Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How to Draw Jack Skellington | The Nightmare Before Christmas |

Words That Make Me Giggle : Spatchcock

Spatchcock

–noun
a fowl such as turkey that has been dressed and split open for grilling.

–verb (used with object)
to prepare and roast (a fowl) in this manner.

(Wild Turkeys roaming the lawn at Lambert Castle Paterson NJ)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Conspirators in Kingsland Park Nutley NJ

Ricardo (Ricky) and Rosalita (Rosie), two members of the herd who found me at the Montclair Township Animal Shelter, conspiring to do something mischievous in Kingsland Park in Nutley.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Disney's Feast : A First Look

Feast is the story of one man's love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog,
 Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.

Friday, October 17, 2014

New York City : October Afternoon

The Original Quaker Oats Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Sometimes sharing the classics is what it's all about on FoodieFriday.

The Original Quaker Oats Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
3 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1 cup raisins

Preparation
Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time Time: 08 min
Variation: Bar Cookies: Press dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered. 24 BARS.

 Variation : Stir in 1 cup chopped nuts. Substitute 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or candy-coated chocolate pieces for raisins; omit cinnamon. 

 HIGH ALTITUDE ADJUSTMENT: Increase flour to 1-3/4 cups and bake as directed.

Yield
4 DOZEN

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Porcupine and Tiger in the Tree Of Life at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom


Karl Strauss Mosaic Session Ale Is Unstoppable

Karl Strauss Brewing Company's newest beer--Mosaic Session Ale--wins a prestigious bronze medal in the Session Beer category at the Great American Beer Festival.

Karl Strauss Brewing Company’s Mosaic Session Ale is taking the beer world by storm! Mosaic has medaled in every competition it’s been entered in, and the beer most recently took home a bronze medal in the Session Beer category at the esteemed 2014 Great American Beer Festival® in Denver.

“We are thrilled that Mosaic is doing so well in competitions,” says Paul Segura, Brewmaster, Karl Strauss Brewing Company. “It’s always validating when your peers give props to your beer, and to see Mosaic win yet another medal just proves how special this beer is.” The Great American Beer Festival® is the country’s largest and most prestigious beer competition featuring 5,507 competition entries from 1,309 breweries, hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.

“This beer is on fire—the batch we made was supposed to last months, and instead it was gone in just a few weeks!” Mosaic Session Ale was first brewed as a small-batch beer at one of the company’s satellite breweries before quickly becoming a fan-favorite. Mosaic is the latest release in the company’s hop-inspired Coastal Reserve Series and showcases the newly developed Mosaic hop, known for its intensely citrusy and vibrant tropical flavor and aroma.

"This beer is San Diego in a glass—hoppy as hell, dry, and easy to drink. And its lower ABV means you can enjoy more than one,” says Segura. After the initial run, production was immediately scaled-up and the company officially launched the beer in May of 2014. Karl Strauss is now making plans to ramp up production in 2015 to satisfy increased demand.

Mosaic Session Ale Medal Wins To Date:
Great American Beer Festival® – Bronze Medal - Session Beer – 2014 California State Fair Commercial Craft Brew Competition – Gold Medal - Session Beer – 2014 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition – Bronze Medal - Session Beer – 2014

Karl Strauss Brewing Company has pioneered the San Diego beer scene since 1989 with innovative beer releases like Big Barrel IIPA, Wreck Alley Imperial Stout and Mosaic Session Ale. The brewery has won 65 medals over the past four years and its Red Trolley Ale is one of the most award winning beers in the world. The company is currently ranked #41 on the list of the country’s top craft breweries with sole distribution in California. 2014 is on pace to be another exciting year of double-digit sales growth, with the main brewery tasting room and beer garden in Pacific Beach now open.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Postmodern Jukebox: Fred and Ginger Styling of Paula Abdul's Straight Up

Postmodern Juke is the brain-child of Scott Bradlee, a Jazz musician who both loves, and hates, contemporary popular music. In what can only be called genius, he restyles modern songs into the Jazz influenced styles of 20th Century music. Hits from Madonna, Bon Jovi, Lorde, and Lady Gaga have all been given the post modern treatment and the results are an aural masterpiece.

Paula Abdul's break out hit "Straight Up" featured her dance skills (in the MTV video.) Now image taking that hit and giving it the full Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers treatment:

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Montclair To Open State's First Bike Depot

Montclair area commuters will now have a secure place to store bicycles at the Bay Street train station. Montclair Township, in partnership with the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, will unveil its new Bike Depot during a ribbon-cutting ceremony to be held on Thursday, October 16, at 10:00 a.m., at the Bay Street station in Montclair.

The Bike Depot – the first of its kind in the state – will provide safe, secure, weather-protected storage for bikes, helmets and personal items. The new depot, which also has a 24/7 security camera, is available to anyone for a small membership fee; members will use an access card to gain entry.

“Most bike racks at NJ Transit stations are out in the open, leaving bikes subject to be vandalized or stolen,” says Cyndi Steiner, executive director, New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition. “Because commuters can now store a bike securely in the Bike Depot, a safer, higher quality bike can be ridden to the train station, providing alternative transportation options to commuters from a greater distance. The Bike Depot will serve as a model for other NJ Transit train stations.”

The Bike Depot is made possible through grants from Sustainable Jersey, PSEG, Partners for Health, and in-kind support from The Pinnacle Companies, a local real estate developer with a focus on sustainable projects. Additional sponsorships are available for companies with a bike/pedestrian or sustainability vision.

“Montclair wants to expand access to our six commuter train stations by providing alternative transportation options and the new Bike Depot is an integral part of this,” said Mayor Robert Jackson. “Not only is it another step toward becoming a more sustainable community by helping reduce vehicle emissions and lowering our carbon footprint, it also encourages residents to adopt a more healthful lifestyle. We thank all our sponsors for their generous support for this endeavor.”


Cormorant in the Tree of Life at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom


Save The Date: Terre a Terre / Chakra Chefs Team Up For Fall Dinner Oct 22

Following the success and reception of the Terre a Terre / Chakra Harvest Dinner in Paramus earlier this month, Chefs Todd Villani and Thomas Ciszak have decided to do it again, with a few new surprises, on October 22 at Terre a Terre in Carlstadt.

Each of these collaborative dinners showcase the flavors of the season from local sources including Bracco Farms, Terhune Orchards, and Shibumi Farm. The unique styles of each chef take what’s local and make it global.

The dinner at Terre a Terre will be a 5-course dinner, but instead of the usual wine pairing, tea will be paired with each course. Tea sommelier Chris Cason of Bergen County’s Tavalon will pair teas that were specially selected for the meal. Tea, like wine, has a complex profile, sadly in the American experience we’re become accustomed to bitter brews that include fannings and inferior teas. (sorry Lipton) Cason will explain the nuances of each tea and perhaps will open a whole new world of beverages for the dinner guests.

Call Terre a Terre at (201) 507-0500 to reserve your space today. 

Read the full story: Thomas Ciszak To Guest Co-Chef At Terre A Terre Oct 22 on Devil Gourmet.