Blue Apron – My Experience

Blue Apron – My Experience

Pan Fried Orange Shrimp

A couple weeks ago, I was offered a trial shipment of Blue Apron food through my blogging efforts. As an avid cook, I wasn’t sold on the idea of receiving “pre-packaged” food in the mail, but after reviewing the online program offered by Blue Apron, I decided to give it a go.       […]

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Chakra Pre-Father’s Day Scotch & Rum Dinner

Chakra Pre-Father’s Day Scotch & Rum Dinner

Chakra

Chef Thomas Ciszak of Chakra serves up an early option for Father’s Day with a four course dinner paired with single malt scotches and rum all aged in sherry casks on Thursday June 12 at 7pm. Each spirit has been aged in sherry casks, allowing guests to learn about the influences that sherry-seasoned oak imparts on the spirits. Guests will taste The Macallan 12 year old in […]

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NJ Beer & Food Festival at Crystal Springs

NJ Beer & Food Festival at Crystal Springs

Beer

June 13-14, the NJ Beer & Food Festival will take place at beautiful Crystal Springs’ Grand Cascades Lodge in Hamburg, NJ. The craft beer event happens Father’s Day weekend, a perfect occasion to show dad beer love. The two-day festival will include the “NJ Chefs & Brews” walk-around tasting on Friday 6/13 (8pm-11pm, $75) with […]

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Easy Pimento Cheese Dip

Easy Pimento Cheese Dip

Pimento Cheese Dip

Through my travels, I’ve gotten addicted to southern foods and one dish I’d been wanting to make at home for a while is pimento cheese. The southern favorite couldn’t be simpler to make – throw all the ingredients in a bowl and stir! The dip is great as a starter with crackers or veggies but […]

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2010 Clone 5 Pinot Noir

2010 Clone 5 Pinot Noir

2010 Clone 5 Pinot Noir

Nice bright cherry red in the glass with equally nice and bright cherry aromas jumping out of the glass. Cherry continues on the palate but with raspberry and even strawberry present. The body is medium in heaviness with a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Finish offers a little pepper. Nice example of Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir […]

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New Executive Chef John Greeley at Crystal Springs Resort‏

New Executive Chef John Greeley at Crystal Springs Resort‏

Chef John Greeley
Photo credits: CSR

  Crystal Springs Resort welcomes John Greeley as its new Executive Chef. Greeley joins Crystal Springs from the famed ‘21’ in New York City, where he ran all the restaurant’s dining operations. In his new position, Greeley oversees all the resort’s restaurants, including Crystal Tavern, Springs Bistro and the seasonal outdoor Chef’s Garden restaurant (which […]

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Bracco Farms CSA Program – Say Yes to Organic and No to GMO

Bracco Farms CSA Program – Say Yes to Organic and No to GMO

Bracco Farms CSA Box

At a farm-to-table dinner at Escape Montclair late in 2013, I was fortunate to meet and spend time with Anthony Bracco, Owner of Bracco Farms in Pine Island, NY. While Anthony helped explain the variety of produce used in the 5-course dinner, I learned that his produce is organic, is never grown from GMO seeds […]

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Abita Amber

Abita Amber

Abita Amer

As the name suggests, this lager is amber in the glass and it has an off-white, creamy head. The carbonation level is moderate and the lager is malty with some caramel notes. Drinks like a light beer but has real flavor. Brewed by:  Abita Brewing Co., Louisiana Style: Vienna Lager Alcohol by Volume: 4.50% Color […]

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Montclair Food & Wine Festival – You’ll Like These Classes

Montclair Food & Wine Festival – You’ll Like These Classes

MFWF Logo

New to the Montclair Food & Wine Festival is a series of culinary-focused seminars. The four-seminar lineup will take place on Sunday June 1. “The selection of seminars we arrived at serves a dual purpose – demonstrating micro and macro gastronomy. We showcase the enormous talent and passion in our immediate community with people like […]

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NJ Beer & Food Festival at Crystal Springs – Father’s Day Weekend

NJ Beer & Food Festival at Crystal Springs – Father’s Day Weekend

Beer

June 13-14, the NJ Beer & Food Festival will take place at Crystal Springs’ Grand Cascades Lodge in Hamburg, NJ. The weekend-long craft beer celebration happens Father’s Day weekend, a perfect occasion to show dad beer love. The two-day festival will include the “NJ Chefs & Brews” walk-around function on Friday 6/13 (8pm-11pm, $75) with […]

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