Strip House Blueberry Mint Mojito

Strip House Blueberry Mint Mojito

Blueberry Mint Mojito. Photo by The Glazier Group

I am excited to share with you a super sexy and tasty cocktail I sipper at Strip House in Livingston, NJ. Beyond the delicious food served by Chef Bill Zucosky, the cocktails served at this popular New Jersey Steakhouse are to-die-for. Ingredients: 2 Lime Wedges Handful of Fresh Blueberries 1 oz. Simple Syrup 2 oz. […]

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New Jersey Carnivores – Rejoice, There is Strip House

New Jersey Carnivores – Rejoice, There is Strip House

Bacon Salad

Amid the red velvet wallpaper, velour seating and black and white burlesque-style photographs from the early 1900s, diners can delight in Executive Chef Bill Zucosky’s modern steakhouse dishes that showcase his creativity and New Jersey-sourced ingredients. Located in AAA 4-Diamond Westminster Hotel, Strip House offers food not typical of many hotel restaurants. Fresh, not pre-prepared […]

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Vinedo de los Vientos Alcyone Tannat NV

Vinedo de los Vientos Alcyone Tannat NV

Vinedo de los Vientos Alcyone Tannat

I enjoyed this red dessert wine from Uruguay at a local restaurant where the owner described it as ‘liquid raisinettes’. That quirky description might not fit in most wine reviews, but it was very much on par, and I opted to share it. In the glass, this wine from Uruguay is deep purplish red with […]

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World’s Best Caesar Salad

World’s Best Caesar Salad

World’s Best Caesar Salad

I love Caesar Salad and it surprises me how many restaurants do a poor job at serving up the right flavors: Parmesan cheese, garlic, anchovies and mustard. Yes, anchovies are a must as they add a depth of flavor to the dressing without tasting fishy. Here is a darn good Caesar Salad rendition created with […]

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2008 7 Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard 7 & 8

2008 7 Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard 7 & 8

2008 7 Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard 7

Viscous inky purple in the glass – just really pretty. Big, bold dark berry aromas jumping out of the glass. In the mouth, this Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is jammy with intense blackberry / grape flavors and black licorice and mocha notes. Pleasant dry, tannic finish. Dinner in a glass. 94 Points – Robert Parker. […]

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4 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Risotto

I just love risotto. Each time I make it, I make extra so I have leftovers that I can repurpose into other delicious dishes. Here are my four favorite ways to use leftover risotto: Fresh Mozzarella-Stuffed Arancini – the deep-fried, risotto-filled balls have a crunchy outer crust and a creamy, fresh Mozzarella-stuffed center. Click for […]

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2009 Ravines Wine Cellars Pinot Noir

2009 Ravines Wine Cellars Pinot Noir

2009 Ravines Wine Cellar Pinot Noir

The 2009 Ravines Wine Cellars Pinot Noir is a beautiful ruby in the glass. The nose is of red berries and cherries. In the mouth, the ripe cherries continue with some earthy, smoky notes with underlying oak from the French oak barrels the wine sees.  Soft tannins and pleasant velvety texture. Very Burgundian in style. […]

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Porcini Mushroom Risotto Cakes

Porcini Mushroom Risotto Cakes

Risotto Cake

A great side dish that is also a super way to use up leftover risotto is the risotto cake. Serve a risotto cake over a simple salad or as a side dish to your favorite protein to please the whole gang. Ingredients: 3 cups leftover Porcini Mushroom Risotto, chilled 2 large eggs, beaten 2 cups Panko […]

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Chicken Risotto Soup

Chicken Risotto Soup

Risotto Chicken Soup Close Up

Chicken soup might be one of the most comforting dishes. Add flavorful leftover risotto to the soup and you have the ultimate bowl of comfort food love. Ingredients: 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 medium onion, chopped into small dice 4 celery ribs, chopped into small dice 3 carrots, chopped into small dice 1 tsp. each, […]

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Risotto Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Risotto Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Stuffed Portobello

Portobello mushrooms are so versatile. Meaty, they can take the place of meat in many instances. I enjoy grilling whole portobellos and stuffing them with something equally as delicious, in this instance, mushroom risotto. Feel free to vary the cheese your top these tasty babies with. Ingredients: 2 large Portobello mushrooms, stemmed and de-gilled 2 […]

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