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November 22, 2017

Turkey or ham? Perhaps a turducken?

Whichever traditional centerpiece you go with this Thanksgiving, there’s a chance it wasn’t served during the first holiday dinner in 1621. Historians believe the Plymouth Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe shared lobster, rabbit, nuts, carrots, eggs, and dried fruits during the original three-day celebration.

For 154 years, Thanksgiving would ...

New Jersey's Best Rum Spiked Cranberry Jelly Recipe

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -  Bloomfield resident Jenn Stilwell's cranberry jelly recipe is now the worst kept secret in the township.

Stilwell's jelly has been the subject of a great deal of chatter in town over the past few days. Then on Sunday afternoon. local business leader Izabela Van Tassel declared it "the best." Within hours, under cover of ...

Comfort Food: The Fabulous Beekman Boys Macaroni and Cheese With Mushrooms and Kale Recipe

The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook by Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell has become a favorite around here, so much so that in addition to writing a review I had to share one of the recipes from the book. Macaroni and Cheese with Kale and Mushrooms is true to the nature of the book as includes notes from the authors about options as well as space for our own notes and ideas to make what was ...

Infusion Confusion: A Not-Too-Serious Look at Suburban New Jersey's Obsession with Trader Joe's

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick knows how it feels to be left-swiped on Tinder - briefly considered, judged, and rejected.  Ever since Trader Joe's chose to open on Route 1 South in North Brunswick, East Brunswick has been sitting at the far end of the bar, staring down into a flat beer and letting our Buffalo wings congeal.  Why them and not us?  Don't we like fig and ...

Help Feed Area Communities This Thanksgiving By Stuffing The Bus

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Immaculate Conception School bus will be parked in the lot of the Stop & Shop in the Concordia Shopping Center on Saturday, November 11 from 11 a.m until 3 p.m. Residents are invited to come and stuff the bus with non-perishable food to help all members of the surrounding communities enjoy a Thanksgiving meal this holiday season.

The donations will go to the ...

Seasonal Comfort Food: Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

During this hectic season, between shuttling the kids from activity to activity and trying to enjoy the holiday spirit, it can be difficult to get a wholesome, homemade meal on your family table, day in and day out. But the solution for simple, delicious dishes is a lot closer than you think: the canned foods in your pantry.

With a well-stocked pantry full of ingredients like canned evaporated ...

Kenilworth Resident & Restaurant Owner to Compete in Guy Fieri's New Reality Show

KENILWORTH, NJ – Daryani Santana, a Kenilworth resident and restaurant owner, will bring a taste of Jersey to the Food Network on “Guy’s Big Project.”

Santana, who owns Cha Cha Cuban with her father, is one of 10 contestants to appear on Guy Fieri’s newest reality show, which offers contestants the opportunity to present their ideas for food travel shows. The ...

Fig Tree Market to Hold Grand Opening Nov. 2, Replaces Key Food in Plainfield

PLAINFIELD, NJ - If you have driven down South Avenue in Plainfield recently, one particular sign may have caught your eye.

The Fig Tree Market -- at the site of the former Key Foods supermarket and the long popular Times Farmers Market -- near the intersection at Leland Ave. has a hosted a banner announcing a Grand Opening to take place on  Thursday, Nov. 2.  

When ...

Food Network's "Man Crafted" Films Thanksgiving Episode at Bloomfield Fire Headquarters

BLOOMFIELD, NJ-  On a balmy May day, as the local residents walked up and down Franklin Street in shorts and t-shirts, members of the Bloomfield Fire department were inside Fire Headquarters celebrating an early Thanksgiving of sorts. The customary smell of smoky fire gear was now replaced by the enticing aroma of nutmeg and bacon.  The garage bay, normally reserved for a fire engine, ...

Meatless Monday and Grubhub Partner to Showcase the Popularity of Meat Alternatives

Americans are inceasingly ordering meatless dishes not just on Monday, but every day of the week, according to analysis by Meatless Monday and Grubhub.

"With so many vegetarian dishes gaining popularity, it is easy to see that choosing meat-free meals is not just a trend," said Barbara Martin Coppola, CMO of Grubhub. "Grubhub provides an easy way for people ...

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Annual Turkey Drive To Help Provide For New Jersey's Hungry

November 16, 2017

HILLSIDE, NJ – Close to 300,000 New Jersey children face hunger every day. Many of their families don’t have the means to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner – turkey, stuffing and all. To ensure food-insecure people across the state have what they need to share a holiday meal, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey has been purchasing thousands of turkeys and will gather even ...