Dishing Up New Jersey Cookbook – With Recipe For Summer Strawberry-Avocado Salad with Broiled Scallops

I’ve lived at the Jersey shore for all of my life, save for two years spent in New Hampshire. We have a lot of great restaurants here, and our own fair share of special foods and dishes. People here love to go out to eat, which makes sense considering there is no shortage of restaurants here. As with any area, certain restaurants become known for certain dishes. I was recently offered the opportunity to check out a new cookbook, Dishing Up New Jersey, which contains 150 recipes for dishes found in and around the Garden State.

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Dishing Up New Jersey

  • Author: John Holl
  • Series: Dishing Up®
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
  • ISBN-10: 1612126669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612126661
  • Cover price $19.95
  • Purchase on Amazon

New Jersey native John Holl searched from Sussex County to Cape May to find the best recipes New Jersey has to offer, and the result is this rich and unique cookbook celebrating the foods, flavors, cultures, and traditions of the Garden State. These 150 recipes include dishes featuring New Jersey’s own produce — tomatoes, corn, cranberries, blueberries, apples — along with deep-fried boardwalk treats, late-night diner bites, and recipes contributed by casinos, bison and dairy farms, food trucks, old-school delis, famous bakeries, and more. You’ll find Pork Roll Surprise, Cucumber Gazpacho, Ukrainian Holubtsi, Funnel Cake at Home, Tomato and Onion Salad, Jersey Green Clam Chowder, Sunday Gravy, Saltwater Taffy, Traditional Amish Chili, Classic Lawrenceville Mac & Cheese, Jersey Disco Fries, Fresh Jersey Corn Cakes, Honey Thyme Caramel, Black and Blue Cobbler — and a classic Taylor Ham, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich. Beautifully photographed, this collection is the ultimate tribute to New Jersey’s best.

Chapters in this cookbook include:

  • Rise and Shine
  • Apps and Snacks
  • Putting the Garden in Garden State
  • Down the Shore
  • The Main Event
  • Sandwiches, Sauces, and Spreads
  • The Melting Pot
  • Sweet Treats
  • Cocktails

I enjoyed looking through this cookbook and found myself smiling often. I’ve heard of some of the restaurants. And, I have actually heard of many of the recipes contained in this cookbook, which is something I can’t often say about a cookbook. For a good number of the ones I didn’t immediately recognize by name, I did recognize them by photo, description or ingredients. Each recipe contains a brief description of the dish. Some of the restaurants are featured in detail throughout the cookbook, that location in the cookbook is also included with the recipe. I have used or heard of many of the ingredients for the recipes, and most if not all items should be available at your local grocery store. prep and cooking time is not highlighted, so you have to read through a recipe in order to determine if you even have enough time to try making it. There are lots and lots of color photos featuring some of the dishes highlighted as well as some of the restaurants, people and the area. If you’re from New Jersey,have traveled through it or just enjoy cooking in general this cookbook would be appropriate for you.

Here’s one of the recipes included in the cookbook.

COOKBOOK REVIEW - Dishing Up New Jersey - With Recipe For Summer Strawberry-Avocado Salad with Broiled Scallops

Summer Strawberry-Avocado Salad with Broiled Scallops

Recipe from Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Bar & Grill, Point Pleasant Beach

Sweet, creamy, and salty come together in this inventive salad. When all of the ingredients are ripe and fresh, you can practically hear it singing in harmony on the plate. A double portion makes this a meal, and no one will fault you if you go back for seconds.

Makes 4 servings


  • 12 large scallops
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, or your favorite seafood seasoning
  • 8 ounces spring lettuce mix
  • 1 cup strawberries, halved
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry vinaigrette of your choice


1. Preheat the broiler to high.

2. Pat the scallops dry and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place the scallops in an oven-safe dish and cook under the broiler for 6 to 8 minutes, until the scallops are lightly golden brown on top.

3. Combine the lettuce, strawberries, pecans, avocado, cheese, and dressing in a mixing bowl. Toss well to combine.

4. Divide the salad among four serving plates. Top each plate with three scallops. Serve immediately.

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Bar & Grill. From the second-story balcony overlooking the boardwalk, a new visual world is opened. There’s the mighty Atlantic battering the shore, and the throngs of people happily splashing in the waves or soaking up the sun. There’s the endless parade of families, couples, or teenagers walking the planks, and the sounds of games, laughter, and the boisterous nature that envelops Point Pleasant Beach on summer days. All of this is available for your sensory pleasure while enjoying a casual dinner and stiff drink from this Jersey Shore institution. With a typical beach bar on the ground level, those in the know head upstairs to get the full experience.

You can learn more about this books and others on the  Story Publishing website. You can also keep up with Storey Publishing on social media, on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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