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Jar Goods Classic Red: Product Review and Recipes

I recently received a sample jar of fresh sauce from Jar Goods, based in Hoboken. I always love receiving samples before reviewing a product, because not only does it enable me to relay to my readers a personal encounter with the product, but also because it provides such a wonderful first impression when distributors make a […]

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Pastosa Ravioli Comes to Cranford

Family-owned Pastosa Ravioli is beloved in Brooklyn, where its first store opened in 1966. Since then, the family has opened locations throughout the metropolitan area, with the only other New Jersey store located in Manalapan. The Cranford location opened in August and since then, Pastosa Ravioli has welcomed a steady stream of customers attracted by the high quality food, friendly […]

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Birravino Opens in Red Bank

Vic Rallo is at it again. In between shooting the second season of his hit television show Eat! Drink! Italy! which is now broadcasting on Create TV (check your local listings for show times and channels), training for an Iron Man competition, and managing his restaurants including Undici in Rumson, he decided to renovate the local’s […]

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CSA Melissa Beveridge Jersey Bites

Cookin’ Local, CSA-Style

My CSA (community supported agriculture) venture started when I became a farm hand at a local organic farm. From summer through the fall, winter, and spring, I worked closely with the farmer, from going through seed catalogues in the dead of winter to starting seedlings in the hoop house in the early spring, it was […]

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Porta: Homemade Pizza in Asbury Park

Pizza and warm weather go together like….peanut butter and jelly? Or something like that. I recently had the opportunity to check out the much acclaimed Porta in Asbury Park. The wonderful food, great ambiance and free-flowing wine were only the beginning of what turned out to be an incredible evening. Just two blocks off the […]

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Bongiovi Brand Pasta Sauce

As a New Jersey native, I’m destined to like certain things. Two of those things are tomato sauce and Jon Bon Jovi. So when I was offered an invite to taste test the Bongiovi Brand tomato sauces, I quickly accepted. I learned quickly that there are more than just musical genes in the Bongiovi family. […]

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Noodles & Company: Opening and Giveaway

Noodles Anyone? The “fast-restaurant” industry must have caught onto a trend, offering higher quality ingredients with more flavors for those pickier customers (yes, I’m talking about myself). Along with Chipotle, Panera and Smashburger comes Noodles & Company, a Chicago-based chain that has everyone going a little… noodles. The Mascott Corporation of Hillside opened its first […]

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pasta, Roselle Park: Casa di Trevi

Casa di Trevi in Roselle Park

Pasta Perfection Growing up there was only one flavor of frozen ravioli available in our grocer’s freezer. It had no discernible taste, which is probably why we covered it with marinara sauce. Now I’m lucky enough to live only minutes from Casa di Trevi, a gourmet pasta company putting out products that are a far […]

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Cracked Olive Market in holmdel nj

Mediterranean Tastes at Holmdel’s Cracked Olive Market

Just a few months after opening the Cracked Olive Market, Superstorm Sandy hit, knocking power out in Holmdel for weeks. Owners Dan Duffy and Chef Denis O’Connor used their food at the Market, located next to the Holmdel Fire Station, and worked from the fire department’s kitchen, cooking everything they had to help feed the community. […]

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Meatless Monday – Penne with Mushroom Sauce

Hearty pasta that’s “meaty” from the Cremini mushrooms. 5 Tbs. butter 1 large onion, chopped 1 pound Cremini mushrooms, sliced 1 1/4 cups heavy cream 2 Tbs. dry Sherry 1/4 tsp. fresh thyme 1 pound penne 1/4 cup parsley 3 Tbsp. Parmersan cheese Melt butter over medium-high heat.  Add onions and sauté 8 minutes.  Add […]

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