Executive Chef Anthony Bucco & The Temple of Gastronomy

Executive Chef Anthony Bucco & The Temple of Gastronomy

Armed with a zillion interview questions and my camera, I arrived at a local dining mecca, The Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station, NJ to meet with Executive Chef, Anthony Bucco.

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Meatballs in Sunday Gravy with Johnny Meatballs

Last week the Meatball King of New Jersey, Johnny "Meatballs" vistied the Kettle Kitchen to teach us the secret to his famous Meatballs.  

Between you, me and the blogosphere, the secret is: carmelized onions. 

I didn't grow up with  caramelized onions in my meatballs, but after enjoying a couple, it's a pretty good idea.

If you're in the mood for some meatballs,  you could pick up a six pack of Johnny's Meatballs in Sunday Gravy at Corrado's.  Or, if you'd like to make them yourself, watch the video to see how Johnny does it and follow the recipe below.  Salute!

Enjoy the video:

 

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Hot From The Kettle™: A chat with The Ace of Cakes!

Palisades CEO, Ed Fernandez and Duff Goldman

“In a cake contest or any other aspect of life, it’s really whoever has the most fun that wins.”

That’s what the Ace of Cakes, Duff Goldman, had to say when I asked him what he would be looking for in the cake decorating contest that took place this past Friday at The Four Seasons Diner in Toms River.

As part of the Palisades Drive with a Smile Initiative, Palisades car insurance company recently conducted the first-ever Palisades “Jersey Diner’s Choice Awards.” The Four Seasons Diner was named the overall most popular Jersey diner by those who logged on to Palisades.com to nominate and vote for their favorite New Jersey diners.

In celebration of the victory, Four Seasons hosted an afternoon event on January 21, 2011. Randomly chosen voters who participated in the Jersey Diner’s Choice Awards program were selected for a cake decorating competition to be judged by the enormously talented, motorcycle riding, bass playing, cake decorating guru Duff Goldman.

Unfortunately I was unable to attend the event, but I did have the opportunity to chat with the very affable Chef Duff over the phone.

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Hot From The Kettle™: The Tenth Annual Taste of Madison

Spelletich Cellars An evening of sumptuous food and copious wine is a good thing.  But when the  evening also benefits charity – it’s a great thing!

This past Tuesday evening, January 18, 2011, The Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, hosted the tenth annual Taste of Madison. 

The epicurean bacchanal was sponsored by Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, along with The Park Avenue Club, Super Stop & Shop, the Leegis Group, Madison Honda, Madison Jaguar, Fairleigh Dickinson University, L’Allegria Ristorante, and Whitehorn Financial, among others.

The charitable wine and food event was organized by members of the Rotary Club of Madison, the Madison Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Developent Commission.  The proceeds from the event will be contributed to fund local projects, scholarships for Madison High School seniors, and grants to various local non-profits and charities. 

Take a walk through the Taste of Madison with me and owner of Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, Gary Fisch.

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