NJ Flavor

October 27, 2020

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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HOBOKEN, NJ - With last week’s harvest moon, "decorative gourd season" is officially in full gear. That means most Hobokenites are planning a trip to the countryside for their pumpkins this holiday weekend. For the Alves Family, they need only venture into their own backyard—thanks to the ...

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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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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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