Friday Foodstuffs 7.2.10: Food Fireworks for the Fourth

I love my country so much that it makes me hit the ceiling – literally.

I’m watching the US soccer team play Algeria, getting all worked up and frustrated over the fact that we can’t get a goal and that a tie would knock our team out of the World Cup.

And then, Landon “Don’t Call Me Landycakes” Donovan, blasts home a rebound in the 91st minute to give The Good Guys a 1-0 win, sending them into the Round of 16.

At the very moment Landon bulged the ol’ onion bag, I leaped off of the couch, whooping it up and scaring our daughter. In mid-whoop, I managed to whack my right arm against a part of our ceiling that hangs down in one section. This didn’t dawn on me until about an hour or so later when I wondered why my arm hurt so much. I still have a big fat bruise there, as well as a small scar – so there’s my red and blue coming through.

Thankfully, you can do something less injurious to celebrate the birth of this nation. Like eating, perhaps.

Now, the best place for food this weekend will most likely be around the grill in your (or someone else’s) backyard. But there will be other fun food events going as well.

If you want to be outside, you have the Family Freedom Fest Barbecue at the Carneys Point Township Sports and Recreation Complex on Penns Grove-Auburn Road from 5PM to 7PM on Saturday. The cost is $10 per person. On the 4th itself, what could be better than eating at Congress Hall in Cape May then enjoying the fireworks? You even have two options for your eating pleasure: the All-American Picnic on the Lawn from 4:30PM to 10PM, or, the Lobster Bake on the Veranda from 6PM to 10PM.

If you’d rather be inside and not melting in the sweltering heat, you got choices. First off, I wish I was a kid. No no – I’m not longing for Whiffle ball games in the front yard and a simpler and more innocent time. I’m taking about being able to enjoy a .99 cent meal at Tortilla Press and Tortilla Press Cantina today and tomorrow. Seriously, you can’t beat a deal like that. For a deal us adults can enjoy, check out Los Amigos in Berlin. They are running a ‘$5 off for $25, $10 off for $50’ deal today, tomorrow and at 6th as well. Downtown on Irons will be having their weekday $27 pre-fix menu available all weekend. And then, for the kid and grown-up in you, The Pop Shop in Collingswood is catering to both on the 4th. Try their Yankee Doodle Dandy Burger Platter for $7.99, or a Red, White and Blue Betty…or even a Blueberry Shake made with Jersey blueberries!

And, looking just past the 4th, the first of the county fairs: the Cumberland County Fair on Carmel Road in Millville from the 5th through the 10th.

And now, here’s the farmer’s market report:

The last of the farmer’s market openings will be taking place this week: Tuckerton (7/5), Lower Township (7/7), Atlantic City (7/8), Ocean City (7/9), and, finally, our own market in Lacey Township (7/9).

Laura Anderson of Sur La Table will be doing a cooking demonstration at the Collingswood Farmer’s Market tomorrow at 10AM.

The Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s in Atlantic City will have the cooking classes all to themselves this holiday weekend. On Saturday, it’s all about the grill: a Grilling Workshop from 9AM to 12PM and from 6PM to 9PM, as well as a Best of Class: Grilling Seafood class from 2PM to 3:30PM. There will be a Fourth of July Celebration on Sunday from 9AM to 12PM as well as from 6PM to 9PM. And finally, Monday will have Mexican Fiesta classes as well as Best in Class: Tuscany.

Blogging Out Hunger

More food collection sites have been added in Ocean County to help The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, thanks to the Monmouth County Association of Realtors.

And in the news this week…

‘Made with Jersey Fresh’ program is now up and running!

Commercial fisherman in Point Pleasant will be having a car wash on July 17th to help their fellow Gulf coast shrimpers.

From Atlantic City Weekly’s blog: there may be a special restaurant event that will coincide with the showing of ‘Boardwalk Empire’ on HBO in September.

Another article about the revitalization plans of Landis Ave. in Vineland and how big a role food and dining will be playing.

The holiday weekend may not be so good for North End Beach Grill in Ocean City due to beach replenishment work being done.

Construction could also hurt the business of Terry’s Custard in Bridgeton.

BEANS Coffee Shop in Woodstown was shut down due to being seized by the Division of Taxation.

And, the United Methodist Women of St. John’s United Methodist Church of Turnersville are selling a cookbook of recipes from past and present members of the church.

Now, I know that some towns in South Jersey have had to cancel fireworks due to budget considerations. Even here in Lacey Township, they have canceled the usual fireworks event. So, like many of you, we will be elsewhere trying to catch somebody’s fireworks show. Let’s hope that this will be a temporary thing for this year only.

Wherever you will be, have a wonderful Forth weekend!

– John

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2 thoughts on “Friday Foodstuffs 7.2.10: Food Fireworks for the Fourth

  1. I highly recommend the fireworks in Beachwood on the river or the ones on LBI–both big and fairly close. I'll be checking out the fireworks post-game tonight at the Blueclaws. :-)Happy Independence Day!

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