Summer Salads

Summer Salads

I’m not much on labor-intensive salads, unless it can also do double-duty as a main dish with the addition of a protein. Salads are usually on the side for me, and usually eaten after my main course. That evolved because I tended to eat the main course (i.e. protein) first, then I’d look at that bowl … Continue reading

Family cookout from the “good old days”

Family cookout from the “good old days”

My father and his Armenian relatives loved a good shish kebab cookout. I came across these old family photos, from the 50s I think, and thought I’d share them here. (I don’t have a scanner, so used my phone’s camera.) This would have taken place on the old property on Route 206 (where CVS is … Continue reading

Blueberry Pie Contest Winners

Blueberry Pie Contest Winners

It’s so much fun to judge pies when they’re made with good JerseyFresh fruit! Last Saturday I joined fellow judges Frank Benowitz, Pam Parseghian, and Pat Tanner at the West Windsor Community Farmers Market for their annual blueberry pie contest. There were six entrants and we got to work just after 11:00 am, finishing up maybe … Continue reading

Welcome to LiLLiPiES

Welcome to LiLLiPiES

LiLLiPiES (photos below) has just opened in the Princeton Shopping Center and life is all the sweeter for it. Owner Jen Carson has been building her customer base for years, through special orders, farmers markets, and sales to area eateries (listed on her website), and you can learn all about her background in Pat Tanner’s excellent … Continue reading

Road Trip – La Costeñita in Hillsborough

Road Trip – La Costeñita in Hillsborough

I guess I really shouldn’t call a fifteen minute drive to Hillsborough a road trip, but hey, I was feeling carefree as I headed north on Route 206 with my friend Betty early the other evening. And I was headed for the best Mexican food in the area. It had been several months (maybe six?) since … Continue reading

June Best Bites

June Best Bites

It was a tasty month, starting with strawberries (jam and shortcake) and ending with blueberries (jam). I had enjoyed Nomad’s soppressata pizza with a drizzle of honey, so I did the same with this Trader Joe’s uncured pepperoni pizza. Until now I didn’t even like pepperoni, because it was neon orange, harsh, and so greasy. But the higher-quality uncured … Continue reading

Finlandia for National Dairy Month

Finlandia for National Dairy Month

Life is short. Eat good butter. I didn’t even know it was National Dairy Month until someone from Finlandia (the dairy company, not the vodka!) contacted me asking if I’d be interested in some complimentary butter and cheese to try out. (As my father used to joke, “Is the Pope Catholic?) I do know how lucky I am … Continue reading

Yay For Leftovers

Yay For Leftovers

Yay for leftovers and odds and ends! This rice pudding is a case in point. I had leftover basmati rice from a restaurant meal several days ago and whole milk about to expire. Voilà! The rice had a few cumin seeds in it so I added several green cardamom pods (my current favorite spice) and … Continue reading

Hoboken Farms…really?

Hoboken Farms…really?

It took me a while to realize that the folks at Hoboken Farms were just funning us when they named their company. No, there are no farms in Hoboken (the name is a nod to owner Brad Finkel’s home town), but there’s plenty of tasty goodness in these sauces, which are carried in some Whole … Continue reading