#SCBDExclusive: Order your copy of .@CookingLight’s Dinnertime & Recipe Survival Guide by .@RMNutrition!

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Cooking Light, the nation’s leading epicurean brand, has teamed up with author, mother of two boys and registered dietitian Sally Kuzemchak to publish a celebration of the family meal with tips and tricks on solving your toughest dinner dilemmas with Dinnertime Survival Guide. ($24.95) that came out this Tuesday, April 22, 2014!!

These days, parents are juggling more roles, time shortages and responsibilities than ever before. But somehow, some way, dinner still has to get on the table. Cooking Light’s Dinnertime Survival Guide is the perfect handbook to help moms and dads navigate mealtime by arming them with strategies, tips and over 150 easy and healthy recipes. Whether the struggle is trying to feed a picky eater, needing time saving tricks, working with what you have on hand or adjusting to a tight budget, Dinnertime Survival Guide highlights numerous solutions for you and your family which will guarantee easier mealtimes.

Dinnertime Survival Guide was written to assure you that you’re not alone when sometimes making dinner is a pain or your least favorite part of the day,” says author Sally Kuzemchak. “Its goal is to arm you – a parent with your heart in the right place – with a game plan for dealing with the very real obstacles that make it a challenge to pull off – like crazy schedules, a tight budget, lackluster skills in the kitchen, or kids who are tugging at your pant leg while you’re trying to cook. For every challenge, there are strategies from my own playbook, plus input from experts on how to better deal with each one.”

Highlights include:

  • Seriously Smart Advice: Hard-won kitchen wisdom from Sally and other moms around the country.
  • Crazy Mealtime Tricks: If you usually plate food in the kitchen, start serving meals family-style. You’ll find it a simple change but one that will empower your family and make them receptive to new things. Another trick? Serve dessert with dinner. This type of outside-the-box thinking may be just what you need at the dinner table.
  • Tasty Recipes: 150 recipes that are doable no matter what predicament you’re in and that your whole family will eat.
  • Solutions for the Top 10 Challenges: Hectic schedules, picky eaters, stuck in a food rut? Sally has these and many more covered.

The recipes and stories shared in Dinnertime Survival Guide are sure to inspire busy moms, dads, and families everywhere. As a young, amateur home cook, these recipes are budget friendly, easy to follow, and fun! Of course some are easier than others but everything tastes delicious!

To order your own copy of this fabulous cookbook, click here!

Photo credit: Dinnertime Survival Guide

Photo credit: Dinnertime Survival Guide

Last week, when I was cooking at my dad’s house I decided to take a whip at the Salmon Packet recipe. It’s a super easy recipe that takes only about 20-30 minutes to cook. I wanted to share this great recipe with all of you to try it yourself!

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Salmon Packets
Hands-on time: 15 min. Total time: 30 min.

Place squares of foil on the countertop, and set up an assembly line with veggies so everyone can add their own. Top each square with a salmon fillet, seal, and bake. Let the kids peer through the oven window toward the end of the baking time to see the packets puff up. When time’s up, you can either remove the baked fish and veggies from the packets to plates or let everyone eat right from the foil.

 Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups sliced zucchini
  • 1 cup red bell pepper strips
  • 8 lemon slices
  • 5 (6-ounce) skinless salmon fillets
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into 4 equal pieces
  • 4 dill sprigs
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 400°

2. Cut 4 (14-inch) squares of foil. Place zucchini, red bell pepper, and lemon slices in center of foil squares. Top each with a salmon fillet, butter, and a dill sprig; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold foil over fish and vegetables. Tightly seal edges.

3. Place foil packets on a jell-roll pan. Bake at 400° for 15-2o minutes or until fish flakes easily when with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from oven; cut open packets and serve.

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 packet)

Calories 345; Fat 18.3g (sat 5.6g, poly 5.2g); Protein 39.5g; Carb 3.7g; Fiber 1 g; Chol 123mg; Iron 1.9mg; Calc 38mg

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Here’s to eating well with great friends & family!

 

#SCBDEventRecap: .@NeimanMarcus #SpringSoiree hosted by .@DanaPrigge

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The better weather has finally sprung with warmer temperatures in New Jersey. Dana Prigge’ of DailyFashionista.com and Bella NYC magazine recently held a fashion event at Neiman Marcus Last Call in Paramus, NJ.
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Small Chick Big Deals is always on the hunt for the best deals in fashion, food and lifestyle so I was looking forward to hearing about Dana’s picks of the season. Some of the looks featured was this great faux leather moto jacket in white, a gorgeous maxi dress by Diane Von Furstenberg accented with a stunning clutch bag, Steve Madden gladiator sandals (all on sale)! I have to say that the shoe department at Neiman Marcus Last Call is one that you certainly don’t want to miss! Sorbet tones were definitely the colors of the night. I felt very inspired by the colorful store and helpful sales associates.

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Guests snacked on delicious crispy treats by Treat House, Pretzel Crisps. Popchips, Batter and Cream whoopie pies and these adorable lollipops. The Nivea lip balm bowl was great too! It was also nice to see my other fashion friends.  One lucky guest won a $100 giftcard during the event! I left with some really incredible styling ideas, a great top and a smile from the fun night!

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#SCBDEvent: Save the Dates… .@MontclairFW 2014 kicks off May 31st!

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We here at SCBD are happy to announce that we will be attending the Montclair Food + Wine Festival 2014! Founder and Executive Director Melody Kettle is pleased to announce that acclaimed Chef Floyd Cardoz of Battery Park City’s North End Grill will be a participating chef.

“New Jersey has wonderfully talented chefs,” notes Chef Cardoz. “I am honored to live in New Jersey and thrilled to contribute to this significant culinary event.”

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FESTIVAL KICK-OFF

Save the Date! Saturday, May 31st with a Grand Tasting at the Montclair Art Museum. Event tickets are $95 (general admission) from 7-9 pm. VIP tickets are offered at $120 (6 pm early admission). The museum’s stunning galleries will be open to attendees for viewing. Approximately 30 restaurants from Montclair (and beyond) will be sampling choice bites. Gary’s Wine & Marketplace (w/locations in Wayne, Madison, Bernardsville) will coordinate wines.

“There’s so much to look forward to this year! Many of our favorite local restaurants have returned and we’re pleased to have select out-of-town participants, including Floyd Cardoz, D’Artagnan, The Ryland Inn and 100 Steps,” enthuses Montclair Food + Wine founder Melody Kettle. “The Festival has curated a diverse cross-section of gastronomy; there’s something for everyone. Whether it’s oysters on a half shell, local BBQ, vegan, wines, craft beers and spirits, fine dining, grazing, or educational opportunities, we’re very pleased with the growth of the program in year #2.”  

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 1st SEMINARS

FOIE GRAS WITH ARIANE + ARIANE
The dynamic Ariane Daguin (D’Artagnan) will discuss the controversial subject of foie gras and Top Chef Ariane Duarte (CulinAriane) will create a custom D’Artagnan foie gras dish for guests to enjoy;
- NJ AQUACULTURE: CONSIDER THE OYSTER + CLAM 
Moderated by New Jersey Monthly magazine Senior Editor Eric Levin
Four Oysters + Four Wines + One Clam + 3 Experts = A Schukin’ Good Time!
With panelists Gef Flimlin (Marine Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension); Matt Gregg (Forty North Oyster Farm); renowned restaurateur Chris Cannon of the soon-to-open Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen (Morristown);
- THE PASTA SHOW with LOU + LAURA 
Laura Schenone
, James Beard award-winning author of “The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken” and “A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove,” teams up with “Gastomechanic” culinary mentor Lou Palma;
- LATIN VEGAN TAPAS WITH SO TASTY VEGAN
Latin Vegan Tapas demo and party will feature Sally Owen from SO Tasty Vegan while new sponsor LEAF Organic Vodka serves up custom craft cocktails. Hosted by Local Sponsor Designer Appliances (Upper Montclair).

For seminar tickets, click HERE.

 

MONDAY, JUNE 2ND
The third and final day will feature a six-course Gala Dinner (6-9:30pm, $165 per person) at The Manor in West Orange. Sharon Sevrens, sommelier and proprietor of Amanti Vino in Montclair, will pair wines. “I’m thrilled to be involved once again,” adds Sharon Sevrens. “Last year’s event was a success on every level — all events sold out and attendees overwhelmingly loved the food & wine pairings we created.”
Participating chefs include: Mitchell Altholz (Highlawn Pavilion); Michael Carrino (Pig & Prince Gastrolounge & Restaurant); Ryan DePersio (Fascino); Ariane Duarte (CulinAriane); Francesco Palmieri (The Orange Squirrel) and Chef Cardoz. Plus a special dessert cocktail provided and created by Busted Barrel Rum and Blue J Syrups.
Silver Sponsor: LEAF Organic Vodka

NEW & EXCLUSIVE!

THE CHEFS’ TABLE is a new, super-exclusive, in-kitchen experience for eight!

Details:

Minimum offers, beginning at $5,000.00, will be considered.

Montclair Food & Wine Festival, Inc. will close the auction at 10:00pm on May 15th.

Winning bidder will receive one voucher for a table of eight

More information can be found on the website: www.montclairfoodandwinefestival.org

#SCBDReview: Classic French Cuisine on the #UES .@SelEtPoivreNYC

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If you find yourself on the Upper East Side craving French fare, look no further than Sel et Poivre. Owner/Chef Christian Schienle prepares classic French bistro dishes with a refined, updated flair.

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Our first dish that came out was celery root remoulade with red beets. It was great to cleanse our appetite. Next, came out Red Pepper Bisque that didn’t have any cream in it. It was full of flavor, I really loved it!

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Next came out entrees to try. Out of all we tried, my two favorites were the Duck a L’orange with wild rice and the Aged New York Sirloin with their famous Poivre Sauce. They both were cooked to perfection, I was in heaven. Our dishes came served with boiled potatoes and spinach and those did not disappoint either. Last, dessert came out, we tasted the chocolate lava cake and creme brulee. I loved the chocolate lava cake. It was delish!

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They have a great wine selection and the food is great, I’d highly recommend it!

 

*Disclaimer: The PR team paid for my meal. I was not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*

#SCBDFavorite: Fresh, made to order #donuts .@DoCoCompany in Farmingdale!

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Lately I’ve been trying to eat healthier but I always have a huge sweet tooth. One of the perks of living in the Jersey Shore area for me lately is that there are a few places where I can get fresh doughnuts. In case you missed it, I wrote a post on Ob-Co’s in Toms River when I started SCBD. Well readers, I have good news… DoCo, The Donut & Coffee Company in Farmingdale is making a name for itself and its delish!

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Every time I come in to DoCo to get my donuts I leave with a smile on my face. Each donut is made to order so you can have whatever you want on it. If you are like me and can’t decide they have a menu of suggested flavors. My two favorite flavors are the Asbury Rainbow and the Peanut Butter Chocolate. They also carry their own version of the Kronut if you feel like being adventurous.

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If you go I highly recommend you grab coffee, hot or iced because they serve TM Ward coffee which is based out of Newark. The coffee is strong and pairs perfectly with the donuts!

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Planning on taking a trip down to the Jersey Shore this summer? Grab some donuts & coffee at DoCo on your way there, it’s so worth it!!!

#SCBDEvent: .@LiveStockNJ comes to Howell on May 10th!

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Calling all my Howell & Jersey Shore area natives, this event is for you & SCBD is one of the media sponsors so we will be there…

Chris Rockwell and Eric McGrath are proud to present LiveStock, an event for all ages, free to enter, inspired by the local talent and small businesses in the Jersey Shore region. The event will include local bands, vendors, sponsors and artists of all mediums. The whole ranch will be fully functional that day as well, providing the opportunity  to interact with the petting zoo, horse and pony rides, and more. Zebro, a zebra at Legacy Ranch and the LiveStock mascot, will also be available to interact with the public.

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LiveStock was created to give local talent in the area an outlet to be showcased. The goal of  LiveStock is to foster the talent and provide an opportunity for their fan base to grow. “The point of it being free is that in recent years, promoters charged people exorbitant amounts of money to get into festivals and concerts that are clearly only there to generate profits. We care  about the local scene and its growth,” says Rockwell in regards to how the idea of LiveStock came into existence.

Rockwell and McGrath decided to create LiveStock after McGrath attended an open mic in the area and was amazed at the talent. McGrath, Operator at Legacy Ranch, knew these artists needed a bigger venue. “My goal is a simple one,” said McGrath, “to display and celebrate the  exceptional culture in our own backyard.”

Concert sound and lighting is provided by Ugly Door Studio of Toms River.

Featured bands include:

  • Accidental Seabirds
  • Amy Malkoff & The Moonshines
  • The Battery Electric
  • Bog Iron Bloom
  • Chris Rockwell & The Stickball Social Club
  • Deff-Ray
  • Harper’s Fellow
  • Jim Mill
  • Joe Miller & Kuf-Knotz
  • John Gilman
  • The May Darlings
  • Moon Motel
  • Nathan Dickinson
  • Prehistoric Forest
  • Puppy Grease

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For continuous updates on the event please visit www.facebook.com/LiveStockLegacy

#SCBDFavorite: Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings .@ChocoCarousel in Wall!

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So you’re driving to Belmar beach, when all of a sudden you are craving sweets and really could go for a cupcake or a chocolate covered pretzel. Well, good news–  I have a solution. Chocolate Carousel is located in Wall and is on your way to the shore.

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Chocolate Carousel is a family owned and operated bakery and sweet shop that has been around for years serving the community. They also make specialty and wedding cakes for any occasion. I had the opportunity to try some of their sweet treats and I was very impressed. I love nonpareils and their homemade nonpareils hit the spot. If you love chocolate covered pretzels this place is for you. They are delicious and no flavor overpowers another. I loved the cannolli cupcake I had which was big enough to share between two people. They also have a variety of homemade cookies and cake pops. The owner Lisa even told me that some of the cookie recipes have been passed down from the family so it’s not just any bakery!

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If you are not in a rush they also have seating in the store where you can enjoy your sweet treats and coffee. Trust me you won’t regret stopping in! Everything is made on-site and is fresh! So what are you waiting for? Satisfy your sweet tooth!

 

#SCBDEvent: Chef’s Night to celebrate launch of “.@eNJoynjfood: A Taste of New Jersey” restaurant guide

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The students of Monmouth University’s Entrepreneurship class have created, “eNJoy: A Taste of New Jersey,” a restaurant guide featuring only the best restaurants and wineries in New Jersey. 50+ restaurants from throughout the state are receiving a two-page spread that includes a signature recipe, a brief history, and a description of the unique atmosphere of each restaurant.  The book will be available in April and can be purchased
online at www.enjoynjfood.com or at restaurants featured
in the book.

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The students will host a Chef’s Night at Branches Catering in West Long Branch on May 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. to celebrate the launch of the book. The event will consist of sampling exclusive dishes from top chefs and their respective restaurants, as well as a tasting of New Jersey wines. Live entertainment will be provided and a turnout of 400 to 500 guests is expected. Tickets are $35 for the general public and $15 for Monmouth University faculty and students and can be purchased online at www.enjoynjfood.com

All profits from the book and the Chef’s Night will be  donated to endowed scholarship funds at Monmouth University in memory of Monmouth alum Joseph Adelhardt and
Christopher Mejia.

The mission of the Monmouth University Center for Entrepreneurship (MUCE) is to nurture entrepreneurial thinking though a community of business partners committed to achieving social and economic progress.  Entrepreneurship students are able to conduct business practices and launch new businesses  from the safety of the classroom in real world situations. Previous projects include pasta sauce, dog treats, and perfumes that are still on the market today.

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For more information and updates on “eNJoy: A Taste of New Jersey,” the Chef’s Night, or the entrepreneurship class please follow them on  twitter at @eNJoynjfood, like us on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/enjoyatasteofnewjersey!

Cheers to a great night for a great cause, we will see you there!

#SCBDEvent Alert: #Cheers to charity .@EscapeMontclair’s Wine Dinners

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I must admit that once you’ve had fine dining, it’s kind of hard to go back. At least for me it is. For an almost 25 year old I have a rather interesting palate. One night I could be eating a slice of pizza with beer– the next night I can be diving into a tuna tartare with a glass of wine.

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If you’re looking for a lovely wine dinner to attend where the proceeds go to a great cause, go to one at Escape in Montclair. The dinner I attended with Jason was roots & grains dinner where both Chef Bryan Gregg (Executive Chef of Escape) and Chef Thomas Ciszak  (Executive Chef of  Chakra) took turns creating dishes.

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Some of my favorites that night included the amuse bouche which was Uni, rye, fermented radish “Korean style” by Chef Gregg, scallops, celery root, black truffle by Chef Gregg, lamb Crepinette, green olive quinoa, braised radicchio, dehydrated garlic, aged balsamic by Chef Ciszak. Chef Ciszak also prepared a delicious dessert, white Chocolate “cream of wheat”, pistachio, orange, young carrot foam. The food was so unique and delicious and the restaurant is the perfect space for it. Chef Bryan Gregg really knows what he is doing.

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Want to attend an upcoming dinner? Well you are in luck….Bryan Gregg, Chef and Owner of Escape Montclair and a leader in the New Jersey local food movement, today announced that he is partnering with James Laird, Chef / Owner of Restaurant Serenade to jointly host a five-course,Taste of Spring wine-paired dinner on Wednesday April 30, 2014 at 7PM.  

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In the Escape kitchen, Gregg and Laird will craft a locally-sourced dining experience to benefit cancer research and treatment in New Jersey. The five-course Taste of Spring dinner will include wines hand-selected by Amanti Vino proprietor, Sharon Sevrens. The cost of the event is $95 per person with 50% of the food proceeds being donated to benefit cancer research and treatment in New Jersey.

“I am looking forward to showcasing the freshest spring products our local farmers can provide,” says Chef Gregg.  “Chef Laird shares my passion for locally-sourced ingredients and together, we will create a meal that is a true springtime celebration that I know our guests will enjoy and will help drive up our donation to cancer treatment and research in New Jersey,” continues Gregg.

Cheers to eating a great meal with delicious wines for charity!

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