Sugarpova Chocolate Mousse

Sugarpova Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse Cup

A few weeks ago, I was approached by a new chocolate line to create an exclusive recipe using its product. I don’t typically do product reviews, but I was intrigued since the new brand, Sugarpova Premium Chocolates, is by Maria Sharapova, the international tennis sensation, who is the company’s founder. Sugarpova offers a decadent collection […]

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Meadowlands BBQ Battle Recap

Meadowlands BBQ Battle Recap

BBQ Battle Winners

I was invited to judge at yesterday’s Meadowlands Battle for the Best BBQ. I’ve guest judged at the popular racetrack a few times now and Rachel and Jennifer from the organization’s marketing department always put forth a great event, in this case, on a very rainy Saturday. Food trucks and more modest tents and tables […]

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The Lone Wolfe Brewing Company

The Lone Wolfe Brewing Company

Lone Wolfe Beer Flight

Last weekend, I drove up to New Hampshire for a weekend at the lake like I do most summers. This time, I decided to check out a couple breweries on the way up. One of these breweries is Lone Wolfe Brewing Company. The Lone Wolfe Brewing Company is the brainchild of Graham Combes. The one […]

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Quick and Easy Pesto

Quick and Easy Pesto

Jarred Pesto

Every spring, I plant basil in my garden as it’s one of my favorite fresh herbs. By mid-summer, I have so much basil that I wonder why I planted so much for a 2-person household. Every summer is the same “why did I plant so much again”. Luckily, there’s pesto. Yesterday, I picked a whole […]

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Ramstein Beer Farm to Table Dinner at Blue Morel Restaurant

Ramstein Beer Farm to Table Dinner at Blue Morel Restaurant

Ramstein beer

On Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 7pm, Blue Morel Restaurant in Morristown, NJ will host a five-course farm-to-table dinner featuring Ramstein beer. High Point Brewing Company Owner and Brew Master, Greg Zaccardi, will take guests’ senses through a tour of the Ramstein’s seasonal beers, including the Summer Bock and Maibock, and year-round brews such as […]

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Make Ahead Twice Baked Potatoes

Make Ahead Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice Baked Potatoes

Summer’s all about BBQs and outdoor parties and the last thing I want to do once my guests have arrived is to slave over a hot stove in the kitchen. We also attend a lot of outdoor events where I’m always puzzled with what to bring besides desserts. These old-school twice-baked potatoes are simple-to-make and […]

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Streusel Top Blueberry Custard Pie

Streusel Top Blueberry Custard Pie

Blueberry Streudel Pie

Every summer, I host at least a couple lobster parties and what could scream “Maine” more than a blueberry pie?! I live in New Jersey where blueberries abound and are sweet and delicious, so double whammy. I typically make my Crumb Top Blueberry Pie, but this weekend, I decided to change the crumble top to […]

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Blueberry Smash

Blueberry Smash

Blueberry Smash

I’m always looking for fun cocktail recipes to serve at my various parties and lately, I’ve been really into gin drinks. This summery cocktail recipe was provided by one of my favorite local spots to enjoy libations and tapas, Spuntino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas. I love the idea of incorporating Jersey blueberries in this […]

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Baby Back Ribs with Balsamic BBQ Sauce

Baby Back Ribs with Balsamic BBQ Sauce

Pork Ribs

While I have my go-to ribs recipe, I’m always looking for new ideas and variations from the old standard. This recipe, provided by Executive Chef Josh Bernstein of Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, puts a bit of an Italian spin on the backyard BBQ favorite. Ingredients: Rib Spice Rub: 1/4 cup dried basil 1/4 […]

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Top Rosé Wines for the Summer

Top Rosé Wines for the Summer

Rose Wines

Summer’s finally here and warm days are among us. While sipping rosé wines during the summer isn’t anything new, what I’m really enjoying is how food-friendly rosés have become. Rosé, French for ‘pink’, describes a genre of refreshing wines, in various hue of pink and that are made using red grapes. Here are some rosé […]

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