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Cara’s Cucina: Cheese Ball

Today on Cara’s CucinaCara Di Falco teaches us how to make a Cheese Ball!

This recipe is a Di Falco family favorite and a big hit at parties. Add this to your New Year’s Eve menu, and your guests will not be disappointed! Check out the ingredients for the dish, which serves 12-16, below.

Cheese Ball

1 stick (8 Tbs.) butter, softened to room temperature
8 oz. mascarpone cheese OR American cream cheese, softened to room temperature
4 Tbs. honey
1 c. chopped walnuts
1/4 c. dried cranberries
wheat crackers, for serving

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.

Buon Appetito e Felice Anno Nuovo!

#HipNJ’s Best Of 2017

What a year it has been for #HipNJ! Let’s take a strip down memory lane as we look back at our Instagram Best 9

Each of the photos seen above bring back 2017 memories. This year has been full of excitement, and these are just a few examples of the experiences and moments we will cherish.

 

A stormy #HipNJ Saturday gave way to a flawless, fall-like evening. 🌙

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This photo, taken at Liberty State Park, serves as a reminder that New Jersey is a beautiful state. It offers scenic views and tranquility, whether it be July or October. 

This was a #HipNJ moment to remember! Our own Lisa Marie Latino and Maria Falzo were featured on Life & Living with Joanna Gagis. The duo discussed their inspiration for the site. Check out the segment here.

This is a photo from  Komen’s Race for the Cure! Komen North Jersey put on this inspiring event, featuring survivors, fighters, supporters, volunteers and friends. It was a beautiful day for a beautiful cause, and #HipNJ was proud to be there.

This is a snap from CareOne’s 200 Wishes fundraiser at the Prudential Center. CareOne and Make-A-Wish turned the Prudential Center into a life-size Candy Land for a day full of family fun.

Newark welcomed  Ono Grinds Poké to the neighborhood, one of the many reasons this is a #HipNJ city to watch in 2018. Newark is experiencing an influx of hip spots, and this Hawaiian-inspired poké bowl shop is no exception.

Garden State fashion expert Dawn Del Russo stopped by the #HipNJ studio to model three looks. She was one of the many notable guests that made their way to our studio this year, including Danielle Forte of 828 Clothing and Vic DiBitetto.

The W. Cary Edwards Education Foundation‘s  annual Touchdown on Education was at MetLife Stadium. The day of family fun and football raised $100,000.

Boo! This was a very #HipHalloween, as we featured Halloween experts from around the Garden State. For this picture, our very own Kelly was turned into a creepy clown thanks to Dena Ziemba.

Last but not least, we shared this quote about giving. #HipNJ Cares is a huge part of what we do, as we work with various charities to support some phenomenal causes. For example, this year we partnered with The Connie Dwyer Breast CenterTrinitas Regional Medical Center, CareOne and more.

This was quite a year, and we cannot wait to see what 2018 brings. 

New Brunswick on New Year’s Eve

On December 31st, New Brunswick will be home to the region’s most vibrant New Year’s celebration as The Restaurant Guys present the 9th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza.

A collaboration among the city’s hospitality and business communities and produced by Francis Schott and Mark Pascal — a/k/a The Restaurant Guys (owners of Stage Left Steak and Catherine Lombardi restaurants) — New Brunswick New Year’s Eve showcases the city’s prowess and pride as “the capital of Central New Jersey.”

Conceived by Francis and Mark in 2009 as a way for local restaurateurs to rally business during the depths of the Great Recession, what began as a modest event has helped make New Brunswick a holiday and cultural destination, fully funded by donations and sponsorships and drawing crowds of close to 5,000.Says Francis, “Our goal has been to be the opposite of a ‘First Night’ concept — we want to drive visitors into our bars and restaurants to generate business while showing off what a fun town we live and work in. We’ve succeeded beyond our wildest dreams!”

WHAT:
Spectacular fireworks, choreographed to music by world-champion Garden State Fireworks and shot from the roof of the Heldrich Hotel. Drinks specials at downtown restaurants and bars by event sponsors Taittinger Champagne, Hendrick’s Gin, Hudson Whiskey and Monkey Shoulder Scotch. DJ music in Monument Park. Extended hours at many establishments for a post-fireworks nightcap

WHEN/WHERE:
11.30 pm ~ Monument Park, Livingston Avenue + George Street, New Brunswick, NJ Visitors are invited to explore dining and entertainment options pre- and post-fireworks — see list of participating venues at www.newbrunswicknewyearseve.com

Ring the New Year in right!