My Top 5 Bites in Paris (described in 3 words)!
We spent three magnificent days in Paris this October, eating all the rich French food and drinking all the bubbly champagne and red wine our hearts’ desired. It wasn’t easy choosing between all the wonderful dishes, but here are the highlights.
#5 — Pain Au Chocolat: Flaky. Sweet. Delicate.
at Café des Beaux Arts
#4 — Escargot: Briny. Succulent. Garlicky.
at Le Carre Elysees
#3 — Vanilla Souffle: Subtle. Fluffy. Execution.
#2 — Confit Duck Leg: Sizeable. Tender. Crispy.
at Brasserie Lipp
#1 — Macaroni stuffed with Black Truffles & Duck Foie Gras: Out. Of. Control.
This is a super easy and flavorful slow-cooker recipe for those weeknights when you don’t have time to do a bunch of chopping and cooking. Plus, you’ll have leftovers the next day (or three, depending on who’s eating). Sprinkle some grated parm on top and serve with a side salad. This one’s a no-brainer!
Turkey Sausage, Spinach & White Bean Soup
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 (12.8-ounce) packages turkey smoked sausage, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
3 carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 (15-ounce) cans Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
½ teaspoon dried oregano
2 bay leaves
4 cups chicken broth
salt and pepper, to taste
3 cups baby spinach
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes.
Place sausage, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, beans, oregano and bay leaves in the slow cooker. Stir in chicken broth and 2 cups water until well combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours. Stir in spinach until wilted. Serve immediately.
Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard
“Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce
Neige Premiere “Apple Ice Wine” from Quebec
Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney and Frozen Wine Cocktail featuring Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
Carib Lager from Islands of the Caribbean
Trio of Artisan Cheese
Sweet Dark Chocolate Raspberry Torte with Whipped Cream and Raspberry Dust
Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel
Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour DOLE® Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise in Hawaii
Blood Orange Margaritas in Mexico
Hello from China!
Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and Basmati Rice
Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket with Mint Raita
Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham and Cheese
Lebkuchenherz: Decorated Gingerbread Heart
New England Lobster Roll
Prosecco in Italy
Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumplings
Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça
St-Germain Sparkling Kir: Sparkling Wine and St-Germain Elderflower liqueur
Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley in France
Crème Brûlée à la Confiture de Framboises: Crème Brûlée with Housemade Rasberry Jam in France
Rose & Crown Pub in England
Braised Beef “Stroganoff” with Tiny Egg Noodles, Wild Mushroom, and Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce
My girl Shaina and I go way back — we’ve been friends for about 17 years — and every so often we plan a fun girls’ weekend together. This year we ate and drank our way around the world at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in Orlando, Florida. Everything was fantastic — from the weather and cocktails to the friendly people and live bands we encountered. Here are a few of our favorite festival bites.
My Top 5 Bites at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (described in 3 words)!
#5 — Braised Beef “Stroganoff”: Silky. Meaty. Noodles.
at The Cheese Studio
#4 — Schinkennudeln: Cheesy. Ham. Pasta.
#3 — Wasabi Shumai Steamed Pork Dumplings: Tender. Tangy. Spicy.
#2 — New England Lobster Roll: Fresh. Buttery. Succulent.
at Hops & Barley
#1 — Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon: Truffle. Butter. Sauce.