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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Italian Culinary Experience by Casa Vinicola Zonin and SD26

Italian Culinary Experience by Casa Vinicola Zonin and SD26

Risotto with Periwinkles

Monday evening, I had the pleasure of being invited to a press event hosted by Casa Vinicola Zonin, Italy’s largest privately-owned wine producer with 11 wine estates in seven regions and a total of over 10,000 acres. The exclusive event was held at the modern-chic Astor Culinary Center in Manhattan. The evening was also hosted […]

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My Big Fat Indian Wedding

My Big Fat Indian Wedding

Dining Room

Saturday night, I had the pleasure of attending my very first Indian wedding. The event took place at the Sheraton Mahwah in a ballroom that had been transformed into a blue and gold fantasy. Of course I was excited to experience an event like this, but I was also looking forward to Indian food, one […]

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Delverde Pasta – a Delightful Discovery

Delverde Pasta – a Delightful Discovery

Pasta Comparison - Delverde on Left

A few nights ago, I had the opportunity to attend a press event in Manhattan hosted by Casa Vinicola Zonin where Delverde Pasta was prominently showcased. I wasn’t familiar with the boutique pasta company and enjoyed being awakened to a completely new pasta experience. Delverde Pasta has been making high-quality, natural products since 1967. The […]

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5 National Cheesecake Day Recipes

5 National Cheesecake Day Recipes

Dulce de Leche Mini Cheesecake

Today’s National Cheesecake Day. I don’t care who decided today was dedicated to all things cheesecake – I love cheesecake! Here are 5 cheesecake recipes to help you celebrate National Cheesecake Day! No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake – Simple and refreshing on a warm summer day Dreamy Creamy New York Cheesecake – The real thing – […]

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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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