Photo of the Day: September 22, 2018

Glorious garlic shrimp from a family dinner at Portuguese Manor a few days ago. The oil is liquid gold when you dredge some of their crusty, homemade bread through it.

Photo of the Day: September 17, 2018

Remembering Matawan’s Trattoria Rustica, which recently went out of business after a multi-decade run. This was one of my favorite meals here, Chicken Ravello. It was a large dish containing three chicken breasts over penne pasts in marsala wine sauce. Then topped with asparagus and roasted red peppers. Going to miss this place!

Photo of the Day: September 15, 2018

An incredibly easy middle eastern spiced beef over hummus. Your spices can be anything. I actually chose to go more a Spanish route by adding Adobo, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Anyway, this is a layered dish that is meant for dipping and sharing. Take a large plate and cover with hummus. Drizzle extra virgin…

Photo of the Day: September 12, 2018

Justin’s baked barbecue wings. They were first rubbed with Adobo, pepper, and garlic powder, before being left to marinate overnight in a honey barbecue sauce.

Takeout Joints Vol. 7: Pizza/Italian Part 4

Salerno’s Pizza (Hazlet) Nothing outstanding here, but in a sea of mediocrity they do stand out a cut above. Their buffalo chicken pan pizza was absolutely perfect. Too much chicken for its own good, but did not fall apart. The crust off their pan pizza is good enough to eat on its own as breadsticks….

Photo of the Day: September 6, 2018

How would you like to start your day off with this? Fried rice topped with an omelette, brown gravy, and a couple of meat balls. It is impossible to shop at Edison’s H-Mart without stopping at the food court.

Photo of Day: September 5, 2018

Justin’s mother’s masterful rendition of pernil (pork shoulder). It is cooked covered for three hours and 15 minutes, then the top is removed for the remaining 45 minutes in order to achieve a crispy skin. The meat was tender, juicy, and bursting with an unmatched flavor. As for the skin, when chopped into pieces, it…

Photo of the Day: September 4, 2018

A few days ago, I got Puerto Rican cooking lessons from Justin’s grandmother. These are homemade tostones. Nothing low-fat here. Slices of plantain are fried, left to cool, smashed in a wooden press, and then fried again. Dust with salt and garlic powder for a delicious snack or crispy side dish. I was even given…