Sunday, April 1, 2012
Don't spend Easter in the kitchen. Patch has five recipes that will impress your guests without leaving you stressed.
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Sunday, April 1, 2012
Easter Sunday is a special time to gather with family and loved ones. From sunrise services to Easter egg hunts, all of the day’s activities often end up with hungry patrons looking for appetites to be filled. We’ve scooped up five easy but savory dinner recipes that you can share with your family to wrap up this festive day. Have a wonderful and delicious Easter. If you have a large family or plan to have a large gathering of people at your Easter dinner, then this baked ham is the perfect choice to feed a small army. Who knows how to make an elegantly delicious ham better than Martha Stewart? The ingredients are simple: 1 (12 to 14 pound) uncooked smoked ham bone-in, 1 cup dark brown sugar and 1/4 cup Cognac. The ham takes less than …
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Gorgeous ranch with large summer porch is on the market
This just came on the market! Check it out Sunday, April 1 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Address: 75 Alexander Ave., Montclair, 07043 Price: $420,000 Terrific one-floor living in this well-maintained three-bedroom ranch home. New roof, new wiring, central air, wood floors, fireplace, and so much more. Enjoy the large summer porch and the wonderful yard. large basement with high ceiling just waiting to be transformed into another great living space. Close to transportation. Agent: Theresa O'Brien Re/Max Village Square 973-509-2222
Thursday, March 29, 2012
See a video of her making the recipe here!
Remember when so many of you Montclair Patch readers and Take Back The Kitchen fans voted for Alma Schneider and the edamame dip recipe she entered into the GMC Trade Secrets Contest? Well, she won the grand prize in the cooking category! And, finally, here is the link (below) to the video of Chef Sam Talbot and her actually making the dip! "Even if you are worried about cooking a dip and making it come out alright, you will be shocked at how just a few simple ingredients can transform themselves into such a creamy, healthy and delicious snack for adults and kids alike," Schneider said. Check out the video here and make the recipe yourself!!!
Sunday, March 25, 2012
The popular show premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on AMC
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Roll out your fancy vintage bar carts! "Mad Men" Season 5 is almost here (two-hour premiere airs Sun., Mar. 25, 9 p.m. ET on AMC). To celebrate the much-anticipated premiere, bartender Brandon Morgan has shared with HuffPost TV an easy, unexpected and very under-appreciated classic cocktail, perfect for stirring up and sipping at your "Mad Men" viewing party. According to HuffPost TV, it's not a martini or a bourbon neat—if you haven't tried the spicy, sour and totally refreshing Moscow Mule (rumored to have been invented in Los Angeles, a place we love to see "Happy Don" visit), get ready to fall in libation love. Watch a quick video how-to and find the full recipe by going here.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Stunning Montclair Tudor Estate on two perfectly manicured acres
Grand Montclair Tudor Estate Address: 239 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, 07042 Price: $2,195,000 Description: Rare Elizabethan Tudor on nearly two acres of perfectly manicured grounds. This home abounds in craftmanship and elegance. The amenities are endless: gourmet kitchen, wood floors, detailed woodwork, seven fireplaces, formal dining room with florentine coffered ceiling, Finished carriage house with bedroom, living room, kitchen and full bath (perfect as in law suite or guest house). Third floor perfect for live-in help with separate entrance. Lower level boasts another kitchen, family room, full wet bar, and conservatory used as a dining room. French doors lead to a gracious outdoor entertaining area featuring heated pool, hot …
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Jim Matarazzo of North Caldwell gives us expert advice on seed starting indoors
Crocuses are blooming, as are forsythia plants, magnolias and all sorts of flowers and bushes. Yes, spring is officially here today although, with the warm weather, most blossoms are about two weeks ahead of schedule. So what does this mean to the food geek? Among other things, it signals the time for seed starting. I try to curb my enthusiasm, and refrain from buying every pouch of seeds at the supermarket, as there is a certain art to seed starting. I consulted with our resident farmer and produce expert, Jim Matarazzo of Matarazzo Farms in North Caldwell. According to Matarazzo, seed starting is a "tricky proposition." As a result, he recommends supplemental lighting, in addition to commercial growing kits that act as mini-greenhouses. …
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Just days after marking St. Patrick's Day with Irish soda bread, the hungry turn to St. Joseph's zeppole.
If everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick's Day, it's just as easy to claim Italian heritage two days later on Saint Joseph's Day. The holiday is marked with traditional foods, especially the famous Zeppole di San Giuseppe. Zeppole are basically "Italian doughnuts" simply dusted with sugar. Pignolatta, also known as Struffoli, are small fried pastry balls covered in honey, nuts and chocolate, also traditional on the holiday. The origins of the day are thought to date back to Medieval Sicily when the saint was said to have answered people's prayers by ending a drought. Foods associated with Saint Joseph's Day reflect both the legend and the few food options available before the growing season. The fava bean, fennel and chickpeas are often …
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Check out this split-level home located close to Watchung Plaza
Just listed: Address: 7 Victoria Terrace, Upper Montclair, 07043. Price: $575,000. Open House: Sunday, March 18 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Description: A mid-century modern split-level home in Upper Montclair close to Watchung Plaza. Home has seven rooms including three bedrooms and 2.1 bathrooms. The home boasts an updated kitchen, hardwood floors throughout, glass-enclosed three-season porch, three-zone heating, and easy access to a two-car built-in garage. Sun-filled rooms with great flow in this expansive home complete the picture and make it ready for you to "bring your toothbrush." Agent: Annamaria Berty-McMahon, Keller Williams-NJ Metro Group, 973-783-7400.
Here are a few drinks to get you in the mood
Herradura Green Agave Cocktail Recipe provided by Herradura. Ingredients: Directions: Emerald Isle Skip the vermouth and instead use crème de menthe in this St Patrick's Day cocktail. Ingredients: Directions: Irish Whip A unique blend of flavors creates this festive Irish cocktail. Ingredients: Directions:
Thursday, March 15, 2012
In this easy recipe there's no kneading, no rising, no yeast and hardly any work!
Even though it is called "Irish Soda Bread," this isn't a traditional bread recipe that involves yeast, multiple risings and lots of kneading. It's a pretty easy recipe. Sometimes it can be a tad bland, so you need to add some punch. I saw Ina Garten from the Barefoot Contessa add orange zest to her recipe on her show. That really makes a difference. She doesn't add caraway seeds to hers, but I do as I like their unique flavor. You can use currants or raisins in this recipe. I like to bake my Irish Soda Bread in a 9" x 9" brownie pan. It can be baked in a round pie plate as well so it can be cut in its traditional pie wedges. Either way, this is delicious warm out of the oven or toasted the next day. A little butter tastes pretty good on…