wine jelly wedding favors!

Back in culinary school, we had a special guest chef featured in one of our gourmet workshops on confit de vin, or wine jellies! Chef Marie Maryn of Les Jardins de Marie showed us how to make elegant wine jellies from just a few simple ingredients– a good bottle of wine, sugar, lemon juice and pectin. Et voilà! Paired with some superb cheeses and crackers, we were definitely living the life of a true gourmand

So my friend is getting married at the Wynn Resort [...]

spiced honey lemon drink

This is the perfect drink for a cold wintery night and also serves as a home remedy for sore throats.

I spoiled my sister by making this for her whenever she was feeling a bit under the weather during the winter holidays and now whenver she feels a cold coming on, she calls me up to tell me she wishes I were there to make this drink for her. It really is simple enough to make yourself,sis! The ginger syrup can actually be made in advance and when stored [...]

sangria

I concocted this drink for a Fourth of July barbeque and it was a big hit! A couple of weeks later my friends and I threw a potluck together and doubled this recipe, but it still wasn’t enough to please all of our guests! Since then, I’ve tried using different types of wine and I have to admit, Lambrusco Reggiano makes for the perfect sangria. I enjoy the light, bubbly wine by itself, but it is seriously addicting in this drink!

Since I’ve always made this in the summertime, [...]

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