Black Out Chocolate Pound Cake

Black Out Chocolate Pound Cake

Pound Cake

I’ve had these Ghirardelli dark chocolate bars in my pantry for two weeks and they’ve been calling my name to use them in something dark and decadent. While perusing Pinterest (one of my guilty pleasures), I saw a beautiful pound cake by OMGChocolateDesserts.com that I knew would be wonderful. I wanted that deep, dark and […]

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Beef Short Rib Leftover Ideas

Beef Short Rib Leftover Ideas

Short Rib Panini

Short ribs are at the top of my list of winter comfort foods. The lowly-simmered, decadent beef with its rich sauce and deep flavors warm the body and the soul. When I take the time to make Make Ahead Short Ribs, I often double the recipe so I have leftovers. While it’s easy and delicious […]

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Foodie Humor by Mom

Foodie Humor by Mom

Funny

My mom’s an avid reader of my blog, Facebook and Twitter and sent me a request to post this little foodie joke for my readers to enjoy. Thought I’d oblige! On the night of a dinner party, the wife is fixing dinner… Husband: “Honey, can I help you with anything?” Wife: “Sure. See the bag […]

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Champagne Weekend  at Crystal Springs Resort 12/7 – 12/8‏

Champagne Weekend at Crystal Springs Resort 12/7 – 12/8‏

Champagne Corks

Crystal Springs Resort always features amazing wine events and I just have to share what’s coming up in a couple weeks – a Champagne weekend! Here’s what’s going on: Home to the largest and deepest champagne collection in New Jersey, Crystal Springs Resort (1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ) will celebrate the holiday season with a Champagne Weekend […]

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Cookie Dough Brownie Balls

Cookie Dough Brownie Balls

Brownie Cookie Balls

I’m a big fan of Pinterest for all sorts of projects – baking, cooking, crafts, remodeling…A few weeks back, I saw a recipe by The Domestic Rebel for Chocolate Chips Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs that I found interesting. What could be wrong with cookie dough, brownies and a chocolate coating!? Here’s my interpretation using one […]

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5 Easy Day of the Dead Dishes

5 Easy Day of the Dead Dishes

Mexican Day Of The Dead Altar Front

Day of the Dead, Día de Muertos, is a Mexican holiday celebrated in that country and in many cultures globally. The holiday is an opportunity for family and friends to gather, pray and remember those close to them who have passed away. October 31, November 1 and November 2 are the specific days associated with […]

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The Tim Burton Sour

The Tim Burton Sour

Photo by The Ryland Inn

I’m enjoying the resurgence of the sexy cocktail across the country. Pretty glass, craft ice and pristine ingredients pair up with artistic techniques from talented mixologists. One such fellow is Christopher James of The Ryland Inn in New Jersey. Chris has mixed me my favorite drink of 2013 – the Reposado Crusta made with Herradura […]

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Rigatoni Bolognese Featuring Delverde Pasta

Rigatoni Bolognese Featuring Delverde Pasta

Delverde Bolognese

I’ve written about the best commercial pasta I’ve encountered, Delverde Pasta, in the past, and I wanted to share how beautiful the pasta looks when coated with my Bolognese Sauce. If you have an opportunity to sample this fantastic pasta, don’t hesitate. It’s unimaginable to think there’s such a difference between what we’ve grown accustomed […]

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Lamb and Beer Stew

Lamb and Beer Stew

Raw Ingredients

The fall’s chill is in the air and winter’s right around the corner and I’m thrilled for one reason – hearty, comfort food. Stews, soups and roasts have such appeal to me and one of my favorites is lamb stew. Lamb simmered in beer – what’s not to love!? This recipe is simple to make […]

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Famiglia Pasqua Wine Tasting

Famiglia Pasqua Wine Tasting

Wines

I recently attended a wine pairing dinner at Millie’s Old World Meatballs & Pizza and had an opportunity to sample Famiglia Pasqua wines provided by recently opened Cambridge Wines of Morristown. Here are my tasting notes: Famiglia Pasqua Prosecco DOC ($10) – extra dry sparkler with lively fruity flavors. 2012 Famiglia Pasqua Pinot Grigio ($10) – light, […]

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