Spaghetti with Fresh Clams (serves 4)

submitted by Baci Ristorante Italiano

About 4 1/2 lbs. fresh clams (smallest you can find)

1 lb. spaghetti

salt to taste

extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

dash of white wine

chopped parsley

3 ladlefuls tomato sauce (optional)


Scrub the clams under running water with a stiff brush and leave to stand for a few minutes in a basin of cold water.  Drain, put into fresh water and continue rinsing in this manner until the water in the basin remains clear.  Strain and leave to one side while you cook the spaghetti in the usual manner, in boiling salted water until al dente.

Just before the spaghetti is cooked, heat some olive oil in a deep pan and gently sauté the garlic.  When it is just taking on some color add the clams and cover with a lid.  Shake vigorously once or twice, add the white wine and continue to cook, covered for a moment until all the clams have opened.  Add the parsley and the tomato sauce if you are using it.

Drain the spaghetti, put it in a serving bowl and pour in the sauce.  Mix together thoroughly and serve at once.


Veal Piedmonts

submitted by Angelos Demitry, Executive Chef, Plan “B” Bistro & Bar

Veal Piedmonts can be done with chicken or even pork medallions. Just get a pork tenderloin remove the silver and slice and pound. Veal isn’t that expensive because you don’t use a lot. A pound of veal can feed two to three people, so even at $20 a pound it costs about $7 a person.

Serves 2:

  • 12 oz. of veal scaloppini pounded
  • Flour to dredge veal
  • 3 oz. butter
  • 2 slices of prosciutto cut into strips
  • 4 artichoke hearts quartered
  • White wine
  • Heavy cream
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic

Place butter into frying pan. When butter melts, add prosciutto dredge veal into flour on both sides. Now add to frying pan. Sear one side quickly and turn and sear other side. Add a pinch of garlic, and a dash of white wine to deglaze the pan. Now add a little heavy cream, artichoke hearts, a little parsley and oregano, allow to thicken and you are done.

Note: If you don’t have a frying pan that can do all the veal at once just sear both sides of veal and place in dish and sear the rest. Once all veal is seared and all the veal is back in the frying pan, add garlic white wine etc.


Divorce Q & A

submitted by Carla V. Risoldi, LLC, risoldilawoffices.com

Q.  My husband and I want to resolve our divorce without an attorney or through mediation to save time and money. I think this is a good idea, but I have heard horror stories. What do you think?

A.  I have seen people successfully do a no-fault divorce without attorneys, or through mediation, and it sometimes works. However, it is a risky way to proceed with dissolution of a marriage, and it is always best to have your own attorney who is looking out for only your interest. Certainly, if you have assets or debts, make less than your spouse or have other issues, you should never just sign-off on a divorce without consulting with an attorney. 

Some “cheapie” divorces will get you divorced, but then after it is too late, you realize that you did not follow the procedures to divide assets and debts and perhaps receive alimony. Many people do not realize what a marital estate consists of and miss a major asset such as a pension under the mistaken theory that it cannot be divided until the spouse retires (in fact, if you do not divide it as part of the divorce you have usually waived any claim to it). When people come into my office with these situations, it is often impossible to reopen the cases and get this done, so they are stuck with being divorced but no other arrangements made for division of assets, debts, and for receipt of alimony. Based on my 20-plus years experience, it is often easier and cheaper, all things considered, to get good legal advice from day one as part of your divorce, so at least you know what your legal rights and obligations are, prior to realizing too late that you did it the wrong way.


Professional tooth whitening for a better smile

submitted by Dr. Joseph R. Philip, DDS, Sterling Dental & Podiatry, Washington Crossing, PA

Many people desire “whiter teeth” these days as a way of improving their general appearance, and as a way of making a lasting first impression. After all, the mouth is the portal to the person, and teeth certainly make up a large portion of that area.

It is very common for many guys and gals to first try “whitening toothpastes,” “whitening rinses” and over-the-counter at-home use whiteners and get some positive results, but most people eventually reach a plateau or are not able to thoroughly whiten various areas of their teeth with these products.

Professional tooth whitening by a dentist then becomes the next step in a patient’s quest for whiter teeth. When a dentist is involved with the process, whiteners, which have more peroxide (and are much stronger than those sold over-the-counter) are used and dispensed. Also, usually custom impressions are taken of the patient’s mouth from which custom trays are fabricated which help aid in close adaptation of the whitening agents to more areas of each individual tooth. Dentists are usually able to change the color of teeth faster than patients themselves using the over-the-counter products.  

In addition, when a patient first has a professional cleaning done, the dental office results may be even quicker since many surface stains and calculus build-up are first removed allowing the whitening agents an easier time to do their “magic.”

Tooth whitening is not for everyone. If you have active tooth decay or gum disease, whitening may irritate these areas and many dentists would recommend that these be treated prior to whitening. Also, there is such a thing as too much whitening. It is important to follow your dentist’s directions as over-whitening can cause discomfort to your teeth and gums.


December is a time of ironies

submitted by Captain Bob, Gerenser’s Exotic Ice Cream

We lavishly celebrate some “mythological” event centering on the arrival of a new born some 2000 years ago. We celebrate the form but not the substance. The Colonists regarded this holiday with solemnity.  No superfluous expression of this Holy Day was tolerated.

Imagine George Washington attempting to “sell” his plan for the attack on Trenton. He hoped the German troops would be “recovering” from their previous night’s celebration.  His Generals must have thought the idea was preposterous.

The Hessians did celebrate on the night of December 25th.  Some of those troops on the morning of December 26th, when the attack came, were less then effective. Washington’s bold move won the day. Our country was temporarily secured.

Three ironies are at play.

  1. Washington’s attack was a surprise to the Hessians.  They thought it safe to enjoy their Holiday because everybody was.
  2. Today we celebrate but don’t know the underlying reason for the celebration.  This leaves us open to a similar surprise attack.
  3. 138 years after the battle of Trenton the same forces faced each other on another December 25th.  In the trenches of Western Europe during the “War to End all Wars”, English speaking troops were squared off against German troops. As night fell candles began to flicker as they were festooned inside empty ration cans and hung onto the barbed and thorned wire. Soon familiar songs were being sung, but in German. Gradually, as all the guns fell silent for the night, a soldier crept from the depths of the trenches and slowly, cautiously approached his enemy’s position.  The confused brother emerged from his dank trench and for a long while the two men beheld each other.  More and more flickers of light appeared as the English and German voices together sang a familiar German hymn.  The strangers embraced.  Soldiers from each side came forth from their hiding places and bestowed the one gift of the season they could give to each other, Peace.

A final irony is that to now say “Merry Christmas” is a heroic act.


A treasure in New Hope

submitted by Captain Bob, Gerenser’s Exotic Ice Cream

A treasure in New Hope consists of an array of events and people who have done important deeds, which in turn salvaged victory from the gaping maw of defeat.  That salvaged victory allowed the triumph at Trenton that insured the permanent establishment of the United States. General Washington’s many defeats in the fall of 1776 ultimately led to his last stand on the Western bank of the Delaware River.

What many people don’t know is that Washington planned for two other crossings, both of which were unsuccessful. A fourth maneuver, led by Washington’s cousin Captain William Washington, at Coryell’s Ferry (New Hope) was successful.

A major participant and second in command to “Bill” Washington was young Lt. James Monroe. He was to cross the river at Coryell’s Ferry, march seven miles inland to an intersection of the Princeton/Pennington road, stop all individuals traveling on that road to prevent reinforcements from reaching Trenton in time to help the Hessians.

In this case Lt. Monroe’s column was hampered by a Nor’easter that turned into a full-fledged blizzard. They dutifully held that intersection for over six hours when the nearest neighbor to that intersection, Dr. Riker, was awoken by their activities.  Six hours was all that General Washington required of these troops.

Once the time had elapsed, they were free to quit their post and head to safety. After some spirited discussion it was decided they would try and reach Trenton, head into danger, in time to join up with General Washington.

Dr. Riker immediately volunteered to go along. There were four casualties in that action. Two soldiers froze to death in the line of March getting to Trenton. Two officers were shot in the chest, Captain William Washington and Lt. James Monroe. Dr. Riker’s quick medical treatment saved them both.

This insured that the young man, James Monroe, would survive and become the fifth President of the United States of America.

Washington’s crossing had the first future President; New Hope had the fifth!


Divorce Q & A

submitted by Carla V. Risoldi, LLC, risoldilawoffices.com

Q.  I am considering filing for divorce and I am expecting an inheritance.  Can my spouse make a claim to the inherited assets?

A.  Generally speaking, all assets acquired during the marriage and prior to separation are considered “marital assets.” However, if you receive assets by way of gift or inheritance and keep them separately titled and do not co-mingle them with marital assets, then only the “increase” on the asset (i.e. interest on funds in a bank account) which accumulates to the date of separation is marital.

This is for general, informational purposes only. You should always consult with an attorney before making any important legal decisions or signing any legal document.


‘Tis the season for fall beers

submitted by New Hope Beverage, www.newhopebeverages.com

Fall is here and that means jackets, hayrides, and pumpkin beers. Check out the following beers.

First up is “South Hampton Pumpkin Ale.” A good choice for those who are weary of pumpkin ales. It’s a good start for those looking to try anything new, not too sweet.

Like most pumpkins it has a clear, copper hue with a foamy head. Smells rich of pumpkin and nutmeg. The taste is less pumpkin and more holiday spices of cinnamon nutmeg and brown sugar, a well-balanced finish, with a touch of bitterness.

Next up is “Kenz-O-Lantern” by way of Philadelphia Brewing Co. This tasty brew pours an ominous hazy amber. The nose and the taste are more or less the same, pumpkin, of course, with clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla all making an appearance.

It is a nice twist with some bready malts, which makes it taste more like pumpkin bread than pumpkin pie as most pumpkin ales strive.

Enjoy these beers and the changing foliage, and as always, remember to drink responsibly.


A Revolutionary skirmish – The Battle of the Bullocks

submitted by Capt. Bob Gerenser, Gerenser’s Exotic Ice Cream

When the location for the Colonial theme park, now known as Colonial Williamsburg, was being considered there were two local sites also being considered – the British Army Headquarters in New Brunswick NJ, and the village of New Hope.

New Brunswick was being considered because it was the center of New Jersey and the “Crossroads” of the revolution. New Hope was being considered for reasons not easily articulated.  New Hope’s previous name was Coryell’s Ferry. It was known by this name during the Revolution.

General Washington titled many of his letters and orders, “Headquarters Coryell’s Ferry.” However, because of the name change, it was hard to connect New Hope with its illustrious past as Coryell’s Ferry.

Eventually Williamsburg won out over New Hope and New Brunswick because Mr. Rockefeller wanted the most bang (pun intended) for his buck.

While Williamsburg gave us the framework for the Declaration of Independence with the Virginia Resolves, the Declaration was penned by a Virginian just 40 miles from here.

New Brunswick was a static camp. It was British Headquarters, but not much really happened there.  New Brunswick only debated the war. But in Coryell’s Ferry, boats were gathered and guarded for Washington’s bold move against the Hessians the day after Christmas 1776.

There were constant skirmishes including the “Battle of the Bullocks.” In late winter of 1778, when the Continental Troops were starving at Valley Forge, Washington had foraging parties scouring the countryside.

The militia in Coryell’s Ferry under command of Benedict Arnold had gathered 57 head of cattle for the starving troops. Before those cattle could be driven to Valley Forge, the militia was attacked by Cornwallis’s troops in a sneak attack. After a fierce gun battle on the main street, the cattle were rounded up by British soldiers and driven across the river to their New Jersey camps.

It wasn’t that the British needed the meat. They could always buy supplies with the King’s gold. Their goal was to deny comfort to the patriots at Valley Forge.

Let us ponder the treasures we have in our own backyard, and teach our young from them.


Time for Octoberfests and pumpkin beers

submitted by Ryan Magaskie, New Hope Beverage

Sigh! The fire of summer is quickly dwindling to only smoldering embers. It’s almost time to pack away those bikinis and swim trunks as kids head back to school and trips to the shore become memories locked in a photo album.

For this author it means putting my golf clubs in hibernation. But it is not time to fret; there is a silver lining as far as beer is concerned.

It’s time for my favorite beer season. Octoberfests and pumpkin beers have already begun to roll out. Here are two of my favorites.

First up is the Sierra Nevada Tumbler. Because of the loyal fan base to Sierra Nevadas’ pale ale, this American brown ale is most times overlooked (don’t make that mistake this year).

The Tumbler pours very dark, almost black, but if you hold it up to light you can see it’s really a dark brown. The smell and taste are one in the same.

Some sweet maltiness upfront with a doughy-biscuity center and just the sweetest kiss of smokiness.


Not to he outdone, Yuengling brings back its very successful Octoberfest. Only it’s third year of availability, the demand for this brew has grown exponentially and with good reason.

Yuengling Octoberfest pours slightly lighter than its traditional lager, but has the same initial mouth feel and taste. It’s the finish on the palate that makes this beer exceptional.

It finishes with a nice round roasted maltiness with a slight hoppy bitterness that leaves you craving for more. 

Find both these styles all season, and as always, please drink responsibly.