At Best of NJ, we do our best to provide readers with high-quality content that’s engaging, entertaining and useful. When it comes to the latter category, we think learning about new foods, drinks and general kitchen tips are all rather beneficial. That’s why we’re rounding up all of our best recipes and kitchen tips. We hope these guides enhance not only your holiday festivities, but also your day-to-day meals. Bon Appétit!

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Recipes & Kitchen Tips

  1. General Recipes & Kitchen Tips
  2. Winter Recipes & Kitchen Tips
  3. Fall Recipes & Kitchen Tips
  4. Summer Recipes & Kitchen Tips
  5. Spring Recipes & Kitchen Tips


General Recipes & Kitchen Tips

Whiskey on the rocks and scholar booksLiterary-Inspired Cocktails

Whether you’re in grad school or a parent with kids returning to class, back-to-school season means picking up some classic literature (or at least the SparkNotes version of it). While study guides may help with characters and plot, they often miss the classic cocktails practically dripping from the pages of so many of the world’s great books…

veganbakingThe Best Tips for Vegan Baking

From muffins to cupcakes and more, vegan baking has exploded, becoming synonymous with “tasty” instead of “something that those health nuts eat.” But before we get into the nuts and bolts of turning your favorite grandma’s cake recipe into a vegan delight, a small disclaimer: Vegan baked goods are still baked goods…

Various picnic food: vegetable and feta salad, baba ghanoush, gluten-free crackers, olive bread and date chocolate cake. Selective focus.The Best Healthy Foods for Picnics and Parties

As the weather starts to get warmer, invitations to outdoor picnics start to roll in. While hot days filled with hamburgers, potato salad, sauerkraut and all the fixings may not be the best addition to your diet, that doesn’t mean the traditional picnic dishes can’t be made healthier (or less likely to spoil in the sun)…

Fresh green smoothie in the glassThe Best Tips for Making a Healthy Smoothie

The smoothie – it’s a drink that can be either friend or foe to our waistlines and health. With hundreds of ingredients (acai, cacao nubs, flaxseeds) and supplements (vegan protein powder, spirulina, omega-3 oil) to choose from, it’s no wonder that smoothie-making has become so complicated…

Young Hispanic Family Enjoying Meal At Home8 Easy Tips for Healthy Cooking

The prospect of eating right can seem daunting, but eating healthy doesn’t always have to be difficult. With a bit of planning and a few simple changes, you can easily set your family up with delicious, healthful food all year long. Read on for eight fresh tips for cooking healthy meals…


Winter Recipes & Kitchen Tips

Bourbon in a glass in front of a feathered Mardi Gras mask and beads.Mardi Gras-Inspired Cocktails

Ever wonder how Mardi Gras came to be associated with New Orleans in the first place? After all, the celebration itself, which heralds the start of Lent, dates back thousands of years, and New Orleans is many miles away from New Jersey. As it happens, the whole thing started with real estate…

CocktailsWinter (Cocktail Season) is Coming

December marks the official start of winter, and there’s no time like the present to look forward to the things that make winter the coolest season of them all: Snow, cozy sweaters, the holidays and, of course, toasty winter cocktails to chase the chill away. But what makes a “winter” cocktail different from any other drink?

fabfingerfoodsFab Finger Food Ideas for a New Year’s Eve Party

Hosting a New Year’s Eve party and have no idea what to serve everyone? Think beyond the frozen packs of hors d’oeuvres and try making your own. We spoke to chefs from Kings Cooking Studio in Short Hills about finger-food suggestions for all sorts of eaters, while Brinker International shared their Presidente Margarita recipe…


Fall Recipes & Kitchen Tips

Jack O' Lantern on the Halloween partySpooky & Sweet Halloween Cocktails

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year. According to a 2015 survey by the National Retail Federation, more than 157 million people plan to celebrate the spooky day, generating sales of nearly $7 billion in the United States alone. And it’s no wonder: With the costumes and late-night reveling, Halloween offers a chance to feel like a kid again…

Ma'xemen-mahpe Jus de pomme Succo di mela Apfelsaft blemost Omenamehu Elma suyu Jugo de manzana Apple juice Sidro Cider Apfelschaumwein Sidra Cidre CydrApple Cocktails to Try this Fall

Fall in the Garden State brings with it crisp weather, brilliant foliage — and everyone’s favorite weekend pastime, apple picking. Kids of all ages bound through the leaves in cozy sweaters; but for parents, nothing closes out a day at the orchard or even the farmer’s market like a crisp and fruity cocktail…

Homemade New Orleans Sazerac Cocktail4 (Incredibly Delicious) Fall Cocktails to Try

Where did the summer go? Suddenly, it’s sweater weather, meaning it’s time for apple picking and pumpkin spice coffee drinks. To help you snuggle stylishly into the season, we’ve put together a few cocktails featuring New Jersey’s best boozemakers and the flavors of fall. Cheers! And as always, drink responsibly…

thanksgiving911How to Survive Kitchen Disasters on Thanksgiving

Turkey. Stuffing. Havoc! The countdown has begun. In no time at all, you’ll have a home full of family and friends. Finding a place for everyone to sit is hard enough. Finding enough time for all of the prep and cooking? Well, that can be a turkey of a problem. For help, we consulted professional chef and Essex County resident Jeff Butler…

Closeup of Pumpkin Pie SliceThanksgiving Recipes That Are (Almost) Guilt-Free

The plates of appetizers. The piles of stuffing. It’s incredibly easy to eat a whopping 4,500 calories when you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner. But there’s a way to cut calories without sacrificing flavor (or the buttons on your pants). Check out these recipes that are lower in fat and calories than your usual holiday fare…


Summer Recipes & Kitchen Tips

Homemade Classic Margarita DrinkTequila 101: All About the Spirit

Tequila’s history has a lot in common with the story of Mexico itself— rooted in an ancient civilization, deeply impacted by European colonists and encompassing a multitude of oft-misunderstood expressions. Most only think of tequila in connection to margaritas or Cinco de Mayo, but there’s so much more to the spirit of Mexico…

Cocktail in riva al mareSummer’s Coolest Drink: The Spritz

Cold, bubbly, refreshing, and with a tendency to make one feel rather glamorous – as though enjoying cocktail hour in Venice with George and Amal Clooney – the spritz might just be the ultimate warm weather cocktail. This longtime staple of classic Italian drinking culture is also one of the hottest drinks in America…

4th of JulyThe Best Healthy Red, White and Blue Recipes for 4th of July BBQs

Nothing is more American than hosting a BBQ while waiting for your town’s fireworks to begin on 4th of July. But even though BBQs may be absolutely delicious (who can resist a second helping of your best friend’s macaroni salad, and those ice cream pops that are not just for kids?), they can lean toward the calorie-laden side of the recipes scale…

4th of July Cocktails9 Best Red, White & Blue Cocktails for 4th of July

With parades from Paramus to Point Pleasant, fireworks from Finesville to Freehold, and barbecues from Bayonne to Buena Vista Township, no one celebrates Independence Day like New Jersey. Though the holiday weekend is just around the corner, there’s still plenty of time to add a splash of Jersey pride to your cocktails for 4th of July festivities…

4th of July BBQThe Best Recipes for a Homemade 4th of July BBQ

Aside from parades and fireworks, cookouts typically top the list of much-anticipated Fourth of July festivities. If you’re looking to take your grilling game to the next level, we’ve got just the thing: We asked the quartet of a New Jersey-based chef, caterer, nutritionist, and wine expert to share their recipes and recommendations…


Spring Recipes & Kitchen Tips

raw Easter roast - crisp and freshMust-Try Lamb Recipes for Easter

There are baskets overflowing with candy! Chocolate bunny figurines! Frantic hunts for brightly colored eggs! With all that going on, it’s easy to forget that lamb actually is the most widely recognized symbol of Easter. The association of lamb — and lamb dinners — with Judeo-Christian religion is about as old as, well, Judeo-Christian religion…

memorialdaybbq5 Chef Secrets for the Best Memorial Day Barbecue

Dinosaur BBQ has become legendary since its inception 28 years ago. It’s mostly known for slow-cooked ribs, wings and brisket, and earning accolades from The Food Network, Good Morning America and Eating Well magazine. Former President Clinton has even given the restaurant rave reviews…