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Recipe: Cozy chocolate chip cookies

Recipe: Cozy chocolate chip cookies

Summer Ward

January 18, 2018

As the smoke alarm screeches once again, I know what must be happening downstairs: someone in my family is cooking. Bad cooking might be in the Ward Family genes. None of us have the will or talent to follow long, complicated recipes. When we make meals, they're likely to be pre-made or microwavable....

Recipe: Dunkin’ Donuts

Recipe: Dunkin' Donuts

Khushi Kadakia

January 18, 2018

When it comes to desserts, donuts never fail to brighten up the day. During a sleepover a couple years back, as the clock ticked closer to midnight, my friends and I heard the doorbell echo through the house. In the midst of snow and darkness, our friend walked in clutching an early Christmas surprise...

Recipe: Apple peanut butter bowl

Apple peanut butter bowl

Cailey Ruderman

January 18, 2018

When I was a kid, snack time was my favorite time of day. When the clock struck three, I ran into the kitchen and headed straight for the pantry to look for my favorite snacks: pretzels, chips and cookies. But my mom always had another idea. Her favorite pick was apples and peanut butter. It was a simple...

Recipe: Uncrustable alternative

Recipe: Uncrustable alternative

Caroline Monaghan

January 18, 2018

My mother has been a Costco gold-star member since I knew how to walk through those sliding warehouse doors. But it wasn’t until 2015 that she purchased what would be my favorite lunch to this day:  Uncrustables. Since the day she came home with the hefty 24-count box, I have grown to love the...

Recipe: Quick and easy brownies

Quick and easy brownies

Sarah McNey

January 17, 2018

Being a high school student with a busy schedule, I can never find the time to bake anymore. I missed having a steady supply of desserts on hand to satisfy my sweet tooth. I scoured the aisles of Shoprite for a quick chocolate fix, and pre-made brownie mix became my new best friend. Though it’s...

Recipe: Berry filled Hamantaschen

Berry filled Hamantaschen

Phoebe Drummond

January 17, 2018

My mom, who was raised Jewish, always stocks our cabinets with a few batches of delicious Hamantaschen, a traditional Jewish cookie. But this year, their sweet, buttery taste proved to be extremely versatile. My younger sister is currently a freshman at Red Bank Catholic High School. In her English...

Recipe: Belgian beauties

Belgian beauties

Rebecca Rippon

January 17, 2018

There is no better way to wake up on a bright Sunday morning than to the smell of homemade waffles. I have had a sweet tooth my entire life, and nothing satisfies my early morning sugar craving like a plate of golden brown waffles. This sweet treat has a very special place in my heart. One Christmas...

Recipe: California rolls

California rolls

Marisa Harczuk

January 17, 2018

Every Tuesday last season, my softball team and I went to Ginza, a restaurant in Ocean, to eat sushi. We wanted to get to know each other better. It was a cheap way to spend time together eating sushi, spring rolls, shumai and miso soup. And the best thing of all – it was all you can eat for $2...

Recipe: Gallo Guacamole

Gallo Guacamole

Mia Gallo

January 17, 2018

Living with a family who loves to entertain, chips and dip are a weekend staple in my house. Whether it’s a family party or just friends over, my house is always crowded. As the Costco bill kept climbing from the weekly guacamole buys, I decided to try my hand at making my own. Sometimes I doused it...

Recipe: Peanut butter sandwich cookies

Peanut butter sandwich cookies

Bridget Woodrow

January 17, 2018

As I walked through Whole Foods the other night, my sister excitedly showed me a display of peanut butter sandwich cookies. Immediately, we both were brought back to the days where we would spend hours baking and playing around in the kitchen with our mom. The cookies had been a family favorite for as...

Recipe: Funfetti cake

Funfetti cake

Allie Beekman

January 17, 2018

Michelle Beekman graduated from college over 20 years ago. She was baking cakes then, and she still bakes cakes now. Holiday and birthday cakes are her specialty. With tons of white icing and her Wilton decorating toolkit, she can get to work. Beekman has many fond memories of baking and decor...

Recipe: UnDunkin’ delicious croissants

Un-Dunkin' delicious croissants

Jessica Seldner

January 17, 2018

I loved Dunkin’ Donuts, but their croissants are horrendous. My mom, hailing from China, made rice cakes and red bean tea for breakfast. I announced that I was going to seek an early morning meal elsewhere. On that blistery morning, I embarked on the day's journey in my cerulean blue Toyota Corolla...

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