2009 Four Vines The Maverick Zinfandel

2009 Four Vines The Maverick Zinfandel

2009 Four Vines Maverick Zinfandel

I love Zinfandels and try to serve foods that pair well with it as often as I can.  For Easter, I grilled rack of lamb and served the 2009 Four Vines Zinfandel Maverick with them for a great match. This Zinfandel from Amador County is bold and beautiful.  In the glass, it’s dark and viscous.  On […]

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2009 Domaine Delagrange Volnay Vielles Vignes

2009 Domaine Delagrange Volnay Vielles Vignes

2009 Domaine Delagrange Volnay Vielles Vignes

I felt fortunate to sample this outstanding Pinot Noir at a local wine tasting last week.  Just everything I love about this varietal:  Beautiful purple in the glass, noseful of cherries and rich yet bright flavors of ripe cherries, raspberries and wild strawberries. This fruit forward French Pinot Noir is silky, elegant and just super. […]

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2009 Domaine Frédéric Mochel Riesling Altenberg de Bergbieten Cuvee Henriette

2009 Domaine Frédéric Mochel Riesling Altenberg de Bergbieten Cuvee Henriette

raisin-rose

I had the pleasure of sampling this outstanding Riesling from Alsace at a recent wine tasting.  The vines from which the grapes for this wine are gathered are over 50 years old and 100% hand-picked. The nose is pungent with citrus and floral notes.  The bold flavors are of peach, pear and nectarine with a […]

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National Chocolate Mousse Day – Celebrate with Tofu

National Chocolate Mousse Day – Celebrate with Tofu

House Foods Soft Tofu

National Chocolate Mousse Day is today and thought I’d share a delicious, yet healthy, way to celebrate.  While traditional mousse and pudding recipes often require large amounts of whipping cream and butter (delicious in many instances), using tofu provides a healthier alternative that’s still decadent in flavor. Ingredients: 1 package 14 oz. House Foods Soft […]

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Morris Tap & Grill – When You need 99 Beer Options

Morris Tap & Grill – When You need 99 Beer Options

Duck Meatballs

For my New Jersey friends and beer lovers, here’s my review of Morris Tap & Grill in Randolph, NJ as published by Jersey Bites.  How do you like these pictures!? Cheers, Veronique

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2010 Boutari Santorini Assyrtiko

2010 Boutari Santorini Assyrtiko

2010 Boutari Santorini

I enjoy Greek wines and picked up this little number, which is easy to find, to pair with sashimi and rolls I was having from the local sushi restaurant this weekend. In the glass, this Greek wine is a medium honey yellow – really pretty.  On the nose, the 2010 Boutari Santorini Assyrtiko is lemony […]

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Traditional French Onion Soup

Traditional French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

There may not be a more comforting soup than the classic French onion soup.  With hundreds of variations, everyone has his/her own favorite.  This version is one I have fine-tuned over the years and features both Gruyere cheese for a rich, nutty taste and Mozzarella for stringiness. Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. butter 3 large onions, sliced […]

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Adara – New Jewel in Montclair’s Upscale Restaurant Crown

Adara – New Jewel in Montclair’s Upscale Restaurant Crown

NE Clam Chowder

10/21/12 Update: After a visit on 10/20/12, I can no longer recommend Adara. The food is still delicious, but the new staff’s poor job and the 4-hour wait for three courses is not worth the food. Adara, located in a secluded area off busy Bloomfield Avenue, offers perhaps the best culinary experience to be had […]

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Maple White Sangria

Maple White Sangria

Maple White Sangria

In my spring quest for maple recipes, I was thrilled to get a cocktail recipe from my sister featuring the sweet sap as an ingredient.  What a great way to kick off the chilled cocktail season! Ingredients: 1 bottle of dry white wine ½ cup pure maple syrup 1 lemon, sliced ½ honeydew melon either […]

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Maple Sucre a la Crème

Maple Sucre a la Crème

Sucre a la Creme a l'Erable

This recipe is from my mom, Diane.  It adds a unique twist of maple syrup to a Québec favorite:  sucre à la crème, what I’ll translate to brown sugar squares.  This is a decadent treat that your loved ones are certain to enjoy. Ingredients: 2 cups maple syrup 3 tsp. butter 1 cup heavy whipping […]

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