Restaurant Latour’s New Chef – Jean Paul Lourdes

Restaurant Latour’s New Chef – Jean Paul Lourdes

Chef Jean Paul Lourdes

Crystal Springs Resort’s Restaurant Latour has a new chef – Jean Paul Lourdes. Chef Lourdes has broad kitchen experience having cooked in some of the world’s finest kitchens. A New Zealand native, Lourdes was carefully recruited to create a menu featuring food that will complement the wines of Latour’s award-winning cellar. Having worked at Pierre […]

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Meatless Bolognese Sauce

Meatless Bolognese Sauce

Meatless Bolognese

I’m not 100% sure my grandma would approve of me using her meat sauce recipe to create a meatless version, but it’s deeply-flavored and satisfying with pasta, gnocchi and in a lasagna. Perfect for #MeatlessMonday. Ingredients: ¼ cup oil 1 large onion, chopped 5 celery ribs, diced 1 garlic clove, minced 8 large Portobello mushrooms, […]

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Individual Chocolate Challah Bread Pudding

Individual Chocolate Challah Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding

Rich buttery Challah bread, egg custard and chocolate – what could be better? To make this delicious bread pudding a bit more elegant for a recent dinner party, I baked it in individual ramekins. Ingredients: 4 Tbsp. butter, softened 1 pint half-and-half 1 pint heavy cream 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips […]

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Signature Drink – Transatlantic Fizz

Signature Drink – Transatlantic Fizz

Sandeman

The warm breezes of Spring are right around the corner and with them, come thoughts of cool, refreshing cocktails. Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru, has created just the right spring cocktail using Sandeman Porto that I’m sharing to brighten your nearby spring. Ingredients: 2 oz. Sandeman Founder’s Reserve Porto  1 oz. Avión Blanco tequila  3/4 oz. […]

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O. Fournier wine dinner at Blue Morel

Blue Morel (2 Whippany Road, Morristown, 973-451-2619 www.bluemorel.com) welcomes the founder of O. Fournier winery for a specialwine dinner this coming Thursday, March 13at 7pm. O. Fournier is a unique group producing wines in Mendoza (Argentina), Maule (Chile) and Ribera del Duero (Spain).Founder Jose Manuel Ortega Fournier will be on hand to introduce his celebrated […]

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2013 Tendu Red Wine

2013 Tendu Red Wine

2013 Tendu Red Wine

Winemaker Steve Matthiasson, of Tendu White Wine fame, now produces a red wine perfect for weeknight or pizza night. Bottled in a clear, 1 liter bottle with a crown cap, this sulfur-free red wine is ready to drink even with its 2013 label. The wine is bright ruby in the clear bottle and big with […]

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Easy Mardi Gras Beignets

Mardi Gras is the perfect excuse to make a batch of soft, pillowy beignets. My issue with ‘standard’ beignets recipes is that they involve yeast and getting just the right warm water temperature. Who really wants to go through that on a week day? This recipe is one that everyone can be successful with as […]

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Easy Chicken Tarragon

Easy Chicken Tarragon

Chicken Terragon

This is a recipe I grew up with as it might have been my mom’s signature dish. Simply a comforting meal with lots of flavor. Ingredients: 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 2 tsp. tarragon 3 ½ cups ( 1-750 ml bottle) white wine 1-8 ounce pkg. fresh sliced mushrooms 2 tsp. vegetable oil ½ […]

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And the gold goes to….Team Canada

And the gold goes to….Team Canada

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Yesterday, the men’s hockey team from Canada won the gold at the Sochi Olympics. I’m a huge hockey fan and was thrilled to see my countrymen win the gold (since the USA didn’t make it, especially).  Here are 5 traditional Quebec dishes to help celebrate the big win. Tourtiere du Lac St Jean (Meat Pie from […]

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The Orange Squirrel

The Orange Squirrel

Squirrel Nuts

Last week, I met some friends at The Orange Squirrel for drinks and a dose of Chef Francesco Palmieri’s comforting and delicious food. While I’ve been to this popular Bloomfield, NJ restaurant many times, Chef Palmieri and his team always find a way to wow me with a combination of new creations and signature favorites […]

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