NJ Flavor

October 9, 2019

The wine was very fine, but it was the glasses from which patrons sipped that were the main show at Ventanas in Fort Lee recently. About 100 diners swirled, sniffed and sipped wines for about an hour while learning which wine glasses are best for what varieties and why. “The rim diameter ...

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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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Not-so-fun fact: New Jersey is the only state where you can’t have a home-baked foods business. Sales of home-baked goods are allowed in the Garden State, provided they’re at charity events or bake sales. But bakers who filed a lawsuit say there should also be a law that allows them to make a ...

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Unless you have been living under a boulder, you’re probably seeing (and smelling) pumpkin spice everywhere. Since Starbucks introduced its Pumpkin Spice Latte (“PSL” to the devotees) in 2003, it has become by far the company’s most popular seasonal drink with roughly 424 million sold worldwide, ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. Oktoberfest: It’s more than beer steins and oompah bands. What started in 1810 as a public wedding reception for Bavarian Prince Ludwig and his bride Princess Therese of Saxon-Hildburghausen has grown to a ...

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Consumers identifying themselves as vegan has increased from just 1% to 6% between 2014 and 2017, a 600% increase, according to a report in Forbes. Growth of plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy products is on the rise. Vegan (no animal products, including dairy) products are growing in ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. When you date someone not from New Jersey they might ask why we’re known as the Garden State. Typically the answer can be found with one visit to a local farmer’s market, but if doubt persists all you have to do ...

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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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What’s the best food for a first birthday party? It was an enormous flatbread sandwich filled with mozzarella and imported prosciutto at a Tuscan-style café and bakery in New Jersey Sunday. More than 500 people* partook of the schiacciata sandwich at Farinolio in Westfield to celebrate the ...

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Mexican street corn is popping up just about everywhere. But how did this popular street food from our neighbors to the south end up a ubiquitous snack and appetizer in New Jersey? Local business owners say it’s because people travel to Mexico and other Latin countries more often and are ...

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Throughout the eastern United States, many communities where Italian immigrants originally landed began a tradition of hosting Italian festivals. The celebrations, often fundraisers for the local church or other organizations, often include rides, games of skill and, naturally, delicious ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. As summer comes to a close and school doors open, the kids will return to their structured lives while parents breathe a sigh of relief as everyone goes back to their normal routine.  If they’re lucky, kids ...

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Just in time for the Jewish New Year, Susie Fishbein, author of the international best-selling cookbook series “Kosher By Design,” will teach a week’s worth of kosher-based cooking classes beginning on Sept. 8 at The Kitchen at Bed Bath & Beyond, a new interactive cooking and activity learning ...

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Give the sweet summer watermelon a whole new flavor profile with chile lime salt. Marty Silverman, manager of Savory Spice Shop in Westfield, said the shop’s Peruvian Chile Lime Seasoning is a big seller. The lime adds brightness and the chile gives the fruit it a savory kick. But don't ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. No animals were harmed in the making of this date. Oftentimes in the dating world we encounter online profiles that include a potential date’s dietary preferences. From carnivores to pescatarians, there’s a ...

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This story first ran on TAPinto Scotch Plains/Fanwood. The 16th annual Hot Dog Nation Tour of New Jersey is planning to stop at six locations that serve some of  the best hot dogs in the state Aug. 24. More than 100 connoisseurs have signed up to ride on two motor coaches and sample hot dogs ...

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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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Garden State growers harvested 41 million pounds of peaches last year, according to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, making it the No. 3 state producing the fuzzy fruit in the country. Sure, you can get them at the store, but there’s nothing like picking your own. August, National Peach ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. Enjoying a dinner for two al fresco is a summertime must for New Jersey couples — great food, a little candlelight and the only thing close to a ceiling has a 747 in the distance. Taking full advantage of ...

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“Chopped Junior” contestant Jamie Foerst can’t say who won until after the episode airs at the end of this month. Foerst, who is 12, can’t even tell his family or friends about the dishes he made. Since the episode was filmed in early April, the soon-to-be 7th grader has kept its details a ...

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A voluntary recall is underway for some fresh basil from Mexico that may be contaminated with a parasite that causes intestinal illness. This week, the US Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control alerted consumers to an outbreak of Cyclospora traced to fresh basil imported ...

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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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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. Nothing beats a warm summer night — the perfect time to grab your date’s hand and go for a walk. With so many quaint New Jersey towns from which to choose there’s no shortage of options, but Morristown stands out ...

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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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Cheryl Marks Young is a New Jersey food allergy awareness advocate and the creator and chief curator for The Allergy Ninja. Read more about her at the end of this article. We all know that family with the “allergy kid.” You know, the ones that always bring their own food to parties and create a ...

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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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Named for a character in the children’s book “The Wind in the Willows,” Rat’s Restaurant at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, offers every bit as much charm and whimsy as the park itself. Step inside the old-fashioned French countryside-style café or choose a seat outdoors with a view of ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. When it comes to celebrating Independence Day, we’ve come a long way in regard to what’s on the menu. Years ago, Americans in the Northeast would typically feast on salmon and green peas. If you want a patriotic ...

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This story first ran on TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove. Historic Morgan’s Farm is a landmark in Cedar Grove, yet many are unaware that it is also a working organic farm — in fact it is the only organic farm in Essex County and has recently expanded to include an indoor market with a larger ...

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