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Fall Festival in Princeton (with recipes); Epicurean Palette Report

Witherspoon Grill’s Upcoming Harvest & Music Festival Hits Me Where I Live (literally and figuratively)

I like nothing better than when several local businesses and organizations team up for a family-friendly event that benefits a worthy area non-profit. If it also combines good food, drink, music, and fun activities in an outdoor setting during my favorite season and in my hometown, well so much the better.

These elements and more will come together on Sunday, Oct. 13, at this all-day festival to be held on Hinds Community Plaza – downtown Princeton’s popular gathering spot adjacent to the library on Witherspoon Street. A portion of the day’s proceeds will benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Get the details in my Princeton Packet column, right here.

And here are the associated recipes for crab cakes, uber-restorative “green monster” juice, and chocolate crepes with chocolate chip ricotta filling (restorative in their own way).


1 pound crabmeat
1 tablespoon chopped green onions or scallions
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon horseradish
1 tablespoon Creole mustard (such as Zatarain’s)
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
1/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs

In a large bowl, mix together onions, mayonnaise, lemon juice, horseradish, mustard, Creole mustard and Old Bay seasoning. Carefully fold in (by hand) the crab meat, until thoroughly combined. Add bread crumbs and gently mix until fully incorporated. Form into 4 or 5 patties. Broil or pan-sear until golden brown.
Makes 4 to 5 patties.


3 large leaves organic kale
3 handfuls organic baby spinach
4 stalks celery
1 small organic cucumber
1 inch organic ginger
1 medium lemon, rind removed
1 medium granny smith apple

Put all ingredients through a juicer or a press.
Makes 1 serving.


For the filling:
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup ricotta cheese
2/3 cup of semisweet mini chocolate chips
For the chocolate crepes:
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup water
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 large eggs
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar, for sprinkling
Semi-sweet mini chocolate chips, for sprinkling

  1. For the crepe: In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine all the crepe ingredients and process for 10 to 15 seconds. Scrape down the sides and process again for another 5 seconds. Transfer the mix to a medium size bowl, cover, and chill for 1 hour.
  2. For the filling: In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer set at high to beat the heavy cream and sugar until a soft peak forms. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and beat in the ricotta cheese until well blended. Using a spatula, add the chocolate chips. Cover and chill.
  3. To assemble: Heat a crepe pan or small skillet over medium-high heat and lightly butter or grease. Pour about 3 tablespoons of batter while tilting to coat the bottom evenly. Cook for about 1 minute, or until the crepe is slightly browned, and then begin to gently pull the edge of the crepe away from the pan. Flip to cook the other side for 15 to 30 seconds. Transfer the crepe to a plate and continue making crepes one at a time.
  4. For each crepe, scoop 1/4 cup of the ricotta filling down the middle and fold. Top with powdered sugar and a sprinkling of mini chocolate chips. (Serving suggestion: Feel free to add fresh fruit on top.)
    Makes 4 to 6 large crepes.

Epicurean Palette 2013

Well this is certainly a first for me. While I thoroughly enjoyed eating my way through this, the 13th annual food and wine event at Grounds for Sculpture this past Sunday, it turns out that of the many photos I took, not one of them is of food! Below are some of the, um, other delights I relished.

Here’s Jeffrey Karlovitch of The Lost Distillery, who divides his time between Scotland and NJ:

Lost Distillery

Lost Distillery

The Lost Distillery states it mission thus: “In the last century, almost one hundred of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries have been closed or destroyed. This accounts for nearly half of all distilleries that have ever existed in Scotland. Global economic downturn, over-production, world wars and prohibition have all contributed to the loss of so many distilleries. As a result of all of these factors, many unique and venerable brands have been lost to the world. Until Now.” Yep, they buy up old casks of single malts and blend them (with the help of a Scotch ‘archivist’) to approximate what they may have tasted like. Here are its first 2 whiskies, Auchnagie and Stratheden:

Lost Distillery Scotches

Lost Distillery Scotches

The photo below of the Peacock Inn table was almost about the food, although once owner Barry Sussman (in pinstripes) told me that chef Manuel Perez (center) and pastry chef Cindy Lukens (left) were recently married, it became all about the love.

Peacock Inn Crew

Peacock Inn Crew

When I saw that the folks at The Ship Inn in Milford had created a brew using Tassot Apiaries honey, I had to try the ESB (extra special bitter). It did not disappoint:

Ship Inn Killer Bee Bitter

Ship Inn Killer Bee Bitter

If you’ve ever roamed Ground For Sculpture’s 42 lush acres while viewing its 270 contemporary sculptures, you’ve undoubtedly encountered one of its flock of wandering mascots:


But this year there were other colorful additions. Namely, live artists working throughout the park, like GFS sculptor Michael Gyampo (at the rear, in white shirt):

Michael Gyampo at work

Michael Gyampo at work

Can you spot the non-living (sculptural) revelers among the living ones enjoying music at the gazebo?


Here they are, on the left:


And just to keep things interesting, there were 2 beautiful young women who dressed up as the park’s sculptures, just for the hell of it. Here’s one in her finery:

??????????When I told her that I was delighted that the folks at GFS had come up with this idea, she told me that she (and her friend, not pictured) were simply guests, not affiliated with the park, and that they had designed and sewn their costumes on their own. I thought they were putting me on, so didn’t get their names. If this is you, please contact me so I can give you credit!


MoonShine Review; Shore Eateries Needing Our Help; Burns’ Nights & Haggis in NJ

Is the intriguingly named MoonShine Modern Supper Club in Millburn more moonshine, more modern supper club, or neither? My review is in the January issue of New Jersey Monthly. Check it out here. NJ monthly cover jan13

The Jersey Shore’s Leading Restaurateurs Need Our Help

Marilyn Schlossbach‘s stable of shore favorites are mostly intact months after Sandy. But at least one, Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park, is not – and the big-hearted, community-minded Schlossbach, who has helped so many, now needs our help. Here’s how, via JerseyBites.com.

Same with Drew Araneo, whose Keyport restaurant, Drew’s Bayshore Bistro, is among my top shore picks. Find out how to dine well while helping him out at this fundraiser, via Table Hopping with Rosie.

Another way to help restore the shore goes down even easier: drinking beer. As you may have heard, Jersey’s own Flying Fish Brewery is debuting their brilliantly named Forever Unloved (F U) Sandy pale ale in February. You can nominate the Jersey relief organization that you’d like the estimated $50,000 it will raise to go to. To make a nomination, send the folks at Flying Fish an email by clicking here.

Celebrating Robert Burns’ Birthday in the Traditional Manner

English: Robert Burns Source: Image:Robert bur...

English: Robert Burns Source: Image:Robert burns.jpg Replacement of existing commons image with higher res version (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That manner being a raucous, ritualistic supper featuring haggis, Scotch, bagpipes, toasts, poetry, dancing, and Auld Lang Syne. Burns Nights are held around the world each year on or around January 25 and if you’ve never been to one (in which case I pity you), I’m here to help.

Click here for a good description of the tradition. Then, below, check out places around the state where you can join in the festivities. If you’d rather celebrate at home, never fear: I provide a resource for buying that all-important haggis (grassfed, no less!). You know you’re dying to try it, with or without neeps and tatties.

Newark Firefighters at St. Patrick's Day Parad...

Newark Firefighters at St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2006 Belmar – Lake Como, NJ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Celebrations in NJ in 2013:
Summit: On Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Grand Summit Hotel, presented by the Clan Currie Society and the Rampant Lion Pipe Band. Click here for details.

Mount Laurel: On Friday, January 25, by the South Jersey Celtic Society. Click here for details.

Milford: On Monday, January 28 at the Ship Inn. Note, however, that the website asks for reservations by January 15 – so perhaps it’s too late. To check it out just in case you can still squeak in, click here.

Where to buy haggis in NJ: Bobolink in Milford
Until it went out of business, Stewarts of Kearny in Brick was the source. But this

Haggis neeps and tatties

Haggis neeps and tatties (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

year, haggis aficionados (that’s me and probably one other person) can actually get grassfed haggis at Jonathan White’s farm, better known for its cheeses and breads. I picked up a half-pound slice from the freezer on a recent visit for my own at-home celebration. Here’s the description that Charles, the helpful guy behind the counter, provided of Bobolink’s somewhat nontraditional take on this specialty:

“It’s a mixture of ground pork organs – heart, liver, kidney – plus beef heart and pork belly. These are mixed with oats, malt whiskey, and herbs and spices and stuffed, not in the traditional sheep stomach, but in a synthetic casing. The haggis is poached in the wood oven [used for bread baking] until cooked through. To serve, you just slice and pan-fry until crisp on both sides.”
I can hardly wait for the 25th to try it.