Lamb and Beer Stew

Lamb and Beer Stew

Raw Ingredients

The fall’s chill is in the air and winter’s right around the corner and I’m thrilled for one reason – hearty, comfort food. Stews, soups and roasts have such appeal to me and one of my favorites is lamb stew. Lamb simmered in beer – what’s not to love!? This recipe is simple to make […]

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Famiglia Pasqua Wine Tasting

Famiglia Pasqua Wine Tasting

Wines

I recently attended a wine pairing dinner at Millie’s Old World Meatballs & Pizza and had an opportunity to sample Famiglia Pasqua wines provided by recently opened Cambridge Wines of Morristown. Here are my tasting notes: Famiglia Pasqua Prosecco DOC ($10) – extra dry sparkler with lively fruity flavors. 2012 Famiglia Pasqua Pinot Grigio ($10) – light, […]

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Chilean Red Wine Blends – Virtual Tasting

Chilean Red Wine Blends – Virtual Tasting

Drink-Chilean-Red-Wine

Wines of Chile hosted a #WineChat event on Twitter on Wednesday, October 16. Sort of like a new world wines meets new technology. I’ve explained the idea of virtual wine tastings in previous posts but for those of you who are new to virtual wine tastings, this is what the story is: Get a bottle […]

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Holiday Gift That Keeps On Giving – 90+ Cellars Wine Club

Holiday Gift That Keeps On Giving – 90+ Cellars Wine Club

90+ Cellars

This holiday season, give the gift that will ring cheer well after the ornaments are put away, with a membership to the 90+ Cellars Wine Club. The team at 90+ Cellars curates a box of six or 12 different bottles for delivery four times a year, reflecting the best available wines to offer in each […]

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Escape Farm-to-Fork October Wine Dinner

Escape Farm-to-Fork October Wine Dinner

Amuse-Bouche

Last night, I attended the first Escape Montclair farm-to-fork dinner at the popular Essex Country restaurant. Chef Bryan Gregg co-hosted the event with acclaimed chef Michael Weisshaupt of Fiddlers Elbow. The meal paid homage to locally-sourced ingredients and beautifully-executed cooking techniques. The produce was provided by Bracco Farms in nearby Pine Island, New York. I […]

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Penne alla Caprese

Penne alla Caprese

Yellow Tomato Pasta

It’s the end of my tomato harvest and my yellow cherry and standard size tomatoes are ripe and sweet and perfect for a light pasta dish. While this recipe is delicious with red tomatoes, I find the bright yellow sauce to be just really pretty…and tasty. Ingredients: ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp. […]

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Turkey and Vegetable Tomato Noodle Soup

Turkey and Vegetable Tomato Noodle Soup

Turkey and Vegetable Tomato Noodle Soup

It’s fall and in the northeast and that means the start of soup season at our home. I typically make a huge pot on Sunday and we have enough for most of the week. Soup is just so comforting and delicious and this version would be perfect for the weekend after Thanksgiving when cooked turkey’s […]

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2005 Podere Rocche dei Manzoni Barolo Vigna d’la Roul

2005 Podere Rocche dei Manzoni Barolo Vigna d’la Roul

2005 Podere Rocche dei Manzoni Barolo Vigna d’la Roul

This wine was aerated then decanted for an hour prior to tasting. In the glass, it’s deep garnet. Bouquet wasn’t as prominent as I’d expected. Light aromas of cherry cordial with earthy notes. In the mouth, it offers great fruit flavors with black licorice, leather and blackberry notes. Smokey finish with the tannins one would […]

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Beet Roasting 101

Beet Roasting 101

Roasted Beets

It’s fall and a time when produce looks so appealing to me. While at the market yesterday, I picked some gorgeous vegetables that just begged for me to roast them…well, they may not have been begging, but they looked perfect for a slow stay in my oven. Beets roasted at home are nothing like the […]

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Morris Tap and Grill Fall Menu Preview

Morris Tap and Grill Fall Menu Preview

Hot Pastrami

Last night, I attended an intimate event to preview Chef Eric LeVine’s fall menu at Morris Tap & Grill. This event gave Chef LeVine an opportunity to ‘test drive’ the menu to a targeted group of fans, foodies and food writers who are familiar with his style of cooking.   The new fall dishes in […]

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