NJ Flavor

August 1, 2020

PATERSON, NJ — Some 30 cars filled to capacity the two parking lots that surround Libby’s Lunch on McBride Avenue. Word was out Monday evening that Libby’s Lunch — a restaurant long known for its chili dogs — would be closed permanently by the end of the week. Customers had come for one last ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. A little seaside road trip makes for a perfect date and Avalon provides an unforgettable backdrop. You can enjoy everything from shopping to surfing and, of course, outdoor dining in this affluent shore town on ...

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We are that family. You know, the one with the kids who have a combined count of over 30 severe food allergies. You can see our previous NJ Flavor story, “11 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Families with Severe Food Allergies,” here.   We are the family that was used to weekly allergic ...

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Nothing beats a cool, creamy dessert on a hot summer day. We’ve got five frozen treats you need to try, including a customizable recipe for no-churn ice cream that starts with two simple ingredients. Which one will you make first? Affogato: A yummy Italian pick-me-up, affogato is ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. Nothing is more on the receiving end of loneliness and neglect right now than our suitcases, thanks to this pandemic. Luckily for us, a Garden State summer makes staying local a pretty great and tasty ...

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NEW JERSEY — As New Jersey moves into new phases of reopening after the COVID-19 lockdown, farmers markets are adapting to our new socially distanced “normal.”   In towns across the state, market managers have implemented new business practices to keep both vendors and customers safe. Designated ...

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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. 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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BERNARDS TWP., NJ — Flag Day was made more festive for residents at Ridge Oak Senior Housing by the 1,500 American flags that had earlier been placed on the grounds by the Ridge High School Touchdown Club. Ridge High School football players Max Albee, Luke Roberts, Quinn Bunsa, Jake Beckman, ...

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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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