2005 LAN Rioja Gran Reserva

2005 LAN Rioja Gran Reserva

2005 LAN Rioja Gran Reserva

This Spanish Rioja is inky black in the glass and offers aromas of ripe cherries with herby and a little funky notes. Chocolate-covered cherries and dark berry flavors on this great example of Rioja. It’s a little tannic and peppery on the finish. Pairings: Grilled meats, spicy food, barbecue Style: Red Wine Grape Type(s): 85% […]

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2010 Cakebread Cellars Zinfandel Red Hills Lake County

2010 Cakebread Cellars Zinfandel Red Hills Lake County

2010 Cakebread Cellars Zinfandel

I brought this California Zinfandel to a camping trip to pair with my World’s Easiest Baby Back Ribs and it was a nice pairing. It’s deep purple in the glass with stone fruit and mocha aromas. For those of you who love huge fruit bombs, this is likely not the Zin for you. It’s medium-bodied […]

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Ingredient Spotlight – Spaghetti Squash

Ingredient Spotlight – Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

I’ve been on a low carbohydrate diet for a few weeks and one of the things I miss most is a big bowl of spaghetti Bolognese. I’ve been reluctant to try making this dish with spaghetti squash instead, but was pleasantly surprised when I finally caved and did just that over the weekend. About Spaghetti […]

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2007 Echeverria Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

2007 Echeverria Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

2007 Echeverria Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

This dessert wine is strikingly golden in the glass and offers ripe, juicy peach aromas. There’s a rich, coating mouthfeel, honey and fig jam flavors and a nice level of acidity on the finish of this little beauty. The 2007 Echeverria Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc held up nicely to the caramel panna cotta but it […]

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Montclair Food & Wine Festival Gala Dinner

Montclair Food & Wine Festival Gala Dinner

Culinariane Halibut

Sunday night, I attended the first annual Montclair Food and Wine Festival Gala Dinner held at the Women’s Club of Upper Montclair. The upscale event, for which I was a guest of Devil Gourmet, one of the event sponsors,  featured some of Montclair best culinary talents and showcased fabulous wines by Amanti Vino, Montclair’s premier […]

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New Jersey Beer & Food Festival

New Jersey Beer & Food Festival

NJ Beer Fest 3

The New Jersey Beer & Food Festival takes place at Crystal Springs 6/14 – 6/15. This weekend-long celebration of craft beers also coincides with Father’s Day June 16 making it the perfect destination with something for everyone: beer lovers, golfers and families, with two top US ranked spas and the Biosphere indoor/outdoor pool complex as […]

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Sweet Potato vs White Potato

Sweet Potato vs White Potato

sweet-potato

Earlier this week, I was telling a friend that sweet potatoes are better for a low carbohydrate diet and glycemic index than white potatoes, but when she questioned me as to why, I really couldn’t address it beyond “I’ve read it in the South Beach Diet book”. I was actually curious for a proper, more […]

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2010 Selbach Oster Riesling Kabinett

2010 Selbach Oster Riesling Kabinett

Wines

Perhaps it’s because we’ve vacationed in Mosel and visited and stayed at an inn that poured Selbach-Oster, but I just enjoy these wines tremendously. I uncorked this German Riesling at a recent lobster dinner in Canada and it was a super pairing. On the nose it’s floral with wet stone aromas. Although a Kabinett, which […]

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Top New York chefs raise over $60,000 to feed hungry New Yorkers

Top New York chefs raise over $60,000 to feed hungry New Yorkers

Farm to Tray

On last Thursday, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen – the largest emergency food program in New York City – hosted ‘From Farm to Tray’ a sustainable food benefit, to raise much needed funds. With the help of some of New York’s best loved culinary names, the soup kitchen attracted over 300 guests to the first time […]

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No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake

No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake

Cheesecake 2

When I saw this beautiful dessert from the July 2003 issue of Bon Appetit, I knew it would be perfect for me Memorial Day barbecue. I’ve made some changes to the recipe and it’s light, pretty and delicious. I had the perfect quantity of blueberries from a giant container from my local Costco. Crust Ingredients: […]

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