NJ Flavor

November 25, 2019

Some folks spend the days leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas rolling out dough. Others head to their favorite bakery to get their holiday pies. At The Pie Store in Upper Montclair, customers are lining up for pies both sweet and savory. The 12-year-old shop makes pies all year round, but ...

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Two years ago, Erica Leahy left her job as a pastry chef and started baking for friends and family.  After getting her company going in a shared commercial kitchen, or kitchen “incubator,” today she owns Three Daughters Baking Company, and will soon run a café inside an innovative new store in ...

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Ever wonder where the Thanksgiving classic Green Bean Casserole came from? Turns out it was created in the Garden State. The turkey day staple was invented in 1955 in Campbell’s test kitchen in Camden by recipe developer Dorcas Reilly, who Campbell’s refers to as the “Grandmother of Green Bean ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. Cheering on the home team is more fun when there’s two of you. And with football, basketball and hockey in full swing, there’s practically something happening every night. It may not be possible for you and ...

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John and Erin Headley operate a small cranberry bog deep in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. John works with the Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension in Washington Township, Burlington County, where researchers from Rutgers University work to combat pest and disease ...

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Growing cranberries is a family business in New Jersey, with a lifestyle that involves intense work during a growing season, nurturing plants and flooding fields for gathering fruit. Nobody knows this better than Bill Cutts, one of three generations of family members who are now reaping the harvest ...

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Let’s face it: No one is ever going to eat all that Halloween candy. Why not chop up those fun-size chocolate bars and throw them into some cookie dough with a handful or two of M&M’s? This one-bowl recipe is even easier than drop cookies and ready in under an hour, with no special equipment ...

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HACKETTSTOWN, NJ — Introduced to the U.S. market in 1941, M&M's are the flagship product of Mars Candy Company. They are known the world over for their candy shell, which encases a filling that originally was milk chocolate, but over the years has expanded to include peanut, dark chocolate, ...

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This story first ran on TAPinto Wayne. WAYNE, NJ — On the last day of Wayne’s Farmers Market this year, Paul Bastante of Silk City Films captured the last of his footage for his upcoming documentary, “Hills and Valleys: A Journey Through Wayne.” The segment will be called “Uh-Oh, Oreo,” and will ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. As Halloween approaches, we expect to encounter apparitions. Some may think it’s a once-a-year thing, but others know that spirits would never limit themselves to just one day of play.  Just in time for All ...

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Carving Jack-o’-lanterns? Save your pumpkin seeds for a tasty snack. To get started, preheat the oven to 325°F. Scoop the seeds out of your pumpkin and place them in a colander in the sink. Separate the seeds as much as you can from any goo, then rinse them clean. Pat them dry. On a baking ...

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It’s squash season! So now that you’ve just picked up a bunch of beautiful autumn squash, what do you do with it? First, don’t refrigerate hard squashes unless they’re peeled or cut. Instead, keep them in a cool, dry place. They’ll last about a month. Then try one of these yummy ...

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Finding the perfect sandwich is almost as important as finding the perfect lunchtime date, and luckily New Jersey offers a plethora of options when it comes to delicatessens. The delis of the Garden State offer up a menu of the soups, sandwiches and black and white cookies that rival (and pehaps ...

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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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SPARTA, NJ – With a backhoe as a backdrop, more than 20 officials and friends from around the county gathered for an unusual ground breaking ceremony.  But that suits Steve and Rachael Scro just fine.  Instead of shiny shovels, the invited VIPs had pitchforks and even a pumpkin harvesting tool; a ...

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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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