Tag Archives: Garden State Community Kitchen

Special Cookbook Signing @Stockton Market; A Month’s Worth of Delicious Activities to Fight Breast Cancer; Rescuing a Burnt Pot

Author-Artist of 100% Hand-Illustrated & Hand-Lettered Latin Cookbook Coming to Stockton Market

Mi Comida Latina, by Marcella Kriebel (Burgess Lea Press)

Mi Comida Latina, by Marcella Kriebel (Burgess Lea Press)

On Sunday, October 11, Marcella Kriebel will sign copies of her gorgeous cookbook, Mi Comida Latina, and offer sample tastings of its contents at the Stockton Market. Times and details about this unique book and event in my post here at njmonthly.com.

Brothers Moon is the Month-Long Locus for Chefs, Farmers, and Cooking Teachers in Campaign to Fight Breast Cancer

Chef Will Mooney of Brothers Moon

Chef Will Mooney of Brothers Moon

Chef/owner Will Mooney of Brothers Moon has been doing the right thing since the day he opened his Hopewell BYO 15 years ago. He was, for example, a pioneer in sourcing local, sustainable ingredients. He supported our Central NJ Slow Food chapter from its infancy. He was the literally first customer for Shibumi Farm’s magnificent mushrooms.

For the remainder of October Brothers Moon will hold a series of dining activities to benefit Hope is in the Bag, a campaign to promote awareness about breast cancer and raise funds for those undergoing treatment at Capital Health’s Center for Comprehensive Breast Care. Some of my favorite folks – besides Will – are participating. Here’s the rundown:

October 9 through October 23 – Brothers Moon will sell pink cupcakes, the proceeds of which will be donated to Hope is in the Bag. The restaurant will also have specially marked menu items, of which 10% goes to the campaign.

Thursday, October 15 – Dinner with Jess Niederer of Chickadee Creek Farm. 10% of sales will be donated.

Friday, October 16 – Dinner with Alan Kaufman of Shibumi Farm. 10% of sales will be donated.

Friday, October 23 – Dinner with Dorothy Mullen of The Suppers Programs. 10% of sales will be donated.

Thursday, October 29 – Cooking with Allie O’Brien of the Garden State Community Kitchen. 10% of sales will be donated.

To sign up for any (or all!) of the special dinners, visit brothersmoon.com, or phone 609.333.1330 for details.

A Household Cleaning Tip That Really Works

Does anyone read the Hints from Heloise column, assuming it’s still around? Well, I gave up on it and its ilk years ago because in my experience very little of the advice ever panned out (pun intended).

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So when I recently burnt – and I mean badly burnt – the inside bottom of my favorite, decades-old stainless steel stockpot (above), I came darn close to chucking it. But I just couldn’t bring myself to part with my old friend. As a last-ditch effort, but with little hope, I turned to the Internet. I’m not sure what made me trust this advice on ApartmentTherapy.com above all others, but I took a chance. It delivered – and exactly as promised, without any hard scrubbing and with a 100% restored pot. Thanks, ApartmentTherapy.com!

Gift Ideas for Foodies; Diabetes Type 2 Fundraiser; Princeton Holiday Events

Holiday Gifts for Food Lovers

Here, for 2012, are my recommendations for gifts for the foodies on your list. Everything from books and gadgets to ingredients and luxe foods like the single-estate olive oils shown here, as well as chocolates from as near as NJ and as far away as India, all in this week’s column in US 1. costa chica etc 004

Is Your Family Dealing with Type 2 Diabetes? Check Out This New Initiative

The Garden State Community Kitchen is a community based, grant and crowd funded non-profit program that combines agriculture, cooking, exercise education and support. It’s the brainchild of Allison O’Brien, 27, of Monmouth Junction, a former server at the Princeton Salt Creek Grille.

English: Salt Creek Grille at Princeton Forres...

English: Salt Creek Grille at Princeton Forrestal Vilage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s set to officially launch in May 2013, but its  first fundraiser will be held Sunday, Dec. 9 from 11am – 2pm at Princeton’s Salt Creek Grille on Route 1.

The fundraiser includes a light luncheon of food that’s representative of the food they will be serving their clients, a silent auction and a presentation on diabetes and on the GSCK program. Tickets, $50, will be sold at the door.

Come to Princeton for the Holidays

I’m not prone to boosterism for the town I live in, but I have to admit that Princeton really is a wonderland this time of year. Just strolling around Palmer Square is delightful, but there are so many holiday-related events, too. Here are just two examples:

McCarter Theatre Center

McCarter Theatre Center (Photo credit: afagen)

Friday, the 14th: Morven Museum & McCarter Theatre team up for one night for a special cocktail reception with the cast of A Christmas Carol followed by a performance. Food will be provided by the area’s best caterers, there will be door prizes, goodie bags and a live choral performance before guests stroll and carol their way over to McCarter. The Morven package is appropriate for ages 12 and up. All inclusive price: $65 per person. For further information, please contact Megan Johnston at 609-258-6526.

A couple of notes:
If you’re thinking, oh, but I’m so tired of the Scrooge story, I’ve seen/heard/read it a million times in a million variations, I can only tell you that when I saw the McCarter production a few years back, I – who suffered the same disillusion – was enraptured. Without giving away too much, I still vividly recall how at one point it startled me right out of my seat! McCarter Christmas Carol

If you have never visited Morven – the beautiful Colonial home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence and until 1982 the NJ governor’s residence (before Drumthwacket) – I urge you to return and visit it after the holidays when its Wednesday afternoon guided tours- and-tea resume. They’re among Princeton’s best kept secrets.

Through Dec. 29: Holiday trolley tours of Princeton by the Princeton Tour Company. These lively one-hour tours in heated trolleys (imported from Cape May) introduce you to the history of Princeton while seeing homes and hangouts of Albert Einstein, Woodrow Wilson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Michael Graves and others. Sign up for one of the $15 tours, and get more info, heretrolley