NJ Flavor

November 30, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. Now that we have Thanksgiving under (or perhaps a little over) our belts, New Jerseyans have had their fill of turkey, dressing and pie. Sure it was delicious, but when the hunger pangs return for both a dinner ...

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These days, enjoying a cocktail with friends can mean meeting outdoors. Want something that will warm everyone up as the evenings turn colder? Hot toddies to the rescue! Hot toddies are traditionally made with whiskey or brandy, lemon, honey and hot water or tea. You can add different garnishes ...

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What’s Thanksgiving without cranberries? Whether you whip up a batch of homemade chutney (see below) or open a can of jellied sauce, there’s a good chance that the famous red berry will make an appearance in some way, shape or form with your feast. Ocean Spray reports that six in 10 Americans say ...

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In a normal winter, Mhairi Robertson tries to fill the seats inside Bistro La Source, a swanky French restaurant in Jersey City. This year, she’s trying to fill bubbles. Robertson, the manager of the restaurant, says the six plastic dining bubbles situated in the restaurant’s parking lot is an ...

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With the coronavirus pandemic surging forward, threatening to stomp all over our traditional get-together with relatives, Thanksgiving for many of us is going to be a lot quieter this year. The CDC recommends that people avoid large gatherings and instead celebrate the holiday with the members ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. Regardless of our relationship statuses, we’ve experienced a lot of unusual in 2020. From searching for paper products to seeking election resolution, New Jerseyans have been through the wringer.  As we round ...

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NEW JERSEY — Vincent Losavio may have to do something he hasn’t done in his 54 years as a butcher: turn down a turkey order. Losavio, owner of John’s Meat Market in Scotch Plains, said that as Thanksgiving approaches, his business is seeing an increased demand for smaller turkeys than in prior ...

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Nicole Gaffney is South Jersey’s very own local celebrity chef. Best known for being second runner-up on season 10 of the Food Network Star, Nicole (who cheerfully goes by Coley) has been maintaining her cooking blog and YouTube channel where she posts easy, healthy and tasty recipes. As the ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. Remember that moment during a cooler-than-usual morning in late August when you began to anticipate it, so much so that your nose and taste buds craved its arrival? Before you knew it, you finally got to taste it ...

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

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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NEW JERSEY — In the past few months, Stephen Kilroy has seen changes at his restaurant that he would have never anticipated. Meal packages, a slimmer menu and made-for-takeout meals is not something the restaurant industry veteran is accustomed to.  “We’ve never experienced something quite ...

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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 ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. We’re trading our flip flops for boots and our shorts for sweatshirts. Picnic dates on the shore might be coming to an end but one seaside dish that never goes out of season is lobster.  Baked, broiled or ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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As each New Jersey summer comes to a close, one sure thing that takes away the sting from saying goodbye to hot, sunshine-filled days is attending a San Gennaro Festival. This celebration, lasting 11 days in Manhattan and with smaller-scaled celebrations in our state, is a food-fest of Italian ...

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NEW JERSEY — It’s seven in the morning and Jimmy Greberis is in his element. Between taking phone orders and watching over the sizzling grill, the owner of the Summit Diner prepares for the breakfast rush, a familiar routine in his decades in the diner business. But for the first Sunday in ...

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NEW JERSEY — Friday is the first day since mid-March that restaurants in the Garden State can allow diners inside. And while some businesses have been reeling from a lack of sales during that time, pizzeria owners say they’ve had nothing but demand. That’s not to say the business has been ...

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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 ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. As summer slowly makes its way to the finish line and the crazy year we’ve experienced creeps to the end even slower, most New Jerseyans are ready for a drink ... or perhaps a flight?   The Garden State has ...

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When it’s hot outside, the last thing you want to do is turn on the stove, but how many times can you get away with gazpacho? Try using premade ingredients and peak summer produce to make mealtime a breeze. Here are some simple strategies for tasty, no-cook, summer eats. Super-Size a Charcuterie ...

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Looking to cool off on a hot summer night? Try granita, an icy dessert that is easy to make and requires no time in front of the stove. Originally from Sicily, granita is a shaved ice treat made from sweet, ripe fruit that’s puréed and frozen. Ours tastes like white sangria and includes a ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. Some think it’s the most important meal of the day and others say it’s reserved for champions. When it comes to breakfast, it doesn’t take a titleholder to know it’s a tasty way to start your day, and your ...

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New Jersey is the only state where you can’t have a home-baked foods business. But that may be about to change. The state Senate recently passed a bill that would allow entrepreneurs in the Garden State to make and sell baked goods out of their homes that do not require refrigeration or ...

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