Sam Mickail’s CUT Steak House

Sam Mickail’s CUT Steak House

Tomahawk Steak

Thanks to Jersey Bites for publishing my restaurant review of the newly-opened Sam Mickail’s CUT Steak House in West Orange, NJ. To view my photo album of the dinner, click here. Happy dining, Veronique

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Booskerdoo Coffee – Jersey Shore Roasted

Booskerdoo Coffee – Jersey Shore Roasted

Black and Tan Beans

Booskerdoo Coffee, based in Monmouth Beach, is a micro-roaster coffee shop that’s grown a serious cult following among coffee lovers. While I won’t claim to be a coffee connoisseur, I can easily pass as an educated amateur. The richly-roasted coffee created by Booskerdoo is some of the best I’ve had. The New Jersey business ships […]

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Chocolate Turtle Cookies

Chocolate Turtle Cookies

Chocolate Turtle Cookies

This over-the-top cookie recipe was shared by my friends Carole and Nathan of Educated Foodie. The recipe was inspired by a cookie recipe from America’s Test Kitchen Holiday Cookies 2010 Special Issue. Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1/4 tsp. salt 8 Tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1 […]

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The Orange Squirrel Does It Again

The Orange Squirrel Does It Again

Fontina Mac and Cheese

Last night, I had the opportunity to dine at The Orange Squirrel in Bloomfield. As was true when I wrote about The Orange Squirrel this past August, Chef/Owner Francesco Palmieri and his talented team delivered another incredible experience. The cocktail list offers interesting selections and there are several wines by the glass. I opted for […]

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Magnolia Place Bed and Breakfast

Magnolia Place Bed and Breakfast

Magnolia Place Breakfast

Housed in a beautifully-restored 1830 farmhouse, Magnolia Place offers breathtaking views of Seneca Lake, in one of the most picturesque areas of New York’s Finger Lakes region. From the moment guests walk through the front door, innkeepers Theresa Kelly-Remmers and Ted Palevsky make them feel like family. The entryway leads to a gourmet kitchen where […]

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Berliner Kranser Cookies

Berliner Kranser Cookies

Berliner Kranser

My friend Kim is of Norwegian decent and has kindly shared this family recipe for Norwegian Christmas Cookies called Berliner Kranser (Berlin Wreaths). “They are a melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies” says Kim. Ingredients: 2 hard-boiled egg yolks (here’s help on how to make the perfect hard-boiled egg) 2 raw egg yolks ½ heaping cup granulated sugar […]

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The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012

Koulourakia Packaged

I was approached a couple months ago to participate in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012. I love baking and thought it’d be fun to share cookies with other food bloggers across the country. The concept is simple: Sign up to participate Get matched up to three other food bloggers Bake one dozen cookies […]

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Tourtiere du Lac St Jean (Meat Pie from Quebec)

Tourtiere du Lac St Jean (Meat Pie from Quebec)

Tourtiere

Last weekend I hosted a small dinner party where I wanted to feature some traditional dishes from Quebec. One such dish, although not from the region of Quebec I’m from, is a Tourtiere, a meat pie, from a region called Lac St Jean. I got my inspiration from fellow food blogger and Quebecois Nicolas Guay […]

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Fail Proof Pie Crust

Fail Proof Pie Crust

Pie Crust

I have been using this pie crust recipe by Martha Stewart for several years and it never fails to produce flaky crusts with minimal efforts. Ingredients: 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp. sugar 1 1/4 tsp. coarse salt 2 1/4 sticks (18 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 10 Tbsp. ice water, […]

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Green Goddess Dip

Green Goddess Dip

Green Goddess Dip

Green Goddess Dressing’s been around since the 1920s and it seems has made a return on many restaurant menus. I made this thicker version of the dressing and served it with crudités at a recent dinner party to the delight of my guests. Sour cream could be a substitute for the crème fraiche and herbs […]

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