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Melick’s 1728 Traditional cider
Hard cider tent at Melick’s Town Farm, Oldwick
Apple orchard at Melick’s Town Farm, Oldwick

The Cider House That Rules

Melick’s is the king of apples in the Garden State. So it follows that when the family whose farm dates back to 1728 decided to make hard cider, they’d bring home not one but two “Double Gold” medals from a prestigious competition.

Jason Shoff

Hive Dive

Dig for liquid gold in a bee colony with an authority who plays pied piper and guides you along the Garden State’s foodstream.

O’zapft is’!
What's Brewing?

O’zapft is’!

Celebrate Oktoberfest right now with Garden State brews our beer columnist taps as the tops.

Not to Be Taken Lightly: 9-13-21
Fortnightly 5

Not to Be Taken Lightly: 9-13-21

There are a lot of bold tastes in this cycle’s favorites, including a BLT that’s destined for widespread greatness, a huuuuge cookie, a powerful pet nat, a game-changing clam roll and a bowl of unexpectedly potent ramen.

Bamboo House
Food Find

Bamboo House

The shape’s familiar. So is the stately presentation on a pretty platter. But what’s inside the Black Rice Roll at this Japanese-Thai BYOB in Frenchtown diverges from the norm.

Van Hook Cheese and Grocery
Smart Shop

Van Hook Cheese and Grocery

Our Smart Shopper Lynley Jones explores the world of Serious Cheese – and expands your view of what this beloved staple can bring to your home table.

Marmalade of greens
Sunday Kitchen

It’s Easy Using Greens

Fall heralds another season of favorite greens. Use them to make a spread and dip you’ll be proud to set out as you gather ’round the TV for football-watching.


Of Fruits and Labors

Sam Bonacorsi planted 200 fruit trees during his first year farming in Hunterdon County. They grew so well that he planted 2,000 more the next year. For our photo story, Mike Peters trains his eye between the leaves.

Dan Richer
"Best"-ever staff
Special Report

Dan Richer: A Man and His Pizza

Razza Pizza Artigianale in Jersey City is Carnegie Hall for the pizzaiolo who has fused place and process to create distinctive and distinguished pies. It’s the definitive voice of a generation, and it expresses the Garden State at its diverse, dynamic best. Today we begin an ongoing series focusing on the chef Dan Richer and his  Razza Pizza Artigianale, a decidedly different breed of pizza restaurant that has changed the way we in New Jersey view and eat pizza and influenced both pizzaioli and home-based pizza makers nationwide. The Peasant Wife’s Richer/Razza stories will appear periodically in the months to come as Razza expands its space on Grove Street in Jersey City, introduces new menu items while tweaking existing staples, and Richer’s first cookery book, “The Joy of Pizza,” is published.

Two peaches await picking at Stoneyfield
Peach tree at Stoneyfield
Peaches sliced and awaiting baking
Peach pie

Down the Stoneyfield End

Tree fruits at this Warren County orchard roll with the seasons, starting with sour cherries in spring and climaxing in high autumn with apples and pears. For a couple more precious September weeks, peaches will drip from bark-crusted limbs and branches and beg to be baked in a pie.

KFC at Seoul Fried Chicken
KFC sandwich at Seoul Fried Chicken

Misses & Hits

Where’s the crackling crunch? MIA at a new Korean fried chicken eatery in Edison. But there’s a good KFC sandwich – and, down the shopping center apace, a Taiwanese bakery with a guilty-pleasure of a green onion bun.


Our Favorite Savory Fruit

A life well lived is a life spent learning about, and tasting, legendary Jersey tomatoes.

Patel Brothers in Iselin resembles the Taj Mahal
Wall of sweets at Patel Brothers
Spiced Rice Flakes with Cashews
Pani puri - stuffed puffs
Smart Shop

Patel Brothers

The culinary diversity of India is on full display at markets that celebrate flavor and spice. It all makes for wide-ranging store-to-plate eating.


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