Recipes

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 ...

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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 ...

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This story first ran on TAPinto East Brunswick. Okay, I'll admit it. I grew up hating Irish soda bread. Too dry. Not good toasted. Weird shape. People brought it to my house every St. Patrick's Day, and I graciously accepted it and tried to palm it off on my guests. I made sure that everyone had ...

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Sometimes you have all day to shop and prepare tasty snacks for a party. And sometimes you don't. Either way, this recipe lets you impress your friends with a spicy homemade hummus that’s ready in minutes using items from your pantry: canned chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans), tahini (sesame ...

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On Christmas Eve, many New Jerseyans observe an Italian-American tradition brought to the US from Sicily: the Feast of the Seven Fishes (Festa dei sette pesci). The goal is to serve seven fish dishes as part of an extended — and filling — holiday meal. Catholics used to fast from meat on the ...

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Chef Ed Szwedo has been cooking up gourmet breakfasts at Woolverton Inn, a country estate bed-and-breakfast in Stockton, NJ, since 2006. One of his signature dishes is lemon ricotta hotcakes. “They have been a favorite of our guests for many years, and we hang onto those recipes that are tried ...

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With the holiday season in full swing, party hosts often lighten the mood with a signature adult beverage handed to guests as they come in the door. It makes for a great ice breaker as people walk into an event where guests might not know each other. Immediately, everyone has an easy a conversation ...

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It takes just three ingredients and a few minutes to whip together this rich, creamy milk chocolate treat, perfect for a winter day. Tip: A serrated knife will make quick work of chopping up a milk chocolate bar. We recommend using high-quality chocolate for a smooth, creamy drink. Milk ...

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This holiday season, try something a bit nontraditional, something a little sweet and savory to accompany either turkey or ham on your holiday table: cranberry chutney, a condiment that punches up a seasonal local ingredient with some South Asian flair. Chutney is made from fruits, vegetables ...

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Ever wonder where the Thanksgiving classic Green Bean Casserole came from? Turns out it was created in the Garden State. The turkey day staple was invented in 1955 in Campbell’s test kitchen in Camden by recipe developer Dorcas Reilly, who Campbell’s refers to as the “Grandmother of Green Bean ...

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John and Erin Headley operate a small cranberry bog deep in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. John works with the Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension in Washington Township, Burlington County, where researchers from Rutgers University work to combat pest and disease ...

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Let’s face it: No one is ever going to eat all that Halloween candy. Why not chop up those fun-size chocolate bars and throw them into some cookie dough with a handful or two of M&M’s? This one-bowl recipe is even easier than drop cookies and ready in under an hour, with no special equipment ...

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Carving Jack-o’-lanterns? Save your pumpkin seeds for a tasty snack. To get started, preheat the oven to 325°F. Scoop the seeds out of your pumpkin and place them in a colander in the sink. Separate the seeds as much as you can from any goo, then rinse them clean. Pat them dry. On a baking ...

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It’s squash season! So now that you’ve just picked up a bunch of beautiful autumn squash, what do you do with it? First, don’t refrigerate hard squashes unless they’re peeled or cut. Instead, keep them in a cool, dry place. They’ll last about a month. Then try one of these yummy ...

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Our hearty Sausage and Peppers Soup, enhanced with a teaspoon of smoked paprika, is perfect for a chilly fall day. If you don’t have a food processor, you can chop the vegetables and garlic by hand. Just don’t use a blender unless you want it, well, extra-soupy. Sausage and Peppers Soup 1 ...

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It’s apple season in New Jersey, and with it comes fresh apple cider. We asked Grain & Cane Bar & Table in Berkeley Heights to share a couple of their favorite apple cider cocktail recipes. These are perfect for sipping as we slide past the dog days of summer and into the fall. Cider ...

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Did you know? New Jersey is the second-largest eggplant growing state in the country, according to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. It’s especially plentiful during summer months. Next time you fire up the grill, throw on some eggplant slices to give this Mediterranean-inspired dip a ...

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For the sweetest corn, eat it as soon as possible after it’s picked. The sugar turns to starch as it ages. Until then, keep it in the husk in the fridge. Once you’re ready to enjoy your corn, remove the husk and silk, wash it and try one of these easy ideas: 1. Sprinkle raw kernels over salad ...

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Cheryl Marks Young is a New Jersey food allergy awareness advocate and the creator and chief curator for The Allergy Ninja. Read her essay, “11 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Families with Severe Food Allergies,” here. Need a fun summer dessert that someone with food allergies can enjoy? Use ...

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Ahrre Maros knows a few things about coffee. The owner of Ahrre’s Coffee Roastery in Westfield and Summit, who roasts his beans in Plainfield, has been in the coffee shop business in Union County for 30 years as of this summer. Maros shared his secrets for making a great batch of cold brew ...

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What it is it about radish slices dipped in melted butter then sprinkled with a touch of coarse salt that makes them so good? Is it the refreshing crunch of the radish? The way the butter smooths out the vegetable’s harshness, without eliminating its heat? The pop of flavor enhanced by ...

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Pinata cakes (aka surprise cakes) are “the” birthday party dessert now. The layer cakes are filled with candy, so when you cut into them — surprise! — M&Ms or Skittles or sprinkles or whatever spills out. Being the awesome mom that I am, I decided to take a shot at making one for a particular ...

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One bunch of beets, two recipes. When you buy fresh beets, assuming they come with the green tops, you’re really getting two vegetables — the roots and the greens. Use them both with our easy recipes for Beets with Lemony Dressing and Beet Greens with Garlic: Beets with Lemony Dressing 1 ...

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