NJ Flavor

September 27, 2020

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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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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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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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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