Celebrating Thanksgiving with Laird’s Applejack

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Laird’s Applejack

By Bob Lipinski Laird’s is America’s first and oldest commercial distillery. Records indicate that William Laird, a County Fyfe Scotsman, settled in Monmouth County, N.J., and produced applejack as early as 1698. In 1780, Robert Laird, a Revolutionary War soldier who...
Cognac — The King of Brandies

Cognac — The King of Brandies

By Bob Lipinski Cognac is a brandy distilled from the fermented juice of grapes in the province of Charente and is also the name of a region in the southwest of France, north of Bordeaux and southwest of Paris. The re­gion’s stony, chalk-rich soil (because of ancient...
Gnocchi with Pancetta and Peas

Gnocchi with Pancetta and Peas

By Bob Lipinski Gnocchi (nee-OH-kee) “Little lumps;” pasta, generally made from potatoes or semolina flour, with or without eggs, and shaped into little dumplings or discs. They can be cooked in a variety of ways—baked, boiled, or grilled; generally served covered...