Pot Roast 101

Pot Roast 101

Pot Roast

When cooler weather comes, the thought of a comforting dish, like a pot roast, sounds very appealing. Conversely, the thought of spending hours slaving over a hot stove does not sound in any way appealing. Here is a simple pot roast recipe that slow cooks in the oven, tastes rich and hearty and is a […]

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Gooey Triple Chocolate Brownies

Gooey Triple Chocolate Brownies

Triple Chocolate Brownies

At my place of employment (my work that pays the bills), there is a mad rush at the end of each month to ship as much merchandise as possible to boost up our revenue dollars. The team of guys who pull the equipment off the shelves, pack it and ship it, work hard to make […]

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Butternut Squash and Porcini Mushroom Lasagna

Butternut Squash and Porcini Mushroom Lasagna

Butternut Squash Lasagna

In the fall, I get inspired to prepare dishes that reflect the season and the autumn harvest. An ingredient I love to use during this time of year is butternut squash. From Butternut Squash and White Asparagus Bisque to Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Bacon in Sage and Danish Blue Cheese Sauce to the following […]

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Bollinger Special Cuvee

Bollinger Special Cuvee

Bollinger Special Cuvee

Bought two bottles of this Champagne last weekend and loved the first one. I popped the second one last night’s for #champagneday, a virtual tasting of all things Champagne. This Champagne is golden in the glass with tons of tiny bubbles. On the nose, the Bollinger Special Cuvee offers Asian apple and buttered toast notes. […]

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2008 Jeff Gordon Cellars Napa Valley Joie De Vivre

2008 Jeff Gordon Cellars Napa Valley Joie De Vivre

2008 Jeff Gordon Cellars Napa Valley Joie De Vivre

I participated in a virtual tasting last night hosted by Jeff Gordon Cellars featuring its Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah blend named Joie De Vivre. For those of you who have not taken part in a social media wine tasting, this is what it entails: Buy a bottle of the themed wine, in this case, […]

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2008 Robert Sinskey Los Carneros Pinot Noir

2008 Robert Sinskey Los Carneros Pinot Noir

2008 Robert Sinskey Pinot Noir

Brilliant cherry color in the glass. Big bright nose of ripe red berries. This medium-bodied Carneros Pinot Noir is classic California Pinot. Cherry and red berries explode out of the glass. Earthy, mushroom notes that linger on the finish. Velvety in the mouth. Just a really nice 100% organic Pinot, especially at this price point. […]

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Creamy Tomato and Basil Soup

Creamy Tomato and Basil Soup

Creamy Tomato and Basil Soup with Sharp Provolone and Sopressata Grilled Cheese 2

Tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. What could be more classic and comforting on a cool evening? In the below photo, I pair this simple-to-make soup with a sharp Provolone and Sopressata grilled cheese for a bit more upscale feel. Since it uses canned tomatoes, this soup can be made in the middle of […]

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2009 Poggio alle Sughere Morellino di Scansano

2009 Poggio alle Sughere Morellino di Scansano

2009 Poggio alle Sughere Morellino di Scansano

This Italian wine is dark purple in the glass. It offers aromas of dark, ripe cherries and Chinese five spice and flavors of stone fruit and dark berries with hints of leather. Soft tannins with a nice level of acidity. Lovers of Chianti will enjoy this affordable Sangiovese. Pairings:  Grilled beef, cured meats and cheese […]

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Sam’s Morning Glory Diner – Philadelphia’s Finer Diner

Sam’s Morning Glory Diner – Philadelphia’s Finer Diner

Coffee

I would normally be upset if I reserved a room at a bed and breakfast only to find out there was no actual breakfast being served but over the weekend, the lack of breakfast at my B&B prompted me to eat at Sam’s Morning Glory Diner in South Philadelphia and I am thrilled about it. […]

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Cadbury Screme Eggs

Cadbury Screme Eggs

Halloween Cadbury Egg 2

For those of you who have read my blog, Tweets and Facebook posts for a while, you know that I have a major downfall for Cadbury Creme Eggs. Come Easter time, I am first in line to welcome the milk chocolaty treats to local stores. The bad thing about Cadbury Eggs – they are only […]

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