Vizcaya Cocktail Recipe from Maritime Parc, Jersey City

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Cheers! It's cocktail season, and we've got a great recipe for you from Chris Siversen at Maritime Parc in Jersey City. 

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Turkey Brine from Highlawn Pavilion

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Chef Mitchell Altholz from Highlawn Pavilion passed along his recipe below for brining and cooking a turkey. He chose this recipe because it's one simple thing the home cook can do to really improve the taste and quality of the central part of most Thanksgiving dinners.  

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Top 5 Thanksgiving Beers from Amanti Vino

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With Thanksgiving goes football, and with football goes beer.  So, what beer goes with Thanksgiving?  

I consulted my local expert,  Sharon Sevrens, proprietor of Montclair's Amanti Vino.  The team at Amanti put their heads together, and here are their top five suggestions for beer on Thanksgiving. 

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

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Football is great,  and it's always nice to see the family, but let's face it: Thanksgiving is all about the food.  Any home cook worth their stuffing knows that producing this autumnal feast takes serious planning.  Determining the head count, drafting and re-drafting menus, testing recipes, and of course, considering the family vegan,  are all de rigueur.  

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NJ Restaurants Open on the Fourth of July

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If standing over a hot grill isn't your idea of a good time, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate Independence Day. Here are a few restaurants that will be open this Wednesday, July 4th, 2012.

We will continue to update as information comes in. If there is a particular restaurant you are curious about, ask in comments and we'll do the leg work.

 

Albert's, (973) 233-0300

32 Church St.

Montclair, NJ 07042

Albert's is offering a southern style brunch on July 4th from 11am to 3. Discounts on are available on Patch, Yelp! and for anyone who signs up on the website.

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Remember Panoramic Eggs? I do!

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I was strolling through Dulce Candy Boutique with my brood when all of a sudden I encountered a blast from Easter past: Panoramic Easter Eggs.

I remembered receiving these confections as a child, and enduring the bitter-sweet torture of not being allowed to bite into the sugar shell. So, I would stealthily whittle a chunk of sugar from the back, or simply lick the egg all over just to get a taste of the sugar. Fond memories!

So when I saw these eggs, I was so excited, I bought one for each of the kids and one for myself - just kidding! The point is timeless Easter candy does exist.

Co-owner, Melissa Tripoli, says the retro eggs have been very popular this year, and another big seller are the Barley pops, and foil carrots (pictured below).

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Ah' Pizz Expands

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Last summer, Hot From The Kettle visited Ah'Pizz, home of one of New Jersey's best Neopolitan Pizzas, to learn the secret to their Pizza Vera. 

We are pleased to report that Ah'Pizz has recently expanded, adding an additional room for private parties, and a mozzarella bar.

Ah'Pizz is among the few Montclair restaurants to have expanded during a period marked by closings and empty storefronts.  I asked owner of Ah'Pizz, Michael LaMorte, how that feels:

It’s a wonderful feeling.  When I'm here, I go up to every table, and I’ve never had a complaint. We’re all about quality.  It's a passion, not just a business - we really love it.  

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