Kick Off Fall with BBQ Chicken Chili

BBQ Chicken Chili

Warm up chilly fall days with this hearty BBQ Chicken Chili that's loaded with chicken, spices, and fresh local vegetables like fresh-chopped tomatoes, peppers, and even carrots. It's a make-ahead treat that let's everyone enjoy the beauty and bounty of fall! Find the recipe on page 27 in "Savoring." Find "Savoring" at select retailers listed at left and always at All net proceeds from "Savoring" go to ongoing NJ Shore Sandy recovery. So much has been accomplished, so many are not yet home.

"Savoring" Announces Two New Grants

Three years after ‪Sandy‬ we are pleased to announce that "Savoring" has made a second grant to Jersey Shore United for their continuing--daily--efforts to help still displaced victims of the Superstorm make their way home. JSU's ‪Operation Hope Chest‬ project for returning families--literally a hope chest loaded with essential household goods that families are hard-pressed to afford--is gaining national attention. JSU also does so much more: from sourcing kitchen appliances to building steps, replacing windows and doors and repairing roofs, to installing bathrooms and kitchen counters, to providing furniture--JSU sees a need and finds a way to meet it. We are honored to help support their efforts through proceeds from "Savoring the Shore."

We are honored too to make a second grant to The People's Pantry of Toms River, NJ, which was also founded along the devastated NJ shore in response to Superstorm Sandy. The Pantry is  a bustling center for hope and nourishment as the Shore continues to recover. They provide food to 4,000 - 5,000 residents per month or 1.2 million pounds of food per year. The Pantry is using the second "Savoring" grant to help provide holiday meals to those still impacted by Sandy. So much has been accomplished; so many are not yet home.

Braised Boneless Short Ribs of Beef with Crispy Frizzled Onions

Braised Short Ribs

The recipe for these easy and delicious short ribs comes to "Savoring" from Branches Catering in West Long Branch, NJ. When they asked what recipe to share, we especially requested a beef recipe from them, and we are so glad we did! (EVERYONE who tried these succulent short ribs had seconds.)

The ingredients list is short too and, besides the short ribs, includes fresh celery, carrots, endive, onion, and seasonings. The short ribs are seared in olive oil then braised with the vegetables. 

The crispy frizzled onions fry up fast in olive oil and are a fun and tasty (dare we say slightly decadent?) touch. 

The complete recipe appears on page 97 in "Savoring" which is available for purchase online through or via the link at left, and is also available from a number of select retailers around New Jersey (please see list via link at left). 

100% of net proceeds from sales of "Savoring" go to ongoing NJ Shore Sandy recovery. Much has been accomplished, but so many are not yet home. For a view of the type of work still being done, please see the photo below. This is a Sandy victim's kitchen more than two years later. The rest of the house is in similar condition. The good news is that thanks to groups such as Adopt a Home and Jersey Shore United, this home is now being repaired. "Savoring" is proud to support initiatives such as this. Thank you in advance for helping to make this possible through your purchase of "Savoring" and/or the individual Rebuilding Recipes on the left of this page!

Season of Giving

People's Pantry Tom's River, NJ

At The People's Pantry Relief Center Cheryl Larkin of "Savoring" presents a grant check to Pantry Executive Director Patricia Donaghue as Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group Director Sue Marticek looks on. The grant has purchased 500 turkeys and trimmings to brighten #Sandy victims' holidays. We are so grateful to all who shared recipes with "Savoring" and to all who have supported the effort by purchasing and giving "Savoring." Together we are showing that "every little bit helps." Happy Holidays!

Luscious Vegetable Garden Pie - Instant Recipe!

"This Vegetable Garden Pie gets me invited back year after year to visit friends for a summer weekend on Long Beach Island," says contributor Eileen Smith, therapist in Bernardsville, NJ at Eileen Smith Therapy. We also know Eileen from B.I.G--Believe, Inspire, Grow, a fun and inspiring group for women entrepreneurs originally started in NJ and expanding into Manhattan and across the country. 

 She adds, "I get all the fresh vegetables and herbs for the pie from the local farm stands. The crust has a delicious flavor because of the lemon juice and buttermilk combination, giving it a tangy taste which complements the fresh New Jersey vegetables!"

 We have sampled (inhaled) this wonderful pie and agree wholeheartedly that this is Jersey Fresh at its best. Thank you so much Eileen for sharing! 100% of the proceeds go to NJ Shore Sandy recovery.

Get your copy of Eileen's recipe for luscious Vegetable Garden Pie instantly by clicking the link below. 

Tempt Your Taste Buds (Instantly!) with This Flavorful Rub!

"I use this rub on EVERYTHING going on the grill," says contributor Josh Gryvatz of Lasolas Market, 3591 Highway 35, Normandy Beach, NJ. "I've used it on Ribeye or NY Strip steaks. I've used it on pork chops, chicken and even cedar plank salmon. My favorite application though is as a rub for St. Louis ribs before smoking them."

We used it on venison as pictured above, and the results were mouth-watering!

"'Rite Rub" comes together in minutes--maybe seconds--and the recipe is available instantly via the "Purchase Recipe" button below. 100% of net proceeds go to ongoing Sandy recovery at the NJ Shore.

Lasolas Market, Normandy Beach, NJ

Lasolas Market, Normandy Beach, NJ

Chef Gryvatz didn't always work in the world of food. "There was a time when I wore suits, sat in cubicles, attended meetings and other such office activities. I was in advertising and marketing," he says. But he grew up in the food business. His parents owned a convenience store in NY when he was ten and the family owns two full service deli/market/catering businesses today. 

He says, " the years I spent at agencies and corporations, there was always something simmering away on the back burner of my mind (get ready for food puns); the allure of the professional kitchen." So after many conversations with family and friends, "I made it happen. I ditched the tie for an apron and joined my family in business." That was seven years ago.

Today, you can find Chef Gryvatz at Lasolas Market in Normandy Beach, a stone's throw from the ocean, or maybe walking on the boardwalk with his wife while the kids run ahead. "There's something peaceful and rejuvenating about standing outside the shop...and being able to hear the waves crashing in the not-so-distance," he says.