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Free Food Alert! Pollo Campero

Celebrate National Empanada Day at Pollo Campero this Tuesday, April 8, with free handmade empanadas! The Latin chicken restaurant chain is also celebrating its 43rd birthday by inviting guests to its five locations in New Jersey from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. to enjoy one of Latin America’s most popular dishes. The following is a […]

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National Grilled Cheese Month

A Toute Heure in Cranford: Your Grilled-Cheese HQ

In honor of April being National Grilled Cheese Month, A Toute Heure’s Sous Chef Kelly Zavala took the time to let me know about some of her favorite grilled-cheese sandwich combinations, as well as the secrets to the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. When asked what ingredients she adds to her grilled cheeses, Chef Zavala ticked […]

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Lickt Gelato in Kenilworth

For anyone who’s been to Italy, the mention of gelato brings to mind a luscious frozen treat where quality is stressed over quantity. That is exactly the mantra behind Lickt Gelato, created by Margaret Asselin. Margaret had experience making gelato for friends and family, and in 2011 she decided to leave the corporate world and […]

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Pizza Time at Galloping Hill’s Red Knot Restaurant

With the amount of time I spend in a classroom, it can be a touch difficult for me to want to step inside another one after the 3:45 school bell rings. You can, however, coerce me if the classroom is also known as a kitchen and the one doing the instructing isn’t me! I love […]

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American Melts in Kenilworth. Grilled Cheese restaurant

American Melts in Kenilworth: Grilled Cheese Heaven

The Grilled Cheese Holy Grail: It’s in New Jersey! I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like cheese—and  those who have a disdain for grilled cheese are not even worth my breath. Thank you, I feel better getting that out. On the flip side, for connoisseurs of fromage, I’d like to introduce to you the Littlest […]

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Opening: 100 Steps in Cranford

I don’t like to play favorites, but when you only get to go out to dinner once a month you have to be picky about where you go. And yet month after month my husband and I leave the baby with a set of grandparents and head over to A Toute Heure. What can I […]

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Tis the Season for Gingerbread Houses

There are a few holiday traditions where kids are more than happy to help out—sure, trimming a Christmas tree is special and will likely create sweet memories, but when it comes to little hands, let’s face it—they like to get a little dirty—or, rather… sticky—with delicious frosting. Not to mention bags of colorful candies and […]

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Hanukkah Chicken

Recipe: Hanukkah Chicken

In my family a traditional Hanukkah meal typically consists of potato latkes, a green vegetable and roasted chicken. This year I want to hold on to our traditions while making the menu a bit more interesting.  I decided to look through one of my favorite new cookbooks, Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi, for some inspiration—and I […]

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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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Oh’ Brian’s On The Green in Clark

Clark’s 1300 Raritan Road is no stranger to change. What was once the Tex-Mex hotspot favorite, Senorita’s, two Brians—French Culinary Institute trained Executive Chef Brian Walter, alongside his partner, Brian Costello—have replaced the fiery atmosphere with a romantic pub fare for the second Union County location at Oh’ Brian’s On the Green. Walter has a […]

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