"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.

Luscious Berry Mascarpone Tart

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This beautiful confection from Chef Adele DiBiase of Vita Organic Foods and Pizza Vita in Summit, NJ, features fresh berries floating on a layer of whipped mascarpone and cream in a pastry crust. We will be demonstrating the recipe on Friday night September 26 at 8:15 PM at the Roseland Greek Fest in Roseland, NJ, and the complete recipe appears on page 120 in "Savoring."

Almost two years after Sandy there are still families and businesses who are trying to rebuild their lives. 100% of the net proceeds from "Savoring" go to ongoing NJ shore Sandy recovery. We are a NJ non profit and 501(c)3 and we are currently accepting applications for grants. 

"Savoring" features 150+ recipes from celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, and home cooks and is available online by following the link at left or through amazon.com. "Savoring" is also available at a number of retailers throughout NJ whose names are listed on the page at the left. 


Roast Poblano - Creamed Jersey Corn

There's no better way to celebrate the NJ harvest than with Drew's Bayshore Bistro's Chef Drew Araneo's delicious recipe "Roast Poblano - Creamed Jersey Corn" featuring (yum!) fresh Jersey tomatoes and Jersey corn.

Start with fresh Jersey corn cut off the cob.

Chop ham, onion and roasted Poblano.

Saute the ham and Poblano in butter. Then add the onions and cook until translucent.

Stir in the Jersey tomatoes and corn and heat through for a super quick and bright side dish (absolutely no leftovers here). The complete recipe--including Chef Drew's optional cream sauce--is on page 61 in "Savoring."

100% net proceeds from "Savoring" go to ongoing NJ shore Sandy recovery. Copies of "Savoring" may be purchased online through the link at left or through Amazon.com, "Savoring" is also available at the retailers listed at left. Non-profits helping Sandy victims please apply for grants through the link at left. 

Chef Christine Nunn's Very Berry Barbecue

We love the aroma of fresh chicken cooking on the grill--and this recipe from Executive Chef Christine Nunn of Grange in Westwood, NJ, is also a celebration of the height of blueberry season! (New Jersey is the state where blueberries were first successfully cultivated thanks to a collaboration between botanist Frederick Coville and benefactor Elizabeth Coleman White. Find more on the story in Karen Schnitzspahn's book Jersey Shore Food History.)

Chef Nunn is a culinary rock star who was named to Best Chef's America 2013. We were thrilled to meet her at a fundraising event and honored when she submitted a recipe to "Savoring." Her "Chicken with Blueberry Barbecue Sauce" snaps with seasonings like cumin, chili powder, cayenne, and even a splash of soy sauce. Totally Yum on the grilled chicken pieces, we and our guests found ourselves spooning extra sauce onto our plates just to enjoy on its own. 

The complete recipe appears on page 86 in "Savoring." 100% net proceeds from "Savoring" go to ongoing NJ Shore Sandy recovery. "Savoring" is available for purchase through the link at left, at the retailers listed at left, and through Amazon.com.



Red's Homemade Lobster Cakes, Yum for Shore!

Nothing says summer at the Shore like lobster cakes from Red's Lobster Pot in Point Pleasant Beach. A flavor symphony of fresh steamed lobster meat tossed with chopped red and green peppers and spices then sauteed, they are especially Yum! when served with a dollop of Cajun mayonnaise and crisp greens. We highly recommend enjoying them at Red's overlooking the Manasquan Inlet with an ocean breeze in your hair. And now you can also re-create this taste of the shore at home with Kitty Stillufsen's delicious recipe which she has shared on page 71 in "Savoring."

"Savoring" is available at the retailers listed at left, including Joe Leone's Italian Specialties and Borden's Stationery in Point Pleasant Beach, Booktowne in Manasquan, Mueller's Bakery in Bay Head,  Lightly Salted Surf Shop in Asbury Park, Season's General Store in Ocean Grove, and Anglers Marine and Beach Boutique in Sea Bright. Or purchase online through the link at left or through Amazon. 

We are grateful to Kitty and to so many other chefs, restaurateurs, and home cooks for contributing 150+ recipes--appetizers to desserts--to "Savoring"! 100% of the net proceeds from "Savoring" go to ongoing Sandy recovery at the NJ shore.

Please Join Us for "Cooking with Marilyn and Friends"

One of the great joys of the "Savoring" journey so far has been connecting with amazing chefs. The philanthropy of the chef community is awe-inspiring! We all have been the beneficiaries as so many awesome chefs have shared recipes in "Savoring" with 100% net proceeds going to NJ Shore Sandy recovery.

Three of these chefs are joining together on June 18 at 6 PM at Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, NJ for a COOKING DEMONSTRATION and FIVE-COURSE DINNER extraordinaire! The event is open to the public and proceeds will go to ongoing NJ shore Sandy recovery. 

Chef Marilyn Schlossbach

Chef Marilyn Schlossbach

The event is hosted by Chef Marilyn Schlossbach who is a Best Chefs America 2013 honoree and the co-owner of Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park and Labrador Lounge in Normandy Beach. Langosta Lounge, where the event will be held, is a charming venue right on the boardwalk in Asbury Park. It was recently included in NJ Monthly's "Dinner from the Deep" feature about places to eat at the shore and Chef Marilyn's story has been told in the NY Times (some updates have occurred since Sandy). Chef Marilyn has three delicious recipes in "Savoring": "White Sangria," "Marilyn's Roasted Turkey Matzo Ball Soup," and "Aloha Chocolate Mousse." 

Chef Jason Crispin

Chef Jason Crispin

Chef Jason Crispin of Gourmand Cooking School in Point Pleasant Beach (which offers individual classes and private events) will be creating a course. His three recipes in "Savoring" are "Garden State Gazpacho," "Chicken Wings in Garlic Sauce," and "Blue Cheese, Bacon and Herb Souffle." Chef Crispin believes that "...while eating is a necessity, it's also one of life's great pleasures. Preparing it is part of the joy." The operative word here is Yum! 

Chef Drew Araneo and team in front of the new, post-Sandy  Drew's Bayshore Bistro (photo from Facebook, Drew's Bayshore Bistro)

Chef Drew Araneo and team in front of the new, post-Sandy  Drew's Bayshore Bistro (photo from Facebook, Drew's Bayshore Bistro)

Rumor has it that Chef Drew Araneo will be making Soft Shell Crabs for the event on June 18. He is also a Best Chefs America 2013 honoree whose restaurant, Drew's Bayshore Bistro, is a challenging reservation especially since a very positive NY Times review and his defeat of Bobby Flay in a Throwdown. Chef Drew has four recipes in "Savoring": "Roast Poblano Creamed Jersey Corn," "Carolina BBQ Braised Pork Butt," "Green Chile Cheese Grits," and "Peach and Berry Cobbler." 

Beer pairings will be by Flying Fish Brewing Company whose back-story on their beer Forever Unloved Sandy also appears in "Savoring." Wine will also be served. 

To make reservations to attend "Cooking with Marilyn and Friends" please call Langosta Lounge at 732.455.3275. We look forward to celebrating the shore with you!

Ode to Spring: Day Boat Scallops, Fresh Pea and Mint Puree, Forest Mushrooms

Chef Anthony Bucco, Executive Chef of The Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station, NJ, a Best Chef America 2013 honoree, and a shore resident, has created a masterful ode to spring and shared it in "Savoring." This is "Seared Barnegat Light Scallops, English Pea and Mint Puree, Pea Tendrils and Forest Mushrooms." 

Like the farm and sea to table dishes that Chef Bucco creates at The Ryland Inn, this dish is fresh and bright. There are three stages of preparation, the puree, the mushrooms, and the scallops themselves. We have found in our home kitchen that all may be accomplished quickly and without a lot of fuss, one step at a time.

The freshness of the peas, the scallops, and the mushrooms are the essence of this dish, They are grounded with an undercurrent of fresh leek and shallot and punctuated with an exclamation point of fresh mint, a sprinkling of sea salt and freshly ground pepper, and a splash of lemon juice. 

The complete recipe appears on page 70 in "Savoring." Copies of the book are available online through the link at left and through amazon.com. "Savoring" is also available at the select retailers listed at the left. 100% of the net proceeds from "Savoring" benefit NJ shore Sandy recovery.


The Big Game!

Super Bowl XLVIII is coming from NJ to the world on Sunday February 2 and do we have some treats for you! 

These Chicken Wings in Garlic Sauce from Chef Jason Crispin of the Gourmand Cooking School in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ feature a wonderful blend of flavors like roasted garlic, fresh oregano, lemon, and a few dashes of spice.

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First, brown the wings in olive oil. We used a cast iron skillet because later the recipe can be finished either in the oven or on the stove.

Remove the browned wings to a plate and start the sauce in the same pan. (Step 1: deglaze the pan with Spanish sherry--yum!) 

Return the wings to the pan and simmer on the stove or braise in the oven for 20 minutes. Be sure to serve with crusty bread to soak up the amazing sauce! 

The complete recipe is in "Savoring" 100% net proceeds to Sandy recovery at the NJ shore. There are 150+ other recipes--including dips, grilled shrimp or whiskey burgers, BBQ chicken chili, Bloody Mary Oysters, sangria, cosmos and more--that are quick, easy and perfect for game day.

Order your copy of "Savoring" through our web site (link on left) or Amazon, or find a list of selected retailers at left. And if you're visiting for the game, check out our all-star contributing chefs and restaurateurs at left for a delicious and memorable taste of the metropolitan area and the NJ shore!

Warm and Spicy Tomato Goat Cheese Jalapeno Soup

When it's arctic cold outside who better to help warm us up than Hell's Kitchen Season 11 contestant Chef Jacqueline Baldassari! Her easy and delicious recipe for Tomato Goat Cheese Jalapeno Soup has just a handful of ingredients and takes just minutes to assemble.

Start with fresh onion, jalapenos, celery and garlic.

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Add a can of whole peeled tomatoes and a log of goat cheese. Then simmer gently (and fragrantly!).

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Cool slightly, then blend. 

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The result is a creamy, flavorful, satisfying soup with a spicy kick (garnished here with fresh variegated basil just for fun).  

The complete recipe appears in "Savoring" and 100% net proceeds go to NJ shore Sandy recovery.  Order your copy today by following the link at the left or by visiting Amazon. "Savoring" is also available at select retailers in NJ and PA. Please see the link at the left for locations. 

Buttery Baked Clam Dip: A Holiday Tradition

Happy Holidays to All!

By popular demand our contributor Andrea makes this delicious baked Clam Dip every year on Christmas Eve and always doubles the recipe. We made it too for a holiday shopping night at the Philadelphia Horticultural Society Pop Up Store in Chestnut Hill and it was quick, easy, delicious and even readily transportable!

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The recipe calls for canned clams, chopped onion, a sprinkle of spice, and two kinds of crumbs. Then blend in melted butter and top with some light cream before baking.

Warm from the oven the dip is rich and flavorful and we really love easy! The complete recipe appears in the Savoring the Shore fundraising cookbook which is available for purchase here, on Amazon, and at select retailers (please see the link to the left). 100% of net proceeds go to NJ shore Sandy recovery. Our motto is "Because every little bit helps." We thank you for your participation and support!

Pork and Squash Pasta from The Greenhouse Tavern

So if you're thinking that The Greenhouse Tavern is a hot newer restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio, you are right! But the fun NJ shore connection comes through Chef/Partner Brian Goodman who grew up in NJ and graduated third in his class from Rutgers. He has worked in NJ kitchens where he was introduced to sustainable practices and the farm to table movement. And he has worked in Manhattan under Iron Chef Michael Symon (also a Clevelander) and Chef Jonathon Sawyer who is Chef/Owner of The Greenhouse Tavern. 

Chef Goodman may live in Cleveland now but he has a soft spot for the NJ shore, especially "pork roll, Great Adventure, and the beach." We are grateful to him for sharing this warm and delicious comfort food with Savoring the Shore!

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The recipe calls for kabocha squash but we had easy access to butternut so substituted that instead. Saute it in butter, add some fragrant spices and fresh sage, and allow to brown. 

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Add heavy cream and puree, then fold in pork.

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Toss gently with cooked pasta and serve. Yum!

The complete recipe appears in the Savoring the Shore fundraising cookbook all net proceeds to NJ shore Sandy recovery. "Savoring" is available through this web site (please see link at left), through Amazon, and at select retailers (please see list at left and watch also for announcements on Facebook and Twitter). It makes a great holiday gift that gives twice!

Pumpkin Pie with a Kick

Happy Thanksgiving to All! We're celebrating the major food holiday of the year with many longtime favorite foods and a new favorite dessert by popular demand, Pumpkin Pie with a Kick.

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This is one of the easiest and most flavorful pies you will ever make. Submitted by Sarah, a home cook, it uses a store bought crust if you'd like, and a traditional pumpkin filling spiked with a splash of holiday cheer. We're serving it with homemade whipped cream sweetened with a touch of maple syrup and punctuated with a dash of cinnamon. Yum! 

The complete recipe is available in the Savoring the Shore fundraising cookbook, all net proceeds to NJ shore Sandy recovery. The book is on sale now here through our web site, at Amazon, and at selected retailers listed to the left. 

On this Thanksgiving, we are thankful to all of the chefs, home cooks and shore lovers who have shared their recipes and shore stories in "Savoring," and to Sahlman Art Studio for bringing it to life. Thank you and happy eating!

It's Here! Purchase Savoring the Shore for Sandy Recovery Today!

Please follow the link on the left to purchase Savoring the Shore, the all-volunteer community cookbook created to benefit ongoing NJ shore Hurricane Sandy recovery and (PS) to celebrate the shore! 

Inside you'll find 150+ recipes, from simple to sophisticated, from chefs and home cooks, like the ones pictured on the cover: Grilled Corn with Chipotle Lime Butter (Executive Chef Trent O'Drain, Wegmans), Garden State Gazpacho (Chef Jason Crispin, Gourmand Cooking School), White Fish with Heirloom Cherry Tomato Salsa (Kate Strangfeld, Icing off the Cake), Ponzu Spiced Beef Short Ribs (Chef Dominick Hayman, First Place Winner, Black Culinary Expo 2013), and Peanut Butter Mousse, Chocolate Mousse with Hazelnut Sauce (Chopped champion Chef Eric LeVine) and so many more.

Yum, so many flavors to feast on for all times of year! Please order your copy today!