Berliner Kranser Cookies

Berliner Kranser Cookies

Berliner Kranser

My friend Kim is of Norwegian decent and has kindly shared this family recipe for Norwegian Christmas Cookies called Berliner Kranser (Berlin Wreaths). “They are a melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies” says Kim. Ingredients: 2 hard-boiled egg yolks (here’s help on how to make the perfect hard-boiled egg) 2 raw egg yolks ½ heaping cup granulated sugar […]

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The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012

Koulourakia Packaged

I was approached a couple months ago to participate in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012. I love baking and thought it’d be fun to share cookies with other food bloggers across the country. The concept is simple: Sign up to participate Get matched up to three other food bloggers Bake one dozen cookies […]

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Tourtiere du Lac St Jean (Meat Pie from Quebec)

Tourtiere du Lac St Jean (Meat Pie from Quebec)

Tourtiere

Last weekend I hosted a small dinner party where I wanted to feature some traditional dishes from Quebec. One such dish, although not from the region of Quebec I’m from, is a Tourtiere, a meat pie, from a region called Lac St Jean. I got my inspiration from fellow food blogger and Quebecois Nicolas Guay […]

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Fail Proof Pie Crust

Fail Proof Pie Crust

Pie Crust

I have been using this pie crust recipe by Martha Stewart for several years and it never fails to produce flaky crusts with minimal efforts. Ingredients: 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp. sugar 1 1/4 tsp. coarse salt 2 1/4 sticks (18 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 10 Tbsp. ice water, […]

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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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