2011 Burgans Albariño

This wine is offered by Bodega Martin Codax, one of my favorite Albariño-makers. It was recently given 90 points by Wine Enthusiast and I can see, and taste, why. In the glass, this wine is golden with greenish hues – very pretty. The aromas are of lush, juicy peach and apricot. The flavors are of […]

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WITS Virtual Wine Tasting 2013

WITS Virtual Wine Tasting 2013

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I’ve detailed the concept of virtual wine tasting in previous posts and I try to participate in several of them each year. Last night was the Wine Industry Technology Symposium (WITS) and a virtual tasting of three California wines was hosted from my friends at WineTwits. For those of you who are new to virtual […]

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Fiori Di Zucchine – Fried Zucchini Blossoms

Fiori Di Zucchine – Fried Zucchini Blossoms

Zucchini blossoms

Saturday night, I had the pleasure of dining at The Orange Squirrel in Bloomfield, NJ again. It had been several months since I had eaten Chef Francesco Palmieri’s inventive and flavorful creations and once again, it was a great meal. I absolutely adore zucchini blossoms and was thrilled to also see them served up as […]

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5 Wine Paired Dishes to Celebrate Bastille Day

5 Wine Paired Dishes to Celebrate Bastille Day

Coquille-Saint-Jacques

If you need an excuse to eat delicious French food, Bastille Day is Sunday July 14 and might be the best excuse of them all. Bastille Day commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789. Festivities and official ceremonies are held […]

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Dinner with Jacob’s Creek…at My Home

Dinner with Jacob’s Creek…at My Home

Jacob's Creek

This year, 4th of July was celebrated with beef and beefy red wines at my home. My guy grilled a whole beef tenderloin and I baked my Cabot Creamery Seriously Sharp Cheddar Mac N Cheese. Since I had a nice lineup of Jacob’s Creek’s current release, I decided to focus the party around their wines. […]

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Cabot Creamery Seriously Sharp Cheddar Mac N Cheese

Cabot Creamery Seriously Sharp Cheddar Mac N Cheese

Mac n Cheese

I make macaroni and cheese using various cheeses and featuring other decadent ingredients (see Porcini and Lobster Macaroni and Cheese) but for cook outs and casual get-togethers, I love the flavor of Cabot Creamery’s Seriously Sharp Cheddar. Crusted with a Panko topping, this mac n cheese gets rave reviews every time. Ingredients: ½ stick (4 […]

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Rosemary and Lemon Compound Butter

Rosemary and Lemon Compound Butter

Compound Butter Disks

I just love having compound butter on hand for summer grill outs. Compound butter is made by whipping softened butter with herbs or other condiments to boost flavor in food. I’ve played around with add-ons like minced garlic, chopped anchovies (great on grilled romaine lettuce) and various herbs. This version of compound butter uses lemon […]

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Red, White and Blue Cake

Red, White and Blue Cake

Red Velvet Angle

I love red velvet cake, well, the cream cheese frosting actually, so when I was looking for a dessert to make for my 4th of July party, I opted for a red and blue velvet cake. I love that this cake turned out not…fussy and perfect for a casual outdoor party that involved grilling a […]

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5 Affordable Wines for 4th of July Barbecue

5 Affordable Wines for 4th of July Barbecue

Summer Wine

Summer’s here and we all know that means heat and humidity. What summer also means is fun-filled gatherings, including 4th of July barbecues. Here are five wines to uncork during your 4th of July celebrations that won’t break the bank but are certain to please your guests: 2011 Herdade do Esporão Monte Velho White ($10): […]

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Pork Belly Deviled Eggs

Pork Belly Deviled Eggs

Pork Belly Deviled Eggs

I love deviled eggs and think they have a place at most parties whether upscale (think caviar-topped eggs) to casual (served plain) to quirky, which I’d consider this pork belly version. 6 large No Fail Hard-Boiled Eggs 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 5 Tbsp. Mayonnaise Pinch of Paprika ½ tsp. Sriracha, salt and pepper 12 2-inch […]

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