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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2008 Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre

2008 Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre

2008 Palazzo Della Torre

In the glass, this affordable Italian wine is inky red. On the nose, it is bold with ripe cherries and dried cranberry aromas. Just hard to stop sniffing in order to take a sip. In the mouth, it has blackberry and dried fig flavors with licorice and leathery notes. The 2008 Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre […]

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Yardbird Redefines Miami Cuisine

Yardbird Redefines Miami Cuisine

Shrimp N Grits

During a recent trip to South Florida, there was one restaurant I knew I could not pass visiting. That place, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, is putting the “South” in South Beach in a grand, yet unpretentious way. Both Yardbird and Chef Jeff McInnis have each made the James Beard Award semi-finalist list for best […]

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Northern NJ Wine MeetUp Visits Spuntino Wine Bar

Northern NJ Wine MeetUp Visits Spuntino Wine Bar

Spuntino Salumi Pizza

Last night, the Northern NJ Wine MeetUp Group had a gathering at Spuntino Wine Bar in Clifton. This diverse group of wine fans meets about every six weeks at various places in northern New Jersey. I’ve belonged to the group for about three years and the events are always fun and insightful. I’ve written about […]

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Butternut Squash and Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding

Butternut Squash and Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding

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Just in time for Thanksgiving, a festive recipe by Chef Josh Thomsen of Agricola Community Eatery, opening January 2013. Ingredients: 1 loaf brioche 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 4 tablespoons olive oil 2 cups diced yellow onions 1-1/2 lbs chanterelle mushrooms, or any combination of domestic mushrooms, shiitake, hedgehog, porcini and oyster 3 cups diced butternut squash 1 […]

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10 Thanksgiving Wines Under $25

More wine is purchased by Americans for Thanksgiving dinner than for any other holiday. White? Red? There is no simple answer when it comes to what one should serve with the big, bold flavors of Thanksgiving. Following are some affordable American wine recommendations for Turkey Day. 2011 Red Newt Cellars Circle Riesling (Finger Lakes, New […]

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Pumpkin Tortellini with Brown Butter and Sage

Pumpkin Tortellini with Brown Butter and Sage

Pumpkin Tortellini

This recipe by Chef Anthony Pino of The Dining Room at Anthony David’s and Bin 14 is perfect as a side dish around the holidays. Ingredients: Pumpkin Tortellini, about 2 lbs Butter, 4 ouces William Sonoma Chicken stock, 8 ounces 4 sage leaves Salt and pepper to taste Parsley, chopped to garnish William Sonoma Pecorino Cheese […]

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Canadian Brown Sugar Pie

This is a very traditional pie served in eastern Canada around the holidays called ‘tarte au sucre’.  Believe it or not, vanilla ice cream is served with the pie to ‘cut through the sweetness’!  Bon Appetit! Ingredients: 1/2 cup condensed milk 1/2 cup whole milk 2 tsp. butter, softened 1 tbs. flour 1 cup brown […]

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2007 Weingut von Hovel Oberemmeler Hutte Riesling Spatlese

2007 Weingut von Hovel Oberemmeler Hutte Riesling Spatlese

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Had the pleasure of sampling this outstanding wine paired with butternut squash risotto recently. In the glass, it is honey yellow and leggy. On the nose, it is bold and offers peach, clementine and tropical fruit flavors. In the mouth, it has a chewy texture and Asian pear and Meyer lemon flavors with a superb […]

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Slow Cooker Quebec Baked Beans

Slow Cooker Quebec Baked Beans

Quebec Baked Beans

I have written about Quebec Baked Beans in the past and about how my maternal Grand-Mother fixed this traditional breakfast dish for the family. Last night, I decided to try to make the beans in the slow cooker and they turned out amazing! Ingredients: 2 cups dried white beans 1/2 pound salt pork, cut into  1″ cubes […]

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