NJ Flavor

July 6, 2020

NEW JERSEY — The owner of Sweet Waters Steakhouse in Westfield stocked up for the restart of indoor dining in advance of the July Fourth weekend restart. That was before Gov. Phil Murphy announced the cancelation of inside dining two days before its anticipated comeback originally slated for July ...

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Anyone who has ever planted mint knows it can grow like a weed. If you’ve got oodles of the herb, from your garden or the market, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of our favorites on hot summer days: Stir chopped mint into softened cream cheese for a new bagel ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. “Come out, come out wherever you are!” were Glinda’s famous words 81 years ago, and they’ve never been more applicable to New Jersey now. People have lots of reasons to come out in June; not only is it Pride ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that indoor dining may resume on July 2, limited at first to 25% capacity. Until then, and even afterward, outdoor eating continues to be a big part of restaurant service. Keeping this in mind, we asked restaurant owners and workers what they want ...

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As New Jersey progresses through the phases of reopening, this week gave us the opportunity to dine outdoors at our favorite restaurants. Before you know it, we’ll be able to take our dining experience inside, but what exactly will that look like? Nostradamus can take the day off with ...

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NEW JERSEY — New Jersey is still the only state where you can’t have a home-baked foods business — something that could soon change. Since we wrote about the issue in October, bakers have been making another push to legalize the for-profit sale of home baked goods — this time by encouraging the ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. As we near three months of pandemic containment, we can see that the world is slowly opening back up.  While we still don’t know when we’ll have indoor seating, New Jersey couples and singles can approach ...

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Garlic scapes, the flowering stem of the garlic plant, are available at New Jersey farmers markets now. The tender, edible scapes are milder than garlic cloves, but used raw they still add a garlicky punch. When cooked, they become milder and can be served as a vegetable. To keep them fresh, ...

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Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille 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.

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. It’s always a beautiful time when spring comes to New Jersey. Flowers are blooming, green leaves return to our trees and the birds are filling the air with their song.  Our lives are quite different compared ...

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If you work in hospitality, you’re no stranger to heat.  Always on the go. Always thinking one step ahead. Always facing the curveballs. But these past few weeks have been a whole different ballgame. Decisions that would normally be weighed and considered needed to be made almost immediately.

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NEW JERSEY — With restaurants and bars and closed for dining in, service industry workers who rely on tips have been some of the hardest hit during the pandemic. Realizing this, people who would typically support them in person have started an online effort that connects would-be customers with ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. These days aren’t the easiest for social creatures who thrive on the energy of groups, let alone for those who crave a date night. Taking a hiatus from society can leave any New Jersey couple needing something to ...

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With social distancing rules in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, some New Jersey farmers markets have found a new way to serve their vendors and customers. The Metuchen Farmers Market just launched an online service so that customers can buy produce, meat, prepared foods ...

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This story first ran on TAPinto East Brunswick. How does a family have a Passover seder, usually a big event with a sumptuous table, games for kids, shared readings and lots of sweet wine, when practicing social distancing? Most of us are at home now, in small family groups, by ourselves or ...

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CAPE MAY, NJ — With hand sanitizer in demand during the coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic, the makers of spirits are stepping up. To do its part, Nauti Spirits Distillery in Cape May teamed up with Partners Pharmacy, which has a facility in Springfield, to make FDA-approved hand sanitizer instead ...

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This story first ran on TAPinto South Plainfield. After just a few days of being home and unable to report to her job at the Today Show, South Plainfield resident Katie Stilo took to social media, launching an Instagram page designed to bring culinary professionals — and amateur cooks ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. Hunkering down home-side is the rule of the day. And while chez living room is getting a little repetitive, jazzing up a stay-at-home rendez vous is definitely possible; it just takes a little creativity and a ...

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Restaurants may be unable to serve you in their dining rooms due to the coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic, but you can still get that beer or wine you would have ordered at a table with your takeout. During the pandemic, restaurants are seeing an uptick in the number of alcoholic beverages they ...

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It’s a sunny spring weekend, the kind when hundreds of people would visit Auburn Road Vineyards in Salem County to taste wine and enjoy wood fired pizza. But on March 21, business was down to about a quarter of what they typically make as the usual stream of customers turned to a trickle of ...

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Updated at 10:15 p.m. As of Thursday evening, Stage House Tavern Restaurants in Scotch Plains and Mountainside have ended their family dinner program. “After only one day, we realized that this need was greater than even we could handle while also adhering to experts and government directions ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. In the course of time there have been a variety of catch phrases aimed at relationships. From being in a LAT relationship (Living Apart Together) to conscious uncoupling, couples from Sparta to Trenton and ...

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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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