Better Burger Project comes to WW Farmers Market July 11

I like to cook healthy options and even better learn, and attend food demonstrations, and sample.
Coming soon at the West Windsor Community Farmers market will be a demo of ” The Better Burger”on July 11, 2015. Here’s the link to the article.

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Better BurgerAn update to West Windsor Community Farmers Market July 11 cooking demo: Chef Will Mooney of The Brothers Moon will be on site (with Allie O’Brien of Garden State Community Kitchen assisting) teaching and demonstrating his Better Burger.

The Better Burger Project is a program of the James Beard Foundation (see link for full information).“Better Burger,” which blends ground meat with finely chopped, cultivated mushrooms, introduces a healthier and more sustainable burger that’s better – with unmatched flavor and inherent nutrition benefits – and helps our environment at large. I have to say, adding mushrooms to your burger sounds like it could be a juicy success to me!

If you try the Better Burger at the farmers market, or at the Brother’s Moon, take a picture (by July 31) and post it onto Instagram, with the hashtag #betterburgerproject and tag @brothersmoon— to help Chef Will win a trip to NY to cook at…

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South Jersey Museum of American History

There’s an Antique toy train exhibit from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm today and ends February 5, 2015.
For history buffs, there’s a eclectic variety of subjects to view.

Event: Antique Toy Train show, today 1:00-5:00 pm and ends February 1, 2015.
Also, Glass from Pa, NJ, Florida and Georgia, Pre-Columbian: the Paleo- Indian through the late Woodland periods 15,000 yrs of tool evolution, artifacts from ghost towns ( Washington, Oswego, Friendship, Quakerbridge), farm equipment, Colonial , and Pine Barrens.

Although I have not yet visited this museum, I’m thinking this would be a fun thing, for families, home-school children, to coincide with American History.

As I sit reading about this museum in the ” Ticket section of the Star Ledger, while in my Living Room, although cozy on a Wintry Saturday, I’m ready to put on my winter boots and take a drive to explore.

Saturday – Weekend Caravan

You'll see cows grazing along a county road.

We’re going on local weekend caravan ride.  We’re taking a drive down a long and windy county road, crossing two thoroughfares along the way, we will see a pasture with cows and be tempted to stop and take more photos of the cows grazing.

cows grazing along county road 518

Emu says "hello!"

Hopewell Museum, a 45 min tour became a 2 hr with all my talking!

We rode into the town of Blawenburg and stopped there for the Reformed church’s spring flea market and sale. It was the last day of the sale, so fill up a bag for $5.00.  We put in there a spring wooden door decoration, 4 picnic paper plate holders, a small handmad wooden jar with lid, a spatula, Ekco-made in the USA, a tortilla cookbook, a Babi movie, a few more books, a tube of lotion, a Santa hat with ” Mr’ Claus” in red and green glitter.  What a find!

Then we drove into the next town of Hopewell.  It is a historic town.  After lunch, we walked across the street, to tour the Hopewell house museum.  Perferct for us , it opens at 2:00 P.M. on Saturdays.

The Hopewell Museum is a four level brownstone building   built in 1877 by Randolph Stout .     In 1967, a two story addition was added due to the generosity of Dr. David H. Hill, to display additional fine collections, including his collection of Southwestern Native American crafts.

The first inhabitants were the  marriage of Mr. Stout.   Guests came from Philadelphia, and Trenton, and other large cities for the wedding.

During this era, the  mode of transportation was horse and buggy;  Displayed in one of the rooms of the house are memorabilia   of the early Hopewell.     There are old wooden signs for places of business . For  example, the” American Grocer ” which had the option of delivery of groceries first horse-drawn, and later by car.  In the photo , there is a row of delivery cars, that look similar to the a PT Cruiser car.  photos of Main street with the horse stables.   Even the Fire Company wagon was horse drawn.

One of the museum ladies asked us if we’d like a tour , it takes only 45 minutes.  Of course , with me interjecting comments and taking a long time to gaze at each of the rooms, we were in there for two hours.

The first floor has Period rooms, a Victorian parlour with 2  mannequins dressed in vintage wedding dresses.  No you cannot take photos. 😦   On the opposite side oof the hallway in the front is the calling room.  There was an antique sofa , beautiful furniture , and the box for the ” calling cards” .  Every room in the house had a fireplace since during this time in the 1800’s, built in 1877 by Randolph Stout, there wasn’t electricity.  In 1967, a two story addition was added due to the generosity of Dr. David H. Hill, to display additional fine collections, including his collection of Southwestern Native American crafts.

We  walked upstairs, and toured about 4 or 5 rooms , some of them bedrooms, and then I was surprised that there was yet another flight of stairs for more rooms to tour.  There was a children’s toy room.  The toys included two dollhouses, and one boy’s castle complete with metal soldiers.  Also were antique dolls with porcelain faces and wax arms and legs sitting in doll carriages with big wheels.  Many of the possessions are of local origin.

On this topmost floor, was a room with Civil war, and  World War I mannequins dressed in uniform.  The uniform was a dark green britches, and a wool “Ace Wrap-looking was wound around the lower legs, to keep warm  winter when they fought.

There’s another room with Fire Department uniforms and their Fire Department hats, and photos of the horse drawn fire truck.

This is worth the time if you are enthusiastic about history, and live close to the state of New Jersey.  There are several floors, be prepared for all of the flights of stairs!!    If you’re hungry, the town has quite a few nice restaurants  and sandwich shops.  Stay for the evening, and you can take in a play at the Hopewell Dessert theater.

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