If you live in New Jersey, you know that our state is often referred to as “the diner capital of the world", with more than 600 joints! So, what makes a good diner? This subject is always up for debate, especially at the Jersey Shore. Some think it’s the coffee that says it all. Others feel that home fries should be the crown jewel. Or is it the pancakes? Whatever your preference, here are some of the best diners for NJ families and for even more shore fun, check out our Jersey Shore Family Guide.
Lemon Curd. I distinctly remember the first time I tried it. I thought lemon curd was the best thing I'd ever tasted. I think I ate the whole jar in one sitting. To this day, I think of lemon curd as a delicious treat for special occasions. This recipe is so fast and easy you can whip up a small batch for a breakfast treat with toast or pastry.
If locally-grown foods and warm weather daytrips are things that your family enjoys – grab the small ones and take them strawberry picking! It’s like an outdoor adventure with a sweet reward, and what kid doesn’t love red, ripe strawberries? New Jersey may be known for its tomatoes and blueberries, but we’ve also got some great places to pick-your-own strawberries, most of which start in late May. Check out some of the best spots to take your NJ kids strawberry picking. If you are craving more NJ fun for the whole family, check out our May GO List or our post on May Fairs and Festivals in NJ!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate than by treating mom to a fabulous brunch? Whether you’re looking for a laid-back vibe or prefer something fancy-shmancy, the Jersey Shore has plenty of delicious options to choose from. Check out one of these local favorites for a wonderful meal the whole family will love. Relax, enjoy yourself and have a very Happy Mother’s Day! And for even more shore fun, check out our Jersey Shore Family Guide.
Homemade butter is easy and fun to make and requires nothing more than some heavy cream, a tight lidded container and a marble—an active kid doesn't hurt either. Children love this project, not only does the butter taste fresher, you can evoke days of old without having to figure out how to make a butter churner. Plus, kids are super proud to serve butter they made by themselves.
One of my favorite ways to spend a Sunday is by getting my family all dressed up and going out for a great brunch. My husband and children are what you might call "foodies", and giving them the opportunity to pick and choose from a bountiful buffet or design their own omelets (none of which I have to prepare) makes for an enjoyable outing for all of us. New Jersey is home to tons of great brunch spots, but some of the best brunches in the state are located in our beautiful hotels. Great customer service, a bountiful menu and beautiful decor make these hotel brunches standouts. Just in time for Mother's Day, our list features some great hotel brunches throughout the Garden State. If you are interested in heading into New York City for brunch, check out our post on New York City Hotel Brunches.
Nothing says weekend mornings like a big stack of fluffy pancakes. When else can you get away with chocolate and whipped cream for breakfast? Although a morning staple, pancakes can be eaten any for any time of the day. New Jersey is home to many delicious and family-friendly pancake restaurants, with varieties that range from sweet, like chocolate chips and fruit, to savory, like bacon and cheddar cheese. With portions as big as your plate, you won't leave hungry, nor empty-handed. Pancake restaurants are often a road-trip destination for my family. From diners to specialty houses, here’s how New Jersey’s best pancake joints stack up:
Creating a homemade, natural Easter Egg dye out of ingredient in the fridge has always appealed to me and my son as a fun kitchen experiment, giving us the chance to play mad scientists for a while. You can make the dye from any fruit or vegetable that when boiled leeches its color into the water. My son and I used kale, blueberries, cranberries, beets, a mixture of carrot peels and onion skins and turmeric for cool, unusually colored Easter Eggs in an earthy color palette. These eggs really stand out from the neon colored tie dyed Easter Eggs we usually make.
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