Collingswood, Spend a Saturday in July to visit this wonderful town in Jersey!!!

A must see on. Saturday is the town  of Collingswood, a great place to get out and enjoy the fresh air, wearing comfy shoes to walk and explore the many blocks of intriqing places.

One place you must visit if you live in Jersey or near Philly is The town of Collingswood. It is Main Street, USA.

What are the draws? I’m sharing my thoughts, perhaps you would like to see it yourself.

It has been a tradition, I learned, for many years there is a farmer’s market, with representatives of many New Jersey farms selling their fresh produce.
Are you wanting something that you rarely find in a supermarket grocery store?
Zucchini blossoms, no problem.

Arts and Culture:
” Second Saturday Event”
Tonight, the town is having a special event from 6:00 to 9:00 pm , ” A Free Open Air Arts Walk.
On every block of Haddon Avenue, Art and music will be on display.
Dozens of one night exhibitions of jewelers, potters, painters, crafters and artists.
Retailers will offer deals, giveaways and discounts on services.

Antiques.

Antiques abound. It is fun to walk along Haddon Avenue and explore. My favorite place is a cottage, set back from the main road called,” The Painted Cottage”, the owners collect antique furniture, and refinish in white paint, or aqua, silver, pink or sage colors.   In past visits, I’ve dreamed of buying an antique dresser or dressing table/ vanity or wooden desk and satisfied my want by photographing the pretty images. This old style wooden furniture was designed with elaborate carvings that you seldom find in the Big Box type Furniture Stores.

There’s another favorite antique store that I love to browse with my husband. In the display window, the last time we went, there was a small slate board, antique, written in white chalk were the words, ” The First I- Pad”. We smiled and pointed it out and I remarked that as a child, I drew on a handheld chalkboard just like that one. In fact, I still have it!!!

The Restaurants

What to choose is the question. There’s Thai, Latin American, Asian Fusion, Japanese, Mexican, two Indian , American, ” The Pop Shop”, for fountain sodas, shakes, burgers, and belly busting breakfasts, along with several Italian restaurants.

In a review on Yelp.com, a few write of ” That’s Amore” serving a delicious meal called, ” Sunday Gravy made up of meatballs, pork and sausage and a rich red gravy. Growing up in my house, both of my parents referred to mom’s homemade as Sauce of which I have her recipe posted on this blog.

Recipe-Chicken Casserole

                                 CHICKEN ESPANOL  (SPANISH CHICKEN)

1  ROASTING CHICKEN (4 POUNDS), CUT INTO SERVING  PIECES

ALL-PUROSE FLOUR, SALT AND FRESHLY GROUND BLACK PEPPER

1/4 CUP OLIVE OIL

 3/4 CUP CHOPPED ONION

1 CLOVE GARLIC, FINELY MINCED

2 RIBS CELERY,FINELY CHOPPED

1 SMALL GREEN PEPPER, SEEDED,CORED, CHOPPED

1 1/2 CUPS CHICKEN STOCK

1/2  POUND MUSHROOMS,SLICED

2  TABLESPOONS BUTTER

12  STUFFED OLIVES

1.  PREHEAT THE OVEN TO325 DEGREES.

2.  DREDGE THE CHICKEN OIECES WITH FLOUR SEASONED WITH SALT AND PEPPER, THEN BROWN ON ALL SIDES WITH THE OIL.  TRANSFER THE CHICKEN TO A SMALL CASSEROLE.

3.  ADD THE ONION, GARLIC, CELERY, AND GREEN PEPPER TO THE SKILLET AND COOK, STIRRING FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES.  POUR THE VEGETABLES OVER THE CHICKEN.

4.  BRING THE STOCK TO A BOIL AND POUR IT OVER THE CHICKEN.  COVER THE CASSEROLE AND AND BAKE FOR 30  TO 45 MINUTES, OR UNTIL THE HICKEN IS TENDER.

5. MEANWHILE, COOK THE MUSHROOMS IN THE BUTTER FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES.  FIVE MINUTES BEFORE THE CHICKEN IS DONE, ADD THE MUSHROOMS AND OLIVES TO THE CASSEROLE.

THIS DISH WILL KEEP FOR AN HOUR OR SO BEFORE SERVING, BUT IT MUST BE SERVED HOT.

RECIPE FROM : 

 THE NEW YORK TIMES INTERNATIONAL COOKBOOK BY CRAIG CLAIBORNE

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