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Hanging on by a Thread, Some NJ Restaurateurs Fear the Worst This Winter

October 27, 2020

NEW JERSEY — During the typical holiday season, hundreds of thousands of dollars flow through the Rail Yard Tavern in Fair Lawn.

From Thanksgiving to New Years, hundreds bustle in and out of the restaurant every weekend. By this time, its 186 seats are reserved months in advance for Christmas parties, one of the most lucrative times of the year. 

But not this year.

“We ...

New Jerseyans Say ‘Cheese!’ (But Hold the Dairy) with Vegan Cheese

Is plant-based cheese really cheese? Well, sort of. But instead of dairy from cows, sheep or goats, vegan cheesemakers are making it with plant milk, nuts, tapioca and even rice.

There are many different methods to make vegan cheese nowadays. The easy way? Using a plant-based milk base (from foods like cashews or almonds) and adding a few thickening agents and seasonings.

Plant-based ...

Murphy Vetoes Bill to Reimburse Restaurants for Indoor Dining False Start

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday vetoed a bill that would have appropriated $30 million in federal monies to reimburse restaurants owners who expended funds in anticipation of reopening for indoor dining July 2 — an opening the governor canceled two days before it was set to occur.

While in his veto statement Murphy said New Jersey government is meeting ...

Recipe: Pressure Cooker Mushroom Risotto with White Wine and Parmesan

There are some things pressure cookers do really well, and risotto is one of them. No more standing over the pot stirring and stirring and stirring!

Once the lid is on, set it for 10 minutes and come back to a creamy, savory dish, perfect for chilly days.

This recipe goes great with seafood or chicken.

Pressure Cooker Mushroom Risotto with White Wine and Parmesan

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New Jersey Date Night: You’re the Wurst

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

Crisper temperatures and the changing colors of the leaves makes us something a little more substantial for our meals, which might explain why October is National Sausage Month. Hearty and flavorful, sausage is great year around, but in cooler weather it’s a go-to food if you desire something ...

4 Great Seasonal Beers by NJ Breweries (That Aren’t Pumpkin)

Changing leaves, shorter days and cooler temperatures — the telltale signs of autumn. And with the season comes fall flavors.

Aside from the tried and true pumpkin-flavored everything, there are many other flavors of fall that craft breweries all over the state are tapping into to create interesting and unique beer.

Warm up with some of these sensational seasonal ...

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Recipe: Pressure Cooker Mushroom Risotto with White Wine and Parmesan

October 18, 2020

There are some things pressure cookers do really well, and risotto is one of them. No more standing over the pot stirring and stirring and stirring!

Once the lid is on, set it for 10 minutes and come back to a creamy, savory dish, perfect for chilly days.

This recipe goes great with seafood or chicken.

Pressure Cooker Mushroom Risotto with White Wine and Parmesan

2 Tbs.

It’s Apple Cider Season in NJ! 3 Fun Fall Recipes

PRINCETON, NJ — Terhune Orchards in Princeton, a destination farm known for its pick-your-own apples, pumpkins and overall fall family fun, knows a thing or two about apple cider. The Mount family has been producing fresh-pressed cider with no additives for over 45 years.

They use a blend of apple varieties to make their cider, but Staymen Winesap are the hero because of their ...

5 Ways to Make Your Favorite Chili Into a Totally Different Meal

Does the cooler weather have you craving chili? A bowl of red is a great way to warm up, and if the leftovers start to bore you, there are plenty of ways you can mix things up.

Make your favorite chili into totally different meals with these simple ideas:

Serve it Cincinnati-style* over spaghetti with shredded Cheddar cheese and chopped onions.

Make it part of a “baked ...

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It’s Harvest Time! 5 Fun New Jersey Wineries to Visit this Autumn

September 24, 2020

Wine experts say that fall is prime time for visiting wineries in New Jersey because it is the harvest season, when grapes are ripe on the vine.  

Over the years, the Garden State has earned credibility as a quality wine-producing state, in great part due to its fertile soil.

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a day this season, consider a trip to one of ...

How Sweet! Check Out These NJ Honey Farms During National Honey Month

NEW JERSEY — September is widely recognized as National Honey Month. This month typically marks the end of the honey collection season for beekeepers across the US.

You don’t have to be arms deep in a beehive to appreciate the thick, golden stuff that makes everything sweeter. The Garden State has a number of bee and honey farms that produce high-quality, local raw ...

Great Places to go Apple Picking in New Jersey this Season

September marks the beginning of apple season in the Garden State, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a trip to the farm to pick your own.

Though it’s usually easy to keep your distance from others in the orchards, because of the COVID-19 pandemic this year, it’s a good idea to go at an off-peak time, if you can. Some farms have implemented new ...

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New Jerseyans Say ‘Cheese!’ (But Hold the Dairy) with Vegan Cheese

October 24, 2020

Is plant-based cheese really cheese? Well, sort of. But instead of dairy from cows, sheep or goats, vegan cheesemakers are making it with plant milk, nuts, tapioca and even rice.

There are many different methods to make vegan cheese nowadays. The easy way? Using a plant-based milk base (from foods like cashews or almonds) and adding a few thickening agents and seasonings.

Plant-based ...

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‘STRONGHOLISTICS’ — A Comprehensive Health Center — Opens Despite Pandemic in Montclair

October 27, 2020

Strongholistics, an integrated wellness collective, featuring acupuncture, physical therapy, neuromuscular reprogramming and integrative nutrition, among other services, opens in Montclair at 105 Grove Street. 

Despite the ongoing pandemic, two local health care practitioners, Dr. Rosie Strelnick DACM, L.Ac and Cathy Stephenson MS, PT, MSW, one of the former owners of Focus Physical ...

20/20 Abstraction Virtual Art Exhibit

20/20 Abstraction is an exhibit of abstract works reflecting on the current state of the world.

20/20 is normally associated with clear vision, however, this year has been abstracted: a global pandemic, racial unrest, environmental catastrophes, a nation divided. We are all affected by these events. It’s the role of artists to reflect on the world around us and create work based on that ...