Monthly Archives: April 2011

How NOT to Cook Fresh Asparagus

April 28, 2011 | By jahnavi | 0 Comments

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I used to work at a nonprofit which, to help pay our salaries and other overhead, operated a thrift store. Our offices were upstairs from the store, which made for great coffee/tea/computer eyestrain breaks. Because it meant shopping! At a thrift store! While you were working!

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Tasty Treats at Saffron

April 25, 2011 | By plate fodder | 0 Comments

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When I used to work in New York City, I loved the area around my company which is located near the United Nations. The company was on a street that was surrounded by some of the best Indian restaurants in town. So every week, I dined at a new place and ate my heart out. That is why it was heart breaking when I had to move back to my hometown in Jersey. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of Indian restaurants in Jersey but it just isn’t the same.
I went to this place called Saffron in East Hanover last year as my friend was craving butter chicken. He’s been talking about it for so long that we decided to try it out at Saffron. Oh, by the way, it was also Friday the 13th. We ran into both good and bad luck. First the bad news…the butter chicken wasn’t that great. The good news was that it didn’t ruin the whole night. The crispy vegetable fritters appetizer was amazing, especially with the oriental sauce.

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Red Snapper with Tomatoes, Olives and Saffron Vinaigrette

April 14, 2011 | By dbcurrie | 0 Comments

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You can have your flat flounders, your haddock, your fancy smancy sea bass… it’s just fish to me.
Nothing.. and I mean nothing beats Red Snapper. The texture of the skin… the near-steak quality of the flesh… the way that slightly fatty skin crisps up like char-broiled fishy chips when its grilled… The perfectly pristine bits of white nirvana when you flake the the meat with your fork… that salty virgin sea aroma of the snapper itself… flounder can’t do that….
When we were kids, my dad used to occasionally go on deep sea fishing trips in Florida. When he’d come home, there would be a cooler Filled with those beautiful, bright clear-eyed, crimson kissed fish.
I used to wonder why he never took us fishing with him… until I was much older and priced my own fishing trip…. Sheesh! I would have to hock my car… and my TV…. and all my pots and pans… and the neighbor’s dog…
I’m happy to pay the $9.00 a pound at the Asian Market.

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Grilled Cheese (and egg!) Sandwich, V2.0

April 10, 2011 | By | 0 Comments

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When I posted my first version of this sandwich on my blog, I knew it was something I was crazy about, but I didn’t expect the popularity of that post. After all, there’s a lot of online scoffing about the proliferation of fast, easy, few-ingredient recipes.
Heck, I’m one of the people who scoffs at those recipes. I’m perfectly happy to empty out the spice cabinet and pantry and spend the day in the kitchen. On the other hand, when I made this sandwich, I knew it was just about perfect the way it was. It didn’t need any more than its five simple ingredients.
Well, okay, I made the bread from scratch, so it’s technically more than five ingredients, but you don’t have to do that.
Of course, nothing I make ever stays the same. I’m constantly tweaking. So now there’s a second version of this sandwich. Better? Perhaps. You decide.

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Sweet Treat with Carrots!

April 9, 2011 | By zaarch | 0 Comments

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Don’t you just love Bugs Bunny for his famous line, “What’s up Doc?” And if you’ve seen the show, you know that he loves carrots. He will do anything for a bite of his carrot. Well, I always wondered how he would react to carrot halwa. Halwa is a type of Indian sweet or dessert. This type of halwa is made with simple ingredients; the main ingredient being carrots. I bet he would love a bowl of it. In fact, I can just imagine him savoring every last morsel of the halwa and then breaking out into a Bollywood song and dance.
Well, while I ponder about that, why don’t you give this recipe a try. It’s a whole new way to enjoy your favorite vegetable.

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There’s No Question that Jose Tejas is the Place to “EAT”!

April 8, 2011 | By jeremy fordham | 0 Comments

So you are driving along New Jersey’s infamous Route 1 in Iselin and are starving. Sure you have gone to the lobster shack, the Irish pub spinoff and the rib joint but you want something different, something fresh. Your taste buds are dying for some flavor and some life. You happen upon this huge sign, standing erect at 40 feet tall and wider than the largest SUV saying “EAT” with an arrow pointing at this seemingly sketchy shack. This “shack” is known as “Jose Tejas”: a Tex-Mex/Cajun restaurant serving up authentic “Good Eats”.
Once you get past the rustic building and actually enter the restaurant, there is a warm and vibrant buzz that never ceases. No cleanly pressed table linens here; the family-friendly atmosphere of hanging Christmas lights, propane-powered lamps and matching wooden tables and chairs are reminiscent of simpler times when the hustle and bustle of life was reduced to a minimum.

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