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Wednesday
Aug272014

Our lighter take: Steven Raichlen's baked chiles rellenos

Steven Raichlen's chiles rellenos are baked, but we found they could be made even lighter and not lose on taste. Classic Mexican chiles rellenos typically involves large, cheese-filled peppers battered and fried. Steven Raichlen's cumin-infused stuffed peppers from his new cookbook “Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys” have raisins and pine nuts, adding Moroccan flair.

We were exceptionally impressed with the flavor and novelty of this baked version of the dish. We decided to try lightening it a bit more and the result was also delicious. And since Raichlen is a barbecue master, it would also be great to try cooking these peppers on the grill.

 

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Wednesday
Aug272014

Punkin' Treat Pouch template from "Felt-o-Ween"

HOW TO USE

 

1. Make a digital copy of the template below (Right click on the image and select "Save Image As..." from the pull-down menu).

2. Using saved file, make a paper copy of the template at your desired size. You can print it at 100 percent, or enlarge as desired for larger pouches.

3. Cut out pumpkins, decorate and stitch according to project instructions.

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Thursday
Aug212014

'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Teresa Giudice promotes Fabellini, meets fans in Westfield at Gallery U Boutique 

Teresa Giudice with Gallery U Boutique owner Lisa Lasso and Robert Grecco, direcor of programming for Universal Institute (Photo by Kimberly L. Jackson)“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice was in Westfield yesterday evening, chatting and posing for photos with about 100 fans who lined up at Gallery U Boutique awaiting the appearance of the table-turning TV mom from Montville.

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Saturday
Jun212014

Find farmers markets in New Jersey and nationwide with USDA  directory

Scotch Plains Farmers Market, open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays in the town parking lot at 430 Park Ave., has produce, flowers, cheese, prepared food and more.

Farmers markets can offer the freshest of both familiar and less familiar types of seasonal produce.

If you love your fruits and veggies as much as we do, check out the USDA's farm-market finder,  the Farmers Market Directory.

At farmersmarkets.usda.gov, there are lots of statistics and farmer-centeric details like the total number of registered farm markets and the states with the highest number. But most of us will just want to find farm markets -- say, one that will have Jersey Fresh tomatoes, peaches and local honey. The nationwide database lets you search for markets by ZIP code within a specified radius.

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Wednesday
Apr302014

2014 New Jersey blueberry festivals and farms to pick your own 

Photo by Jim ClarkThe 100th birthday of New Jersey's official state fruit is two years away in 2016, but they've been celebrating since 2011 in Whitesbog Village, where the first cultivated blueberry was developed.

And during New Jersey's peak blueberry season in late June, blueberry lovers have at least two opportunities to join the celebration with blueberry festivals in Burlington and Atlantic counties, where most of the state's blueberries are grown.

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