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Cara’s Cucina: Thanksgiving Stuffing

Cara Di Falco of Cara’s Cucina gets us ready for Thanksgiving with her recipe for Thanksgiving Stuffing!

“Stuffing is probably one of my favorite parts of the Thanksgiving meal,” Di Falco says. For her recipe, she adds a few Italian ingredients to make it her own.

Check it out below, and head over to her YouTube channel for more.

National Watermelon Day

By Kenneth Barilari

Today is #NationalWatermelonDay! Watermelon is always perfect during the hot summer months because of its cool and refreshing taste, whether you’re on the beach or by the pool. However, there are many other ways to utilize this tasty fruit. #HipNJ is here to provide you with 10 unique ways to use watermelon this summer.

  1. Watermelon Feta Salad


This has been all the rage this summer. Fresh watermelon, arugula and mint drizzled with champagne dijon vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil makes for the perfect lunch.

  1. Watermelon Pops


These are the perfect treat for your next pool day!

  1. Watermelon Cake


No need to bake this watermelon cake. Just add frosting and some fruit topping.

  1. Mojito


All it takes is two watermelon chunks, one lime, two teaspoons of sugar, a handful of mint leaves, and two ounces white rum. Add ice and you’re good to go!

  1. Watermelon Salsa


This is the perfect twist to your summer salsa! Get your chips ready.

  1. Homemade Gummies


Gummy candies are always great, and now you can make your own! Make them sour if you’re feeling brave.

  1. Watermelon Water

Food Network Kitchen Infused Water Watermelon Healthy Recipes Food Netowrk

I am sure you’ve had water infused with lemon and lime, so why not try watermelon?

  1. Pizza


Slice up your watermelon pizza-style, and add your favorite fruits as toppings! Add Nutella for some extra sweetness.

  1. Sorbet


This is a healthy alternative for when you’re craving ice cream in the summer heat.

  1. With Salt!


Take a piece of watermelon and add a pinch of salt! Salt makes watermelon taste sweeter by creating a salty sweet contrast that allows the sweetness of the melon to stand out.

All you need now is the perfect watermelon. Here are some of the best Farmers Markets throughout NJ.

Cowtown Farmers Market
780 Harding Hwy.
Pilesgrove, NJ

Sparta Farmers Market
89 Sparta Ave.
Sparta, NJ

Princeton Farmers Market
55 Witherspoon St.
Princeton, NJ

Historic Downtown Jersey City Farmers Market
Newark Ave.
Jersey City, NJ

Stockton Farmers Market
19 Bridge St.
Stockton, NJ

Now that you know all of these unique ways to enjoy watermelon and where to get some, try some of these out! Post your creations on Instagram with the hashtag, #NationalWatermelonDay!


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Quick Christmas Cookie Recipes

Scrambling to find the perfect Christmas dessert recipes for your holiday gathering?  #HipNJ to the rescue!

Here are three tried and true concoctions that are deliciously easy to bake (or not bake!)

Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Holiday Bars 

Recipe by: Averie Cooks

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These cookie bars taste better than what you are probably imagining!  #HeavenOnEarth

YIELD: 9 to 12 squares

PREP TIME: 5 minutes

COOK TIME: about 20 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes


1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
1 large egg
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
18 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup M&M’s


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray 8-by-8-inch with cooking spray; set aside.

2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.

3. Add the egg, brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.

4. Add the flour and stir until just combined.

5. Stir in the Oreos and M&M’s.

6. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.

7. Bake for about 20 to 22 minutes, or until done based on add-ins used. Top should be set and edges slightly firm.

8. Allow bars to cool in pan before cutting and serving.

Classic Cinnamon Rugelach Cookies Made Easy!

Recipe by: Community Table

christmas cookie

Channel your inner Jewish grandma to make these mouthwatering treats!

YIELD: 64 Cookies

PREP TIME: 2 1/2 Hours

COOK TIME: 20-30 Minutes

TOTAL TIME: Three Hours


8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
½ cup unsalted butter
1 ⅓ cups unbleached all purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt

4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
powdered sugar, (optional for decoration)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Have parchment paper ready on two cookie sheets

3. For the filling, mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl and set aside. When you are ready to fill the dough (not before), melt the butter in a small bowl.

1. In a large mixing bowl mix the softened cream cheese with the butter at low to medium speed with an electric mixer until combined and creamy. This should take about 2 minutes or so. Add the sugar and salt, mix for another minute. Add the vanilla extract and mix until combined.

2. Gradually add the flour until a very soft dough forms. This will take about 2 minutes.

3. Place in fridge for 2 hours.

4. Take the dough out of the fridge and divide into 4 balls.

5. On a very lightly floured surface roll each ball into 4 circles, about ⅛ inch thick and about 8-9 inches in diameter.

6. For each circle, dip a pastry brush with the melted butter and lightly brush over the circles. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the melted butter.

7. Using a pizza cutter or knife cut each circle into 16 pie pieces.

8. Roll up each piece starting from the wide end. You can turn the ends in if you want them to be more crescent shaped.

9. Repeat above step with every circle. You will have extra cinnamon sugar mixture that has fallen out of the rolled cookies. You can take that and sprinkle over each cookie if you’d like.

10. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Place on cooling racks for a few minutes and then remove the parchment paper from the cookie sheet and lay that on the cooling rack.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Saltine Toffee

Recipe by: Pinch of Yum


There’s a reason why our Canadian friends call this “crack”…it’s uber- addicting! There are many incarnations of this no-bake recipe, but this is the one we used.

YIELD: Serves 10

PREP TIME: 5 minutes

COOK TIME: about 20 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 1 1/2 Hours


1 cup brown sugar
1 cup salted butter
1 sleeve Saltine crackers
¾ cup peanut butter
1½ -2 cups chocolate chips
Christmas sprinkles


1. Cover a 9×13 baking dish with foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray or grease with oil. Arrange the saltines in one layer in the pan, leaving a little bit of room between each cracker, and set aside. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Melt the butter and brown sugar in a small nonstick saucepan. Bring to a boil and let boil without stirring for three minutes. Pour the hot mixture over the crackers and bake for 5 minutes.

3. Drop the peanut butter onto the hot cracker and toffee mixture; bake for another 1 minute to melt. Spread the peanut butter. Sprinkle with chocolate chips; bake for another 1 minute to melt. Spread the chocolate evenly and top with sprinkles.

4.Freeze or chill for 1 hour or until set. Break into small pieces for serving.