No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake

No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake

Cheesecake 2

When I saw this beautiful dessert from the July 2003 issue of Bon Appetit, I knew it would be perfect for me Memorial Day barbecue. I’ve made some changes to the recipe and it’s light, pretty and delicious. I had the perfect quantity of blueberries from a giant container from my local Costco. Crust Ingredients: […]

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Ginger Dressing Marinated Whole Grilled Chicken

Ginger Dressing Marinated Whole Grilled Chicken

Chicken Gets Lacquered Skin

Whole chicken “butterflied” and cooked the grill is one of my favorite summertime dishes. I’ve marinated the chicken in many different concoctions but this ginger dressing is still my favorite. Don’t have the time or inclination to make your own ginger dressing? No problem, just buy a high-quality dressing. The sugars from the marinade will […]

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2009 Marquis de Chasse Sauternes

2009 Marquis de Chasse Sauternes

Sauternes

Golden in the glass, the 2009 Marquis de Chasse Sauternes offers typical aromas of honey and dry apricot. In the mouth, it’s rich with ripe pear and honey flavors with a little nutmeg notes on the finish. Sweet yet well-balanced – very pleasant for such a young Sauternes. Pairings: Cheese course, foie gras, most desserts […]

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Family, Friends and Food in Quebec

Family, Friends and Food in Quebec

Beet Salad

Last weekend, I flew up to Quebec to surprise my dad for his birthday. As always, the weekend was filled with an abundance of food and adult libations. Friday, the weather was nice and we opted to grill pork tenderloin kebabs that my brother-in-law, Etienne, had marinated in his special concoction a good part of […]

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Dishcrawl Jersey City Ticket Giveaway

Dishcrawl Jersey City Ticket Giveaway

Giveaway

I recapped my recent participation in Jersey City’s Dishcrawl and I’m happy to say I have 2 FREE TICKETS to give away to the next event taking place on 6/12 at 7PM in the Hamilton Park area of Jersey City. Hamilton Park is home to several unique and delicious restaurants. Dishcrawl is pulling out all the […]

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2010 Albert Mann Cremant D’Alsace

2010 Albert Mann Cremant D’Alsace

2010 Albert Mann Cremant D'Alsace

Warmer weather’s among us and for me, that calls for bubbles. If you like French Champagne but not the cash outlay, try Cremant D’Alsace.  This Alsatian wine offers bright aromas of juicy pear and lemon zest and crisp apple flavors. Simply a super bubbly with tons of creamy, moussy bubbles great for any occasion. Pairings: […]

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Cremini and Spinach Crustless Mini Quiches

Cremini and Spinach Crustless Mini Quiches

Crustless Quiches

I’ve been doing the South Beach Diet for a few weeks and found that making breakfast from scratch each morning wasn’t very convenient so I started making crustless quiches for the whole week on Sunday afternoons and it’s been great. While you can vary what vegetables and cheeses you add to the egg cups, this […]

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2009 Villa Puccini Toscana

2009 Villa Puccini Toscana

2009 Villa Puccini Toscana

$10 Sangiovese that’s actually good – yes, it’s possible. Medium-bodied Italian wine with a great plum nose. Fruit-forward, rich flavors. Super table wine. Pairings: Pasta with red sauce, macaroni and cheese, roasts Style: Red Wine Grape Type(s): 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot Region: Tuscany, Italy Price: $10

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Bonne Fete des Meres – Happy Mother’s Day

Bonne Fete des Meres – Happy Mother’s Day

Josee & Daughters at Disney

Today’s Mother’s Day and I want to celebrate two of the mothers in my life, my mom Diane and my sister Josee. Mom’s job was easy as she had me as a daughter and only had to worry about my sister (LOL). My sister has two gorgeous daughters who I’m proud to call my God-Daughters. […]

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2000 Seavey Vineyard Caravina Cabernet Sauvignon

2000 Seavey Vineyard Caravina Cabernet Sauvignon

2000 Caravina Napa Valley

I uncorked this wine that had been in my cellar the other and simply loved it. This Bordeaux-style wine offers earthy and stone-fruit aromas and a well-balanced, plummy-in-the-mouth Cabernet Sauvignon with all the finesse and elegance a California Cab should have. Pairings: Grilled meats, pasta with Bolognese sauce, mild blue cheese Style: Red Wine Grape […]

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