Friday Foodstuffs: There’s Always Basil

In 2009, we tore up our front yard and made it into a lovely food garden. We grew lots of wonderful fruits and veggies, and lost a few things due to mold.

In 2010, we got less produce and more mold.

In 2011, even less produce and even more mold.

So, in 2012, we our front yard farm consists of just some hearty herbs and basil. And yet, despite not having much of a garden this year, it’s oh so nice to pluck some basil leaves and bring them into the house for a dish. Just getting that smell in your hands is a wonderful thing. And not a patch of mold to be found.

Restaurant News

Zeppoli in Collingswood continues to get major accolades. It was now named by Bon Appetit as one of its Top 50 for 2012.

American Cut’s Chef Marc Forgione will be bagging food for Community FoodBank of New Jersey this Thursday in front of Revel on the Boardwalk.

New restaurants may be opening on Route 73 in Mount Laurel, but they’re sounding like chains.

Some restaurant specials to mention: tonight it’s Perfect Paella at Tortilla Press Cantina, Supper Club at Hawk Haven Vineyard in Rio Grande, and “Italian Stallion” dinner at Fleming’s in Marlton.

Here’s the Farmers’ Market Report

It’s all about the tomato!

Margate’s farmers’ market will be having a Tomato Day on 8/23.

And Dan Lynn Organic Farm says that Saturday at Collingswood’s market is the last day for their San Marzanzo Heirloom Plum Tomatoes.

Blogging Out Hunger

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Southern Branch has moved into its new home.

Peapod by Stop & Shop and Your Grandmother’ Cupboard food bank in Toms River have partnered up to help a growing need in Ocean County.

And in other food news this week…

An important gathering took place this week down in Bivalve regarding the oyster industry along the Delaware Bay. Restoration of the oyster bays from last year’s storms and a plan for long-term sustainability were the key parts of the discussion.

Be careful how you dispose of your cooking oil.

This must have been quite a shock: dying birds falling from the sky, thanks to a local farmer. What he was doing was legal, and will not be charged.

Check out Pete Genovese’s piece on about Pat Tirotta and his Pat’s Lunch eatery in Middle Twp. Still going strong at age 93 – Pat, not Pete.

And…check out Lisa’s article in the Courier-Post about artisanal cocktails!

And AND…check out Lisa’s article for WHYY’s NewsWorks website!

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