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Zimmer Lowery, Suzanne

Super Sides Me!

Are side dishes the Rodney Dangerfields of the dinner table? Not according to Maplewood's Rick Rodgers, who gives them plenty of respect in his latest cookbook, The Big Book of Sides, out just in time for Thanksgiving, the holiday that is like a debutante ball for side dishes.

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Remembering Eli Waller, 4, Felled By Enterovirus D68

On Sunday, November 16th, the Peacock Inn in Princeton will celebrate the brief life of one of the youngest members of its extended family: four-year-old Eli Waller, who in September went to bed seemingly healthy and died in his sleep from enterovirus D68.

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Present at the Creation

Now that Jersey City is recognized as one of the hippest dining destinations in the state, it's worth noting that only 14 years ago it was a culinary desert. The chef and restaurant where change for the better began? Ian Kapitan at Marco & Pepe. Now we have one last chance to taste his food before he flies back to his native Canada.

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Shrubs: The New Hip Sip

At the newly-opened Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen in Morristown, I was handed a cocktail called a Cannon Ball Shrub, named for the restaurant's spirited owner, Chris Cannon. Made with gin, the drink had pungency, fruity sweetness and a tingle from a splash of sparkling wine.

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Jersey Girl Food Tours

After joining forces to create Jersey Girls Food Tours of Jersey City, Alessia Aron and Janis Borroto have now created a major tasting event to show off the city's food boom.

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And Now, Tea Pairings

Wine pairings, beer pairings, what else is new? Make way for the new wave—tea pairings. Think I'm kidding? Two top chefs--Thomas Ciszak of Chakra in Paramus and Todd Villani of Terre a Terre in Carlstadt--are taking the idea very seriously.

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Hail the Humble Lima!

Admit it. You think lima beans are dull. Bet you didn't know they can shine in crème brulees, crepes, hummus, empanadas, cookies, cakes and even ice cream. Skeptical? This Saturday's 29th annual West Cape May Lima Bean Festival just might win you over.

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Knish and Tell

Woody Allen, in his stand-up comedy days, used to joke, "My parents believed equally in God and carpeting." Laura Silver's parents also had strong values. “Knishes were my family’s religion," she says. "For knishes, we went on pilgrimages." Now she's coming to Paramus to talk about her favorite subject.

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Wine to Go: Hear it Growl

South Jersey’s Bellview Winery in Landisville, just outside Vineland, is one of the first (and possibly the first) of the state’s 43 wineries to offer convenient and environmentally conscious ‘growlers’ of wine to customers at the winery.

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Gender-Reveal Cakes, a Runaway Hit

Used to be parents learned the sex of their child when the bundle of joy was born. Then ultrasounds and more recently blood tests determine the gender early in the pregnancy. Now more and more moms-to-be are asking for the test results to be handed them in a sealed envelope, which they in turn hand, unopened, to a bakery.. Next stop: The gender-reveal cake and party.

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Booze University

Jason Wilson, best-selling author of Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure and the Overrated in Spirits, will lead a series of classes at Keg & Kitchen in Westmont called Booze University.

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10,000 Meals a Day

It takes 114 chefs, working in shifts around the clock, to prepare those 10,000 meals. What is this, the looniest TV culinary competition yet? No, it's a cruise ship, a luxury one at that.

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A Vodka's Curious Claim

Drew Adelman of Colonia, founder and CEO of Devotion vodka, swears that that his product "is not only the world’s first-ever, sugar-free, gluten-free and 100 percent made-in-America vodka, it is also hangover-free."

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Hoboken Boy Teams With Guy Fieri

A couple years ago, Gibson Borelli of Hoboken took one of my pie-baking classes for kids. Now the 12-year-old has won a spot on the new season of the Food Network’s Rachael vs.Guy: Kids Cook-Off, which runs every Sunday through September 21.

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AC Trains the Chefs of Tomorrow, Today!

A new culinary training program is getting underway in Atlantic City, designed to get students from the classroom to professional kitchens in just four months.

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Unmellow Yellow

The new Camaro looks like it got stepped on by Bigfoot, and is as mad as a hornet. Subtract the hornet's black stripes and you have a four-wheeled wasp looking for trouble. In fact, the woman who stepped from the car moments after this picture was taken was wearing black pants and a yellow blouse, and was smoking a cigarette.

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"Like Beef Without the Fat"

We'll get to the birds in a moment (they're unique, to say the least), but what Todd Applebaum wants you to know is that “ostrich meat tastes like beef without the fat. In fact, it has less fat than skinless chicken."

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Wedding Cakes Shed No Tiers

Wedding-cake fads come and go: "cakes" assembled from cupcakes, from cookies, from various pastries, from cake lollipops. But the old-fashioned tiered wedding cake remains first in the hearts of most brides. New Jersey is blessed with a number of gifted wedding cake creators.

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Montclair's Teen "Chopped" Challenger

At 13, Jake Diamond of Montclair has enough cooking chops to have earned himself a spot on the August 5th episode of the Food Network’s Chopped:Teen Tournament. "Meeting the crew and the people judging me," he says, "I wasn’t nervous at all. I was really happy."

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Marilyn Schlossbach's Pickle Power

"Picklling," says Marilyn Schlossbach, owner of six busy Shore restaurants, "is a great way to extend your season of vegetables. Pickling removes water from the vegetables, concentrating the vitamins and making the vegetables even more healthy. The fermentation also helps digestion."

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What Took So Long?

For the first time in its 10-year history, Restaurant Latour at the Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg has been named to Wine Enthusiast magazine's annual list of the 100 Best Wine Restaurants in the U.S., joining vaunted New York establishments such as Per Se, Le Bernardin and Daniel.

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Look! Up in the Sky! It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's Shorefoodie Telling Us Where to Eat!

On many Shore beaches this summer, you're likely to look up and see a plane dragging a banner. Nothing unusual about that. But this banner reads: SHORE FOODIE

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The Changes Behind Two New Names

Without changing owners, two of North Jersey’s longest-lived restaurants--Andre's in Newton and Tim Schaefer's Cuisine in Morristown--have recently renamed themselves to signal changes that are more than skin deep.

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Rock, Ribs and Ridges

At the 5th Annual Rock, Ribs and Ridges Festival, George Thorogood and The Destroyers will celebrate being “Bad to the Bone,” but the meat will all be good to the bone.

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Plum or Pizza?: A Colledge Education

Plum on Park in Montclair is so small it's a "street-car diner," says its owner, Natalie Colledge. But what's remarkable isn't just its pint size or even its recent addition of dinner service, but the tale of love and loss that brought it into being.

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Have You Spiralized Yet?

It's not the latest exercise trend. It's a way of cutting just about any vegetable into twirling pasta-like threads. If Ali Maffucci of Jersey City has her way, spiralizers will be as common in kitchens as colanders.

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Jambalaya Jam Session

For his 25th annual Crawfish Fest, Michael Arnone will bring not only New Orleans music and food, but also his do-it-yourself Jambalaya Mix.

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Guilt- and Gluten-Free Carbs and Sweets

ThinSlim Foods, made in Ringoes, use a proprietary formula to create brownies, cookies, breads and pizzas without gluten or sugar. The natural sweetener, erythritol, does not spike blood sugar levels or promote tooth decay.

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Halfway Between Habanero and Jalapeño

That would be the piri-piri pepper, basis of Mazi Piri-Piri Hot Sauce, created in Bradley Beach in 2001 and now pumping out about 10,000 bottles a year.

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Dining Outdoors: 'Tis the Season!

The Italians call it dining al fresco, the French dining en plein air. Whatever you call it, it's time, and we've got places where you can count the stars...in the sky and in the kitchen.

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Making "Food Deserts" Bloom

On Saturday, May 10, the award-winning non-profit America’s Grow a Row will hold a farm-to-fork fundraiser . “One million people in New Jersey are food insecure," says Grow a Row founder and president Chip Paillex. "They don’t know where their next meal is coming from.”

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Tattooed Chefs in Print

Birk O’Halloran has written the book on the love affair between chefs and their tattoos. It's called Eat.Ink, and he will sign copies of it this month at Cool Vines wine shops.

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They'll Cater a Seder

When the sun sets next Monday, Jews will sit down to seders, usually in a family member's home. If you're not up for all the work of preparing, serving and cleaning up after the Passover meal, here's good news—you have some intriguing options.

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Trinity Lounge

Trinity, named for the street behind it, is best at expanding pub grub in new directions. Its small plates are fun; its cocktails, too. more

Tried Fasting? Tried Cleanses? Try This:

Gained a few pounds this winter? Need a spring tune-up? Jocelyn Krasner’s Spring Detox Workshop aims to refresh and revitalize you.

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Dine With David Bouley

The 6th annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival kicks off this Friday, March 28th, with guests sipping Krug Champagne with guest of honor David Bouley. Then a wonderful weekend unfurls, with proceeds benefiting the James Beard Foundation.

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Tori Sickles, Rising Star

No one was more surprised than Tori Sickles of Sickles Market in Little Silver to be named one of 15 U.S. food entrepreneurs under 35  “making waves” in the industry.

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Study Cooking With the Greats!

Rick Bayless, Melissa Clark, Jonathan Waxman and Nancy Silverton are just a few of the cooks you can learn by watching in videos from David Ellner's Summit-based video magazine, Panna.

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Melt This!

Dave Chiarolanzio, owner of Grilled Cheese at the Melt Factory in Morristown, has found a way to super-satisfy the enduring human passion for melted cheese sandwiches.

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A LinkedIn For Farmers

As long ago as the 15th Century, farmers sang "God speed the plow" with hope in their hearts. Now a Long Valley couple have created software, called Farmventory, that speeds, if not the plow, the delivery of what the plow sows.

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Let the Good Times Roll!

I'm talking MARDI GRAS, the festival of indulgence that precedes the 40 days of Lent. You don't have to go to NOLA. There will be revelry aplenty in New Brunswick.

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Puff, the Magic Cookie

Hey, Valentine, name an alimentary delight that packs a flavor punch way beyond its feather weight, comes in crazy colors and flavors and is taking NJ by storm. Answer: The Parisian macaron.. Ain't no freakin' macaroon! Your lover will love 'em.

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Sandy, the Fireworks are Hailing...

OK, a little poetic license. But Sandy did knock South River's 2 Chicks With Chocolate into a place definitely not Little Eden. Now they're back, hailing Valentine's Day...

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The Food Truck Super Bowl

Or maybe it's Woodstock for food trucks. Or Lollapalooza. Whichever, for three days before the first NJ Super Bowl, 30 of the area's best food trucks will hold their own Super gathering near MetLife Stadium. The Winter Blast will show that "food trucks have come of age," says organizer Jon Hepner.

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'THIS Is Vegan? This is GOOD!'

So said Fanny Fuentes-Phalon and Tracey Phalon after their first vegan meal five years ago. This week they will open Mundo Vegan, the first vegan restaurant in Montclair, a town with more than 150 restaurants offering almost every cuisine you can think of. Except one. Until now.

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Five NJ Restaurants in OpenTable Top 100

Nicholas (Red Bank) and Lorena's (Maplewood) are no surprise, but Coltello Ristorante (Crosswicks) and the Franklinville Inn—little known outside their neighborhoods—are. The fifth NJ restaurant in OpenTable's national Top 100 is Cafe Matisse (Rutherford), now in its 26th year.

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An Online Farmer's Market Delivers

What's not to like about farmer's markets? Well, since you asked: they usually are held just one or two days a week; and you have to go when the farmers are there. Small potatoes, you say? Agreed. But Caren Sinclair-Kay has based her business, Fresh From the Farm 365, on ending those little drawbacks.

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Fifty Shades of Kale: "An Enticing Seductress"

Jennifer Iserloh wants to lead us to "an enticing seductress" with the power to "enchant and hold us prisoner." Are we talking handcuffs on the bedpost? No, says Iserloh with a wink, the action she touts in her new book, Fifty Shades of Kale, takes place in the kitchen.

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ShopRite Woos the Upscale Customer

With ShopRite of Greater Morristown, the supermarket chain debuts its entry into the luxe, life-is-good, stay-awhile, shopping-as-lifestyle sweepstakes.

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Like a Santa's Workshop for Foodies

Not at the North Pole, but in an Englewood warehouse, not elves, but cooks are hustling literally 24/7 to create great edible gifts. Under one roof (called Le Gourmet Factory), pies, popcorn, baked goods, candy apples and more are pouring forth from seven different commercial kitchens.

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Fresh Market: Out to Outdo Whole Foods

Love or hate Whole Foods, you can't dismiss it from the top of the supermarket food chain, where it vies with or edges out (depending on your point of view) Kings and Wegman's. Then there's the bargain phantasmagoria of Corrado's and upscale outposts like Fairway and Eden Gourmet. In the latter category, there's Fresh Market. Taking aim at Whole Foods, it opens its second NJ store this week.

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Finding A More Personal Holiday Party Spot

Looking for an intimate, casual, chic spot for your holiday gathering? Young entrepreneurs Sam Fertik and Aaron Nemani of Orange and Olive Caterers have just the thing.

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A Rocky With a British Accent

Making apple and pumpkin pies right now? To meet holiday demand, Rocky’s in Wharton is cranking out hundreds of traditional British meat pies, called pasties. They're experts--the family has been at it for 89 years.

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Win $10,000 From Frankenfood

Do ideas for novel dishes pop into your head, and when friends or family taste them, they say things like, "Weird...but, pretty good" or "Hmm, interesting..but it kind of grows on you"?  Then Frankenfood, Spike TV's first food-themed series, is looking for you!

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Sage Advice From Mr. Thanksgiving

"I figure I’ve cooked over 300 Thanksgiving dinners in my life,” says Rick Rodgers. The Maplewood resident established himself as the go-to guy on the subject in 1990 with his first book, The Turkey Cookbook: 138 New Ways to Cook America’s Favorite Bird. Among his 45 cookbooks are the classic 50 Best Stuffings and Dressings and the bible of the holiday, Thanksgiving 101.

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The CAKE BOSS' Bigger Slice

Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss, was not Jersey's original Boss, but these days he's roaring down his own Thunder Road, paved in fondant...

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Fly Your FREEKEH Flag

In 2010, when Barbara I. Fanelli heard TV’s Dr. Oz mention a wonder grain called freekeh, she hoped it would help her husband, who had been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The toasted wheat is low in carbs, super high in fiber, protein and calcium, and had been shown to actually help prevent diabetes.The only problem: she couldn’t find it in the United States.

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Day of the Dead: A Tasty Tribute to the Ancestors

A hearse will be parked outside Orale Mexican Kitchen in Jersey City on Friday, November 1—not as a kind of Halloween hangover, but as part of the celebration of the Latino celebration Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. Orale will put on a true fiesta of traditional foods, music, costumes and more.

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Non-Stick Honey: How Sweet It Is

Traveling in the midwest, Jeremy Edelman, self-described “serious tea guy,” couldn't find honey for his favorite beverage. Desperate, he bought a packet of bee pollen from a health food store, thinking the powder was honey in dry form. Wrong!

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Cru vs. Brew: A Showdown!

In Cru vs. Brew, promises Sharon Sevrens, "Three of the greatest minds in wine and beer will go head to head." Sevrens, founder and owner of Amanti Vino wine store in Montclair, organized the showdown between biodynamic wine advocate Robert Sinskey, Food and Wine 2012 Winemaker of the Year Steve Matthiasson and brewmaster Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery.

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Don't Have to Swing a Club to Eat at This One

Most important thing about the new Red Knot gastropub at the recently transformed Galloping Hill golf complex in Kenilworth? It provides, says GM Richard Spaulding, "a private club experience for everyone.”

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Homebrewers! Time to Strut Your Stuff!

Show off your best pilsners, ales, stouts and lagers at the 3rd Annual Jersey City Homebrew Competition. Beer aficionados, this is your chance to taste—and judge!

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Great Chef Cooks For You, For a Great Cause

How's this for a foodie fantasy? At the head of your table, an eminent chef—such as Anthony Bucco (Ryland Inn), John Benjamin (Restaurant Latour), James Laird (Serenade), Ariane Duarte (CulinAriane) and Corey Heyer (Bernards Inn), among others—cooks just for you and your guests. And proceeds benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

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Summit Wine and Food Fest Turns Five

Five years ago, Ivan Ruiz counted 22 empty storefronts—a record in his experience—as he walked through downtown Summit. Then inspiration struck. He decided to create a wine and food festival "to bring more people into town."

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Star Chefs Stoke Your APPETITE

This week, Ina Garten, Joe Bastianich and Ann Burrell will gather under the blue-sky dome of the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank for APPETITE: A Gastronomic Experience. Also on hand will be Jersey's own Carton craft brewer, its new JAD distiller, Rook artisan coffee roaster, Sugarush cupcake baker and 40 North oyster farm.

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The Preppy Chef's Preppy Cred

Beautifully designed and photographed, chef Christine Nunn's new The Preppy Cookbook offers a spirited guide to preppy staples like tea sandwiches, fondue and turkey tetrazzini—with recipes that take those and many other dishes to new levels.

But what about its author? Is she a real preppy? And what is a real preppy?

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Post Sandy, Food Truckin' on TV

When Hurricane Sandy wiped out their Sea Bright luncheonette last fall, Joanne and Steve Garelli wanted to rebuild, but couldn't get a loan. Little did they know Joanne would soon be heading for Beverly Hills and a rendezvous with the Food Network's Tyler Florence for a chance to win $50,000 and a fully outfitted food truck.

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Too Hot (or Busy) to Cook? Pick Up and Go!

Overheated, overworked? Just need a break? Suzanne Michaud's Comfort Food Kitchen in Montclair can send you home with a hot meal ready to serve your family.

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Brace Yourself For a Cutthroat Squirrel

When Francesco Palmieri, chef/owner of the Orange Squirrel in Bloomfield, stepped onto the set of the Food Network’s latest competition, Cutthroat Kitchen, his finely-honed knives were replaced with plastic takeout utensils and he was told to make creamed broccoli without using broccoli. He says he knew he was in for “a high stress-level situation.”

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Forno Italiano

Large, busy restaurant with an open kitchen and rustic Italian cuisine. more

Can You Trust Pizza From an Irish Pub?

An Irish pub serving pizza--at an outdoor Tiki bar, no less. It may sound like the opening of a joke, but this week the super popular Egan & Sons will fire up its new pizza oven at its West Orange location, joining the one at its Montclair flagship.

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Food Glorious Food at the NJ State Fair

“And the Blue Ribbon goes to...”  These coveted words will boom from loudspeakers at the annual New Jersey State Fair, August 2-11, not just for livestock but for all kinds of baked and canned goods you can buy--or enter in the competition.

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Golf Shots You Can Drink

Legend has it there are 18 holes in golf because there are 18 shots in a fifth of Scotch. On Wednesday July 24th, Ballyowen Golf Course at Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg will test this theory.

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Roll Your Own! (Pasta, that is.)

In Italian, “a mano” means “by hand,” and on Thursday, July 18th, at A Mano, a Neapolitan trattoria and pizzeria in Ridgewood, you can get your own hands on some fresh dough and learn how to roll out, cut and turn it into a number of delectable pasta dishes.

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Telltale Orange Mouth? Better Check FoodFacts.com

Ten years ago, Stanley Rak of Whitehouse Station was feeling uneasy watching his little grandson's mouth and fingers turn bright orange from eating a popular, crunchy, neon-colored snack. When the boy turned cranky and agitated within minutes of consuming the treat, Rak had an epiphany.

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Move Over Batali, Bittman, Bourdain! Here Comes Vic Rallo's "Eat! Drink! Italy! "

When Eat!Drink!Italy! premieres on public TV July 6th, Rumson’s own Vic Rallo will be seen on the border of Germany and Italy, touring one of Mussolini’s secret World War II underground bunkers, now home to aging wheels of artisanal Pecorino, Fontina and Gorgonzola.

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Village Green

When he set out to open his first restaurant in 2011, Kevin Portcher wanted to cook New American, yet honor his German roots. Suzanne Zimmer Lowery samples the results. more

Farm-to-Supermarket in 24 Hours (or Less)

When you grab a head of romaine or packet of herbs at the supermarket, “it could’ve taken five to seven days” to go from the field to the store, says Paul Kneeland, VP of Produce and Floral for the 23 Kings Food Markets in New Jersey. Kneeland wanted to better that—and has, by a lot, with Local Fresh 24/7.

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A Slice of Korean-Jewish Comedy at Nosher-Rye

Stand-up comedian Esther Paik Goodhart of Demarest points to a grocery shelf stacked with Spam, calling it “the canned meat of our people.” Daughter of a Korean-American minister, Goodhart converted to Judaism and now teaches Hebrew school. Her schtick can't help but raise the question, Which people?

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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Hot Sauce

When Johnny McLaughlin was selling supplies to tattoo parlors (he sports “a significant amount” of ink himself), or eking out a living as a visual artist, he never imagined he would win the inaugural episode of CNBC’s new Crowd Rules.

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One Chef's Declaration of Independence

Chef Patrick Yves Pierre-Jerome's food has been hailed almost everywhere he has cooked in his 30-year career. Yet he has endured too many days like the following: Arriving for work one day and discovering that the restaurant doors have been bolted shut.

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10,000 Maniacs? More! Eating 10,000 Pounds of Crawdads at Crawfish Fest!

What started as a one-time party thrown by a Good Ole Southern boy who was homesick and spice-deprived, has turned into a Jersey exclusive paying homage to the saucy rhythms and spicy flavors of the bayou.

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Melody Kettle: Lawyer-Mom-Foodie-Blogger and Now Festival Impresario

Melody Kettle, who lives in Montclair, has something in common with Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali, Chez Panisse, the French Laundry and even Georges Auguste Escoffier, "the king of chefs and the chef of kings." Each has been inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame.

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Maifest: Spring's Answer to Oktoberfest

Bavaria's fall festival gets all the ink, but Maifest rocks, too, with better weather! You can enjoy it here in NJ.

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Iron Chef Finds His Way Home

Chef Jose Garces likes to ride his long skateboard around Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, propelling himself with a land paddle called a Big Kahuna Stick. What’s more surprising than a 40-year-old skateboarding is that this Iron Chef and James Beard Award winner—whose empire includes three restaurants at the Revel in Atlantic City—has time for recreation.

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From White-Collar Worker to BBQ Pitmaster

Jeff Feldstein's career in marketing helped him spread the word when he launched Down to the Bone Barbecue & Company last spring. Still, it took old-fashioned shoe leather to get his bottled sauces into stores.

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Street Food: Around the World in 7 Courses

When chef Thomas Ciszak was growing up in Waltrop, Germany, near the Dutch border, it was common to see people buy a whole pickled herring from a street vendor, pick it up by the tail and down it in a single gulp.

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Eat Any Good Books Lately?

Eating and reading both involve taking something in and digesting it. "I devoured that book," people will say. Turns out you can do that literally. April is when people who love books and baking put the two together in festivals that celebrate the art of the edible book, creating fanciful cakes that are anything but prosaic.

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Shear Shaggy Sheep! Afterwards, Eat Some Great Cheese

At Valley Shepherd Creamery in Long Valley, they are getting out the clippers. About 700 sheep need to be sheared this month, and you're welcome to pitch in. Sheep are giving birth, too, and you are welcome to cuddle the newborn lambs. And then, not least, there's the cheese.

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Andre's

Growing up in rural Passaic County, Andre de Waal knew he wanted to be a chef. By age eight he had thumbed a copy of the CIA catalog until it was frayed. He did get to the CIA, graduated, cooked around and traveled a lot. In 1998 he opened Andre's in Newton. Suzanne Zimmer Lowery reviews the restaurant, its French-influenced menu and even the reclining nude in the ladies' room. more

Easter: Bonnets, Bunnies...and Babka!

As crocuses pop out of the ground this time of year, at Polonia Bakery in Passaic traditional Polish Easter babkas pop out of the oven in even greater profusion, and are gone just as quickly.

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Pizza: Coal-Fired or Wood-Fired?

Coal and wood are the two most traditional fuels for pizza ovens. Each has its proponents, but in this era of gas ovens, neither is easy to find. A new restaurant makes pizza in both a coal oven and a wood oven. Try both kinds, and you be the judge.

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Chestnuts: Versatile, Delicious and Not Just For Christmas

Chestnuts make most of us think of street vendors hawking the hot, blackened nuggets during the holidays. Or Nat King Cole (more recently, Justin Bieber) singing, "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at some rum." Okay, the lyrics didn't go quite that way. The point is, there is much more to chestnuts than our associations suggest.

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Don't Be a Sap! Boil Some! (And Why This Jerseyan Says His Maple Syrup Beats All.)

The weekend of March 16-17, you can watch Frank Hennion and his tireless crew make maple syrup at Lusscroft Farm in Wantage, Sussex County. Feeling hardy? He needs volunteers to help set things up, starting now.

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Take that, Philly! A Jerseyan Bets on Chicago's Answer to the Cheesesteak

As a Jersey native, chef Barbi "Red" Newman has eaten her share of Philly cheesesteaks. But ever since her days as pastry chef of Chicago’s Ritz Carlton Hotel, Newman's heart has belonged to another city's hot sandwich--and now she's bringing it to New Jersey.

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Maven of Melted Cheese Named a Forbes "30 Under 30" Entrepreneur on the Rise

Spencer Rubin has been thinking like an entrepreneur since he was six years old, when his dad would take him fishing and Spencer had the idea of selling the dishes they made with their catch. Now, at 26, the Montclair native not only is the founder and managing partner of Melt Shop grilled cheese restaurants, but Forbes magazine has certified him in its annual list of "the entrepreneurial, creative and intellectual best of their generation."

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Killer Mac & Cheese? You Be the Judge. (And More On a Food Fest Not to Miss.)

What kind of eater are you? Whether upscale or down home, the fifth annual New Jersey Wine and Food Festival March 15-17 has you covered. New Jersey Monthly is a proud cosponsor...

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Dunk Your Valentine...In Chocolate and Wine!

Symbolically, I mean. Still, it's a nifty new twist to the same-ole-same-ole, and it does involve dipping something relatively large in a vat of molten chocolate...

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Can Bread & Butter Be "Magical"? (Yes. Oh, Yes.)

Maybe it takes a man who was a picky eater as a child. ("I hated everything!") Maybe it takes a man who skipped his 2002 Rutgers graduation to go to Italy, and who came back telling everyone, "I need to learn how to cook." Whatever it takes, Dan Richer--owner of Razza in Jersey City and Arturo's in Maplewood--now bakes bread and churns butter that you don't blink an eye to pay $4 for. We caught up with him after a recent trip to Italy.

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Super Bowl (Food) Matchups: Crab vs. Cabernet

Whoever wins the game on Feb 3, gourmands have to like the spread—and I don't mean the point spread. I mean the beer, wine and food spread suggested by the two home cities, Baltimore and San Francisco. Here are some ideas from all-pro Jersey chefs and wine experts.

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A Baker's Lifeline, Online

Carole Walter’s classes and award-winning books have taught Americans how to bring forth great cakes and cookies every time. Now, as her MS advances, she opens a school without walls. more

Eating Animals To Save Animals

That was one of the more striking ideas floated last week by the owners of DeBragga & Spitler, the venerable meat purveyors, during a tour of their big, new facility in Jersey City. The owners, Marc Sarrazin, 57, and George Faison, 56, age beef in two refrigerated rooms. But they are anything but chill about the state of meat production in the U.S.

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Pity the Poor Truffle Pig (And the Truffle Dog Even More)

Dominique Filoni, executive chef of Avenue in Long Branch, grew up in the south of France foraging for wild leeks, exotic mushrooms and snails. But he has never hunted for truffles. “It is a very secretive process," he says. "And very competitive as well.” Pigs and dogs do the actual hunting. And though the animals aren't harmed, you have to feel sorry for them.

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The Moment That Changed Everything

Denise Cerreta, an acupuncturist in Salt Lake City, used to run a café in the front of her clinic to make ends meet. One day in 2003, searching for a higher purpose in her life, she made a decision. "A huge energy came over me," she recalls. She had been thinking about "letting people price their own food," according to what they could pay. "The next person who walks through the door..." she told herself.

A decade later, the consequences of that decision, here in New Jersey and elsewhere, are astonishing.

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Learn the Language of Love

Dana Marchione majored in Italian at Rutgers, studied two semesters in Italy, and moved there after graduation to teach English and work as an au pair for an Italian family. Back home, she missed the food and the language tremendously. Then one day, on the street in Hoboken, she overheard a young man speaking her beloved language. She turned, their eyes met...and well, that man is now her fiance.

“I guess now I know," she says, "why I spent all those years studying.”

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My Poem For The Feast of the Seven Fishes

Few holiday meals are as elaborate as the Southern Italian Christmas Eve festa, the Feast of the Seven Fishes, or La Vigilia, meaning The Vigil. For more about the feast, a recipe and my tribute in verse--and you thought I only cooked prose!--you'll just have to click.

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Raging River: Sandy, Restaurants and the Hudson Shore

The devastation Sandy wreaked along the Shore has been well documented. But the superstorm also pushed the Hudson River over the sea walls in Hoboken and Jersey City, damaging homes and businesses, including a large number of restaurants—many still recovering.

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Celebrate NJ's Delicacy Days

We’ve had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Super Sunday and Cyber Monday, so why not a whole week devoted to delicious food gifts made right here in the Garden State? Call it NJ’s Delicacy Days. Dig in, folks, now you can eat local and give local…

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Thanksgiving Pies, Some Veddy British

We Americans may feel we invented the deliciously flaky pies that will adorn our Thanksgiving tables, but like the Pilgrims themselves, the concept of sweets or savories wrapped in dough actually came from across the Pond. Thanks to the Pie Store in Montclair, all you have to do to serve one of these heritage creations is warm it up in the oven.

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Food Banks, Restaurants and More Pitch In

In Burlington 46-year-old Donna Hopkins clutched her dogs and cried uncontrollably as she waited in line at a local food pantry supplied by the Food Bank of South Jersey.

Says Food Bank SJ CEO Val Traore, “Food drives are helpful but money is better as we can get truckloads of nutrient-dense food from other parts of the country for pennies on the dollar."

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After the Sizzle Stopped: My Week With Sandy

The last sound I heard before the lights went out at 5 pm last Monday, October 29th, was the sizzle of a little boneless leg of lamb searing on my stovetop. It had been marinated in wine and fresh herbs, and it smelled marvelous. As it always does, that sizzle held so much promise, but this time it was not to be.

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Three Cheers for Serenity!

Serenity the state of mind is fine in its place, but right now the state of mind at the Serenity Cafe in Toms River is euphoria--and with good reason. Its chef/owner, Greg Manning, has won a national award from the readers of Cooking Light magazine: The Neighborhood Chef Award.

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Honoring Vincent Price: Campy Ghoul, Serious Gourmet

Vincent Price, the wicked voice of film horror for over half a century, once sprinkled Kermit the Frog with salt and threatened to gobble up his delicious legs. This might be a perfect example of the actor’s campy approach to the macabre, but few people realize that Price was actually a sophisticated gourmet and cookbook author.

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Chef's Table

Dali loved the classic French food Claude Baills made him. Times change. Happily, Baills’s cooking does not. more

Think You Love Pickles? Not Like These Folks...

At Pickle Licious, her all-things-pickle store in Teaneck, Robyn Samra sells chocolate-covered pickles, pickle-flavored gum and toothpaste, lifelike pickle Christmas tree ornaments and 28-inch inflatable pickles, not to mention at least eight kinds of actual pickles.

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The Brazilian Food You Don't Know (But Should)

Say "Brazilian food" and you can't help but think "Rodizio," the all-you-can-eat skewered meat feast popular in restaurants in Newark's Ironbound. Rodizio is great fun, but it isn't the Brazilian food Ilson Goncalves grew up on in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. At his restaurant Samba Montclair, he recently showed me the real deal.

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From Mozart to Mocha, With No Regrets

Julie Jacobson did her utmost to follow in her mother's footsteps. When she was 5, she took up her mother's instrument and style of music--classical piano--and followed a precocious path to the Juilliard School of Music. But something was missing.

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Guys! Learn the Way to a Woman's Heart!

The class Rama Ginde will teach on Oct. 9 will have “a very sexy vibe,” she says. “We want people to just have fun, enjoy, let loose. We want to show the connection between food and feelings, food and love.”

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Think You Can Hold Your Beer? Then Rise and Stein!

You know that Oktoberfest means beer, schnitzel and oom-pah bands. That is the easy part. But there is also a hard part, the part that separates the strong from the weak (regardless of gender). It requires steely determination and superhuman indifference to pain. It is Oktoberfest’s ultimate test. Masskrugstemmen!

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A Peachy Idea Helps a Good Cause

When the Food Bank of South Jersey discovered that one local peach farm was tossing out nearly a million undersized and blemished peaches every season, the seeds of a brilliant idea began to germinate. The Campbell's Soup Company, based in Camden, had a lot to do with bringing the idea to fruition, no pun intended.

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The Few (Okay, Many), the Proud (Unless the Souffle sinks), the Indebted (Bet on It): the Culinary School Students

Cooking up dreams of running a highly-rated kitchen, restaurant or TV food show, people are applying in greater numbers to cooking schools. As two NJ students can attest, most are in for a kind of boot-camp experience with an ivy league price tag.

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Getting Granular With the "Salt Junkie"

Kimarie Santiago, 34, a self-professed "salt junkie," makes magic with the world’s oldest flavor enhancer. Her latest creation is Krossed Keys, a rich black-truffle salt that she calls her “dirty habit.”

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Where to Find Exotic Ice Creams

In Italy, you can have artichoke ice cream; in France creamy caviar. Asia pushes the limits with chili pepper, chicken wing and octopus flavors. One shop in Venezuela is even rumored to make spaghetti-and-cheese ice cream. But you don't have to risk jet lag to try bizarre, or just unexpected, ice creams. Here's where to find them in Jersey...

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Parched in the Desert, Cooking in the Extreme...as the Cameras Roll

You all know the adage, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." On the first episode of the Food Network’s new season of Extreme Chef--Thursday, August 16th at 10 pm--Montclair chef Lance Knowling and his six competitors discover there is no escaping the heat. That's because their kitchen, if you can call it that, is actually the blazing California desert. Or, as the show calls it, "a post-apocalyptic wasteland."

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Bernards Inn, the latest to Bring Jersey's Best to the James Beard House

Four to six times a week, year round, the James Beard Foundation in Manhattan holds small, exclusive dinners at which noted chefs are invited to cook. Since 1991, a total of 212 of these dinners have been presented by New Jersey chefs (more on this inside). The latest honoree is chef Corey Heyer of the four-diamond Bernards Inn in Bernardsville. The theme of the August 9 dinner is "Garden State Bounty."

Says Heyer, a Shore native, “All the items on this menu I have caught, harvested, picked, cooked, eaten and celebrated with.”

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Putting the Aha! in Baja

Hungry beachfront strollers in Sea Isle City tired of pizza and pork roll should flock to Baja Blend, a beachside grill with a healthy, delicious menu featuring items like fish tacos and Ahi tuna burgers.

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Laid Off, She Got Herself in a Jam

When Kim Osterhoudt of Belle Mead holds a jam session, it involves no musical instruments. Instead, Osterhoudt, 56, owner of Jams by Kim, frees her creative juices to produce up to 18 flavors of all-natural, preservative-free, sweet and savory jams, jellies and preserves.

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Atlantic City's Surefire Bet

Odds are there will only be winners at the 2012 Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival, Thursday July 26th through Sunday July 29th. Rub elbows with Tom Colicchio of “Top Chef” fame, Food Network stars Paula Deen, Tyler Florence and Ann Burrell, the Travel Channel’s outrageous eater, Andrew Zimmern, and New Jersey’s own home-boy baker, Buddy Valastro, "The Cake Boss."

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Claude Monet: "One of The First Foodies"

Independent filmmaker Aileen Bordman of West Orange brings a whole new meaning to the term culinary arts with her documentary, “Monet’s Palate: A Gastronomic View From the Gardens of Giverny.”

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Clambakes to Go!

Clambakes--the delectable mix of steamed seafood, potatoes and corn--are almost as American as apple pie and hot dogs. Trouble is, done the traditional way, they're a lot of work. Now here is what in the tech world they call a workaround.

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New Savings to Savor

For deep dining discounts, there is a new kid in town. With savored.com, savvy diners can now reserve tables and enjoy discounts up to 30 percent at 24 fine New Jersey restaurants.

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The Mother of All Blueberries

A century ago, in 1912, the highbush blueberry was first cultivated for commercial production. Today it is, of course, New Jersey's official state fruit. This delicious staple of Garden State summers will be celebrated on June 23 at the 29th Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival, from 10 am to 4 pm in Browns Mills.

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Where Dreams (and Greens) Sprout

At Arthur & Friends greenhouses, the disabled grow by growing vegetables hydroponically. more

Father's Day, Peruvian Style

“When I first told my folks I wanted to pursue cooking, Dad was pretty against it, because he knew how tough the work is," says Juan Placencia, chef/owner of Costanera in Montclair. But today, Juan and his father, Pablo, who runs Oh! Calamares in Kearny, work happily just a few miles from each other.

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Cape May Restaurant Week is Now!

Cape May, a National Historic Landmark city, is not only a Mecca for sunbathers and bird-watchers; it has also become one of the state’s dining hotspots. This week, June 3-10, you can sample Cape May cooking at bargain prices.

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Flippin' For Burgers at New Farm Market

Weather is not the only thing heating up. On June 2, chef Anthony Pino, 42, of Hoboken’s Anthony David’s Gourmet Market, The Dining Room at Anthony David’s, and BIN 14 Trattoria and Wine Bar, will fire up his latest venture, On The FlipSide, a burger shack. The open-air grill will be the centerpiece of the new Hoboken Family Farmers' Market.

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Flying Fish Spreads Its Wings

Flying Fish Brewery is about to become a bigger fish. In July the company will move from its original Cherry Hill location to a brand new solar-powered brewery in Somerdale, quadrupling its size and allowing it to become what owner Gene Muller calls “the biggest of the little guys.”

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All You Need is a Window Ledge!

Simon and Garfunkel may have thrown together parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme to create an iconic love song, but right now foodies are trolling their local garden center for fresh herb plantings to inject new interest and freshness into their cooking. Even if your garden is just a sunny window ledge, there are endless possibilities for infusing your meals with ‘just-picked’ flavor. Now is the perfect time to begin.

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Princeton Grad Goes POP!

While many of us run around, looking for a way to honor Mom this week, Jonathan Lea, 24, already has that in the bag—literally. The 2009 Princeton economics grad has taken a, shall we say, kernel of an idea and turned it into a sweet and salty business.

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The World of Olive Oil—Bigger than You Thought

As a cooking instructor, I am often asked, “What kind of oil should I use?” The answer can vary, depending on what you are making and what your health concerns are. But clearly one of the most beloved, and versatile, is olive oil. The differences between particular olive oils can be subtle or striking, depending on where the olives were grown, how the oil was pressed and whether it was infused with herbs or other flavorings.

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Mad For Shad

Every year about this time, residents of Lambertville, along with thousands of visitors, go a bit daffy, flocking to the soggy spring shores of the Delaware River and dancing and feasting in the streets. What causes this temporary insanity? Why the annual shad run, of course.

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Gazelle Café & Grille

Suzanne Zimmer Lowery reviews Gazelle Café and Bistro in Ridgewood, where two young chefs with no formal training are cooking with confidence. more

Celiac Sufferer Enjoys Pasta Again

Maria Carlino grew up on good Italian home cooking, including lots of pasta. Her parents, Franco and Danica, own La Riviera Trattoria in Clifton. Maria is the manager, and her brother, Antonio, works beside Dad as his sous chef. Then three years ago Maria discovered she had celiac disease.

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This Will Get Your Goat!

Who knew that my beloved beefsteak was not the most popular red meat in the world? Apparently, Jim Lechner of Pittstown has known this for quite some time. In fact, goat is the world-wide winner in the red meat category, and Lechner, owner and operator of Goat World, has devoted his life to enlightening others on the subject.

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Ramping Up for Spring

When Jersey people refer to ‘ramps,’ they usually mean getting on or off the highway. But at this time of year, ramps are not a traffic subject; they are a food frenzy that can often involve foraging in the woods.

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Newark's Little Portugal, Home of Big Flavors

Daniel Rosati leads gustatory tours of his famous neighborhood, the Ironbound. more

Cute Cakes, Tough Critic

Florian Bellanger is the hard-line judge of Cupcake Wars. more

Stompin’ Season

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