Catching Up: Fresh Local Pasta; Fresh Local Rice; Chefs with Non-Culinary Sidelines; New BBQ in Lambertville; Foodie Gift Idea for New Parents; More

t has been 2 months since I last posted here. One reason for this lapse is personal: lots of wonderful major life events, including welcoming my first grandchild and gaining a second wonderful son-in-law. The other is global: trying to regain my balance since the election, which I consider an unmitigated disaster. (This is a blog about food and dining, not politics. But I won’t be offended if you want to stop following it because of the preceding statement. In fact, if you voted for the incoming administration, I wish you would unfollow me.)

Here are the stories – some among my all-time favorites to write – that appeared in the interim:

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1. My profile of the Zeck brothers and their fresh, inventive, all-natural LoRe pastas made with local ingredients – including grains. This story made the cover of the current (i.e. holiday 2016) issue of Edible Jersey

2. My interview with Jim Lyons about the rice varieties he grows on his Pennington farm, Blue Moon Acres, which was my November feature story in the Princeton Echo

3. I followed that up in the December Echo by having 3 Princeton-area chefs tell, in their own words, about the passions they enjoy outside the kitchen: Crawford Koeniger (auto engine rebuilding), Dennis Foy (well-respected fine artist), and  Max Hansen (hand-turned wooden spoons and spatulas; photo below).

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Max Hansen, courtesy the Princeton Echo

Food for Thought logoAmong the tidbits in my “Food For Thought” column over the last months:

  • More Than Q, the popular outlet for Texas-style barbecue, closed up shop at the Stockton Market and opened up in Lambertville
  • NJ resident and blogger Leena Saini has produced a beautiful and eminently useful book for introducing babies to a world of flavors. Read all about Around the World in 80 Purees here. (Scroll down)
  • New ventures for Shibumi Mushrooms, and musical chefs’ chairs: Chris Albrecht takes over the kitchen at the Ryland Inn, while Craig Polignano leaves that post to become the opening chef at the forthcoming Mistral II in King of Prussia, PA. Details on both here.

6 responses to “Catching Up: Fresh Local Pasta; Fresh Local Rice; Chefs with Non-Culinary Sidelines; New BBQ in Lambertville; Foodie Gift Idea for New Parents; More

  1. I LOVE your posts!
    Thank for being you!!!
    xoxo,
    Chef Will
    The Brothers Moon

  2. [In fact, if you voted for the incoming administration, I wish you would unfollow me.]

    BOOM! #ImWithHer (and you, Pat!)

  3. Good for you for your courage, Dear Pat! Agree, AGREE, AGREE! You’ve dared anyone who thinks the prospective president (I say, ‘purported’) is the right idea to unfollow your blog. I’ve dared to post my poem, Dear Sarah Palin, on someone now considered Cabinet Material, on my NJWILDBEAUTY blog, and on Facebook. I’m not stepping aside, pretending that anyone such as those politicians represents America!

    I’m also delighted that you’ve found Blue Moon Acres, and isn’t local rice an outrageous, almost mythical idea?

    These times could be so good, as people wake up to the reality of the essentiality of local farms and committed farmers, and enthusiastic, even Messianic, shopkeepers.

    Thank you for always keeping us ‘up to the mark’, Pat. I have always said, though I treasure every food syllable of yours, that you are far MORE than a food write, and moreso all the time.

    Your fan, Carolyn

  4. I agree. Complete disaster. A shocking number of people from this state voted for him — one out of 5 in my “liberal” town of Maplewood. What is wrong? Is it something in the water?

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