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Fall family movie night in Cranford: 'Home' 

Plan to head to Hanson Park in Cranford with blankets and snacks on Friday, Oct. 2 when the movie "Home," featuring the voices of Rihanna and Jim Parsons, will be shown under the stars.

In "Home," space aliens called the Boov conquer Earth and relocate the human population. One little girl, Tip (Rihanna), manages to hide from the aliens is left behind. When Tip meets a fugitive Boov called Oh (Jim Parsons), there's mutual distrust. However, Oh is not like his comrades; he craves friendship and fun. As their distrust fades, they set out together to find Tip's mom. The 94-minute movie is rated PG for mild action and rude humor.

Hanson Park is at 38 Springfield Ave. in Cranford, and the movie will begin at dusk, about 7 p.m. In addition to the feature presentation, there will be raffles, prizes, popcorn, refreshments and fun for the entire family.

Movies Under the Stars is presented by Hanson Park Conservancy and Spencer Savings Bank.  For more information on the Hanson Park Conservancy please visit, or like the organization on Facebook.


Summit: Free fall tours at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

For the next five Saturdays, Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit will be hosting free  garden tours at 10:30am.


No reservations are required, but tours are on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of 15 people per tour. These tours are perfect for those individuals who would like to learn more about the Arboretum grounds and its history, including our majestic trees, perennials and varied plants, some dating back to the late 1800’s. The program ends Oct. 24.

Celebrating more than 40 years as a historic public garden, education resource, and non-profit conservancy, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, located at 165 Hobart Ave., Summit, is listed on both the national and New Jersey state historic registers.


For more information, contact or call (908) 273-8787, ext. 1010. Visit for information about other upcoming arboretum events, including the Oct. 25 Celebrate Fall fun day and the Holiday House Tour on Dec. 3.


Apple smoothie recipe update

Icy apple smoothieWe told you that icy apple smoothies are a smart snack with less sugar and more nutritional value than milkshakes, but they're not a very appealing substitute when they taste like gritty liquid paste!

We missed a correction on the recipe for the shake, so way too much oatmeal is added. The drink also benefits from a little maple syrup. Here's the correct recipe:

For two servings: Core, chop and peel your favorite apple variety. Process in a blender until smooth with 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce, 2 tablespoons quick oats, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon pie spice, 1 cup of light coconut milk (or rice milk), 2 teaspoons maple syrup and 4 ice cubes.    

Also, in the article about Zulka's sparkling apple sangria, there was an unfortunate transposition of numbers on the year William Laird produced what was believed to be the original Applejack in Monmouth County. That year was 1698.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Apple Association


Savory oats: Flahavan's oatmeal salsa recipe and more to explore

Oats are a secret ingredient that make a salsa recipe from the Irish brand Flahavan's more filling and nutritious. It involves cooking a blend of chopped onion, olive oil and the brand's steel-cut oats with fresh and canned tomatoes and seasonings.

Oatmeal-fortified salsa


2 tablespoons olive oil

5 tablespoons Flahavan’s steel cut oats

1 large onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Juice of half a lemon

Juice of 1 lime

1 red chilli chopped with seeds (see note)

2 cans (14 ounces), chopped tomatoes

2 large tomatoes, chopped

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon cilantro


Heat oil in a large pan and sauté onions for 2 - 3 minutes. Add oats and cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the garlic, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice and chilli. Add the 2 cans of tomatoes, chopped tomatoes, cilantro and sugar. Season well. Cook over medium heat for 20 – 25 minutes until the sauce reduces and the oats soften. Add water if to thin, if desired. Cool before serving.


Note: Wear gloves when chopping chili. For less intense heat, remove the seeds and add only half the chili.


Adapted from the original Irish recipe by Mary Flahavan for Flahavan's


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