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    February 05, 2016

    Sweet Valentine’s Dates

    Sweet Valentine’s Dates by Andrew Adorno, DTR   Have you been looking for a sweet date this Valentine’s season? Although this may seem like a difficult feat in the month of February, it is actually just as easy as making a trip to your favorite health food store. No – I’m not suggesting pacing up […]

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    February 02, 2016

    Delatour Vin de Pays d’Oc Chardonnay 2014

    “If you’re looking for the perfect Mardi Gras wine, this is it! With the convenient twist top and fresh flavor it makes for an ideal Carnival party wine! Cheers!” – Leah, Metairie Wine Consultant ABOUT: This is a Vin de Pays, meaning it is a simple table wine made in France. TASTING NOTES: Aromas of […]

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  • February 01, 2016

    GINGER MIMOSAS

      INGREDIENTS Ice (optional) ½ cup fresh orange juice 16 oz sparkling wine 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced 1 clementine, peeled and divided into slices INSTRUCTIONS Add the ice and orange juice, then top off with sparkling wine Garnish with fresh ginger and clementine slices.

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  • February 01, 2016

    Beer Battered Hush Puppies

    A classic Southern delicacy that is great served with fried seafood and pork BBQ. Serves: 6-8 Ingredients 1½ cups cornmeal 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons baking powder 4 teaspoons granulated sugar 2 teaspoons salt ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper ½ cup very finely chopped sweet onion 2 large eggs, beaten ¾ cup beer oil for […]

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    January 25, 2016

    Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2013

    Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico is a comfort wine if there ever was one. Silky tannins are woven with smoke and leather, while aromas of rose petals intertwine with flavors of black cherry. Pair with truffles and a warm fire. 

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    January 20, 2016

    La Louisiane Cocktail

    Ingredients 2 oz. Sazerac rye whiskey 1⁄2 oz. sweet vermouth 1⁄4 oz. Benedictine 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters 2 dashes absinthe Maraschino cherry, to garnish Procedure In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the rye with vermouth, Benedictine, bitters and absinthe. Stir and strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a cherry.

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    January 19, 2016

    Buehler Vineyards Chardonnay 2013

    Buehler Vineyards is one of my favorite picks for California Chardonnay under $20! This beauty hails from Russian River, so it’s silky and clean, with lots of toasty oak to balance that classic California butter. Loaded with bright orange citrus and a touch of lemon, this is a great wine to pair with herby baked […]

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    January 05, 2016

    5 Things about Caviar

    1.  Caviar hails from the Turkish word havyar which comes from khayah, the Persian word for egg2. Most of the world’s caviar is produced in the Caspian Sea 3. The people who make caviar are called Ikrjanschik. Before making caviar they must undergo an apprenticeship that lasts anywhere from 10 to 15 years.4. Real caviar ranges […]

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  • January 05, 2016

    Sunshine Vinaigrette

    There is very little that can’t be brightened by a nice vinaigrette. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be difficult or bland. With easy tips, it can be easier than preparing a box of macaroni and cheese to put a healthy meal on your table.  Add flavor to every part of a meal with vinaigrette. Not […]

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  • December 31, 2015

    BE A BETTER HOST

    Resolve to be ready for any occasion this year. As a host (or even a guest!) it’s important to have a solid selection of wine on hand. Even for seasoned wine drinkers, it can be a challenge when choosing which wines to start your home collection with. We recommend always having a sipping-white, medium-bodied red, and of course […]

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  • December 31, 2015

    LEARN A NEW SKILL : 1 Spirit 3 Ways

    This year, impress your guests with your finest cocktail-making skills. If you’re entertaining you’ve probably got a bottle of bourbon on hand and with these three simple cocktail recipes, your friends will be asking when you became a professional. First things first, to bartend like a professional be sure to use quality liquor (it really […]

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    December 31, 2015

    Baybee : A new American Cheese

    Inspired by the traditional English Huntsman Cheese, Bay Blue is first collaboration of it’s kind between two American Creameries, Beehive and Point Reyes. This seasonal cheese is layered with fudgy textured, sweet caramel flavored blue cheese sandwiched between layers of Promontory, a buttery creamy cheddar style cheese with fruity notes.  Bay Bee Cheese is available at all Martin Wine […]

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    December 31, 2015

    Organic Wines by Andrew Adorno, DTR

    Wine can be “made with organically-grown grapes” without being a “certified organic wine.” The difference being added sulfites. USDA certified organic wines: are made from organically grown grapes without synthetic pesticides on both the fruit and the soil, are fermented using organic yeast, are harvested using sustainable practices to preserve resources, PLUS have no added sulfites. Sulfur […]

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  • December 09, 2015

    Deviled Eggs with Caviar

    Ingredients: 8 large eggs* 2 tablespoons top-quality mayonnaise 2 tablespoons sour cream 2 teaspoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice Salt to taste 2 ounces black American Caviar * To help center the yolks in the eggs, the night before the eggs are to be cooked (approximately 12 hours), store your eggs on their sides in the refrigerator. Seal the egg […]

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    December 09, 2015

    Holiday Caviar

    Martin’s carries an extensive collection of caviar and roe all year round, though the holidays bring some seasonal selections into the mix. Caviar can be kind of hard to incorporate into your holiday spread without knowing how, so we have included a few recipes and suggestions for you to try this year. Make your New […]

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  • December 09, 2015

    Caviar Blinis

    Ingredients: 3 large Yukon Gold potatoes 1/4 c flour 2 eggs 3 egg whites 1/4 c crème fraîche Salt and pepper to taste Pinch of grated nutmeg Olive oil as needed 4 oz crème fraîche 6 oz smoked salmon slices 1 oz caviar 30 1/4” sliced chives Lemon wedges as needed Quick Tip Don’t have […]

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  • December 09, 2015

    Parmesan Crisps with Caviar and Crème Fraîche

    Ingredients 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1 ounce caviar 1/4 cup crème fraîche Instructions Preheat the broiler to 480-500 degrees. Line a half baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Drop 1-to-2 tablespoons of the shredded Parmesan onto the baking sheets into tiny mounds. Bake 5 minutes or until golden brown. Let […]

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  • December 08, 2015

    Frozen Cranberry Champagne Skewers

    Ingredients: 1 package fresh cranberries Several wooden skewers (like the kind you use for kebabs) Champagne (We recommend Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley) Procedure: A day prior to serving, trim the wooden skewer to fit your glass and slide several cranberries onto the stick. Place them in the freezer. Once you’re ready to serve, drop in […]

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  • December 08, 2015

    The Flirtini

    Ingredients: 1.5 ounces Vodka 3 ounces Pineapple Juice Champagne (We recommend Scharffenberger Brut NV) Procedure: 1. Fill your shaker with ice and shake together vodka and pineapple juice 2. Strain into a martini or champagne glass 3. Fill the glass up with champagne 4. Decorate with fresh mint

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  • December 08, 2015

    CHAMPAGNE ETOILE

    The Champagne Etoile Ingredients: 1 cup sugar (or 3/4 cup agave) 1 cup water 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped Bourbon of your liking Adami Prosecco or sparkling wine, chilled Lemons, cut into wedges Procedure: First, you’ll make the syrup. Combine the sugar, water, bean and seeds in small pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat […]

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  • November 27, 2015

    DIY Holiday Ice Bucket

    Keeping Champagne and wine chilled has never look better with these charming DIY holiday ice buckets! They’re colorful, festive and can be fully customized. Imagine kiwis, apples and flowers! They look beautiful sitting on a table and are perfect for holiday entertaining. Supplies: 2 different sized, inexpensive plastic buckets (a large one and one to fit inside that […]

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    November 27, 2015

    Snacking Smart During the Holidays

    Snacking Smart During the Holidays by Andrew Adorno, NDTR Tis’ the season for holiday shopping! Do you find yourself pacing through the mall and grocery store aisles on an empty stomach? If so, you may find it more difficult to fight tempting urges for the nearest and most convenient processed snack or fast food option. […]

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    November 27, 2015

    White Bean Edamame Hummus

    White Bean Edamame Hummus Makes 6 Servings – Serving Size: ½ cup   INGREDIENTS: 2 cups Edamame, frozen 1 cup White Beans, cooked 1 cup 2% Daisy Cottage Cheese 1 tablespoon Lemon Zest 2 teaspoons Black Pepper 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper 4 Garlic Cloves ½ cup Water 2 Green Bell Peppers 2 Red Bell Peppers […]

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  • October 29, 2015

    Winter Wines

    The wine experts here at Martin’s have selected the top ten wines for a cozy winter. These seasonal picks are sure to keep you warm and get you in the holiday spirit. We know many of you will be planning holiday gatherings in the upcoming months so to make this hectic time (a little bit) […]

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    October 29, 2015

    Gluten Sensitivity and Alcohol

    Gluten-free Guide by Andrew Adorno   Are you watching the amount of gluten in your diet? According to a national survey, about 29% of the nation is trying to reduce or avoid gluten in their diets. That is 1 in 3 people! While only around 1% of the population actually has celiac disease, an inherited […]

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  • October 29, 2015

    Shrubs: 3 WAYS

    You might be wondering, “What’s a shrub?” Well, it’s more than just a flavored syrup. It’s a combination of fruit (or strongly-flavored plants like ginger root), sugar, and vinegar as a preservative. Don’t let the smell scare you away! Shrubs are a magical product for drinkers and non-drinkers alike. We’re sharing our three favorite recipes […]

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  • October 29, 2015

    Cranberry Claus Punch

    Ingredients 4 limes (cut into 1/4 in thick slices) 3 cups cranberry juice (chilled) 3/4 cup orange liqueur 2 bottles Champagne or sparkling white wine (chilled) 2/3 cup frozen cranberries (plus more for garnish) Directions Place the lime slices in a single layer on a baking sheet or dish and freeze until solid, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, place a punch bowl […]

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  • October 29, 2015

    Sherbet Punch

    Ingredients 1 can frozen fruit punch concentrate, (made according to the directions on the can) 1 (64 Fl. oz) bottle pineapple juice 1 (2L) bottle 7-up 1 pint fresh raspberries 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced 1 pineapple, peeled and cut into thin round slices 10 to 12 scoops raspberry rainbow sherbet Rum of your choice […]

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  • October 29, 2015

    Orange Gin Punch

    Ingredients 20 ounces Tanqueray London Dry 6 ounces fresh lemon juice 10 ounces Earl Grey tea 7 ounces granulated sugar 1 ounces Orange Bitters Directions 1. In a clean jar or pitcher, combine four bags of Earl Grey tea with ten ounces of cold water. Put a lid on it and let it sit in […]

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  • October 26, 2015

    Pork Chops with Fig & Ginger Jam

    INGREDIENTS 2 (1-inch thick) boneless pork chops 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1/4 cup dry white wine 1/2 cup Stonewall Fig & Ginger Jam 1 medium shallot, minced Salt and pepper Fresh fig halves, for garnish PREPARATION Season pork with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. When the oil and […]

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