NJ Flavor

February 16, 2019

Cara Di Falco, star of “Cara’s Cucina,” will host Groundwork Elizabeth’s WinterGreen gala Feb. 27 at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel. A nonprofit founded in Elizabeth in 2003, Groundwork Elizabeth builds sustainable communities in Elizabeth, NJ and in nearby Union County communities with urban ...

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These firefighters don’t just put out flames — they use them to make duck confit-stuffed ravioli with bacon and English pea puree. That’s how South Orange Local 24 won the gourmet category during last year’s Cooked & Uncorked food and wine festival, which is coming up for the 9th time this ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. Sometimes Cupid has an off day with his marksmanship. Maybe his arrow hit you once or twice, however it didn’t go deep enough to stick long-term. Or maybe you just haven’t been it the right place at the right ...

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February marks the annual maple sugar harvest in New Jersey. We found 10 places where you can learn the sweet truth behind this local treat. Maple sugaring has been around since Native Americans began taking sap from the trees. The activity has evolved throughout the centuries from shooting ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. Thanks to Cupid, the warmth from Valentine’s Day is a perfect and needed break from a chilly Jersey winter.  February 14th brings the potential of a sizzling, romantic day for couples everywhere, and if the cards ...

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Emily, a junior at Middlesex High School, was making spaghetti from scratch for the first time. “I always made boxed pasta, so this is new for me and exciting,” she said as she stood by the stove. In a small pot, the tomato sauce she helped make was steaming. “Make sure you stir your sauce so ...

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Game day parties can be bigger than Thanksgiving, where the roasted turkey is substituted with chili and the pumpkin pie is traded out for a keg of beer. As opposed to Thanksgiving, game-watching parties are a way-better date day, as the pressures of meeting family are replaced with meeting ...

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Winter isn’t going away any time soon, so why not embrace it? Chef Attilio Guarino of Ava’s Kitchen & Bar in Kenilworth, NJ suggests warming up on a chilly evening with his cold weather-ready Maple Old Fashioned. Make sure you use real maple syrup — not maple-flavored pancake syrup — for ...

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Two new restaurants recently opened near each other in South Orange, NJ, both with Brooklyn roots. Owners of the upscale American The Fox & Falcon and Latin street food specialists Miti Miti were drawn to the area first for their families, seeking more space in the New Jersey suburbs than ...

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Attention chocoholics: The Chocolate Expo is coming to the Garden State Plaza in Paramaus, NJ, on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Now in its 11th year, organizers claim that it’s America’s largest chocolate festival. Local, regional and international vendors at the expo will offer ...

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Falafel, that tasty vegetarian Mediterranean street food made from chickpeas, isn’t just for pitas anymore. It’s showing up in sub sandwiches, salads, chips, pizzas – even soup. Why is it so popular? “It’s vegetarian and a hearty add on,” said David Delinko, owner of The Salad House of ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a new series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. There are two things we can count on happening when the clock strikes twelve on New Year’s Eve. One is that a big shiny ball will fall on Times Square, signifying the beginning of a … well, new beginning. The ...

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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 side dish, perfect for chilly days. This recipe goes great with ...

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Mike Hur, owner of Café Teasia in Cranford, NJ, shows us how he makes their snow ice, an updated take on a beloved Korean dessert. Hur uses milk instead of water to make the creamy, fluffy base of the dessert, layers it with syrup, then tops it with a variety of treats, such as chocolate, ...

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Prestige Diner and Family Restaurant, a favorite gathering spot for people of all ages in New Providence, NJ,  has been busy whipping up wintertime cocktails. “Our food menu has many seasonal and organic ingredients, so we are doing the same with our drinks,” said Dimitrios ‘Jimmy’ Vardas, who ...

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New Jersey Date Night is a new series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers. Our First Date When it comes to first dates, everyone should remember that a first-time meeting should be short and not break the bank. A first date is a getting-to-know you moment, allowing the ...

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Pecan fingers are made by TAPinto Warren editor Brenda Nemcek's family only at Christmastime.  Be sure to dip these in confectioners' sugar once while they are still hot out of the oven, and then sift more sugar over them again when they are cool. Ingredients: 1 cup unsalted butter, ...

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We found some of the best places to get doughnuts in New Jersey. While one of the most recognizable global brands, Dunkin’, is dropping the “Donuts” from its  name, smaller doughnut shops in New Jersey are seeing rise in demand for the tasty treats. Jessica Dreyer, a fourth generation farmer ...

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If you love to cook, there’s a fair chance you’ve got a recipe somewhere in your home by Gwynn Galvin, whose cooking blog “Swirls of Flavor” has been picking up steam. “I have been told that I am ‘well-seasoned,’ having worked in the culinary field for more than 20 years now,” the grandmother of ...

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Where we found it: Eataly NYC Downtown Last year, our au pair from Sardinia, a little island of Italy, brought home grated cured mullet roe from her trip to the city with friends. “This is from my hometown!” Giulia told us, taking out a little jar of Bottarga Di Muggine. The next day, she ...

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Welcome to NJ Flavor, the newest section on TAPinto.net. Here we’re exploring tastes of the Garden State with stories and videos about the foods we love, from the hottest trends to hidden gems, the stories behind our favorites, destinations, awesome ingredients, events and festivals and, of ...

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At this Saturday’s annual Christmas Shoppe and Soup Fest at Cranford United Methodist Church, it’s the soup that’s expected to steal the show. Adding a soup festival component to the yearly fundraiser was the idea of church member Jo Ann Allen, according to Holly Walker, one of the “soup ladies” ...

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Hannukah 2018 starts the evening of Sunday, Dec. 2. You can get a head start on these traditional potato pancakes by pan-frying them the day before. Reheat them in a single layer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until hot, about 10 minutes. The trick to latkes that stay crispy? Let them dry on a rack, ...

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The holidays mean party season, and the best fetes include great guests — those who show up on time, provide help unasked and, of course, bring a thoughtful gift for their hosts. Treats from scratch are a wonderful way to show appreciation, and maybe even show off a hidden talent. That being ...

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Kara Newman, author of the new book “Nightcap: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening,” explains the history of the nightcap and offers some spiffy spots in New Jersey to get one, plus one to try at home. Q. What inspired your book? A. Honestly, I just felt it was an unsung category, ...

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Jenni Preziotti-Gamble, one of the founders of the Watsessing Park Conservancy in Essex County, shared her recipe for a Bourbon Yam Soufflé with TAPinto Bloomfield a couple of years ago, and TAPinto.net editors can’t stop talking about it. This recipe tied for “Best Side” in the People of ...

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Apple cider adds a bit of warm spice to this easy Thanksgiving side dish. Ingredients: 12 oz. fresh cranberries, about 3 ½ cups 1 cup granulated sugar ½ cup apple cider Rinse berries and pick them over to remove any leaves or stems that might be mixed in. Combine all ingredients ...

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Just ask the more than 300 exhibitors at Kosherfest, the world's largest kosher-certified trade show held on Nov. 14 and 15 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. Jackie Lieberman spoke with representatives from the leading innovators in the industry, including Manischewitz — a ...

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