Mom’s Garden Tomato Bolognese Recipe

Mom's Garden Tomato Bolognese

Gluten Free, Italian, Recipes | September 4, 2015 | By

Visiting my parents’ house whenever there is a meal involved always gets me excited. My parents’ share an almost equal level of excitement around their passion for food and cooking as I do. So it goes without saying that there is rarely a bad or boring meal that it is put on the table. Not only do I get to take advantage of a tasty dish but I also get to just sit back, relax and enjoy the meal. It’s definitely a win-win for me! During one of my most recent visits my parents had come up with a recipe to use up the overflowing garden vegetables from the backyard. It was one of the best homemade meals I had in a while. I have had a lack of recipe inspiration the past few weeks. So when I couldn’t stop craving this dish for a whole week after devouring it, I decided to replicate and post about it in my parent’s honor.

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September Foodie Happenings Around NJ

September Foodie Happenings 2015

Hi Everyone,

September has arrived. It’s not only my birthday month (!!!), but it’s also the wind down to summer and the kickoff to cool autumn days. The first half of the month is filled with the last of the seafood festivals and beach-side events. The latter part of the month is the introduction to harvest related festivities. So enjoy one last weekend at the seaside and then welcome Fall with open arms. :) 

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The Complete Guide to Slow Cookers

The Complete Guide to Slow Cookers

Hello Everyone,

We all know the sad truth that summer will be gone before we know it. I’m the first to admit I am no where near ready. In a matter of weeks I’ll be counting the days until next memorial day. But there is comfort that with Fall comes beautiful trees, pumpkin everything and slow cooked meals! In preparation for those crisp days ahead I’m giving all of you a great infographic! It will become your go-to guide for all things crockpot. Learn the settings, get some prep and cooking “hacks” and even get tips on how to clean your cooker.

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A Review of South and Pine, Morristown NJ

South and Pine, Morristown NJ

The Dish | August 20, 2015 | By

I’m still reeling from a dinner I had recently. It was hands down the best meal I have had in Morristown in a very long time, if not ever. As our busy little town continues to grow more and more exciting new eateries continue to open. A restaurant called South and Pine entered the scene a few months ago. The restaurant took over one of those spaces that has turned over about four times in the past two years. I’ll admit, I found myself guilty of just assuming it may be another doomed venture from the start. When my best friend went on a dinner outing there and returned to let me know it was fantastic, my interest was sparked.

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Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles Recipe

Cold Sesame Peanut Noodles

I recently had a craving for a dish that I can probably count on less than one hand how many times I have ate it. I thought that was the weirdest thing to get a craving for something you haven’t consumed any time in recent history (honestly I cannot remember when I even last had this meal). But, I guess that’s how hankerings work, they come when you don’t expect it. The dish I am talking about is cold sesame noodles. From my memory I remember them having a distinct bitter yet creamy flavor from the sesame and peanuts. Because I had all the ingredients in my house to make these, I decided to fulfill my craving without calling for take-out delivery.

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A Review of Greek Taverna, Montclair

Pastitsio from Greek Taverna

Reviews, The Dish | August 14, 2015 | By

A few weeks ago I took an excursion to Montclair to one of their many restaurants. I’ve said this over the course of writing my blog but, Montclair is a mecca for good food. The problem is, so is Morristown, which where I live. While I continue to try and conquer my own town I very rarely get out and explore others. I took a trip to visit an old friend was a great excuse to get out of town for the night and explore more of Montclair.

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Grilled Jersey Corn with Garlic Chili Butter and Lime Recipe

Grilled Jersey Corn with Chili Garlic Butter and Lime

Today’s recipe is a continued celebration of New Jersey’s famous produce. A few weeks ago I shared a Jersey Tomato salad showcasing one of August’s most famous crops in the garden state. For this recipe I am sharing another one of our summer star vegetables, Jersey corn!

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Laboratorio, Montclair adds Lunch and Small Plate Menu

Hi Everyone,

I have an exciting NJ restaurant update. Laboratorio Restaurant in Montclair, NJ. They have announced that they will now offer lunch on Thursdays and Fridays from 12pm to 4pm in addition to their regular dinner service Tuesday through Saturday.

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86 This! in Ellsworth, Maine

downeast Maine and 86 This!

Today is my second write-up about Maine this summer. I took another trip up to the vacationland for my cousin’s bridal shower. Except this time I went WAY up in Maine. My family lives in a small town called Cherryfield (and by small I mean unpopulated…we’re talking 1000 total residents across 44 square miles) about 4 to 5 hours north of the state border. To give you some perspective, the closest major grocer is about a  forty five minute drive. The mall is a mere hour and a half haul along with the closest highway. Cherryfield is untouched; it still looks like it probably did 40 years ago. A small little old fashioned general store/grocer is your option if you forgot something on your trip out to the large grocery store.  Also, forget about cell-phone service; once you’re in town your social media browsing and texting goes out the window. But, in this town it’s perfect to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the quiet and beautiful surroundings. It’s overgrown with wild blueberry fields (their claim to fame is their title of [wild] Blueberry Capital of the world) and houses are speckled across the town’s 44 mile expanse.  Everybody knows everyone and it’s a community unlike anything you’ll find in suburbia NJ. It’s just one big family.  I spent countless summers with family up there and this was my first warm weather visit in over 12 years. Albeit, my visit was a short 36 hours I did manage to pack a lot into my time there.

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Jersey Tomato and Olive Salad Recipe

Jersey Tomato and Olive Salad Recipe

For those of you who follow along on Instagram you saw the spectrum of bright red tomatoes that are currently filling the local farmer’s market tables. New Jersey is officially in tomato season, and I could not be happier. There is truly nothing like their juicy, sweet and acidic taste. During the winter I will often avoid tomatoes all together in efforts to not have to be subjected to the flavorless, grainy out of season taste. But in the summer, I find myself looking for endless ways to incorporate them into my meals. In my opinion the best way to enjoy these savory fruits are when they are the main highlight. Good tomatoes need very little help (in fact I love them with just a little salt and nothing else!). However; this recipe takes it up a small notch.

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