Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Here's how to add some zip to your traditional Thanksgiving feast, courtesy of your local market or own kitchen.
Who says you can't start out your Thanksgiving Day feast with a little shrimp — or shrimp toast? Why not make a flavorful salad one of the stars of your table? And maybe serving Cognac pumpkin cheesecake in place of regular pumpkin pie would really wake up your guests! Or how about carving up some "evil turkey" this Turkey Day? If you're hosting Thanksgiving or bringing a side dish to this year's turkey feast, here are some ideas for spicing up and bringing some fresh ideas to the table this year, by way of your local markets — or your own initiative in the kitchen. The Soup Shoppe at Riverwalk in Basking Ridge, which of course sells soup, offers a Harvest Bisque that is popular for Thanksgiving, said co-owner Brian Moscetti. The bisque …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
A cheesy potato casserole and delicious cranberry sauce are sure to light up your Thanksgiving dinner table.
It’s time for Thanksgiving, my favorite time of the year! Not only do you get to see family, but the food is plentiful and delicious. If your family is anything like mine, there are multiple side dishes to choose from to accompany the all important turkey. Everything from green bean casserole to sweet potato pie has been served at our table and now, I would like to share some fantastic side dish recipes that may become a part of your Thanksgiving tradition. Ingredients Cheesy Potato Casserole 3 lbs red potatoes, sliced 1 lb broccoli, chopped 1 10.75 oz can cream of chicken 1 cup sour cream ½ lb ham, sliced 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp black pepper 1 tbsp kosher salt 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp basil ½ cup cheddar cheese, grated ½ cup Asiago, grated ½…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Local food pantries struggling to keep up with the demand this holiday season.
For food pantries across Northern New Jersey, Hurricane Sandy dealt a double blow: It increased the number of families in need of assistance and shortened the span between Halloween (which Gov. Chris Christie moved to Nov. 5) and Thankgsiving, which comes early this year. Prior to the storm, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey reported more than 960,000 residents of Northern New Jersey are food insecure, meaning at times they lack access to enough food to maintain an active, healthy life. The Community Food Bank is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive this Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9am to 2pm at the following locations: Morris County Passaic County Sommerset County
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Pumpkin cheesecake with bourbon-sour-cream icing has become a holiday staple at the Chmiel house.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
For Paula Chmiel, Thanksgiving traditions often come in the form of cooking up those tried-and-true favorites that make it such a special holiday. The South Orange resident is a professional chef. In her family, pumpkin cheescake is one of those recipes that people talk about for weeks both before and after the holiday, so give this one a try if you want to impress! Originally published in Gourmet in 1990, it was a recipe Paula noticed on the magazine cover while at college and she just had to make it. Jump ahead 21 years and the same recipe is still alive and well both in the Chmiel house and online (www.epicurious.com), though she has changed it up a bit here and there. While Paula isn't working in a restaurant kitchen these days — she's…