Edible Jersey is a quarterly magazine that celebrates the local, seasonal food of the Garden State. Brimming with engaging stories and enticing photography, Edible Jersey tells the story of food, from source to table, spotlighting the growers, producers, fishermen, retailers, chefs, home cooks, and others who energize our culinary community.
"The great purple strings of fragrant garlic that festooned Auntie Bella’s kitchen were more than seasoning and piquant touches to otherwise dull sauces. Garlic was the mainstay, the rock upon which her cooking was founded." The Garlic War, E. Annie Proulx, Gourmet, 1962.
I’ve long been fascinated by garlic. Whether the warm scent of it is drifting through the doors of a neighborhood restaurant or from the memory of my Mom’s kitchen, garlic has always held a hint of the siren’s call for me. I find the aromatic tendrils floating up from pot or pan nearly irresistible, drawing me close with their promise of tasteful pleasure in spite of the risk. Hold the Altoids ’til later, but never, never hold back the garlic.
And then, of course, there’s the lore. Throughout many cultures and circles, the small bulbous vegetable has long been thought to wield big powers, including the ability to ward off evil, ensure fertility and guarantee long life. Believe them or not, they all seem to be good for you, don’t they? Just more reasons to love garlic.
October is garlic planting time here in the northeast. That’s why, this weekend, garlic growers and garlic lovers will gather at Olde Lafayette Village (Routes 15 and 9, Lafayette) to celebrate the bountiful bulb at the 7TH ANNUAL GARDEN STATE GARLIC GATHERING. From the Inchellium Red (a mild tasting soft-neck artichoke garlic) to the Spanish Roja (a spicy hard-neck rocambole garlic), you’ll find over 60 locally adapted varieties for sale along with garlic vinegar, honey, sauces and spread and lots of gardening and cooking tips. Be sure to stop by either Saturday or Sunday, October 4 and 5, 11 am – 4 pm.
For more information, visit Olde Lafayette Village’s website or call Catalpa Ridge Farm at 973-209-4903. Admission is free and you’re sure to have lots of stinking fun.
Nancy Brannigan Painter
In the Kitchen Recipes
GARLIC MASHED POTATOES
We recently met Ivy Manning, the author of a wonderful new book celebrating seasonal cuisine: The Farm to Table Cookbook: The Art of Eating Locally (Sasquatch Books, 2008). This simple recipe is a part of her presentation of fall dishes
6 garlic cloves, unpeeled
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 ½ pounds (2 large) russet potatoes
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
½ cup sour cream or vegan soy cream
Freshly ground black pepper
Put the garlic and olive oil in a small baking dish (a custard cup works well), cover with foil, and bake until tender, about 20 minutes.
Place unpeeled potatoes in a large pot of cold water, add salt, and bring to a boil. Cook until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a paring knife, about 45 minutes. Drain, cool slightly, and slip the skins off with your fingers; return potatoes to the pot.
Peel the garlic; add to the pot and mash with the potatoes, rosemary, and sour cream. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm over low heat until serving. (Serves 4).
APPLE AND PUMPKIN PICKING There’s a chill in the air and the leaves are starting to change. What better time to get out and explore New Jersey’s countryside? Plan a day trip to pick your own apples and pumpkins.You’ll find a listing of the many farms that offer pick-your-own this season at www.ediblejersey.com.
October 4 HIGHLANDS’ 8TH ANNUAL OKTOBERFEST. The Highlands Busienss Partnership models it festival on the traditional Munich, Germany celebration. Enjoy authentic German food, live music, dancing and entertainment, along with children’s activities, rides, yodeling and beer tastings. Veteran’s Park, Bay and Shrewsbury Avenues, Highlands. 2 -10 pm. Admission: Free. (Rain date is October 5.) Visit www.highlandsnj.com for more information. While your in the neighborhood, you may also want to stop by Bahrs Landing at 2 Bay Avenue in Highlands. The legendary seafood restaurant and marina is hosting their own Oktoberfest with a full menu of German specialties and beer garden now through November. www.bahrs.com
October 4 and 5 GRAND HARVEST FESTIVAL 25 New Jersey wineries gather for an end-of-season bash to offer samples and sales of their award-winning wines along with culinary delights, artisan vendors, activities for the kids and live music by Cairo and the VooDudes. Admission: $20 (for ages 21+). Food available for purchase. Noon – 5 pm both days. Alba Vineyard, 269 Route 627, Village of Finesville
Milford NJ 08848 for more details, visit www.newjerseywines.com or call 908-995-7800.
October 11 4th ANNUAL PIG ROAST AND COMMUNITY DAY Enjoy a day full of pick your own apples and pumpkins, live music, hayrides, activities for the kids and great food while getting to know local volunteer organizations and business, including the Woodlands Wildlife Refuge, Pets A2Z and South Branch Watershed Association Peaceful Valley Orchards, 150 Pittstown Road, (Exit 15 off of Route 78), Pittstown. 908-730-7748; www.peacefulvalleyorchards.com.
October 11 AUTHOR APPEARANCE Author Carol Gelles will be making and sharing samples from her latest cookbook, 100 Best Vegetarian Recipes, at one of Hoboken’s favorite home goods store. Battaglia’s, 1414 Willow Avenue, Hoboken. 2 – 4 pm.201-798-1122; www.battagliashome.com.
October 11 and 12 CAPE MAY WINE FESTIVAL Take advantage of the warm autumnal weather to sample award-winning wines as New Jersey vintners gather by the sea. You can also listen to live music, stroll through crafters and visit The Kids Zone with the younger attendees. Admission: $20 (for ages 21+). Noon – 5 pm both days. Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Cape May. Continuous shuttle service will be provided to and from Cape May township. .www.newjerseywines.com.
October 16 "HUNGERING FOR AMERICA" A PRESENTATION BY HASIA DINER Did you know that "companion" means someone with whom you eat bread? Join "Key Ingredients" New Jersey state scholar Professor Hasia Diner of New York University in a wide-ranging, fascinating discussion of food, community, tradition and immigration. Presentation will be followed by a reception and tours of the exhibition Feast Your Eyes: The Unexpected Beauty of Vegetable Gardens. Program made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Admission: Free. 5 pm. The New Jersey Historical Society, 52 Park Place, Newark. RSVP: 973-596-8500, ext. 243
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