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Entertainment options for a lowkey weekend

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Weekends provide people with much-needed respite from modern life’s hectic pace, giving you time to rest, refresh, and rejuvenate. Homebodies may especially find solace in spending their weekend indoors enjoying various forms of entertainment without the hustle and bustle of going out. This blog post seeks to offer numerous ideas and activities to make a relaxing, yet enjoyable weekend spent indoors. Whether you’re looking to entertain yourself or spend quality time with loved ones, this guide has everything covered.

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The Spice & Tea Exchange has Opened in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, at The Spice & Tea Exchange has opened in Ridgewood . They offer a variety of fine spices, handcrafted seasonings, loose-leaf teas, salts, sugars, gifts, and more! Explore some of the best New Jersey gifts and accessories in town. Whether you’re new to the culinary scene, own your own food service business, or are simply looking to add a bit of spice to your life, the friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect menu additions! They are known for over 85 handcrafted seasonings, which they hand-mix in store daily.
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Want to Learn New Cooking Skills? Here’s Some Help

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Cooking is much an art as most things that you need to put together two or more ingredients. Once you learn how to cook, it becomes easy to whip up various foods. But still, you may want to learn new skills when it comes to the kitchen. 

If you had wowed your friends and acquittances before with your cooking skills, you could still do more. When you want to learn new skills, the internet is one of the best places you can do that. Here’s some help when you want to learn new cooking skills.

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7 Facts You Should Know Before You Fill a Glass From Your Faucet


We use water daily for several purposes, such as drinking, cooking, washing, and bathing. Many of us do not give much thought to our taps unless something goes wrong. If you find a leak or a strong flow, perhaps it is time to look into the issue. People use faucets all the time, and they may not know the mechanism of such a simple plumbing piece. To help you learn more about what to consider every time you use your faucet, we compile a list of some interesting facts about your water outlet.

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, We have posted on our website a series of adult classes that take us into the new year. There are a number of great ones including:
• Autumn Meals
• Chicken Thighs 2-ways
• Pies
• Holiday Cookies
• Easy Holiday Appetizers
• All about pasta
• Croque Monsieurs/Madames
• Chicken Three Ways!
• Chinese New Year
• It’s All Greek to us!

Can’t figure out what to get that cook in your life for the holidays?
Our Gift Cards make the perfect gift!


Our mailing address is:
Ridgewood Culinary Studio
223 Chestnut Street
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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Holiday Entertaining Ideas for Easter and Passover

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March 31,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ,  cooking a holiday meal is one of the top ways residents will be celebrating Easter and Passover this week. Kings Food Markets has put a twist on classic dishes to make Easter and Passover a big hit this year, and thought the recipes below would be of interest our readers.



  • Braised Brisket of Beef – Enjoy this tender, flavorful brisket with sweet marinara sauce that’s worthy to be the main course of any Passover feast.
  • Roasted Vegetables Tzimmes – This traditional side dish of roasted vegetables and dried fruits is packed with flavor and can’t be missed from the dinner table.
  • Apple Walnut Cake – Fresh apples, crunchy walnuts and matzo cake meal (instead of flour) make this the ultimate Passover dessert.

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Fun Facts about Barbecue


Who barbecues

Barbecues have been a White House tradition since Thomas Jefferson. Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, hosted the first barbecue at the White House that featured Texas-style barbecued ribs. Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter hosted a “pig pickin’” for about 500 guests including visiting foreign dignitaries. Ronald and Nancy Reagan also were avid barbecuers who entertained with barbecues at their ranch. George H. Bush, 41st president, held a barbecue for Members of Congress annually on the South Lawn of the White House, a tradition continued by his son, President George W. Bush. However, that tradition was interrupted on September 12, 2001, the day after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Secret Service agents, who had evacuated the White House a day earlier, cancelled the barbecue and the White House kitchen released 700 pounds of beef tenderloin to feed the hundreds of rescue workers who had traveled to Washington.

When we barbecue

The most popular holidays for barbecuing are, in order, July 4th (76 percent), Memorial Day (62 percent), and Labor Day (62 percent).

What we barbecue

According to HPBA’s 2013 survey data (the most recent year this data was collected),

The most popular foods for cooking on the grill are, in order: burgers (85 percent), steak (80 percent), hot dogs (79 percent) and chicken (73 percent).
The side dishes most commonly prepared on the grill are, in order, corn (41 percent), potatoes (41 percent), and other vegetables (32 percent).
The most popular flavors of barbecue sauce are hickory, followed by mesquite, honey, and then spicy-hot.

How we barbecue

There are about as many styles of barbecuing as there are opinions – everyone’s got their own! Generally speaking, though, there are barbecue styles that dominate in different regions of the country. In the Carolinas, they can’t agree whether sauce should be vinegar, mustard or tomato based, but they can agree on the meat the sauce goes on – pork. In the Deep South, Georgia, Florida, and parts of Louisiana, you’ll find that Cajun cuisine has had a strong influence. Regardless of whether you’re barbecuing beef brisket, pork ribs, rabbit, or trout, chances are your taste buds will get a kick from a spicy marinade, sauce, or rub. In other parts of the South, pork also rules. In sunny California, lighter fare such as salmon is king of the grill. The Midwest is a barbecue hotbed – if you can’t find a meat and sauce combination you like in Kansas City, you can’t find it anywhere.

Our Utensils

Nearly half of all owners own the most basic grilling accessories (cleaning brush, tongs, glove/mitts), and many plan to purchase more specialized accessories in the year ahead, such as:

Pizza stone (14%)
Fish or broiling basket (14%)
Cedar or other cooking planks (14%)
Motorized rotisserie (12%)
Grill woks (11%)

Our Fuels

Ellsworth B. A. Zwoyer of Pennsylvania patented a design for charcoal briquettes in 1897. After World War I, the Zwoyer Fuel Company built charcoal briquette manufacturing plants in the United States with plants in Buffalo, NY and Fall River, MA.

There are stories circulating that Henry Ford invented the very first briquette in 1920 with the help of Thomas Edison. However, the 1897 patent obviously predates this and Ford and Edison both knew Zwoyer.

Natural lump charcoal costs a bit more than charcoal briquettes, but it burns hotter, which means you use less – and partially burned natural lump charcoal can be reused. Briquettes work better for long cooking periods and they produce more consistent heat.
It’s easy to check how much propane is remaining in your tank. When using a gas grill, be sure to regularly check how much propane remains in your tank. There are several accessories on the market that can easily monitor your propane level without lifting the propane tank. Better yet, keep a full, spare propane tank handy so you never run out of fuel.

Barbecue History

There is no definitive history about how the word “barbecue” originated – or why it’s sometimes used as a noun, verb, or adjective. Some say the Spaniards get the credit for the word, derived from their “barbacoa” which is an American-Indian word for the framework of green wood on which foods were placed for cooking over hot coals. Others think the French were responsible, offering the explanation that when the Caribbean pirates arrived on our Southern shores, they cooked animals on a spit-like devise that ran from “whiskers to tail” or “de barbe a` queue.”
Competition barbecuing is one of the hottest hobbies in the country with hundreds of cook-offs held throughout all 50 states. The biggest and most famous are Memphis in May and The American Royal in Kansas City. Both cities stake their claim to being the barbecue capital of the U.S.


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Bookends in Ridgewood Focuses on Cooking and Music this Weekend


Graham Elliot Saturday, December 12th @ 12:00 Noon
Star from the television show Master Chef and Junior Master Chef, Graham Elliot, will sign his new book:
Cooking Like a Master Chef

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Richard Multi Saturday, December 12th @ 2:00pm
Former Mayor of Ramsey,
Richard Multi,will sign his new book:  Sinatra at 100

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Cookbook Launch Party Hoover Sunday, December 13th @ 2-4pm
Come celebrate the release of ALWAYS ADD LOVE: Real Food for Picky Eaters, written by Ridgewood author (and mom) Deidre Goehnert
This rich tapestry of family recipes offer clear, straightforward kid-freindly recipies and makes a great holiday gift.

A Merry Happy Noel
Music Launch Event
Sunday, December 13th 4-6pm

Come meet the artists, pick up a copy of the new CD, and have a cup of cheer
A new holiday (CD) album featuring:
Kristen Plumley, Soprano
Patricia Lazzara, Flute
Michael Caldwell, Piano

Appearing authors will only autograph books purchased at Bookends and must have valid Bookends Receipt.

Availability & pricing for all autographed books subject to change.
First In Line Certificate use is the the discretion of Bookends. Blackout dates may apply.
Bookends cannot guarantee that the books that are Autographed will always be First Printings.
Autographed books purchased at Bookends are non-returnable.

While we try to ensure that all customers coming to Bookends’ signings will meet authors and get their books signed, we cannot guarantee that all attendees will meet the author or that all books will be signed.  We cannot control inclement weather, author travel schedules or authors who leave prematurely.

Bookends, 211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ   07450   201-445-0726

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Kings Food Markets : Maple is no longer just a condiment for pancakes

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October 16,2015

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, This fall, classic pumpkin and apple flavors are being accompanied by the season’s newest trend, maple. Maple is no longer just a condiment for pancakes, it is now showing up in sauces and vegetables.

Kings Food Markets, a gourmet food market located Ridgewood, identified this trend and curated an array of recipes and cooking studio classes that incorporate all of the top fall flavors to put on your table, in addition to its store aisles.

Whether you’re looking for a unique take on traditional pumpkin and apple main courses, or, in search of an unconventional maple glaze (like Kings Own Organic Maple Syrup) to add to your meal, Kings’ chefs have hand-selected the below recipes and classes to try this season:

Kings’ Chef-Inspired Recipes:

  • Highlighting the season’s newest flavor profile, maple.

o   Maple Glazed Rib Roast

o   Grilled Pork Chops with Pineapple Salsa

o   Sockeye Smoked Salmon with Dill Sauce

  • Showcasing a unique spin on the tried and true pumpkin and apple favorites.

o   Caramelized Brussels Sprouts Apples Tofu

o   Pumpkin Sage Risotto with Spicy Italian Sausage and Broccolini

o   Beef Stew with Pumpkin and Root Vegetables

o   Apple Stuffed Chicken Breast

Kings also offers cooking classes at its Short Hills Cooking Studio

Kings’ Cooking Studio Classes:
Here’s a sampling of classes offered at the Short Hills Cooking Studio this month alone.

  • 10/15 – Fall Fish Class for Teens
  • 10/17 – Pumpkins! Kid Class
  • 10/20 – Fall Pie and Tart Classics
  • 10/24 – Mushrooms!
  • 10/27 – Hearty Soup


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Chris Christie Cooking up Presidential Ambitions


On NJTV cooking show, New Jersey governor keeps presidential plans to himself

April 7, 2015 9:36 p.m. ET

Gov. Chris Christie calls his pasta sauce “gravy,” once cooked many of his family’s meals, and believes garlic should be browned before being tossed into the skillet.

These tidbits were revealed in a new show marrying cooking and politics that debuts on New Jersey public television Wednesday. Whether the New Jersey Republican will run for president, however, wasn’t disclosed.

“Good try, though,” Mr. Christie quipped at host Nick Acocella when he tried to get the governor to divulge if he’s running for higher office.

A longtime New Jersey political analyst, Mr. Acocella featured Mr. Christie as his first guest on the “Pasta & Politics” show, to air on NJTV. The men converse about state politics as they cook a meal together, and then sit down to clink wine glasses and have a taste.

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Tammy Dunwoody
The Art of Cake
Ridgewood, NJ  07450
John Aramian
Peasant Chef TV


The Rolling Pin Academy is owned by Tammy Dunwoody and John Aramian and located in the town of Ridgewood, New Jersey.    Tammy, pastry chef and owner of The Art of Cake  has been featured on The Martha Stewart Show and Cupcake Wars.  John is a talented chef and Producer of Peasant Chef TV.  Together their desire to share their combined culinary talents led to the opening of the academy.

The Rolling Pin Academy camps, classes and birthday parties are a fun activity for kids and adults of all ages, and a great way to learn about the basics of cooking, baking and decorating.   .

Cooking Camp

Our young cooking camp chefs learn to prepare Pasta, Pizza, Burritos, Tacos, Wings, Mac & Cheese, Nachos, crepes, apple enchiladas, and more! Time will be spent on safety rules for working in a kitchen, healthy food facts, and kitchen clean up.  Campers will be eating the items they make, bring home daily samplings, and receive an apron and recipe booklet on the last day of camp.

We have a minimum cooking camp size of 4 campers and a maximum of 8 campers.  We reserve the right to cancel camp if the minimum number of campers is not met.

Cake Camp

Our fondant cake campers learn to read recipes, measure and mix ingredients and fill and crumb coat a cake.  They will work with fondant icing, make decorations, and cover and decorate an edible 7″ cake and decorate a two tiered “dummy cake” (made from styrofoam)  to take home.   Campers will also learn to decorate cupcakes during our cupcake decorating competition and lear n to use chocolate molds and melted chocolate to make decorations for cakes, cupcake and party favors.  Campers bring home daily treats and receive an apron on the last day of camp.

We have a minimum cake camp size of 8 campers and a maximum of 12.  We reserve the right to cancel camp if the minimum number of campers is not met.

Cost of Cooking or Cake Camp:  $300.00

Dates & Times:  Monday – Thursday  9:00 – 12:00 or 1:00 – 4:00

July 7- 10             July 14-17               July 21-24            July 28-31

August 4-7              August 11-14

Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church

155 Linwood Avenue

Ridgewood, New Jersey


Please call 201-483-9176 or email us at