Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Oatmeal Bowl

How great is oatmeal on a cold winter morning? Pretty darn great if you ask me. Warm, comforting and simple to make, oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfast items. I’ve come to learn to enjoy Irish steel cut oats and the Crockpot is a perfect way to cook it to its nutty, slightly al […]

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2012 Graffigna Centenario Elevation Red Blend

2012 Graffigna Centenario Elevation Red Blend

2012 Graffigna Centenario Elevation Red Blend

Yes, this is a $10 wine. No, it shouldn’t be disregarded based on cost as it drinks well beyond its price. In the glass, it’s inky and really handsome. The grapes in this blend complement each other so well with jammy stone fruit flavors mixing with dark berry and cherry ones. This wine screams for […]

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Food Photo of the Week

Food Photo of the Week

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New for 2014, I’ll share a food picture each week of something I’ve either cooked or eaten out that looked amazing. Let me know what you think! Week January 6, 2014: Duck breast I cooked and served over my risotto. Cheers, Veronique

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2012 Jacob’s Creek Red Blend

2012 Jacob’s Creek Red Blend

2012 Jacob’s Creek Red Blend

  The 2012 Jacob’s Creek Red Blend is deep garnet in the glass and offers dark berry, cherry, chocolate flavors with a little oak and smokiness. Not heavily tannic which makes it a good option to enjoy at any time and for no special occasion at all. We poured this bottle with our Sunday gravy […]

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Butcher & the Boar – Minneapolis

Butcher & the Boar – Minneapolis

Duck Breat

One great perk of being a frequent traveler is having the opportunity to dine at amazing restaurants. While making the trek to Minneapolis to my company’s headquarters in the winter isn’t exactly optimal, it recently allowed me to discover one of my favorite restaurants of 2013 – Butcher & the Boar. Co-owner and Chef Jack […]

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Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

We were just in Quebec celebrating Christmas with my family and one night, we went out to a neat restaurant in my town that served a comforting, delicious roasted red pepper soup. We loved it so much that my guy asked me to recreate it when we got back home. The soup at the restaurant […]

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The Le Tub Saloon – Hollywood, Florida

The Le Tub Saloon – Hollywood, Florida

Let Tub Sirloin Burger

  Le Tub has been a Hollywood Beach institution for over 35 years and I’d almost forgotten about it until a fellow food blogger, Nathan of Educated Foodie, reminded me of the casual icon. I moved to South Florida when I was a young teen and Hollywood Beach was where I hung out. Le Tub […]

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2011 Herdade do Esporão Monte Velho White

Portuguese winery Herdade do Esporão is likely the best-known in the Alentejo wine region. Its white wines are affordable, available and delicious. The 2011 Herdade do Esporão Monte Velho White is medium straw color in the glass and offers fruity, juicy citrus aromas and ripe apricot and Meyer lemon flavors. Zippy acidity and minerality. Pairings: […]

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Tangy Beef Tartare

Tangy Beef Tartare

Beef Tartare

For the last two Christmas in Quebec, my family has divided up who brings what for Christmas Eve dinner. As you might expect if you’ve been following this blog for a while, I’m charged with desserts. While everyone raves about my Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie, I look forward to my cousin Phil and his wife […]

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My Top 10 New Jersey Dishes of 2013

My Top 10 New Jersey Dishes of 2013

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While I’ve had many, many memorable meals in 2013 (God knows I over-share), I’ve tried to narrow down the 10 best dishes I enjoyed during the past year. Here’s the list in restaurant name alphabetical order. Duck, Knoephla and Eggs – A Toute Heure The Knoephla dish showcases a generous portion of rich pulled duck […]

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