NJ Flavor

March 17, 2020

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. In the course of time there have been a variety of catch phrases aimed at relationships. From being in a LAT relationship (Living Apart Together) to conscious uncoupling, couples from Sparta to Trenton and ...

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This story first ran on TAPinto East Brunswick. Okay, I'll admit it. I grew up hating Irish soda bread. Too dry. Not good toasted. Weird shape. People brought it to my house every St. Patrick's Day, and I graciously accepted it and tried to palm it off on my guests. I made sure that everyone had ...

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It’s no secret that most restaurants survive on thin margins, so when New Jersey officials started recommending “social distancing” to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, those in the business knew it could spell disaster for their bottom lines. We asked how patrons ...

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We asked people who work at restaurants in New Jersey the worst things that customers did. “Folks have no idea what happens behind the scenes or, for that fact, in front of them,” said a woman in Central New Jersey who asked not to be named. “Dirty diapers on the table. A woman used a pitcher to ...

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From onion skins to eggshells to withered bouquets, one local small business is keeping literally tons of compostable waste out of landfills and making it into something useful for its customers — nutrient-rich soil. In 2018, Michelle Bradley and her husband Java Bradley started Java’s Compost ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. Sometimes even the most adventurous Garden State couple just wants to keep it super laid back, cozy and at home. The choice for date night simplicity can lead to a most fear-instilling question … What’s for ...

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This story first appeared in TAPinto Scotch Plains/Fanwood. Scotch Plains resident Joe Murphy, a corporate pastry chef for the legendary restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten, founder of the Jean-Georges Restaurant Group, will compete on the Food Network program “Chopped Sweets!” on Monday, ...

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Saturday, Feb. 22, is National Margarita Day. In honor of the holiday, we compiled a list of great places in New Jersey to imbibe one of the tasty tequila cocktails, whether you prefer yours on the rocks or frozen. Salud! Jose Tejas, Woodbridge and Fairfield. It doesn’t matter if you’re ...

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This article first appeared in TAPinto Springfield. SPRINGFIELD, NJ — On Presidents Day, Feb. 17, Super Stuffed Burgers celebrates its grand opening in Springfield. We got a sneak peak Friday afternoon when co-owners Rob Grunauer and Rey Perez spoke about their new venture. “I am a comic book ...

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Can’t get enough Girl Scout Cookies? Then head to the third annual Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey Great Cookie Cook-off next month in Scotch Plains, where New Jersey chefs will compete to see who can best incorporate the perennial treats into dishes both sweet and savory. The fundraiser will be ...

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New Jersey’s official state Twitter account, @NJGov, set off a “pizza war” a few days ago when — just in time for National Pizza Day — it proclaimed the Garden State the “official pizza capital of the world.” But is it, though? Is it really? As everyone knows, pizza got its start in ...

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This story first ran on TAPinto Hillsborough. Tune in to the Food Network Monday night, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. to catch Olivia Altidor, an eighth-grader at Hillsborough Middle School, in front of the camera with other Girl Scouts as bakers whip up desserts made with Girl Scout cookies. You'll see ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. When it comes to the Valentine’s Day date, the stakes are high because of the importance we place on the perceived “most romantic” date night of the year. Even though we should approach every date night with the ...

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This story first ran on TAPinto Montville. MONTVILLE, NJ — Ever since TAPinto Montville broke the news of the new owner of the former Montville Inn, Michael Cetrulo’s vision for his new restaurant Locanda Vecchia last June, food-lovers have been asking, “When is it going to open?” Locals are ...

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This story first ran on TAPinto Millburn/Short Hills. SHORT HILLS, NJ — Kelsey Grammer is a well-known actor, voice actor, comedian, singer, producer, director and writer. But on Wednesday afternoon, he dropped by the Kings Food Market in Short Hills to fill another role; brewer. Grammer was ...

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Sometimes you have all day to shop and prepare tasty snacks for a party. And sometimes you don't. Either way, this recipe lets you impress your friends with a spicy homemade hummus that’s ready in minutes using items from your pantry: canned chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans), tahini (sesame ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. Holiday festivities always make for a great date night, but have you ever celebrated the Year of the Rat? The animal changes annually, but the fun and flavor of Chinese New Year is always a ...

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This story first ran on TAPinto Newark. NEWARK, NJ — Jon Bon Jovi and wife, Dorothea, have opened their first JBJ Soul Kitchen on a college campus at Rutgers University-Newark to address college students' struggles with food insecurity.  The Rutgers University-Newark campus marks the third ...

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Wearing white chef’s jackets and toques, about 30 men are bustling about the professional kitchen. Under the guidance of a professional chef, they work in teams — elbowing through the door with octopus lightly charred from an outdoor fire, pulling pork loin from a sous vide bath, chopping and ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. The days following the holiday season can be rather heavy — we’re heavy hearted that the celebrations are all over and heavier in the waistline from enjoying every last bite of the festivities.  In New Jersey ...

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When Pamela Beardslee started Puras Paletas, she assumed demand for her gourmet ice pops would drop with the temperature. The entrepreneur had a plan, though. To get through the winter, she would launch a sister business called Elderberry Kitchen and sell homeopathic immune boosters and cold ...

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This story first ran on TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como. Anthony Fontanez is not one to give up. After two unsuccessful tries, the 12-year-old Belmar youngster will compete in the new season of Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship.” The St. Rose Grammar School seventh-grader is among 12 young ...

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In 1820, Robert Gibbon Johnson shocked a crowd at the Salem County Courthouse by chomping down on a basket of tomatoes, proving to spectators that the so-called ornamental fruits were not poisonous. The story is a New Jersey legend. It’s also probably fiction, according to journalist Fred Rossi ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. The approach to New Year’s Eve is usually one of sparkly hats and shiny noisemakers. But those in the know realize they need more than that if they want their last date night of the decade to be one that results ...

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WESTFIELD, NJ — Apples aren’t just good gifts for teachers. Apples have long been associated with good health. Such was especially the case from the late 1700s into the early 1900s when people would decorate the fruit with greenery and various spices then give the finished product as a gift, New ...

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On Christmas Eve, many New Jerseyans observe an Italian-American tradition brought to the US from Sicily: the Feast of the Seven Fishes (Festa dei sette pesci). The goal is to serve seven fish dishes as part of an extended — and filling — holiday meal. Catholics used to fast from meat on the ...

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Chef Ed Szwedo has been cooking up gourmet breakfasts at Woolverton Inn, a country estate bed-and-breakfast in Stockton, NJ, since 2006. One of his signature dishes is lemon ricotta hotcakes. “They have been a favorite of our guests for many years, and we hang onto those recipes that are tried ...

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What goes into a really great pasta? At “A Tasting of Tuscany” in Westfield, it was just flour and eggs. “It’s all about the quality of the ingredients,” explained Laura Orlando, who was conducting a demonstration in the kitchen of The James Ward Mansion in Downtown Westfield to a crowd of food ...

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The holiday season is upon us and even though we feel pulled in every possible direction, it’s important to make time for our other halves. It may seem impossible with all the parties, school programs and work events, but scheduling a date is not only great for your relationship but a perfect way ...

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With the holiday season in full swing, party hosts often lighten the mood with a signature adult beverage handed to guests as they come in the door. It makes for a great ice breaker as people walk into an event where guests might not know each other. Immediately, everyone has an easy a conversation ...

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