O. Fournier wine dinner at Blue Morel

Blue Morel (2 Whippany Road, Morristown, 973-451-2619 www.bluemorel.com) welcomes the founder of O. Fournier winery for a specialwine dinner this coming Thursday, March 13at 7pm. O. Fournier is a unique group producing wines in Mendoza (Argentina), Maule (Chile) and Ribera del Duero (Spain).Founder Jose Manuel Ortega Fournier will be on hand to introduce his celebrated […]

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2013 Tendu Red Wine

2013 Tendu Red Wine

Winemaker Steve Matthiasson, of Tendu White Wine fame, now produces a red wine perfect for weeknight or pizza night. Bottled in a clear, 1 liter bottle with a crown cap, this sulfur-free red wine is ready to drink even with its 2013 label. The wine is bright ruby in the clear bottle and big with […]

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Easy Mardi Gras Beignets

Mardi Gras is the perfect excuse to make a batch of soft, pillowy beignets. My issue with ‘standard’ beignets recipes is that they involve yeast and getting just the right warm water temperature. Who really wants to go through that on a week day? This recipe is one that everyone can be successful with as […]

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Easy Chicken Tarragon

Easy Chicken Tarragon

This is a recipe I grew up with as it might have been my mom’s signature dish. Simply a comforting meal with lots of flavor. Ingredients: 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 2 tsp. tarragon 3 ½ cups ( 1-750 ml bottle) white wine 1-8 ounce pkg. fresh sliced mushrooms 2 tsp. vegetable oil ½ […]

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And the gold goes to….Team Canada

And the gold goes to….Team Canada

Yesterday, the men’s hockey team from Canada won the gold at the Sochi Olympics. I’m a huge hockey fan and was thrilled to see my countrymen win the gold (since the USA didn’t make it, especially).  Here are 5 traditional Quebec dishes to help celebrate the big win. Tourtiere du Lac St Jean (Meat Pie from […]

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The Orange Squirrel

The Orange Squirrel

Last week, I met some friends at The Orange Squirrel for drinks and a dose of Chef Francesco Palmieri’s comforting and delicious food. While I’ve been to this popular Bloomfield, NJ restaurant many times, Chef Palmieri and his team always find a way to wow me with a combination of new creations and signature favorites […]

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Beef Pot Pie

Beef Pot Pie

The first thing that comes to mind when pot pie is mentioned is the creamy, chicken kind. On a cold winter Sunday, I just love the comfort of beef simmered slowly in wine and aromatics. I had some puff pastry on hand and opted to combine the two comforting dishes: pot pie and simmered beef. […]

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Easy Crawfish Etouffée

Easy Crawfish Etouffée

One of my favorite restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, where I lived for over 20 years, was Creolina’s and it served some of the best crawfish etouffée I’ve ever had. I enjoy making this deeply-flavored dish at home as it seems rewarding for me to make a roux, let the holy trinity (typically onion, green bell […]

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Hearty Vegetarian Lentil Soup

Hearty Vegetarian Lentil Soup

Those of you who know my typical cooking style might be surprised to see a vegetarian recipe on my blog, but this dish is hearty, rich and perfect on a cold winter day – or anytime you’re craving a delicious comforting soup. Ingredients: 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil 1 cup diced heart of celery 2 cups […]

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Bacon Collard Greens Crustless Quiches

Bacon Collard Greens Crustless Quiches

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day we’re told. Making breakfast from scratch each morning isn’t very realistic for most of us with busy lives. I’ve been making crustless quiches for the whole week on Sunday afternoons and and one of my favorite version is the one made using leftover collard greens. Top […]

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