November 1, 2010
This year, along with a group of New Jersey bloggers spearheaded by Jersey Bites, Off The Broiler is again proud to participate in the Community Food Bank of New Jersey’s annual donations drive to help eliminate hunger in our state.
In 2009 Check-Out Hunger crossed the $2 Million plateau for the first time. The campaign raised $2,093,086 for food banks across the state. Since 1992, millions of people have supported the program at food markets and online at www.checkouthungernj.org.
Participating food markets include A&P, Food Basics, Foodtown, Kings, Pathmark, Shop Rite, Super Fresh, Wawa, and Wegmans.
Please make it a point to donate during the Holiday Season to the Check Out Hunger campaign. With so many New Jersey residents out of work, this season is going to be particularly hard on families and demanding on the hunger relief programs in our state. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey reports that need for nutritious food is up 30-40 percent at its partner agencies (soup kitchens, pantries, shelters, etc) this year.
To donate funds to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, please click on the Donate Now graphic to the left.
June 16, 2010
The ThinkFood Cookbook by Posit Science feeds your brain as well as your appetite.
Today, mind-enhancement and brain-training software company Posit Science launched an interesting new project called ThinkFood, which was produced in cooperation with 50 food bloggers, including yours truly.
For the next year, ThinkFood will release 50 new “Brain-healthy” recipes, one per week, if you sign up with your e-mail address. Each Brain-Healthy recipe features a key ingredient which has been identified to promote enhanced mental acuity.
Posit Science is an interesting company. Just like me, they are clearly techno-geeks, but they are also serious foodies. I’ve been honored to be part of this project and I hope you sign up.
If you can’t wait to get all the recipes, a hardcover version of the book will be available in Mid-July.
April 23, 2010
Josh Ozersky’s new video blog, Ozersky.TV
There are few food bloggers in this world who I would refer to as “Titans”. James Beard Award-Winning food writer Josh Ozersky is one of them — if not the one that most of us feeble mortals aspire to be.
I’ve been following Josh’s career for some time now, since his launch of his original Mister Cutlets web site and his first book foray into cholesterol and meat-induced bacchanalia, “Meat Me In Manhattan”. Since then, he’s run NY Magazine’s Grub Street food blog and had a foray with Citysearch with “The Feedbag”, a short lived but beloved food blog for culinary obsessives of all ages.
In 2008, Ozersky has came out swinging with a book on the history of the hamburger, and in 2009 and 2010 he made various appearances on Tony Bourdain’s No Reservations program, including the one in which I also recently appeared, Obsessed.
In early 2010, the wandering Ozersky founded his own video blog, along with friend and Eater co-founder Ben Leventhal, which is complete with NYC-centered video restaurant reviews and food segments — Ozersky.TV.
I welcome Josh to the world of independent food blogging and I hope all of you enjoy his shpilkes and food-induced mishegas. But for God sakes Josh, try to stay in one place this time, ok?
February 28, 2010
I’d like to welcome Spoon & Shutter to the New Jersey food blogging community.
While the paint is still drying on this new blog, which only started in February of 2010, its got some serious talent behind it, so you’ll want to pay attention — it’s run by Susan Leigh Sherrill and Ted Axelrod, the husband and wife team whose works you’ve seen in 201 Magazine. Sherrill works as Food and Entertainment Editor of 201, and Axelrod is a professional photographer who has freelanced a number of food spreads in 201 magazine and elsewhere.
Check it out at http://spoonandshutter.wordpress.com
August 8, 2009
I completely missed this gem of a post on SeriousEats back in July, all about “Texas Weiners”. Texas Weiners are a genre of hot dog found not in Texas, but in New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania, and it was created by Greek immigrants.
We’ve covered Texas Weiners on our posts about Goffle Grill and Johnny and Hanges. I’ve also created my own recipe for hot dog chili similar to Texas Weiner sauce called “Cleveland Indians Chili”, with a smoked chili bite.
Be sure to visit the SeriousEats site where they’ve been doing an entire series on regionally specialized hot dogs, including The Philly Combo, Tijuana Dogs, and the Flo’s Dog from Maine the Puka dog from Hawaii and the Slaw Dog from the Southern US.
July 7, 2009
Gourmet Magazine’s Diary of a Foodie features lots of great video food porn.
I don’t often link to the bigger content sites, as I prefer to highlight individual bloggers that would otherwise get buried in the mainstream media. However in the case of Gourmet Magazine, they’ve got same utterly fantastic video content, direct from their PBS television series Diary of a Foodie, which is produced by Zero Point Zero Productions, the same people that bring you Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations.
Suffice to say that the folks at Zero Point Zero are the Shaolin monks/Kung Fu masters of video pornography, and Gourmet Magazine gives them an incredible Hi-Def canvas to work with.
The Diary of a Foodie website features entire episodes from 3 seasons of the show. I recently started watching this program on PBS, but you don’t have to own a HDTV set to get in on the fun.
I recently saw the “Ancient Traditions” episode from season 3, which was originally shown in January, about food in Korea, which was utterly mind blowing. I encourage you to sit and watch every single one of these episodes, especially if you are a fan of No Reservations. It’s just like taking a trip with Tony but without the angst and the cigarettes — and it’s narrated by hardcore food bloggers and food writers from around the world who you’ve probably never even heard of.
June 12, 2009
Victor Sasson’s Do You Really Know What You’re Eating? Blog has a focused mission on finding the best chemical and additive-free meat, fish and produce in Northern New Jersey.
When most people retire, they play golf, they go to the Senior Center, they join Facebook and post pictures of their grandchildren, they crochet, or they do various things that don’t involve actual work. Not Victor Sasson.
I’ve known Victor for a number of years, and before he retired from a long career as a professional journalist only about a year ago, he was a food writer for the Bergen Record. Now, like a travelling culinary rogue, he hunts down the very best places to buy groceries and meat and fish and all sorts of things in Northern New Jersey for you to cook at home, with a focus on natural, organic, hormone and chemical-free foods. Victor has only been blogging since late March, but he’s already amassed over 50 posts on various shopping venues in the local Bergen County/North Jersey area. It’s going to take me a while to catch up.
I recently had a chance to meet up with Victor over lunch at Whole Foods in Paramus’ Bergen Mall. Click Here to listen to Victor and I talk about the changing New Jersey restaurant scene, and his love for Middle Eastern and Korean cuisines.
Off The Broiler Podcast: Victor Sasson
Victor may be retired, but he’s definitely not tired — definitely check out his blog.
February 14, 2009
So, you thought the original Iron Chef was weird and unique?
I introduce you to “COOKING WITH DOG“. The first cooking show HOSTED by a dog. A miniature poodle, in fact. Totally legit Japanese traditional recipes, with excellent step-by-step instruction.
I keep telling people my miniature poodles are exceptionally bright, but this guy…
January 8, 2009
Daisy Martinez, star of “Viva Daisy!” which premieres Saturday, January 10, 9:30am on Food Network. Click on the Picture above to watch the promotional video (Source: Food Network)
Web Site: http://www.foodnetwork.com/viva-daisy/index.html
I’ve been keeping this news under wraps for longer than I can remember, and now I’m finally relieved I can tell everyone about it — my friend Daisy Martinez is going to become the star of her own show on Food Network — which will be produced by no other than Food Network’s #1, Rachael Ray herself.
I first got to know Daisy in the spring of 2006, after approaching her to do a podcast for Off The Broiler. I was a big fan of her PBS show, which featured an intelligent, educating, full-spectrum view of Pan-Latino cuisine, and found her bubbly and Brooklyn girl personality intoxicating.
Daisy only did one season of Daisy Cooks! on PBS, but I knew some day she would be a huge star, so I started consulting for her and helped her launch her own website, DaisyMartinez.com, as well as her personal blog, Boriqua Blog. I hope you head over there and see what we’ve accomplished over the last two years — It’s a goldmine for anyone who wants to cook bold, Latin flavors, or who wants to know the real Daisy behind the camera.
I’m privileged to be one of the few who will be able to say “I knew her when.”
Good Luck, Daisy — and break a leg!
December 28, 2008
Click on the photo to watch Conch Salad being made on Grand Bahama Island.
Conch Salad was one of my most favorite things to eat during our trip to Grand Bahama. I shot the above video while visiting Big Daddy Brown’s Conch Stand in the Port Lucaya Marketplace, as well as at Barbara Walker’s Conch Stand in the Freeport Vendor Market.
I found another really great video by Frank and Meg, who unlike myself, clearly know what they are doing when it comes to video editing (and own superior video equipment) and who apparently visited Freeport only a few weeks before we did.