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Cupcake Wars: Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe in Chester, NJ

By: Roxy on 10/5/12 @ 7:58 am

London and Maddie still don’t eat many vegetables, so they can live without Top Chef’s gourmet meals, but they love each and every one of the reality TV baking/dessert shows…we started our addiction two years ago when my sweet niece Candy was a judge on Top Chef Just Desserts, and Santa brought the girls their [...]

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Jedi Clam Eaters, Sherman Brothers Band and DJ Trish Fans Alert: 16th Annual Clam Bake in Bay Head, NJ on Saturday, August 20th

By: Roxy on 08/2/11 @ 6:37 pm

Since my two girls are Jedi clam eaters, it may surprise you to know that we’ve never participated in the Annual Clam Bake to benefit the Bay Head Fire Company #1.
There’s a first time for everything, they say, and this may be our year…DJ Trish stopped by Roxy’s Bay Head Blog to let me know [...]

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Tickets On Sale Soon for Far Hills Race Meeting October 23, 2010, to Benefit Somerset Medical Center

By: Roxy on 09/14/10 @ 11:25 am

Charity begins at home (and a good time is had by all) at the Far Hills Race Meeting to benefit Somerset Medical Center, returning to Moorland Farms on Saturday, October 23, 2010.  Rex, London, Maddie and I are fair weather steeplechase fans, so our family has enjoyed the Hunt twice in the past three years:

in October [...]

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See You at the Clam Bake in Mendham Township, NJ, this Saturday, September 11, 2010

By: Roxy on 09/8/10 @ 5:57 pm

Every June, since we moved to the Roxiticus Valley at the end of 2003, our family hosts an annual Roxiticus Sunset Party that parents and kids look forward to all year.  So much so, that when we ran into friends at the Labor Day Parade and Carnival, several of our friends asked why we didn’t have a back [...]

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Jedi Clam Eaters Alert: 15th Annual Fire Company Clam Bake in Bay Head, NJ Today — Saturday, August 21, 2010

By: Roxy on 08/21/10 @ 9:42 am

It is a gorgeous day in Bay Head, New Jersey, and I’m lounging on our front porch, listening to Lucinda Williams, while Rex takes a long bike ride and London and Maddie help out with their friend’s yard sale across the street.  It’s the perfect day for the beach… or for a clam bake!
Since my [...]

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Heirloom Tomato Dinner at Due Terre Enoteca in Bernardsville NJ Next Thursday, August 26th

By: Roxy on 08/20/10 @ 6:11 pm

Thursday, August 26th, 2010
Heirloom Tomato Dinner
Due Terre Enoteca in Bernardsville, NJ
Late August brings tomatoes at their highest peak, but for the first time in the fifteen years we’ve been together, Rex has not had a successful heirloom tomato garden.  We planted a bunch of heirloom tomato plants in May, but didn’t give them our full attention during [...]

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Another Amazing Birthday Cake for Maddie from Carol Falcone and As You Like It Cakes in Far Hills, NJ

By: Roxy on 03/23/10 @ 9:19 am

As my loyal Roxy’s Best Of… and Roxiticus Desperate Housewives readers know, our cake lady, Carol Falcone of As You Like It cakes in Far Hills, New Jersey, has been baking our family’s special birthday cakes for seven years.  She baked a Nemo cake when Maddie turned two, and has outdone herself every year since.  [...]

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Hey, Mamma! London and Maddie Recommend Mamma Caterina Restaurant in Randolph, NJ

By: Roxy on 03/19/10 @ 1:38 pm

At the beginning of this year’s “season” for Garden State Ballet and Randolph Gymnastics, London and Maddie discovered a new restaurant:  Mamma Caterina, 1250 Sussex Turnpike in Randolph, NJ.  Since the girls’ ballet and modern dance classes run pretty late, we’ve found it very convenient to stop in to Mamma Caterina either before or after [...]

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New Year’s Eve Dinner at Ninety Acres at Natirar in Peapack, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 12/31/09 @ 9:15 pm

Rex, London, Maddie and I are relaxing in front of a roaring fire, waiting for Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year to count us down to 2010.  We just returned home after a perfect evening at Ninety Acres, the brand new restaurant at Natirar (Raritan spelled backwards) in Peapack, New Jersey.
I started with the Yellowfin Tuna & [...]

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Meet Your Neighbors and Your Volunteer Firefighters at the Ralston Engine Company (Mendham Township Fire Department) Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, October 11th from 8am to 11am

By: Roxy on 10/2/09 @ 8:13 am

Our family just received an invitation from the Ralston Engine Company (Mendham Township Fire Department) to meet our neighbors and our volunteer firefighters at a pancake breakfast, coming up on Sunday, October 11th from 8am to 11am.  As long as the weather is nice, we’ll be away at our beach house in Bay Head, NJ, celebrating my [...]

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Today’s the Day: Kitchens by the Sea in Bay Head, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 09/26/09 @ 10:31 am

In a few minutes, London and Maddie’s babysitter will arrive, and Rex and I will head out to Kitchens by the Sea, an amazing day of peeking into our neighbors’ kitchens and enjoying delicious food samples provided by local Jersey Shore restaurants and caterers.  This year’s participating restaurants include:

Rock’n’Joe’s

Scone Shoppe

Miletto’s

Bay Head Chocolate Shoppe

Labrador Lounge

Martell’s

Theresa’s South

Shore Fresh [...]

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Bay Head NJ School Foundation Presents…Kitchens by the Sea: Saturday, September 26, 2009

By: Roxy on 08/15/09 @ 7:24 pm

Every other year, the Bay Head School Foundation puts on Kitchens by the Sea, an amazing day of peeking into our neighbors’ kitchens and enjoying delicious food samples provided by local Jersey Shore restaurants and caterers.
Each of the homes, spread out through Bay Head and Mantoloking, will feature an excellent local restauranteur or caterer serving [...]

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14th Annual Fire Company Clam Bake in Bay Head, NJ Today — Saturday, August 15, 2009

By: Roxy on 08/15/09 @ 8:31 am

Since my two girls are Jedi clam eaters, it may surprise you to know that we’ve never participated in the Annual Clam Bake to benefit the Bay Head Fire Company #1.
Today’s the day for the 14th annual clam bake from noon to 5pm, rain or shine (and we’re lookin’ at lots of shine) at the [...]

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Ice Cream Blogging

By: aldonhynes on 05/30/09 @ 8:22 am

Last night, after dinner, my eldest daughter asked if we could go out for ice cream. She has just gotten home from college and it seemed like an appropriate celebration, so we set off towards one of my favorite ice cream shops here in Connecticut.
First, we stopped at the community gardens, where we have [...]

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Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum and Buttolph-Williams House To Celebrate Statewide Connecticut Open House Day June 13

By: moomette on 04/29/09 @ 7:50 pm

The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield, Connecticut announced plans to participate in the Fifth Annual Connecticut Open House Day — a unified celebration of the state’s fascinating world of art, history, film and tourism — on June 13, 2009.

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Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum and Buttolph-Williams House Celebrate Statewide Connecticut Open House Day June 13

By: moomette on 04/29/09 @ 7:43 pm

The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield, Connecticut announced plans to participate in the Fifth Annual Connecticut Open House Day — a unified celebration of the state’s fascinating world of art, history, film and tourism — on June 13, 2009.

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The Hebron Maple Festival

By: aldonhynes on 03/15/09 @ 9:19 am

If you want to get a taste of part of what makes Connecticut sweet and wonderful, you will be hard pressed to find a better event than the Hebron Maple Festival. The 19th Annual Hebron Maple Festival is taking place March 14th and 15th, 2009. If you miss it, be sure to put [...]

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Zaki Kabob House

By: Jason on 02/18/09 @ 1:59 pm

We stumbled upon this new-ish restaurant on New Years Eve. It’s in the spot where Christopher’s Taxi used to be (1101 San Pablo Ave, Albany), and we had heard it was good. That night we just got the spicy lamb shawarmas and they were great! There was one stereotypical Berkeley lady in there who wouldn’t [...]

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Essex Connecticut Winter Festival and Eagle Watch

By: moomette on 02/17/09 @ 8:32 pm

The majestic Bald Eagle has been returning from Canada and Maine to nest in the Connecticut River Valley. For several years, the historic Town of Essex has been the hot scene for the gathering of viewing of the eagles at the Annual Eagle Festival

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Essex Connecticut Winter Festival and Eagle Watch

By: moomette on 02/17/09 @ 8:20 pm

The majestic Bald Eagle has been returning from Canada and Maine to nest in the Connecticut River Valley. For several years, the historic Town of Essex has been the hot scene for the gathering of viewing of the eagles at the Annual Eagle Festival.

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Winterfest ~ Food Expo ~ Snow and Ice Sculptures at Lyman Orchards

By: moomette on 01/22/09 @ 10:09 pm

Come celebrate the fun side of winter! Hours of indoor and outdoor family fun include our annual Food Expo, Snow & Sculptures provided by Bill Covitz, Rail Jam by Ski Sundown, Pony Rides, and more!

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Winterfest ~ Food Expo ~ Snow and Ice Sculptures at Lyman Orchards

By: moomette on 01/22/09 @ 9:16 pm

Come celebrate the fun side of winter! Hours of indoor and outdoor family fun include our annual Food Expo, Snow & Sculptures provided by Bill Covitz, Rail Jam by Ski Sundown, Pony Rides, and more at Lyman Orchards, Middlefield, Connecticut February 21 and February 22, 2009

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Essex Ed Parade ~ Celebrate Groundhog Day with Connecticut’s Own~

By: moomette on 01/13/09 @ 10:23 pm

The charming village of Essex has celebrated Groundhog Day by hosting a parade with the center of attraction being Essex Ed, an almost 8-foot tall, 200 pound foam and fiberglass character known for his infamous weather predictions!

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Essex Ed Parade ~ Celebrate Groundhog Day with Connecticut’s Own~

By: moomette on 01/4/09 @ 4:23 pm

The charming village of Essex has celebrated Groundhog Day by hosting a parade with the center of attraction being Essex Ed, an almost 8-foot tall, 200 pound foam and fiberglass character known for his infamous weather predictions!

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Roxy’s Recipes: Grandmom’s Italian Meat Sauce for Pasta… with a Little Help from Louie at the Chester Meat Market in Chester, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 01/1/09 @ 10:54 pm

Although Rex does almost all of the cooking in our family, and my older sisters like to joke that I’m helpless in the kitchen, the truth is that I just don’t enjoy cooking on a regular basis.  I do have a few favorite recipes that I make from time to time.  One of them is passed [...]

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Best Restaurants in Morris and Somerset County NJ… or Ring in the New Year at Home with a Little Help from the Best Butchers and Caterers

By: Roxy on 12/30/08 @ 12:25 pm

Whether you’re planning to celebrate the New Year 2009 with family at home or out on the town in Morris and Somerset County, New Jersey, if you’re staying local for the holidays, Roxy’s going to help you find what you need to make the season special. I’ve put together a list of Roxy’s Best Of… [...]

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Rex’s Recipes: Roasted Fresh Ham for a Crowd… with a Little Help from Louie at the Chester Meat Market in Chester, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 12/28/08 @ 1:01 pm

As my loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives and Roxy’s Best Of… readers know, our family always celebrates the holidays twice… one Christmas at my mom’s house, and one Christmas Saturday with Rex’s family gathered here with us in the Roxiticus Valley. Yesterday Rex’s family joined us to celebrate Christmas with a “roasted fresh ham for [...]

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Block Island Express Ferry Gift Certificates are a Great Stocking Stuffer

By: moomette on 12/14/08 @ 8:46 pm

As everyone knows, gas prices were through the roof this past summer.  Many of us did quite a bit of day-tripping, taking in the local scenery and staying close to home.
Connecticut has a gorgeous and vibrant shoreline.  It’s easy to take a drive and enjoy the local clam shacks and down-east lobster dinners.
What many folks [...]

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Santa Rampage Tonight!!!

By: search4beauty on 12/13/08 @ 2:12 pm

All photos courtesy Steve Hobson
Tonight, December 2008 13th 7p-?
Dress to impress (Santa style) and join us (other Santas, Mrs. Claus, Elves, Reindeer) as we march across
Congress Bridge and Elf-slap downtown Austin upside it’s Santa infested head!
Location: Meeting at Fiddlerʼs Hearth, 301 Barton Springs for Santa Drink Specials and a Santa Buffet for only $8.
All North [...]

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Holiday Celebrations at the Best Restaurants in Morris and Somerset County, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 12/9/08 @ 6:15 pm

Whether you’re planning to celebrate the holidays with family at home or out on the town in Morris and Somerset County, New Jersey, if you’re staying local for the holidays, Roxy’s going to help you find what you need to make the season special. It’s a work in progress, but I’ve put together a list [...]

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Raise a Glass for a Great Cause: 56 Degree Wine Champagne Campaign on December 7th at the Bernards Inn to Benefit Grapes for Good

By: Roxy on 11/15/08 @ 8:37 pm

I just received an email from Joe Bembry at 56 Degree Wine in Bernardsville, NJ, inviting Rex and me to help kick off their second annual holiday “Champagne Campaign” on Sunday, December 7th from 3:00 to 5:00pm at the Bernards Inn.  Rex, London, Maddie and I are headed into NYC that day for our annual holiday get together with [...]

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The Franklin Cider Mill

By: matturdan on 11/11/08 @ 12:13 pm

A favorite fall pastime is visiting a local cider mill, carving pumpkins, going on hayrides, and having a cup or two of freshly made apple cider.  If you’re in Detroit, there are many cider mills to choose from, but none more renowned than the Franklin Cider Mill, which has been around as long as Michigan [...]

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Kitchen Tours of Somerset Hills Planned for Thursday, November 20, 2008

By: Roxy on 10/20/08 @ 11:18 am

It’s a brisk autumn day in the Somerset Hills, and I am heading in on the train from Bernardsville, New Jersey to our office in New York City. As I waited to board the train this morning, I happened to see a poster at the Bernardsville Train Station for the upcoming Kitchen Tours of Somerset [...]

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Stirling Fine Wine in Stirling, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 10/1/08 @ 3:09 pm

One of our favorite wine merchants is Stirling Fine Wine in Stirling, New Jersey. Stirling Fine Wines has a Red Tag Sale about four times a year. We went to Stirling’s Red Tag Sale in November 2007 and on Groundhog’s Day in February 2008 and stocked up.
I hopped over to the web site to snag [...]

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Don’t Forget the Beer! Rex and Roxy Stock Up at Gary’s Wine & Marketplace in Bernardsville, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 09/27/08 @ 10:42 am

Back in August, Rex and I organized a table full of Roxiticus Desperate Housewives and Husbands and headed out to the 14th Annual Seafood Dinner at Pierre’s Restaurant.  Just as I’m only getting around to posting about that evening over a month later, we recently headed over to Gary’s Wine & Marketplace in Bernardsville, NJ, [...]

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Rex’s Recipes: Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb, with a Little Help from Perrotti’s Butcher in Far Hills, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 09/22/08 @ 3:06 pm

Way back when Rex and I were first living together in NYC’s West Village, we would occasionally attend a “celebrity chef” cooking class at Macy’s DeGustibus program. Rex paid close attention to the recipes and preparation, while I enjoyed one delicious meal after the next.  On one such occasion, we had the good fortune of cooking [...]

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Burma Superstar

By: Jason on 09/10/08 @ 6:08 pm

For almost the whole time I lived in San Francisco proper, my wife and I had wanted to check out Burma Superstar (on yelp) on Clement in the Inner Richmond neighborhood (405 Clement between 4th and 5th aves to be exact). And for some reason or other, we never managed to get there, usually because [...]

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Yum. Cakes, Crumb Buns and Other Baked Treats from CocoLuxe in Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey.

By: Roxy on 08/12/08 @ 1:07 am

CocoLuxe is like a taste of Paris right here in Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey.  Yum…you’ll find cakes, cookies, crumb buns, croissants, and lots of other baked treats at CocoLuxe. Click through to their web site, or you can reach them by phone at (908) 781-5554.

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Roxy’s New Best Friends: Mario & Michael at M&M Perrotti’s Butcher Shop and Prepared Foods in Far Hills, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 07/15/08 @ 10:09 pm

Today started out as a bad day, but Mario and Michael Perrotti of M&M Perrotti’s Butcher Shop in Far Hills, NJ, have turned that frown upside down with a couple of 2-inch-thick ribeye steaks that Rex grilled for dinner tonight.
This morning, Maddie and London and I were cruising along Peapack Road with the top down, [...]

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Speaking of Weddings….You Need a Cake Lady: Carol Falcone, As You Like It Cakes

By: Roxy on 04/23/08 @ 10:23 pm

Here’s another tip for Wedding Girl. No matter where she and her fiancee (or you and yours) decide to have their wedding reception, there’s only one person to trust for your wedding cake.
People are always asking us about our “cake lady” — Carol Falcone, who does all of our fancy (and delicious) birthday cakes. So [...]

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New Butcher Shop Opens in Far Hills, New Jersey: Perrotti’s

By: Roxy on 03/21/08 @ 10:35 pm

UPDATED JULY 15TH BUT GOOGLE HASN’T CAUGHT UP:  We’ve used Perrotti’s many times and highly recommend it!
Since we haven’t tried Perrotti’s Butcher Shop and Prepared Foods in Far Hills, NJ, we cannot yet offer Roxy’s Desperate Housekeeping Seal of Approval. However, we did want to let our readers know that there’s a new butcher shop [...]

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Chester Meat Market in Chester, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 03/18/08 @ 10:32 pm

I promised you all more pictures, so here is a pictorial of Chester Meat Market, starting with some good lookin’ steaks. Rex and I went out to lunch last Friday in Chester, then stopped by to see Louie at the Chester Meat Market to pick up 8 pounds of ground pork and veal to [...]

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