VDay Vino

This Valentine’s Day, we’re bringing you our top 10 favorite wines to you celebrate!  Grab a bottle, some flowers, and cheers xo Oak Ridge Zinfandel ($11.99) Petite Petit ($17.99) 6th Sense Syrah ($16.99) Apothic Red Blend ($9.99)   Armida PoiZin ($22.99)   Bogle Phantom Red ($19.99) Troublemaker ($14.99) Tesoro della Regina Prosecco ($11.99)   Montaudon Grand Rose Brut ($29.99) and of course…. Veuve Clicquot Brut NV ($42.99) -Cristina & Jeff

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Valentine’s Dinner for Two

Gentlemen … this is how you do Valentine’s Day at home.  Yea, going out for dinner is great and all, but sometimes (especially when it’s someone extra special), it’s nicer to be home.  Restaurants get really crowded for Valentine’s Day and 9 times out of 10, it’s totally overpriced. Simply follow these 3 steps for the perfect Valentine’s Day she’ll never forget. Step 1:  Buy her a dozen long stemmed red roses. Step 2: Cook dinner. Here’s what you’ll need: About 1/2 pound Filet Mignon in two pieces 1 pound of cleaned shrimp (deveined & peeled, then washed & dried)

Chocopologie SoNo

On a cold, snowy winter day, there are few things like a cup of great hot chocolate to hit the spot.  On one of those days recently, I had the genius idea to head over to Chocopologie in South Norwalk to get a cup of hot chocolate.  If you’ve ever had the chocolate from Chocopologie, you can imagine how good that same chocolate would be if it were heated up and served in a large mug… If you have never ventured there to sample their offerings, hopefully the pictures will be worth a thousand words!  There is no shortage of

Annie Hall’s Butter Cookies

Since before I can remember, there was a certain type of cookie that everyone always looked forward to – whether it was Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, you name it.  If there’s a cookie cutter for it, there’s an occasion for it.  And that is Annie Hall’s Butter cookies.  There’s truly nothing like ’em! These delightful cookies were first turned onto us by my godmother’s mother, and we’ve been making them every year since! Ingredients: 2 cups butter, softened  (YUP! I never said these were healthy!) 1 1/2 cups sugar 4 egg yolks 2 teaspoons vanilla 4 1/2 cups unbleached flour

Cominciamo! (Let’s Begin!)

Finally, our first blog post!  For about a year I’ve been planning to start a food blog highlighting all our masterpieces… and it’s finally here!!  Welcome to Cooking with Jeff & Cristina!!  Benvenuti! I’ve decided to start with Valentine’s Day.  Why go out to a crowded restaurant when your own kitchen can become your personal private restaurant?  I knew Jeff would serve up something special, but he (per usual) never fails to amaze me. We began our feast with a small tasting of fresh olive fougasse, which is a type of French bread typically associated with Provence, but found (with

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