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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.

Full-throttle Flavors: 8-30-21

Nothing shy here: Fried squid shooting juices; birria bursting from a torta; wild boar ragu fit for sweater weather, but bright enough for summer’s end; dried shrimp powder that’s oomph in a jar; milk with true terroir. All in our every-other-week favorites report.

Twists to Shout About: 8-16-21

Tomatoes with Asian noodles? A soup for summer’s dog days? Roasted chicken with uncommon accompaniments? Ah, the unexpected edible highs of high summer.

The Potency of Produce: 8-2-21

Fruits and vegetables, solo or blended or used to infuse, have a powerful influence on mid-summer eats.

News on Normal: 7-19-21

Nothing fancy somehow catches the fancy, when it’s done with loving care.

Sour Power: 7-5-21

A few punches of sour, a tip to tart and a rumble of rum: These were the flavors that underscored and elevated favorites of the past two weeks.

Summer’s Start: 6-21-21

Could it be all the new menus? Or is it more about personal cravings? Likely a combo of both, and maybe more. The foods of summer are calling.

Hot Off the Farm: 6-7-21

Yet again, it’s true: The Garden State’s best comes from … the Garden State’s farms.

Reimagination Is Fun: 5-24-21

Spins on the familiar spark smiles and show off the skills of Garden State food artists. These are my favorites of the fortnight just past; what are yours?

Past Perfect: 5-10-21

Riveting versions of foods first experienced long ago highlight a spate of exhilarating mid-spring eating.

Humble & Haute: 4-26-21

A lovely, home-style soup seduces. A procession of gobsmacking Japanese-French dishes mesmerizes. So do an ancient mashup of beans, rice and macaroni, a dressed-up country pate and a reconfigured staple.

Something Old, Something New: 4-12-21

Sometimes a longtime food friend introduces you to something novel and wonderful. Sometimes a longtime food friend takes you back to something familiar and still fabulous.


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