"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 Amazon.com 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, "...in 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. 

"Savoring" Launches New Web-Based Recipes for Sandy Recovery!

In our travels over the past year to share the story of "Savoring" and it's 150+ recipes from celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, and home cooks, we've been asked by many if there is a way to still contribute a recipe. Now there is!

Today, "Savoring" officially launches "Recipes for Rebuilding"--recipe features from guest contributors which are then available for purchase right here on the spot. As always, we are all volunteer, and 100% of the net proceeds go to NJ Shore Sandy recovery.

Ryland Inn Tomato Soup

Ryland Inn Tomato Soup

Our first recipe available for a donation online is warm and delicious Ryland Inn Tomato Soup from Executive Chef Craig Polignano.

Inspired by his family’s own kitchen and garden growing up, it seemed natural that Craig Polignano would, from the age of 13, choose to work in an array of local NJ restaurants before making the decision to attend the Culinary Institute of America in pursuit of his career in food service. After completion of his studies, Chef Craig’s relentless enthusiasm landed him a spot in the kitchen of The Ryland Inn of Whitehouse, NJ. There his passion and dedication prompted him to enhance the existing 3-acre organic garden by building a 15-bed specialty herb garden with dozens of varietals.

Chef Craig went on to expand his knowledge base and worked as Sous Chef at Copeland in the Westin Governor Morris in Morristown, NJ, and shortly after was promoted to Chef de Cuisine at The Bernards Inn in Bernardsville, NJ. He then accepted an opportunity with the Michael Mina group at the St. Regis Hotel in Dana Point, California as Executive Chef of the Stonehill Tavern.

Chef Craig has since returned home to NJ and the Ryland Inn which has been brought back to life by Frank and Jeanne Crettella, owners of Landmark Hospitality, which also owns Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City, NJ and Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren, NJ. After spending almost two years as Chef de Cuisine, Chef Craig has recently been promoted to Executive Chef.

Along the way Chef Craig says, "Some of my best memories as a young adult are of spending time at the NJ Shore. My best friend's family had a small boat, and we spent hours going up and down the shore line, fishing and relaxing." 

Chef Craig's Ryland Inn Tomato Soup is a perfect tonic to ward off autumn's chill, fragrant with fresh vegetables and quick and easy to assemble. Thank you Chef Craig for contributing this recipe for ongoing NJ Shore Sandy recovery!

The Ryland Inn

The Ryland Inn

The Ryland Inn is located at 115 Old Highway 28,Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889, telephone 908.534.4011. Executive Chef Craig Polignano uses farm-to-table, local and sustainable ingredients to create menus of fresh food and flavors that change with the seasons.

"Savoring" Announces First Grant for Ongoing Sandy Recovery!

Because every little bit helps...

We are thrilled to announce the first "Savoring the Shore" grant is awarded to USA Hometown Heroes for aid with housing assistance, rental assistance, housing reconstruction and repairs, and furniture and appliances for individuals still living with the devastation wrought by Sandy. 

Based in Toms River, NJ, one of the areas hardest hit by Sandy, USA Hometown Heroes is a NJ non-profit organization that was founded in 2008 to help others by paying it forward. They continue to work with victims of Sandy in all 21 NJ counties that were affected by the storm, and they receive new applications for help every week. 

The "Savoring the Shore" project has been nearly a two-year journey that has celebrated the NJ shore while raising funds for ongoing Sandy recovery through the community cookbook "Savoring the Shore." "Savoring" features 150+ recipes from celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, and home cooks with 100% of net proceeds going to ongoing Sandy recovery. Much has been done in the almost two years since Sandy, but many are still displaced. The need is great and our motto is "every little bit helps." 

"Savoring" may be purchased through the link at left, a retailer listed at left, or at amazon.com.

Know a great group who is helping the Jersey Shore continue to recover? Click here for our grant application.