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Cara’s Cucina: Italian Hot Dog

Today on Cara’s CucinaCara Di Falco teaches us how to make an Italian Hot Dog!

An Italian Hot Dog is a creation of Di Falco’s home state, New Jersey. Check out the official list of ingredients below.

Italian Hot Dog
Serves 4

1 tbs. olive oil + 2 tbs. olive oil
1/2 large yellow onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
1 large, russet potato, cubed
4 nitrate, nitrite free hot dogs
4 Italian rolls OR pizza bread
salt & pepper

Watch the video above to learn how to make your own, and click here to see the official Cara’s Cucina recipe! 

If you make this at home, be sure to post it on Instagram along with the hashtag, #CarasCucina.

Alyssa Alia

Alyssa Alia, Author of “If The Table Could Talk”

#HipNJ considers Alyssa Alia, author of the cookbook “If the Table Could Talk,” a culinary life saver! Alia writes recipes that are easy for any busy #JerseyGirl to whip up without feeling wiped out. 

Alia explains to Joanna Gagis in “A Life and Living Moment” how she put her culinary genius to practical use.  She says, “The recipes are very very simple, I simplified them, and even how I wrote the recipes [was to ensure simplicity].” 

Alia goes on to discuss how the entire cookbook is styled so that it is headache proof for even the most inexperienced chef! So, grab your aprons and pick up a copy of “If the Table Could Talk”, because Alyssa Alia has made cooking simple!

For more on Alyssa Alia and her cookbook, you can visit her website.

weekend report

#HipNJ’s Weekend Report: July 14th-16th

This weekend was a busy one for #NJ! If you were too busy having fun, #HipNJ has got you covered with the hottest happenings in the Garden State over the past three days!  


A little late, but last night was lit💥

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White Meadow Lake Festival Days: Rockaway, NJ

Last Friday, White Meadow Lake Country Club hosted White Meadow Lake Festival Days! Participants were able to participate in a volleyball tournament, go on a scavenger hunt and try their hand in sand castle building! This exciting day filled with good food and family fun ended with a fireworks show.

Boogie Board Races: Wildwood, NJ

This Saturday marked Wildwood’s annual Boogie Boarding Contest! Boys and girls ages 5-17 were given the opportunity to showcase their boogie boarding skills at 15th Avenue Beach in North Wildwood. Prizes were awarded for Most Creative and Longest and Best Overall Ride in each age category.

Summer in the Street: Toms River, NJ

This Saturday was an exciting day for downtown Toms River, as the town hosted Summer in the Street! This event included everything from live entertainment to crafts and food to loads of family fun!

Foodie Nightlife Experience: Jersey City, NJ 

This Saturday and Sunday, Jersey City hosted over 20 yummy food vendors from NYC and NJ at the Harborside Financial Center Platform! Not only were attendees given a wide selection of bites and brews, all produce was priced at five dollars or less!


possibly starting a theme ¿

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Freedom Fest State Fair: Allentown, NJ

This weekend also was home to the Freedom Fest State Fair in Allentown, NJ! This fair is the largest in Central Jersey and gives visitors to enjoy New Jersey heritage while providing endless entertainment. From tasty food to fun rides and games, the whole family was sure to be entertained!


#Hypothermia, nailing it for 30 years… #nottoocoldtorockandroll #BlackPotatoeMusicFest21 – photos: John Bohnel

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Black Potato Music Festival

On the music front, this weekend also marked the 21st annual Black Potato Music Festival. The festival gave visitors a unique musical experience by mixing rock and jazz classics with new emerging artists and sounds!

Belmar Movies on the Beach: Belmar, NJ

This weekend marked another movie night on the beach for 8th Ave in Belmar, NJ! This weekend, the featured movie was Rogue One. If you missed out this weekend, you can watch a movie with your toes on the sand every Saturday until September 9th!