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  • Day Trip: Meandering To Museums

    By Joanne Colella It’s January. The holidays are over, the cold has set in, and at some point, there may be more snow and slush with which to contend. What to do on a wintry day, to stave off boredom while still managing to stay comfortably indoors? Choices abound, but for a terrific blend of entertainment and education, creativity and culture for day trippers of every age and preference, plan a visit to one or more of the countless museums that are just a short drive away. The biggest ...
  • Books For Cooks: Shepherd’s Pie

    By MaryAnn Miano Mother Hubbard’s Cook Book, by Marion White, is a delightful recipe book from The Catherine Henning Cookbook Collection at the Colts Neck Library. If you recall the nursery rhyme of Old Mother Hubbard, she went to the cupboard but the cupboard was bare. The author’s approach to her recipes in this book is to think of people who have survived in spite of bare cupboards. Dry summers and lean winters forced our great-grandparents to collect, out of necessity, the best food ...
  • Let’s Dish! Let’s Talk About Black-Eyed Peas

    By MaryAnn Miano We may be living in the northeast, but what better time to follow a southern tradition than New Year’s, when we all could use a little good luck? It is customary and traditional to consume black-eyed peas in the southeast either just after midnight on New Year’s Eve or on New Year’s Day. These little beauties are the first food to be eaten for luck and prosperity for the new year ahead. The story goes that eating black-eyed peas for luck dates back to the Civil War. ...
  • Historic Havens: Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury

    By Lori Draz In the spirit of the season, Historic Havens turned its eye on a location that has a history of joyful celebrations. Shrewsbury’s elegant and glorious Shadowbrook Estate was an easy choice, as the property is enjoying a renaissance under the new ownership of partners Jim Kourgelis, Mark Spinelli, George Kourgelis, Mike Kourgelis, Carl Carfello, and Chris Gourmos, who also currently own and operate the Venetian in Garfield and Seasons in Washington Township. These new owners ...
  • Teen Scene: Julianna Poupard

    By Lori Draz and Julianna Poupard Welcome to Teen Scene, written by the great students of our area. Each month, our young authors write, in their own voice, stories that will educate and inform fellow students and parents about a variety of topics. We’d love to hear from you and we’ll help you polish it up, so don’t worry – let’s just get to sharing. This month, 18-year-old Julianna Poupard – a senior in Ranney School’s Class of 2017, editor of the Ranney School student ...
  • Books For Cooks: Hermit Drop Cookies

    By MaryAnn Miano It’s that time of the year again: time to bake cookies! If you love traditional cooking during the holidays, take a look at The Christmas Cookbook by Zella Boutell, available for checkout from the Colts Neck Library’s Catherine Henning Collection. This book is a treasure of holiday recipes, from cookies, cakes, and breads to candies, pies, and puddings. It is bulging with hundreds of recipes, and it even gives the reader complete menu suggestions for roasts and side ...
  • Day Trip- Holiday Sights

    By Joanne Colella The holidays are upon us, and with them come weeks full of festive sights, sounds, and celebrations! There are plenty of holiday delights within an easy drive from our area. Here are just a few of the traditional favorites that are sure to help ring in the season. Perhaps the crown jewel of Manhattan at this time of year is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, traditionally a Norway spruce, which is widely considered a world-wide symbol of the holidays in NYC. This ...
  • Have Yourself a Merry Pentatonix Christmas

    By Lauren Hoffman Back in 2011, five vocalists came together to form the a cappella group, Pentatonix. Within the same year, members Mitch Gassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado, and Kevin Olusola went on to win the third season of NBC’s The Sing-Off. Winning the show came with a $200,000 grand prize, along with a recording contract with Sony Records. Today, the multi-talented group has over 11.6 million subscribers on YouTube and more than 1.8 billion total views. With their ...
  • Let’s Dish! Let’s Talk About Sachertorte

    By MaryAnn Miano We celebrate several holidays in December, but did you know that December 5 is National Sachertorte Day? This delectably decadent dessert is an elegant chocolate cake that originated in Vienna. “Torte” is a German word for cake. Actually, it is the word to use when you are making a particularly “fancy” cake, as opposed to the word “kuchen” for the more mundane variety of cake (is there even such a thing?) Sachertorte is a famous Austrian cake served on festive ...
  • Business Matters: Thanksgiving

    By Glen J. Dalakian, Sr There are many stories in history that could be seen as the catalyst for the American Thanksgiving holiday, made official by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. But in recent years, it seems this, like many other holidays, has lost its roots and become commercialized. Roasted turkey abounds, and the overeating throughout the day leads to long naps and, no doubt, an increase in sales of Rolaids and Alka-Seltzer. But is this what this family day is all about? We’ll ...