Warm Brie with Honeyed Raspberries and Pistachios

Warm Brie with Honeyed Raspberries and Pistachios

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This is an easy yet festive recipe I received from the folks at Driscoll’s Berries. Ingredients: 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shelled pistachios 1 wheel (13.3 ounces) ripe Brie, box reserved, top rind sliced off, cheese chilled 1/4 cup honey 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary 1 package (6 ounces or 1 […]

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Cheng Du 23 – Sichuan Cuisine

Cheng Du 23 – Sichuan Cuisine

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Last week, I was invited to dine at Cheng Du 23 in Wayne, NJ to sample some of the area’s most popular Sichuan food. I’d heard of the place, near the Willowbrook Mall, but since Chinese cuisine isn’t a favorite, I’d not made the effort to go. That was an error on my part as […]

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Getting to Know Gigondas Wines

Getting to Know Gigondas Wines

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A couple weeks ago, I attended a wine tasting focused on Gigondas wines. I’m not well-versed on these wines so really enjoyed the 10 wines we sampled and the open discussion from the group. About Wines of Gigondas (Wikipedia): “Gigondas is a French wine Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in the southern Rhône wine region of […]

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Sumo Citrus – New Healthy Discovery

I’m trying to add a variety of fruits to my diet and while I like oranges, I dislike if they’re difficult to peel, are dry and ‘grainy’ or have pits. I like those juicy little mandarins, but there are typically 2-3 seeds per tiny segment – boo! After last weekend’s visit to the grocery store […]

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Easy Egg Cups

Easy Egg Cups

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Breakfast, often said to be the most important meal of the day, is my favorite meal is the day. On the weekends, with more time on my hands, I have no issues making delicious, hearty breakfast, but on hectic weekday mornings…not as easy. I’ve been making these cute and delicious egg cups on Sundays that […]

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The James Beard Awards Semi-Finalists Announced

The James Beard Awards Semi-Finalists Announced

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The nominations for the Oscars of the food business have been announced! Below are the semifinalists for the 2016 Restaurant and Chef Awards. Read on for semifinalists in all categories, from Outstanding Restaurant to Rising Star Chef of the Year. For more details on how these names were selected, read this. The 2016 James Beard […]

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King of Brisket – Kimchi Smoke

King of Brisket – Kimchi Smoke

Chonut

My Kimchi Smoke article was just published on Jersey Bites. I love what Robert Cho and team are doing and it’s some of the best brisket I’ve had. A must-visit place for my NJ/NY readers! Kimchi Smoke 49 W. Church St. Bergenfield 201-338-8333 Cheers, Veronique

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Wild Mushroom Soup

Wild Mushroom Soup

Wild Mushroom Soup

What could be more comforting than a hearty, warm soup on a cold winter day? Nothing, that’s what! This soup could easily be vegetarian by replacing the chicken broth with vegetable broth. 3 cups chicken broth 1 ounce Porcini mushrooms 1/2 stick butter 2 celery stalks, minced 1/2 cup onion, minced 2 garlic cloves, minced […]

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10 Provocatively-Named Wines for Valentine’s Day

For those looking for wine suggestions for Valentine’s Day, I want to share my latest Jersey Bites compilation of 10 Provocatively-Named Wines for Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re staying home to enjoy a home-made dinner or going out to a restaurant that allows you to bring wine, I hope you try one of these ten wines […]

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10 Rosé Wines to Enjoy this Winter

10 Rosé Wines to Enjoy this Winter

Rose Wine Winter

Rosé wine sales are booming on the American market with 3.3 million cases estimated to have been sold in 2015, up from 500,000 cases sold in 2008 (source: Nielson). What was once considered a summer patio wine, rosé has become popular year-around due primarily to its food-friendliness. While there are numerous light-bodied rosés best served […]

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