Oatmeal and Pumpkin Waffles (with Almond Whip and Fresh Pear)

Waffles-oatmeal-pumpkin-pear 3The best way to get your kids up for breakfast on a Sunday is to have a routine of pancakes or waffles going!  If they haven’t already jumped into your bed demanding one of the above (and this applies only to tweenage and older kids)(because the younger ones would have been up and jumping on your head from the crack of dawn), the delicious aromas wafting up into their bedrooms will rouse them pronto.

(more…)

Advertisements

January 27, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . American, Breakfast, Brunch, Health, Nutrition. 2 comments.

Panic Shopping 101 for a Storm

As the U.S. Northeast gets used to a new normal (of being slammed by several massive storms in a row), it’s good to have an action plan as one heads to the grocery stores for the mandatory panic shopping.

(more…)

November 7, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . American, Kitchen Snippets, Musings, Stories. 1 comment.

Turkey Burgers with Zucchini and Ginger

How does a parent play breakfast maker (and tidier), office worker, homework helper, project assistant, activity chauffeur, and chef extraordinaire – without feeling like jumping off the George Washington Bridge?

(more…)

October 25, 2012. Tags: , , , , . American, Asian, Barbecue, Dinners, Grill, Mains. 4 comments.

Acappello Sings To Your Tastebuds

(First published on Baristanet 11.11.11)

First cousins Dardan Mati, Ben Husenaj and Naz Husenaj were singing a familiar business reprise when they opened Acappello on Bloomfield Ave a month ago. The restaurant, named with a nod to the Wellmont Theater next door, is their fifth restaurant in New Jersey, following Cara Mia in Millburn, La Campagna in Morristown, La Catena in Bridgewater and La Catena 22 in Roselle Park. (more…)

March 24, 2012. Tags: , , . American, Italian, Restaurants, Reviews. Leave a comment.

Wholegrain-Banana Waffles

IMG 1030

Before we moved to the States three and a half years ago, I had assumed that every North American owned two things:  A donut maker (human) and a waffle maker  (contraption). So, I speedily stocked our  kitchen with a waffle iron, which has since been used almost every weekend – when we’re not having pancakes.  On the donut front, it tickles me how often I find the inspiration for that policeman-eating-donuts stereotype right here in New Jersey. (more…)

January 21, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . American, Baked Goods, Breakfast. Leave a comment.

Anthony’s Cheesecake: A Year in Bloomfield

It’s been a year in Bloomfield, NJ for Anthony’s Cheesecake, whose repertoire has expanded to breakfast, brunch and lunch, alongside a mouthwatering array of baked goodies. You get all types when it comes to restaurateurs, but I like Anthony’s type best. Friendly and down-to-earth, and it’s nice that we both take food inspiration from our grandmothers. It also helps that he always remembers my (cake loving) son’s name and asks about him.

Here’s the story I wrote about Anthony’s Cheesecake when it opened last year.

I talked to him as the cafe celebrated its first anniversary recently, and here’s what he said: (more…)

October 18, 2011. Tags: , . American, Baked Goods, Restaurants, Reviews, Stories. Leave a comment.

A Sweeter Tweeter (aka Cakebook)

(Published on Baristanet May 12, 2011)

Never underestimate the power of social media, even if you’re tweeting about cake.

Or the power of cake in general.

It was the savvy Twitter feed and Facebook posts of a young lady from Bloomfield that first alerted the tweet-sensitive antennas of Debbie Galant and me to the alluringly named Cake Seduction.
(more…)

May 25, 2011. American, Food Stores, Stories. Leave a comment.

Mesiah’s Charoset-Inspired Toffee’s a Revelation

(Published on Baristanet April 15th, 2011)

What could be sweeter than having some charoset at your Seder table made by Mesiah? Not the Messiah, but Nicky Mesiah, Montclair’s own queen of the caramelized confections, who has come up with a charoset-inspired toffee.

I cornered Miss Nicky recently and persuaded her to divulge the secrets of the Delivery of the Enslaved Toffee-Fruit Confection (to your home). (more…)

April 15, 2011. Tags: , . American, Cultural Feasts, Desserts, Easter, Festive, Jewish, Passover, Stories. Leave a comment.

Sweets for my Sweet – Marshmallows

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Warning: Mushy content.

This year, like every year since the boys were 5, both sons (now 9 and 10) came home with full lists of their classmates’ names – basically a command from their teachers that they write out noncommittal, non-anonymous Valentine’s Day notes, attach the compulsory Hershey’s kisses to them, and dispatch to all in their classroom – boy, girl or the disinterested (that’d be my offspring). (more…)

February 14, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . American, Cultural Feasts, Desserts, Festive, Passover. 4 comments.

Why WW’s New Plan May Kick Atkins’ Derriere

Weight Watchers’ new PointsPlus plan is one I reckon that will wipe the floor with the oversized clothing of its competitors.

The dieting regime, which was embraced with fervor by Americans and the world in 1997, awards points to different sorts of food, with each dieter having to stick to a certain number each day in order to lose, or maintain, weight.

Three days ago, I signed up for WW’s new plan online, after a four-month stint on steroids for an inexplicable allergy sapped me of energy and left me looking like the GoodYear blimp. (more…)

December 8, 2010. Tags: , , . American, Asian, Health, Nutrition, Stories. 7 comments.

Next Page »