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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).

Stock pot 002

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!

Ryland Inn Earns 4 Stars; Last-Minute Thanksgiving Side Dishes from NJ Chefs

It’s one stop shopping for both the review and the side dishes at NJMonthly.com! The Ryland review – by my sometime-boss and tough cookie Eric Levin – represents the first “extraordinary” rating bestowed by the magazine in a decade. I dare you to not laugh out loud at Levin’s reporting on being imprisoned in the men’s room.

While you’re at the magazine’s website, take a gander at the collection of holiday side dishes I’ve glombed from chefs and cookbook authors around the state. Among these jewels:


Tuscan Kale with Pine Nuts & Golden Raisins
from Chef Matt Sytsema of Griggstown Quail Farm

Orange Ginger Carrot Puree from Aaron Philipson of Blue Bottle Cafe

Cranberry Acorn Squash from Carol Byrd-Bredbenner’s Fresh Tastes from the Garden State

Potato Turnip Bake from me.

btw: These sides work equally well with ham, so keep them in mind if that’s your Christmas dinner centerpiece.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Sandy Fundraisers: NJ Restaurants & Others Step Up to the Plate

As promised (threatened?) here is my second post of the day – the post I thought I had sent out into the world on Monday. We all are searching for ways to help those still suffering and in need, so here are some generous and ingenious efforts our state’s food community, businesses, and non-profits have developed to help raise funds over the next few days and weeks.

SALT CREEK GRILLEoffering free gift cards to anyone who makes a donation to the American Red Cross while at the restaurant. Diners simply text REDCROSS to 90999 in any amount, show their server, and they’ll get a gift card to match the donation up to $50 – good at any Salt Creek Grille restaurant. The promotion will be running at all Salt Creek Grille restaurants for the next month, including its 3 California locations, the Princeton location, and the Rumson, NJ location, which was directly impacted by the storm – making this a mission very near and dear to the Salt Creek family’s hearts.

PRINCETON HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF DRIVE: On Tuesday, November 20, from 9 am to midnight, a percentage of sales at almost 50 businesses will be donated to relief agencies, among them the American Red Cross and the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund that has been established by First Lady Mary Pat Christie and Governor Christie. Restaurants, markets, retailers, banks, and service companies have all signed on, and the percentage donated will be determined by each merchant.

NOMAD PIZZA: On Tuesday, November 13, 50% of every pizza sold will go to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, at both the Hopewell & Philadelphia locations.

NJMONTHLY.COM: Click for a list of Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts & Resources throughout the state.

GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE: One dollar of every paid adult admission will go to the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund from now through Sunday, November 25.

TABLE TO TABLE: Calling for post-Sandy food donations for those in need from Northeast NJ food businesses. Table to Table, Northeast New Jersey’s first and only non-profit food rescue  program, and  Gail Schoenberg Public Relations (GSPR), the New Jersey based food and beverage public relations firm, are urgently calling for food donations from restaurants and professional food establishments in Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, and Essex counties after Hurricane Sandy. Prepared food, as well as perishable foods including fresh or frozen meat, dairy and produce  – anything that is healthy and good to eat – from  local restaurants, supermarkets and food businesses is urgently needed to supply those in need in these counties. In addition, delivery of food prepared specifically to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy can be coordinated seamlessly through Table to Table. Operating five refrigerated vehicles, Table to Table’s dedicated drivers are on the road and ready to pick  up  excess  food that is  not  being  sold, but still of good quality, from  food establishments in the four Northern New Jersey  counties. Businesses that want to contribute can call 201-444-5500 or 201-887-7839 to schedule an immediate pick-up. The fresh food delivery is provided free of charge to nearly 70 non-profit agencies throughout the Northern New Jersey area, including homeless shelters, elder care facilities, drug rehab centers, homes for victims of domestic violence, HIV day centers, and pantries serving the working poor.

My Julia Child Story; NJ Expat’s Mexico Cooking School Among Saveur’s Tops; Progress at the Ryland Inn

New Jersey & Julia: Perfect Together

English: Julia Child, Miami Book Fair Internat...

English: Julia Child, Miami Book Fair International, 1989 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I met the wonderful, inimitable Julia Child only once but, amazingly, New Jersey (and her wry sense of humor) figured prominently in that encounter.

About 14 years ago, having more or less fallen into food writing as a sideline I was contemplating leaving my day job. (A move, clearly, I have never regretted.) To help me decide I signed up for a food writers’ workshop at The Greenbrier. Among the slated presenters was Ms. Child. On the first morning each attendee was asked to give a short personal introduction. Sitting in the first row was that famous face and six-foot-plus frame. Even though she was a speaker, not a student like the rest of us, she stood up when it was her turn and without a hint of irony said, “My name is Julia Child and I teach cooking on television.” The room erupted, as you may well imagine.

Going down the line, a fellow from the culinary program at Atlantic Cape Community College introduced himself. The next person quipped something to the effect that he was delighted to hear that New Jersey had a cooking school in addition to oil tanks – and oh, yeah – which exit off the turnpike was it anyway. When it came my turn, I began by saying that I write for newspapers and magazines in New Jersey because contrary to popular belief, we do actually have them.

After that, many of the attendees made humorous references to our fair state and their connection to it. When everyone had had a turn, Julia Child stood up again and, with a twinkle in her eye, said that she had left out something extremely important from her introduction: that she, too had a connection to New Jersey. This time the room erupted in gales of laughter. It turned out that her husband, Paul, had been born in Montclair and she and Paul had often visited his parents there. By the way: when it came time for our first writing assignment, Child completed the exercise as if she were just one of us students.

Congrats to Ruth Alegria of Mexico Soul and Essence

The cooking classes of my good friend Ruth Alegria, founder and original owner of Princeton’s Mexican Village II (now Tortuga’s Mexican Village), rank among the top 5 in all of Mexico in the current issue of Saveur magazine, which is devoted entirely to the culinary traditions of that country. Alegria, who established Mexico Soul and Essence when she relocated to Mexico City several years ago, leads cultural and culinary tours of that city and conducts cooking classes in her kitchen. She’s a real insider – co-founder of a local Slow Food chapter who knows all the top chefs, the best local markets, and the best street food.

Rosie Has the Latest Goods on the Ryland Inn Opening

Speaking of good friends, my buddy Rosie Saferstein has lots of details on the renovations and progress at the Ryland Inn, which is scheduled to open soon. Check them out (including photos) at her Table Hopping with Rosie column at njmonthly.com.