Orange You Glad Granola

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I first tried this granola at a yoga retreat and was so impressed with it that I had to get the recipe from its maker. Homemade granola is relatively easy to make, stores well (in a mason jar or other air tight container) and unlike the commercial product is low in fat and sugar. You can also tweak the ingredients to change up sweetener (honey or maple syrup) seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, chia) or nuts/no nuts. If you are avoiding gluten you can use GF oats. Here’s a tip-don’t over-bake your granola! Properly baked granola will still be a bit soft to the touch right out of the oven, but it will continue crisping up as it cools. If you wait until the granola is dark and crispy before pulling it out, your granola will be dry and taste more toasty than anything else. You’ll lose the nuanced flavors of the spices, nuts and honey or maple syrup. Also use the bit of sugar mentioned here. If you were just mixing orange zest into the other ingredients without first mixing it with sugar, you would need a lot more orange zest and you would end up with a lot more bald oranges

New Partner. New Features. New Cards for Holiday 2019

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holiday cards

For years we have worked with partners on the West Coast to provide beautiful holiday cards for our clients. We chose them because they were talented but distance also created issues- last-minute changes were challenging, delivery timing and even little innovations we wanted were not part of their offerings. After several years we have finally found a local partner and are launching exciting new options for Holiday 2019.

Our new holiday card program allows us to offer:

  • An ultra-luxe, heavier card stock
  • Lower-cost foil printing
  • Wider selection of envelope colors
  • Customized envelope liners to match your card- we can even print liners with your own custom image
  • And by popular demand- we can address your cards so they are ready to mail when you receive your order

It may seem early to be talking about Holiday but for us it’s crunch time! If you have not scheduled a session with us for beach or early Fall, now is the time! Our holiday cards are a hit every year (have a look) Please call me at 201.610.1199 to schedule. If you have already had your session with us, let’s arrange a time for you to preview our new collection and all the new design options.


Plate Envy: Jono Pandolfi

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Jono Pandolfi

The Jono Pandolfi studio overlooks the Hudson River in Union City, just in view of the restaurants they serve.  Seven artisans work collaboratively to execute the more than 16 steps that go into their 100% handmade products, from rolling and forming to glazing and firing each piece. Their work is praised by chefs around the country- Jean Georges Vongerichten of Jean Georges said- “It’s really amazing to work with Jono, a local craftsman who is creating sustainability only two miles from my restaurants. The shape of the line and the organic tones of his dinnerware match the ethos of our cuisine.

Pretty exciting stuff! If you’d love to see the work and set your own world-class table, August is your chance!

Jono Pandolfi opens their doors to the public on the first Friday of every month. You can meet the team and add to your own dinnerware collection. They typically offer one-of-a-kind pieces, overstock from custom restaurant jobs and seconds.The next open studio takes place August 2nd.

11am – 7pm
600 Palisade Ave., #105
Union City, NJ, 07087


Come through “Entrance A” past the loading dock, head to the right, and the studio door is up a few stairs. Call the studio if you have any trouble finding them at (201) 442-0172.

Cash and cards accepted.