Snow Day Stew: Mushroom & Mash

Preparing for a storm, for some, involves more than an extended stop at the liquor store. Vegetarian chef Dan Haag makes mushroom stew. “This is a staple in our house when it’s cold and snowy out,” he told me. “Feel free to share.” And full disclosure: I plan on stopping over there tomorrow for some. […]

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The Pennsy: Easy Commute, Uncomplicated Food

Leaving the comfort of my own home isn’t easy in the winter, especially when I’m expected to schlep into New York with my kids. But that doesn’t stop out-of-town guests from wanting to connect (in the city, of course) and since I’m the one who lives locally, I’m supposed to recommend a meeting spot. (As […]

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Meat for Centuries: Moloney’s Meat Market

In 1875, Tom Moloney opened Moloney’s Meat Market in Bayonne. In 1900, John Moloney came to Ireland to work for him. Then John married Lizzy (O’Hare), the cashier, moved to Jersey City, and opened his own Moloney’s Meat Market in the location where it still sits today – 627 Newark Avenue. (In truth, it was […]

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When Cake Matters: Hudson Cakery

In my next life, I’m gonna be a baker. There’s something wonderful about zipping around the kitchen with the music on and the ovens glowing, bags and bowls and spatulas lined up, ready to spin ingredients into someone’s personal glee. Who doesn’t love that moment when the cake is brought out in their honor? And […]

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Lunching at the VIP Diner

I feel like I’ve been here before. It smells like french toast and coffee mingling with onion rings cooked crispy in new oil. When I walk in there’s a waitress hugging an elderly man and it all seems so familiar. So Jersey. “Table or Booth?” someone in business casual asks me. She’s either the manager […]

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Not My Grandma’s Pierogi

Christmas is pierogi. My mother made hundreds every year. As a child I watched her standing at the counter, flour spilling onto the floor. In my teenage years I helped, mostly milling around, making a fuss, and waiting for the taste-test. We brought dozens of them, wrapped in foil, to Ray & Elaine’s on Christmas […]

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Pet Shop: The Newest Oldest Spot

“We named it Pet Shop after the old Village Tropical Pet Store that was here previously. And when we were discussing food options during the early stages, we thought it would be weird to serve meat at a place called Pet Shop,” says Shen Pan, one of four managing partners. And so, the Newark Ave […]

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Rumba’s Cafe on a Jersey City Friday

He ordered fried eggs with chorizo and ham. I chose the steak in sauce with yellow rice and black beans. I really wanted the goat stew or the oxtails but those are Saturday and Wednesday specials, respectively.

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10 More Minutes

“Do you think I can make 10 more minutes?” “Yes,” he said, “absolutely.” One of the secrets of self doubt is that outside encouragement can obliterate it. That’s why I asked. And then I asked someone else. And then again. In total, I probably asked that question a dozen times. In the end, I made […]

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Healthy Donuts

I bought a magazine about a week ago that contains only recipes for people who are trying to eat their way out of obesity. It was the first time in my life I paid ten dollars for a magazine. The magazine is divided into eating strategies, this one entitled “Don’t give up the foods you […]

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