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Jamming, canning and preserving 2013

I recently made a cantaloupe jam with the seeds of a vanilla bean. I used the jell pectin, but wouldn't know how to convert to Pomonas. It was delish, so definitely worth trying to figure out how to convert. A little marscapone on french bread, cantaloupe jam and a slice of prosciutto. Yummy good

Birthday dinner

Can I get a few suggestions for a birthday dinner for a 55 (gulp) year old birthday party. Afternoon in Oct. and birthday girl likes a happening place. Somewhere in Monmouth preferably although Middlesex county could work too. Can do either BYO or a place that has liquor. Thanks

Aug 10, 2013
Rzrosenstein in New Jersey

Jamming, canning and preserving 2013

I hope I'd be able to find it next year. If you live near by, I'd be happy to give you a jar

Aug 08, 2013
Rzrosenstein in Home Cooking

Jamming, canning and preserving 2013

So easy. cut up cantaloupe mixed with vanilla bean and sugar. Let me know if you want the recipe

Aug 07, 2013
Rzrosenstein in Home Cooking

Jamming, canning and preserving 2013

I had always wanted to can but was too intimidated to try it. Well I finally got up the nerve. And I'm so glad I did. It wasn't difficult at all. I really don't follow recipes, just a quick glance sometimes for guidance so that was the hardest part for me. I made strawberry with triple sec and brandy, basil and peach and my favorite, cantaloupe with vanilla bean.
I served the cantaloupe this weekend for some friends with French bread marscapone and prosciutto. it was really delicious. Can't wait to can some more.

Aug 07, 2013
Rzrosenstein in Home Cooking

Monmouth county restaurant

What's your favorite non-chain restaurant in Monmouth county? Not too expensive. Byob preferably. Real honest food.

Jul 19, 2013
Rzrosenstein in New Jersey

Farmers markets

Two weeks and a couple markets later this is what I can report back. Casted husband (he tore his Achilles' tendon and so is out of work for 2 months) and I took a ride up to New Providence. Five vendors. Very disappointed. We did have a nice bite in nearby Summit so that made the trip worthwhile. Next we tried Barnaget in Ocean Township. Better, but only slightly, with about 8 vendors. Stockton was next. Very charming setup but again a small venue. We did have a delicious barbecue lunch and sat for a while to escape the heat. I purchased bacon jam that was yummy and some beautiful bread. And since we were so close to New Hope, stopped there for a late afternoon ice cream cone.
We hit Woodbridge next which was also small but they had a concert at dusk in the same park. We took some chairs, a bottle of red and a picnic dinner. Rare roast beef sandwiches with cilantro pesto (I always add chopped almonds, it gives a great texture) sun dried tomatoes and arugula. Some homemade potato chips and we were set. Delish.
My next market was highlands. Again only a handful of vendors but a visit across the street to a sweet coffee shop (Water Witch Coffee and Tea) was a plus.
I have Collingswood and Trenton on my to do list. I'm hoping it'll be more substantial.
Thanks for the suggestions :)

Jul 15, 2013
Rzrosenstein in New Jersey

Farmers markets

Appreciative!!! :)

Jun 30, 2013
Rzrosenstein in New Jersey

Farmers markets

Great links. So apprecative.

Jun 30, 2013
Rzrosenstein in New Jersey

Farmers markets

Thanks so much. Would you know the location?

Jun 30, 2013
Rzrosenstein in New Jersey

Farmers markets

Can any one suggest a great farmers market? Preferably in the central part of New Jersey

Jun 30, 2013
Rzrosenstein in New Jersey