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Baby It’s Cold Outside!

Last night was one of the first really cold wintery nights and it was wonderful to have a big pot of beef stew bubbling away on the stove. The house finally smelled like...

A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove

Ever wonder how to make rhubarb jam, sweet potato rolls, or barbecued pig? Do you sometimes pine for the ethnic things your grandmother cooked but no one bothered to write down? Tired of plastic...

It’s Soup Weather!

There was no better day for soup then yesterday and  Nicky Mesiah was giving it away free until 3 pm at Spice It Up on Glenridge Ave.  She whipped up a batch of Mullligatawny...

An Apple a Day!

Apple season is upon us and there is every imaginable variety available at the farmer's market. I find that whenever I bake with apples its best to use a couple varieties mixed together....

Happy Autumn!

This past weekend we all celebrated a blustery fall day at the Farmer's Market Harvest Festival. There was great stuff for kids, cooking demos by myself and a local caterer named Nicky Mesiah,...

Church Street Gala

Because the Barista was busy networking her brains out at a Women in Communications function -- two Barista latte mugs as door prizes! Or was she at the big debate? Who knows? -- the...

Kickin’ Off Fall The Right Way

The farmer's market was exploding with the early autumn harvest on Saturday! There were peaches and basil and tomatoes and pears and grapes and the first gorgeous squashes. Summer and Fall all...

Get ’em while they’re hot ripe!

Needless to say we all know how horrid the weather was last Saturday but I did make my way to the farmer's market and there were a couple of folks there. Stone Pointe...

Opening Day!

Spice It Up opened their doors yesterday September 21st and boy is it a gorgeous shop! They have every kind of olive oil and spice imaginable, beautiful tabletop items and more. Stop in...

Welcome To The Neighborhood!

Spice It Up Not since Gingerworks closed its doors, has downtown Montclair seen a great cooking and spice shop. That's about to change when Spice It Up opens next Tuesday, September 21st. Proprietors Larry and...

Cat In The Kitchen

This week ushers in the first of a new series we're calling Cat in the Kitchen. Local area chefs give me a sneak peek behind the scenes at some of your favorite restaurants...

What a Fantastic Day!

I just want to take a moment to say Thanks so much for coming out and supporting both Barista and Cat Food at yesterday's farmer's market. I had an absolute blast sharing my...

Grilled Corn with Herb Butter

Ha Ha! The Barista herself scooped me!! I was gallivanting around New Jersey this weekend and found some beautiful corn myself! It has been superb at the farmer's market this season and...

And something to go with your tomatoes …

You may not believe this but Matarazzo Farms still has the most beautiful basil at the farmer's market and it's nearly the end of August! Nothing says summer like the heady...

Clever Commute