Recipes

Charred Broccoli Cheddar Potato Soup

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This Charred Broccoli Cheddar Potato Soup is my kind of comfort food.  What’s not to love? It’s creamy, chunky, cheesy and full of charred broccoli goodness.  I added a little twist with the addition of fresh basil that complements the charred broccoli nicely. Have you ever heard of Servas International?  It is one of the coolest non-profits organizations ever!  It’s an international network of hosts and travelers.  As a host, you provide hospitality to travelers from all over the world and as a traveler, you can look up hosts in the country you plan to travel through.  They provide a booklet that lists all the hosts that...

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Where New Jersey’s Chefs Eat

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Jamie Knott (Saddle River Inn, Cellar 335, Saddle River Cafe); Anthony Bucco (Felina); Luck Sarabhayavanija (Ani Ramen House); Ryan DePersio (Battello, Fascino, Kitchen Step). Photo by Christopher Lane   You bet they eat out. Often and with gusto. At all sorts of places. With friends, family and each other. Here, they dish about their favorite haunts and what they crave.   AT GRAND TAVERN: David Viana tucks into veal terrine under a ramp chimichurri, with cauliflower mash and veal jus. Photo by Christopher Lane DAVID VIANA Chef: Heirloom Kitchen · Old Bridge As a chef, I really appreciate places that are consistently good; they don’t have to be great. I love chicken....

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Lasagna: the world’s most perfect food!

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Today is Lasagna Day. I'm not going to lie to you - I don't believe you can just whip up a lasagna together in a day. It's going to take you a day or two just to collect all of the ingredients. Why not have a nice family dinner this coming weekend by planning on making a nice tray of fresh homemade Lasagna this week. (Watch this video or check out the box of pasta on how to assemble it, if you don't know; I've linked my recipe for gravy.) Start shopping for you ingredients today and enjoy your family...

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Eat All of These Delicious Foods In July: Part One

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Did you know that each month of the year has delicious foods that are celebrated? From lasagna to cheesecake to Scotch, there is something for everyone and these are all the foods Nationally celebrated in July.  Chicken Wings Yup, chicken wings are celebrated on July 1st. The story goes that former mayor of Buffalo, Stan Makowski, officially declared International Chicken Wing Day in 1977. While there are a number of different ways to eat wings, one of the most popular is Buffalo style. The actual birthplace of these Buffalo wings was Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York. Chicken wings are...

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Sweet Potato and Avocado Sandwich

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This vegan sweet potato sandwich combines onion and garlic sautéed sweet potato with avocado and salad veggies for a hearty, wholesome, and yet light and summery vegan sandwich recipe. Enjoy this veggie sandwich as is or check out the recipe variation suggestions below! Fresh and Summery Healthy Sweet Potato Sandwich About a decade ago, I worked in a Vegan restaurant in Sacramento that served a similar veggie sandwich to this avocado sweet potato sandwich – and myself and customers loved it! While this isn't an exact replica, it's close enough that it makes my mouth water just thinking about it,...

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