Sunday, December 23, 2012
Panera, Chez Catherine and Williams-Sonoma come to the rescue with new recipes
Panera, with locations in Westfield and Springfield, offered this appetizer recipe: Jean's Kentucky Bourbon Fig Compote: PREP TIME: 25 MINUTES COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES INGREDIENTS DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 6 to 8 minutes until lightly toasted and fragrant. Shake the pan every minute or two, so the nuts do not burn. Remove them from the oven and set aside. 2. Meanwhile, melt butter, sugar, and bourbon in a saucepan on low heat; then add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, and stir well. 3. Add figs (or other dried fruit), vanilla extract, lemon juice or Limoncello, and salt. Let mixture steep for about 10 to 15 minutes, until the fruit is plump and soft. 4. Sprinkle pectin over…
Friday, July 27, 2012
New Jersey Monthly publishes its annual list of the top 25 restaurants.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Westfield has always been known as a great town for foodies. And recognition of the town's restaurants is not unusual. This week, New Jersey Monthly released its annual list of the state's 25 best restaurants and Chez Catherine made the cut. When it comes to the North Avenue award-winner, the magazine said: "French cuisine was once the envy of the world, its techniques and stocks the foundation of every fine restaurant's repertoire. In today's multiculti environment, that dominion seems rather distrant. But it lives at Chez Catherine, where every bit connects you not so much to the 'glories' of classical French, but to its matchless caress of every ingredient on the plate and every aspect of the diner's experience. Somewhere along the line…
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Where do you go when you're looking to make the moment that much more special?
With Valentine's Day less than a week away, it's time to start making plans if you haven't already. Patch asked Westfielders for suggestions on making this holiday even more special by sharing their ideas of romantic spots around town. If this mild weather has you wanting to combine your affection for your Valentine with your love of the great outdoors, Alex Trigaux recommends taking a walking tour around the 105 acres that make up Fairview Cemetery. To those lovebirds scratching their heads, asking, "How can a cemetery be romantic?" Trigaux would argue that the spot is technically an arboretum. Recognized by the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, each of the 59 trees on the tour is identified by a corresponding sign…