Friday Foodstuffs 12.11.09: ‘Tis The Season…To Be Busy

John: I just want to know what happened to this past week. If I remember correctly, I just put it down somewhere over here…and now it’s gone. If you have any ideas as to its whereabouts, please let me know. Thanks.

Lisa: I think the baby took it and is chewing on it, like everything else around here. Have you seen my angel candles? Ack! Lizzie, get back here! Julian, stop decorating your Transformers with the Christmas lights!…

Friday Foodstuff Foodblogger Blues (sung to the tune of ‘Deck The Halls’)

Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Fa-la-la-la-laaaa la-la-la-laaa
‘Tis the season to not post for a week due to all the craziness of getting ready for Christmas
Fa-la-la-la-laaaa la-la-la-laaa

Facebook, nada
Twitter, hardly
Ha-ha-ha ha-ha-ha hardy-har-har

Now, it’s Thursday ‘n I gotta write something
Banging head on desk la-la la owwwww

(It’s sure to become a holiday classic; I just know it.)

You know, it’s funny – Lisa and I sat down at the end of November and actually had a business meeting to schedule our posts for the upcoming week and some long-term project ideas. We were going to be oh, so organized. (I will insert my favorite quote here: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”-Lisa) Then the lunacy of the holiday season moved in, left a pile of dishes in our sink, dirtied our bathroom towels – and has yet to lift a finger to help (While we’re trying to finish a post for the fifth freakin’ time-still not finished-amidst Blogger glitches, the same five Christmas carols screaming out from the radio, and Lizzie ripping the mouse out of our hands, insisting that it is her own personal teether-Lisa).

But on to the Friday business at hand! Unlike our household, the Festivals of Food calendar will be pretty quiet for the next couple of weeks. Tomorrow is the Tuckerton Seaport’s Christkindlmarkt, which will have mulled cider, roasted chestnuts and a wine tasting from Valenzano. Saturday is also the day for Natali Vineyard’s Holiday Cheer Wine Festival. Sunday will have A Winter’s Tea at the Moorestown Community House on Main Street.

What’s on the menu this weekend? Well, we can start with a Holiday Wine Tasting Dinner tonight at The Mad Batter in Cape May. We keep the alcohol flowing (’tis the season to drink a bit, but please be responsible) tomorrow with a Holiday Ales Beer Lunch at High Street Grill in Mount Holly. Tomorrow night is Renault Winery’s Sounds of the Season Holiday Dinner Concert as well as Braddock’s Charles Dickens Christmas Carol Dinner. Nothing to bah humbug about there.

In addition, we want to mention that Fitzpatrick’s Crest Tavern in Wildwood Crest is having a Souper Christmas Drive on Monday. Bring a personal care item for a child (diapers, wipes, socks, etc.), and get a free cup of soup.

However, there are lots of choices as far as cooking classes and demonstrations this weekend. On Saturday, The Mad Batter in Cape May will have a Holiday Cooking Class and Lunch at 1PM for $45 a person. Then Kitchen Kapers takes over and dominates the rest of the weekend, starting with a Gingerbread Demo with author Jennifer Lindner McGlinn from 1PM to 3PM. Later on Saturday will be their Cooking for Couples event, and this time it’s Vietnamese Cuisine – Flavors in Contrast.

On Sunday, it’s all about the kids at Kitchen Kapers. From 11:30 to 1:30, it’s Holiday Cookies from Around the World. Right after that, it’s Eema’s Chanukah Favroites from 1:30 to 3.

Blogging Out Hunger

A food drive involving the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department will be kicking off on Monday.

Guns for food? In Cumberland County next month…yes.

And in the news this week…

Despite some concerns, Vineland’s city council approved up to $150,000 in bonds for the indoor public market on Landis Avenue – one of the key pieces to the Landis revitalization. They even got a quote from our friend Stephen at Sweet Life Bakery.

Oh, the Saga of The Sawmill in Seaside Park never gets dull. Now, a $7 million lawsuit from the former owner against the borough.

In the ‘Whew!’ department – we recently drove by the location on Route 37 for Shut Up And Eat! – and it was empty! Horrors! Turns out, thankfully, that they just moved their location to Water Street. It’s actually a nicer setup there (well, I had to go and investigate, right?). So their new address is: 290 West Water St, Suite C, Toms River. And – they’re having a special barbecue dinner tonight, so call them at 732.349.4544 to see if there are any reservations left.

FYI – No, I’m not watching that “Jersey Shore” series on MTV, so don’t even ask. And no, I’m not Jenni either. 😉 (Another FYI: Neither am I-ick! I grew up at the shore, never had high hair, and ask you to keep in mind most of the people on the show don’t actually LIVE here. OY!-Lisa)

A quick shout out to Chef Mark to thank him for the awesome Tweetup dinner last night, providing a mom with a much needed night out from her cage. My God, those sweet potato and chorizo empanadas….-Lisa

And another quick shout out to Chef Mark for his re-opening of the Tortilla Press Cantina in Pennsauken. After having to close the place a year ago, the cantina is back in business as of last Sunday. And through this Sunday, get a free draft beer or margarita!

Enjoy your weekend!

– John (and Lisa)

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