2009 Chateau de Chamirey Les Ruelles Mercurey Rouge 1er Cru

2009 Chateau de Chamirey Les Ruelles Mercurey Rouge 1er Cru

2009 Chateau de Chamirey Les Ruelles

I sampled this wine at a tasting dinner and loved it as it paired well with just about everything. In the glass, it’s a lovely semi-transparent raspberry color with brick around the rim. The nose is earthy with red berry aromas laced with a bit of oak. In the mouth, it offers flavors of dark […]

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It’s Back – Chef’s Counter Tasting Menu at Anthony David’s

It’s Back – Chef’s Counter Tasting Menu at Anthony David’s

Anthony David's Tasting Dinners - 021715

Chef Anthony Pino, owner of Anthony David’s in Hoboken, is pleased to announce that he (and his Chef de Cuisine Justin Antiorio) are bringing back their popular Chef’s Counter Tastings, Monday evenings at 7:00pm, starting Monday Feb 23rd and running through May 4th. There are 10 seats at the Chef’s Counter, in the recently renovated restaurant. Chefs Anthony and Justin will […]

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Loaded Potato Skins

Loaded Potato Skins

Potato Skins

When I came to the USA in 1985, I can’t say I’d ever heard of potato skins. When this Canadian girl got introduced to the treats at our local TGI Fridays, I was hooked. I hadn’t had potato skins in years but when I was sent some samples of Maple Leaf Farms duck bacon right […]

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2009 Doukénie Winery Merlot

2009 Doukénie Winery Merlot

2009 Doukenie Merlot

A friend brought this Virginia wine to a pizza party and it was only my second encounter with wines from that area. Doukénie, located on a 500-acre farm in Loudoun County, Virginia, is a popular winery that has garnered much praise for the region for its award-winning wines. We uncorked this wine and gave it […]

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Seared Duck Magrets (Duck Breasts)

Seared Duck Magrets (Duck Breasts)

Seared Duck

A few weeks back, I was sent some samples of Maple Leaf Farms duck that I literally prepared multiple ways. As simple as it is, I just find seared duck magrets/breasts to be one of my very favorite dishes, to make and eat. I served this duck over a simply-prepared Porcini Mushroom Risotto but it […]

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Sauce au Cassis

Sauce au Cassis

Sauce

This reduction is what I typically serve over duck but it could be great over other poultry, over lamb or even beef. Sauce: ½ cup beef broth ½ cup red wine ¼ cup crème de cassis 1 Tbsp. cassis jam (or mixed berries) 2 Tbsp. butter 2 generous pinches of salt Directions: In a small […]

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Chakra Hosts Hourglass Wine Dinner on 2/11

Chef Thomas Ciszak of Chakra in Paramus will have Hourglass winemaker, Anthony Biagi, inhouse for a four-course, wine-paired dinner. Hourglass wines represent a cutting-edge, modern Napa Valley winemaking style. Chef Ciszak has crafted this menu to match the award-winning Hourglass wines: First Course Poached Lobster tarragon, green apple, melon salad 2013 Hourglass Estate Sauvignon Blanc, […]

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Chef Anthony Bucco joins Crystal Springs’ Latour & Tavern‏

Chef Anthony Bucco joins Crystal Springs’ Latour & Tavern‏

Anthony Bucco

Crystal Springs Resort is proud to welcome Anthony Bucco, one of New Jersey’s most acclaimed chefs, as the new Executive Chef of Restaurant Latour and Crystal Tavern. A Garden State native, Bucco is well known for relaunching New Jersey landmark Ryland Inn to critical acclaim along with his work at Uproot and Stage Left. Most […]

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Fluffy Quinoa 101

Fluffy Quinoa 101

Fluffy Quinoa

My bestie, Gloriann, has been a fan of Quinoa for a long time and kept telling me what a fab kitchen staple is it. Once I tried it, I was hooked. It’s great as a simply side dish served like one would serve rice but is versatile enough for a salad or other mainstays like […]

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Talenti Sea Salt Caramel Gelato Sandwich

Talenti Sea Salt Caramel Gelato Sandwich

Ice Cream Sandwich

I know this isn’t much of a “recipe” since the gelato is store-bought, BUT, this is by far the BEST commercial gelato I’ve had, so I thought I’d share the wealth (no, I’m not being compensated by Talenti, it’s just a great product). Ingredients: One pint Talenti Sea Salt Caramel gelato Eight cookies from a […]

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