Caprese Salad for #MeatlessMonday

Caprese Salad for #MeatlessMonday

Caprese

I know it’s not technically a “recipe” but wanted to share my fresh and delicious caprese salad made with yellow cherry and kumato tomatoes. Just think the yellow and greenish/purple looks beautiful and I had super fresh Mozzarella so paired perfectly with a drizzle of Greek olive oil and reduced balsamic vinegar.  Just a simple, […]

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Cocktailing at the New Jersey Wine & Food Festival

Cocktailing at the New Jersey Wine & Food Festival

Christopher James

Last weekend’s New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs was THE event to attend for all things…well, wine and food-related. While I enjoyed partaking in the various food and wine activities, one session I truly appreciated was the Local Craft Cocktails session conducted by Mixologist Extraordinaire Christopher James of The Ryland Inn. The […]

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Maple Fondue

Maple Fondue

Maple Fondue

Another simple yet tasty maple recipe to help celebrate sugaring season. This fondue is great with fruit and other products typically served with chocolate fondue. Recipe is courtesy of my aunt, Francoise. Ingredients : ½ cup maple syrup 2 Tbsp. corn starch 2 cups light cream Fruits for dipping Directions : In a heavy, medium pot over […]

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Tangy Maple Dip

Tangy Maple Dip

Maple Dip

Every year, I feature some maple recipes at the start of maple season in Quebec. I have fond memories of going to the sugar shack growing up and each year, I engage my family and friends in sharing maple recipes with me for the blog. This one is from my aunt, Francoise. Ingredients: 1 cup […]

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Venegazzu Montelvini Asolo Prosecco Extra Dry DOCG

Venegazzu Montelvini Asolo Prosecco Extra Dry DOCG

Venegazzu Montelvini Asolo Prosecco

The wine is intensely yellow in the glass with light floral and apple aromas. Tiny bubbles for a creamy mouthfeel. The wine is clean and fresh with the apple carrying on to the palate with just a bit of honey. I served this as an aperitif initially but it held up nicely to Prosciutto and […]

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Celebrity Chefs Announced for New Jersey Wine & Food Festival

Celebrity Chefs Announced for New Jersey Wine & Food Festival

Photo by Geoff Mottram

A lineup of all-star chefs, including Guest of Honor Chef David Bouley (Bouley & Brushstroke, NYC), Michael Solomonov (Zahav, Philadelphia), Shirley Chung (Finalist Top Chef Season 11), Galen Zamarra (mas & mas la grillade, NYC), Ghaya Oliveira (Executive Pastry Chef, Daniel, NYC), Saul Bolton (Saul Restaurant, NYC), George Mendes (Aldea, NYC), David Santos (Louro, NYC) […]

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Pig & Prince Hosts Gil Family Estates Wine Dinner

Pig & Prince Hosts Gil Family Estates Wine Dinner

Pig & Prince

Pig & Prince presents Spanish wines from the regions of Calatayud, Rias Baixas, Almansa and Vino de la Tierra. Wednesday, March 26th at 7pm. Five-course tasting menu: First Course 2012, Albarino by Kentia Scallop crudo / grapefruit granita / mustard green/ radish/ jalapeno Second Course 2011 Tempranillo by Bodegas Tridente Morcilla / pallea rice cake […]

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Restaurant Latour’s New Chef – Jean Paul Lourdes

Restaurant Latour’s New Chef – Jean Paul Lourdes

Chef Jean Paul Lourdes

Crystal Springs Resort’s Restaurant Latour has a new chef – Jean Paul Lourdes. Chef Lourdes has broad kitchen experience having cooked in some of the world’s finest kitchens. A New Zealand native, Lourdes was carefully recruited to create a menu featuring food that will complement the wines of Latour’s award-winning cellar. Having worked at Pierre […]

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Meatless Bolognese Sauce

Meatless Bolognese Sauce

Meatless Bolognese

I’m not 100% sure my grandma would approve of me using her meat sauce recipe to create a meatless version, but it’s deeply-flavored and satisfying with pasta, gnocchi and in a lasagna. Perfect for #MeatlessMonday. Ingredients: ¼ cup oil 1 large onion, chopped 5 celery ribs, diced 1 garlic clove, minced 8 large Portobello mushrooms, […]

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Individual Chocolate Challah Bread Pudding

Individual Chocolate Challah Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding

Rich buttery Challah bread, egg custard and chocolate – what could be better? To make this delicious bread pudding a bit more elegant for a recent dinner party, I baked it in individual ramekins. Ingredients: 4 Tbsp. butter, softened 1 pint half-and-half 1 pint heavy cream 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips […]

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