fruit aromas and chocolate covered cherry flavors. It was paired with short ribs and côte de boeuf and it was simply decadent. Pairings: Roasted or grilled meats, cheese course Style: Red Wine Grape […]

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5 Rosé Wines to Celebrate the First Day of Summer

Summer’s finally here and what better way to celebrate than with a refreshing, light and crisp glass of rosé? Here are 5 affordable rosé wines to kick start the summer with: 2012 Banrock Station Pink Moscato ($8) – delicate pink in the glass with refreshing, lightly floral flavors. Pierre Sparr Crémant D’Alsace Brut Rosé ($15) – […]

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2011 Ravines Dry Riesling

2011 Ravines Dry Riesling

2011 Ravines Dry Riesling

I’m certain that if you’ve read me regularly, that you know what a fan of Ravines Wine Cellars and Finger Lakes Riesling I am. The 2011 Ravines Dry Riesling I poured over the weekend reminded me of why I love the wines from Ravines so much. On the nose, there are lovely aromas of Asian […]

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Super Value and Taste for Summer from Banrock Station Moscato

Super Value and Taste for Summer from Banrock Station Moscato

Banrock Pink Moscato

Last weekend, I hosted my 4th Annual Food and Wine Chickie Lobsterfest and was really pleased with the two wines I poured for an aperitif. Both were sipped along a variety of foods ranging from light to very rich and stood up nicely. 2012 Banrock Station Pink Moscato ($8), delicate pink in the glass with […]

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2013 Food & Wine Chickie Lobsterfest

2013 Food & Wine Chickie Lobsterfest

Lobsters

Last night, I had the pleasure of hosting my 4th annual Food & Wine Chickie Lobsterfest. I was blessed with perfect weather, sunny and 75 degrees, and the festivities took place outdoors. The evening kicked off with an aperitif of 2012 Banrock Station Pink Moscato, delicate pink in the glass with refreshing, lightly floral flavors […]

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June Fork & Cork at Chakra – June 26

June Fork & Cork at Chakra – June 26

Chakra Dining Room

  Chakra Chef Thomas Ciszak and GM/Beverage Director Evelyn Ciszak team with Tuthilltown Spirits distiller Gable Erenzo for the next Fork & Cork supper club dinner featuring four different Hudson Whiskey spirits on Wednesday June 26th at 6:30pm. Dinner starts with passed hors d’oeuvres and the debut of Chakra’s first barrel-aged cocktail: Summer Bloom. After the cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, guests […]

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Jumpin’ Turkey Swiss Burgers by Chef Ariane Duarte

Jumpin’ Turkey Swiss Burgers by Chef Ariane Duarte

Jumpin Turkey Swiss Burger

I’m always on the lookout for a good burger recipe that uses proteins other than beef. I was sent the following recipe for a turkey burger with a kick, and since it’s by Ariane Duarte, Executive Chef of award-winning CulinAriane restaurant in Montclair, NJ and finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef, I knew I wouldn’t be […]

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Washington Lake Park Wine Festival June 22 – 23, 2013

Washington Lake Park Wine Festival June 22 – 23, 2013

Wine in Parc

The summer season will uncork in style when 18 of New Jersey’s finest wineries come together for the Washington Lake Park Wine Festival – the best new wine festival in New Jersey. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday June 22-23, from 12PM – 5PM each day. The weekend of great New Jersey wine, local […]

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