Cake Boss, Canal House of Frenchtown featured in new America the Great Cookbook

Written for on 11/7/17

As every foodie knows, America is a lot more than hot dogs and milkshakes — the real American food scene includes homemade comfort food from the South, fresh produce from the garden, tasty ethnic desserts brought to the United States from all over the world, and everything in between.

The newly published “America the Great Cookbook” seeks to capture this diversity by featuring an intimate glimpse into the lives of more than 100 food personalities, ranging from the mega-famous to the baker down the street.

The $40 book, published by Weldon Owen, seeks to eliminate the lines between the five regions of America and instead, showcases what makes up the various pieces of the nation’s food “pie.”

And this pie is also getting a serving of help. The publisher is donating $20,000 to No Kid Hungry, which provides meals to needy children.

Courtesy of America the Great Cookbook


Valentine’s Day getaway in historic Frenchtown

With Valentine’s Day coming up, many of us are finding ourselves scratching our heads trying to plan something special for our valentine.

Should we go on a romantic getaway? Head to a nice dinner out? Or do something more low-key?

Luckily for Central Jersey residents, there’s a destination for all of that and more right in Hunterdon County’s Frenchtown, a small town with countryside charm, locally owned shops, romantic walking trails, historic hotels and fine dining eateries.

“Frenchtown provides visitors the opportunity to choose just what type of Valentine’s Day getaway they want,” said Marie D’Costa, co-owner of the National Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel built in 1833 in Frenchtown at 31 Race St.

“This little gem of a town offers an expansive range of culinary outlets, a gold-standard spa, athletic endeavors such as biking, hiking on 300-plus acres of preserved land at the outskirts of town, yoga and more,” said D’Costa. “Plus, there is the simplicity of strolling hand-in-hand with your loved one down beautiful streets lined with Victorian and period houses.”

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