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  1. Take our quiz: What Boardwalk food do you identify with?

    By the middle of a South Jersey summer, you’ve probably traversed a boardwalk or two. And, if you’re anything like us, that involved sampling some boardwalk-famous treats.
  2. Miss NJ Brenna Weick traveled long pageant road to Miss America

    Brenna Weick sat sipping coffee at Coffee Works in Voorhees Township as she looked over her schedule for the day.
  3. Like the 'Star Trek' series, local fandom lives long, prospers

    For Rita Marcon, of Northfield, the inclusiveness of the “Star Trek” science-fiction franchise proved to be irresistible.

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Many flavors of the foods of Chinese New Year

Nelson Cho isn't just Chinese-American. He's Chinese-Cuban-Peruvian-American. Which means he grew up on the shredded beef dish ropa vieja, the fried chicken called chicharrones de pollo, and other Cuban specialties.

For protein, fiber and fun think ch-ch-ch-chia

Chia seeds aren't just for growing "fur" on clay critters anymore.

Mint lamb with roasted reds and veggies make excellent springtime fare

Lamb with Garlic Mint Sauce with Roasted Red Potatoes

Corner Table: Step into Red's Jersey Mex Cafe, and into a mini-vacation

OCEAN CITY - Red's Jersey Mex Cafe sits back out of the way, in a tiny three-business shopping mall, off the beaten track at 11th and Haven in Ocean City. Built high, up a row of concrete steps, the building is the definition of nondescript.

Nuts work great for a healthy diet

Nuts often get a bad rap because of their high fat content. But the fat in most nuts is the healthy unsaturated variety.

Beyond guacamole: Versatile avocado can improve cholesterol

•It's a fruit, not a vegetable, a native of South and Central America.

•Hass and Fuerte are the most common varieties.

•More than 90 percent of the nation's avocados come from California.

•Florida avocados of the Fuerte variety are larger and have more water and less fat than Hasses.

•Avocados can hang on the tree for months before being picked. They ripen off the tree.

•Avocados are sodium- and cholesterol-free and have only five grams of fat per 1-ounce serving (about 3 slices). Most of the fat is monounsaturated, a good fat thought to benefit cholesterol health.

•Avocados also are a good source of lutein, an antioxidant that's good for the eyes.

•Refrigerate only ripe avocados ; unripe avocados will not ripen in the cold. Store ripe avocados for up to five days - longer and the flesh can turn to flavorless mush and darken.

•Freeze pureed avocado for about four months to use in dips, sauces and spreads. Puree ripe avocados in a blender using 1 tablespoon of lime or lemon juice for each avocado. Place in airtight container leaving 1-inch head space. Cover and freeze.

- Avocadocentral.com

Buying, Pitting, Slicing:

•To use right away, choose ripe avocados with smooth dark green skin or pebbly skin that is almost purplish-black.

•Press gently on the widest part; your finger should leave a slight indentation. Don't buy if fruit has uneven soft spots.

•If not using right away, choose hard fruits with bright-green skins. Leave them on the counter to ripen in three to four days. Place them in a paper bag with an apple or banana to speed up ripening.

•Ignore "ripe for tonight" stickers on avocados. Judge by touch.

•To slice, place on the counter and steady with the palm of your hand. Slice around the circumference and twist to separate. One half will have the pit. Carefully stab the pit with a sharp knife so it sticks and work out the pit.

•To mash, spoon out the flesh. To dice or slice, cut the flesh while still in the skin and use a spoon to release the slices or dice. For even slices, cut the flesh through the skin and then remove the skin.

•Once it's cut, sprinkle the flesh with lemon or lime juice and cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly on the avocado. This helps prevent darkening. ]]>

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Expert advice for making your sweet something special

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, many South Jersey lovers still are wrestling with age-old questions: To buy a box of chocolates or craft a homemade gift? To dine in or fight the crowds for a romantic table for two?

On Valentine's Day, have chocolate for breakfast

When Valentine's Day falls during the week, time for sharing a leisurely breakfast is unlikely. You can, however, still start the day with a romantic surprise.

On Valentine's Day, have chocolate for breakfast

When Valentine's Day falls during the week, time for sharing a leisurely breakfast is unlikely. You can, however, still start the day with a romantic surprise.

Recipe spotlight: Sesame oil offers a nutty, versatile alternative to oilve oil

Maybe it's time to look beyond claims of virginity in the oil aisle. Our 20-year love affair with olive oil has had fallout. We've forgotten that there's a whole world of oils that don't come from the olive tree.

Corner Table: A delicious slice of Italy found in Egg Harbor Township

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP- We had to stop and think for a minute when we entered Mama Mia's Ristorante here. The entranceway looked so much like the one at Mama Mia's in Seaville we thought we had gone to the wrong place.

Mollusks in raw demand: Oysters now a year-round trend

The satirist Jonathan Swift said it took a "bold man" to eat an oyster, that opalescent, slippery snack.

Food briefs: Spoonful of Fruit comes in seven flavors

Fruit fix

So many knives to choose from in Asian, European styles

Ted Allen symbolizes a problem many consumers face: What type of kitchen knives to buy? What will win - the exciting newness, for Westerners, of the Asian models, or the traditional comforts of the European-style knife? Or are there knives that incorporate features from both?

Don't give up on turkey yet, it's easy and healthy

If by now you haven't hit turkey fatigue, consider going back to this all-American bird for easy, speedy and healthy weeknight meals.

So many knives to choose from in Asian, European styles

Ted Allen symbolizes a problem many consumers face: What type of kitchen knives to buy? What will win - the exciting newness, for Westerners, of the Asian models, or the traditional comforts of the European-style knife? Or are there knives that incorporate features from both?

Don't give up on turkey yet, it's easy and healthy

If by now you haven't hit turkey fatigue, consider going back to this all-American bird for easy, speedy and healthy weeknight meals.

Food briefs: Spoonful of Fruit comes in seven flavors

Fruit fix

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