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Sparta Man Releases Seminal Guitar Recording

May 23, 2020

Sparta resident Ellsworth (“El”) McMeen has released a new solo guitar recording called “Strike Up the Band! Classic Band Marches for Fingerstyle Guitar.”

This recording is the first album ever released devoted entirely to the band music of John Philip Sousa arranged and performed on guitar. McMeen covers six of Sousa’s most famous band marches: “El ...

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Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Wagyu burgers. Andouille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product ...

New Jersey Date Night: Chicken Restaurants That Sizzle

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

Before you know it, our date nights can actually happen at a table in a restaurant! As New Jersey begins to slowly emerge from stay-at-home rules, couples are itching to get our and experience something hot. How about something sizzling found in a basket, on a plate or inside a bucket?

When it comes to ...

NJ’s CSAs Stepping Up to Provide Local Food During Pandemic

As people avoid going into grocery stores during the coronavirus pandemic, many in New Jersey are turning to CSAs as an alternate source for fresh food.

CSAs, or community supported agriculture programs, connect local farmers with consumers. They typically provide locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs. Some also offer other kinds of locally produced foods, such as eggs, cheese, ...

NJ Bars Still Closed, but Now You Can Get That Cocktail to Go

NEW JERSEY — Bars and restaurants with liquor licenses in the Garden State have been able to sell alcohol in its original containers during the COVID-19 crisis. Now, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Phil Murphy before the weekend, they can sell mixed drinks for pick up and delivery, too.

Craft distilleries, which operate under a different kind of license, can also sell ...

New Jersey Date Night: Virtual Experiences Bring the World to You

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

If April showers bring May flowers, what does May bring? If you guessed more social distancing, you win!  Fortunately, there are some amazing people who use technology to bring all the fun of a night out to you. 

With live streaming and video conferencing, we can still feel a connection ...

What’s an Ice Cream Truck to do During the Pandemic?

Ice cream trucks are back in New Jersey, and there’s more of them to come. This season, however, gloves, masks and a series of social distancing measures are on the menu along with the usual goodies.

Mohammad, of Mohammad Good Humor Ice Cream, said he hasn’t hit the road yet, but he is preparing for when he does. The ice cream purveyor in Union County said he has affixed signs to ...

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Asparagus: When it Comes to Flavor, Cooking Method Matters

May 8, 2020

It’s asparagus season in New Jersey!

Forget how thick or thin the stalks are — it’s the method you use to cook these spears that completely changes the way they taste. Steam them in the microwave or on the stove and you’ll get a “green,” grassy flavor. But grill or roast them and you’ll get a more nutty, sweet flavor.

To get started, rinse the ...

Recipe: These Easy Banana Muffins are Filled with Nutella

Love bananas and Nutella? Make these easy muffins in minutes!

A blender makes quick work of a couple of ripe bananas. Dollop a little chocolate-hazelnut spread on top of the batter — it will sink into the center before the muffins set.

Serve these warm or completely cooled.

Chocolate-Hazelnut Filled Banana Muffins

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

½ cup white ...

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Asparagus: When it Comes to Flavor, Cooking Method Matters

May 8, 2020

It’s asparagus season in New Jersey!

Forget how thick or thin the stalks are — it’s the method you use to cook these spears that completely changes the way they taste. Steam them in the microwave or on the stove and you’ll get a “green,” grassy flavor. But grill or roast them and you’ll get a more nutty, sweet flavor.

To get started, rinse the ...

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