Porcini Mushroom Risotto

Porcini Mushroom Risotto

Porcini Mushroom Risotto

A creamy bowl of risotto is the perfect comfort food to me.  It is so easy to vary the flavors of risotto and I create new versions all the time. The base of my risotto features a few simple ingredients: olive oil, butter, Parmesan, chicken broth, onion and garlic. From there, the possibilities are endless. […]

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Quick and Easy Greek Yogurt Blueberry Pie

Quick and Easy Greek Yogurt Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie

I typically try not to cut corners when I bake, but in a bind, like when I am on vacation and do not want to cut into my pool time, a store-bought Graham cracker crust is a suitable alternative to the real thing. This easy pie can feature any berries that are in season. Using […]

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Salted Caramel Budino

Salted Caramel Budino

Salted Caramel Budino

I was leafing through some food magazines last week and came across a Bon Appetit recipe by Marcie Turney of Barbuzzo in Philadelphia for Budino, an Italian pudding, with two different layers of salty caramel.  The photo was calling me to replicate it and I did, with some short cuts and modifications that I think […]

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YOLO – Brunch Here Because YOLO

YOLO – Brunch Here Because YOLO

Pork Hash

During a South Florida visit last weekend, I brunched at YOLO (You Only Live Once) with some girlfriends and truly enjoyed the space, wait staff and, most importantly, the food. The space is trendy yet comfortable with some outdoor seating and a mix of tables and chairs and comfortable banquettes. I liked the open kitchen […]

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Grammy Award Winners Train Gets in the Wine Business

Grammy Award Winners Train Gets in the Wine Business

Train in Central Park 8/27/12

Last night, I had the chance to attend the Central Park concert of Train. The evening was gorgeous and Train’s charismatic lead man Pat Monahan’s voice was as powerful, captivating and full or emotions as ever. The intimate group of loyal fans were treated to nearly 15 songs and the band sounded incredible. I would […]

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Shrimp and Vermont Cheddar Grits

Shrimp and Vermont Cheddar Grits

Shrimps and Grits

I am not certain how I became obsessed with shrimp and grits as I did not grow up with the dish in Quebec, but I am. I do not think there are many dishes as comforting as a bowl of creamy grits with spicy shrimps and a soft poached egg and here is a simple, […]

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1994 Chateau Troplong Mondot Saint Emilion Grand Cru

1994 Chateau Troplong Mondot Saint Emilion Grand Cru

1994 Chateau Troplong Mondot

A friend shared this special bottle at a recent dinner and it was just gorgeous. In the glass, it is deep red with amazing legs. On the nose, this French Bordeaux is earthy with spiced notes. In the mouth, it is silky with rich plummy fruit. It is perfectly-balanced with fine tannins and stone fruit […]

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Boucheron and Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese

Boucheron and Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese

Boucheron and Cheddar Grilled Cheese

I love grilled cheeses and I enjoy experimenting with various cheeses, breads and condiments to create new versions of the old stand-by. One variation I adore is made with sharp Vermont cheddar and Boucheron, a goat’s milk cheese from the Loire Valley of France. For those not familiar with Boucheron, it is a goat cheese that has been aged so […]

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2009 Albert Bichot Pinot Noir Vielles Vignes

2009 Albert Bichot Pinot Noir Vielles Vignes

2009 Albert Bichot Pinot Noir Vielles Vignes

I had this wine in Quebec at an outdoor party where it was paired with Dad’s Quebec Smoked Meat Sandwiches. In the glass, this nicely-balanced wine is a medium red. The ripe cherry nose is fruity and bright. In the mouth, there is a nice level of acidity and cherries mix with strawberries on this […]

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2011 Carrelot des Amants Côtes du Brulhois Rosé

2011 Carrelot des Amants Côtes du Brulhois Rosé

2011 Carrelot des Amants Côtes du Brulhois Rosé

I had this wine in Quebec at an outdoor party and it was an ideal setting for it. Great as an aperitif on a warm summer day. In the glass, it is a deep salmon color. The strawberry nose is light and mildly floral. In the mouth, the strawberry carries through with some raspberry and […]

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