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Wedding Cakes Shed No Tiers

July 27, 2014 10:59 PM ET | Suzanne Zimmer Lowery | Permanent Link

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

July 20, 2014 11:46 PM ET | Suzanne Zimmer Lowery | Permanent Link

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

July 13, 2014 01:54 PM ET | Suzanne Zimmer Lowery | Permanent Link

"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?

July 07, 2014 01:44 PM ET | Suzanne Zimmer Lowery | Permanent Link

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!

June 29, 2014 03:59 PM ET | Suzanne Zimmer Lowery | Permanent Link

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

June 23, 2014 01:02 AM ET | Suzanne Zimmer Lowery | Permanent Link

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

June 16, 2014 02:45 AM ET | Suzanne Zimmer Lowery | Permanent Link

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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