Easy Basmati Rice

Easy Basmati Rice

Basmati Rice

My dad, Jean-Guy, makes the best Basmati rice, period. It’s light, fluffy and delicious served with just about anything. He’s passed the recipe to my brother-in-law, Etienne, who’s been kind enough to share it with me. Ingredients: 2 cups Basmati rice 4 cups water 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine 1 tsp. salt 1 bay leaf […]

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Candy Bar Cookies

Candy Bar Cookies

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I’m a big fan of Milky Way candy bars, so my friend Kim posted a recipe for Candy Bar Cookies using Milky Ways, I was intrigued. Using Nestle Chocolate Chip Cookie dough (less the chocolate chips) as the base for the cookies, she incorporates chopped Milky Way and Snickers in the dough in place of […]

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Pierre Sparr Crémant D’Alsace Brut Rosé

Pierre Sparr Crémant D’Alsace Brut Rosé

Pierre Sparr Crémant D'Alsace Brut Rosé

In the glass, this Crémant D’Alsace is bright pink. It looks like it’ll have a strawberry aroma and indeed does. The strawberry carries over in the mouth, but it’s laced with citrus and a little clove. The bubbles / texture is creamy and silky. Nice level of acidity and a clean, dry finish. This Pierre […]

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2005 Domaine du Gros’ Noré Bandol

2005 Domaine du Gros’ Noré Bandol

2005 Domaine du Gros' Noré Bandol

I had the good fortune to be a guest at a wine dinner where a friend brought this wine. What a great pairing to the pork belly dish I had. In the glass, this Bandol is deep purple and leggy. Had a hard time pulling myself away from sniffing this blackberry, earthy and mushroomy-scented wine […]

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Beet and Herbed Goat Cheese Salad

Beet and Herbed Goat Cheese Salad

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Simply roasted beets, tangy goat cheese sweet and tart dressing. What could be better and tastier as a starter to a rich winter meal? While stacking the beets and goat cheese looks fancy, there’s really no need for fussiness with these comforting ingredients – just get them on a plate! Ingredients 1 – 2 pounds […]

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Waffles with Raspberries and Nutella

Waffles with Raspberries and Nutella

Waffles

This waffle batter is super easy and makes four huge waffles. This nice part, it’ll keep in the refrigerator for up to a week if you only need to make two on Sunday morning. Ingredients: 2 eggs 2 cups all-purpose flour 4 tsp. baking powder 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar ¼ tsp. salt 1½ cups milk […]

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Raspberry Mint Rosé Bellini

Raspberry Mint Rosé Bellini

Raspberry Mint Bellini

  Even if you plan on eating dinner out, why not have dessert at home? Fresh and lightly sweet, this Raspberry Mint Rosé Bellini is the perfect end to a romantic dinner. Ingredients: 1 scoop raspberry sorbet, softened ½ ounce vodka (optional) 4 ounces Freixenet Cordon Rosado (SRP $12) 2-3 frozen raspberries for garnish Mint […]

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2010 Hermann J. Wiemer Select Late Harvest Riesling

2010 Hermann J. Wiemer Select Late Harvest Riesling

2010 Hermann J. Wiemer Select Late Harvest Riesling

Golden in the glass, this Finger Lakes dessert wine is simply outstanding. The nose is sweet with honey and Meyer lemons. The honey continues in the mouth, in a non-cloying way, with a nice balance of sweetness and alcohol laced with notes of Asian pear. Not many American dessert wines are better than this little […]

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2007 August Briggs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2007 August Briggs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2007 August Briggs Cabernet Sauvignon

Opaque and deep red in the glass, this big-bodied California Cabernet Sauvignon offers dark Bing cherry and mocha aromas and a big, rich mouthful of ripe dark berries with toasty, oaky notes. The finish goes on forever with a bit of cracked pepper that lingers on the tongue. Just a delicious wine. Pairings: Short ribs, grilled […]

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Cranberry, Almonds and Cilantro Chicken Salad Melts

Cranberry, Almonds and Cilantro Chicken Salad Melts

Chicken Salad Melts

I love chicken salad and many times after buying a roast chicken for a quick chicken noodle soup, I use some of the white meat to make chicken salad. This version is a bit dressier and unusual with dried cranberries, slivered almonds and fresh cilantro. The chicken salad gets scooped on a lightly toasted English […]

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