Tuckerton Seaport Goes Foodie with Food Truck Fest

We started off vacation weekend with a bang. This foodie mama went to Tuckerton Seaport’s very first “Truck”erton Food Truck and Brew Fest. I was given entrance and $15 Food Truck bucks to see what damage I could do. You all know I love Tuckerton Seaport, right? If not, check out my previous experiences at Tuckerton Seaport – Goin’ on a Field Trip, Surf Skimmers and Pirate Festival, and Power, Water, Space.

Truckerton Food Truck and Brew Fest

Tuckerton took festival to a whole new level with their food truck and brew fest extravaganza, and oh the happy people. So many people left with stuffed bellies and happy smiles, including me. I was only sad I couldn’t eat a bite more because there was so much yummy food. I wish I could have recorded some of the comments I heard as people left, some of them just randomly talking to complete strangers in the parking lot, telling them why they HAD to check out the Food Truck Festival.

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I tackled the Truckerton Food Truck and Brew Festival head on. Mission: find the best food. Method: Check out every food truck then decide on something. I got to the end of the line and thought, this is a little smaller than I thought. Ah, yes, the map would have come in handy. It wasn’t even half the festival. Had I looked to my right I would have seen the other 2/3 of the festival.

Truckerton Food Truck and Brew Fest

I was a little side tracked with the first brewery. I had check out River Horse at Whole Foods but wasn’t sure I wanted to buy a 6 pack of something I had never had before. After looking at their options for the day I settled on the Tripel Horse. I’m a Porter and Stout kind of girl but also love a good Belgian Ale. I never heard of Belgian Tripel Ale but since I’m an adventurous kind of girl, anything is worth a sip or two to find out. Since I am awful at describing flavors, I’ll just say the Tripel Horse  had notes of vanilla and other spices that knocked it out of the park when it comes to ale. This is definitely a new favorite for me.

River Horse Tuckerton Seaport Food Truck and Brew Fest

And then, it happened. I saw this sign….

Zinna's Mobile Menu - Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Ravioli

I’m IN LOVE with all thing Buffalo Blue Chicken – ALL THINGS. I also love ravioli and the two together? “It must be love, ladidadi.” Okay, I won’t break into song. I promise, but it was a given I had to order them.  After my initial “this isn’t really a ravioli” they tasted so good. I’m going to have to try deep frying a ravioli to see if it’s the same. The shell just seemed less pasta and more bread. Either way it was definitely a great start to my afternoon.


Freshly Squeezed Lemonade

Then, just like that, it happened. I just couldn’t decide what to eat next and went to hunt down some friends who were also attending the event. This is when I discovered there was a whole other section to Food Truck paradise. Of course this meant more tough decisions, but I was up for it…perhaps.

Truckerton Food Truck and Brew Fest

It was also around this time that my family joined me for the afternoon. Did we buy every one food for $15? No way, but the money spent was well worth it. Five Sisters, do you travel to West Chester, PA? The Whiskey Tango was the best with a beef slider topped with cheddar, bacon, and a freshly fried onion ring. Pork Belly came in second with a fresh slaw brightening the rich pork belly that almost melted in our mouths.

Five Sisters Food Co.

What’s that? Completely sad you missed this awesome foodie dream? Guess you’re gonna have to wait until next year, but…….

….before you get too sad, check out a few other things the Tuckerton Seaport is pulling off this year, and maybe you’ll get lucky and Five Sisters will have their food truck parked at the Seaport. You can hope….or beg…it’s worth it.

Tuckerton Seaport Events


FREE Friday night concerts from 6:30PM – 8:00 PM (see site for details)


Sept. 6 & & – NJ Maritime Heritage Festival with Antique and Classic Boat Show

Sept. 20 – Antique Car and Truck Show

Sept. 27 & 28 – 32nd Annual Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show


Oct. 18 & 19 – Lighthouse Challenge of NJ

Oct. 23, 24 & 25 – Haunted Seaport

Of course you can find Tuckerton Seaport on Facebook and Twitter 24/7.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Tuckerton Seaport. This program is in partnership with Real Mom Media (www.RealMomMedia.com). All opinions are my own.


Strawberry and Kale Chicken Salad

 This is it! This Friday the One Day Deal at Whole Foods is on rotisserie chickens. Normally priced at $8.99 they will be on sale for $5. That’s pretty awesome in my book and I intend to beat you all there. Check out this post for the challenge I made for myself and how I pulled off my Whole Foods budget meals and got 5+ dinners for under $65. Meal #2 was Strawberry Chicken Kale Salad Sandwiches and we all loved them.

Strawberry Kale Chicken Salad Recipe

In case you are wondering why I am sharing Meal #2 first, it’s because Strawberry Kale Chicken Salad was secretly my favorite. I planned on making our best corn on the cob recipe EVER, but with baby carrots and these hearty sandwiches, we didn’t need anything else.

Strawberry Kale Chicken Salad ingredients

One of the secrets to these sandwiches is to buy a hearty bread. We really enjoy ciabatta bread and I was happy to be able to grab a smaller loaf for a little cheaper. I added strawberries in place of cranberries because there were still some fresh and juicy looking strawberries. I know this strawberry season is rapidly drawing to a close and I want to draw out every last second. Also, instead of adding lettuce to the sandwiches, I added finely chopped kale. The kale added a nice taste and texture and I will be adding it to my tuna and chicken salads quite often from now on.

Strawberry Kale Chicken Salad

This chicken salad would be perfect on little tea sandwiches for a brunch or luncheon, or put on ice and taken for a last minute trip to the beach. Just as I am dragging out the last days of strawberries, I’m also dragging out the last days of summer. We had such a great time at the shore this weekend and I am sad the season is ending before we can squeeze a few more days in.

Strawberry Kale Chicken Salad

Strawberry Kale Chicken Salad
Serves 6
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  1. 2 cups roast chicken, finely chopped
  2. 1/2 cup kale, finely chopped
  3. 1/2 cup strawberries, finely diced
  4. 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  5. 1/8 cup celery, finely diced
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Serve on a hearty bread.
  3. Makes 4 regular sandwiches and 1 double decker.
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Strawberry Kale Chicken Salad Sandwich

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We have had a fun weekend away and cooking was NOT on my menu. With that, there has been some good food and there has been some not so good food. I am definitely inspired to replicate a few things at home for #PinterestFoodie posts coming up.

Like funnel cake. Nothing says carnival or boardwalk like funnel cake and I know my mom made it a time or 2 when I was growing up. I so love hot and greasy cakey funnel cake covered in powdered sugar. It’s love.

Saturday we went to the Tuckerton Truckerton Food Truck and Brew Fest. Another love. I am definitely a (good) food truck kind of girl. These completely intrigue me, and I had an amazing burger with cheddar, bacon and an onion ring perched on top. One of the best burgers i have ever had, 5 Sisters. Ooooh, and their pork belly slider, oh yeah!

This morning was crumb cake from Mallon’s in Ocean City, NJ. This is definitely one to make at home. All buttery, delicious, and of course, crumby.

So now that I’ve given you a glimpse into our weekend eats, I want to hear from you. What are you whipping up in the kitchen? Or what marvelous eats have you had while you were out and about? Dish it up with a link or a comment. 


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Step by Step Canning Tips for Waterbath Canning

As mentioned in my previous post, I grew up in a culture where canning was a summer routine. A favorite memory is of summer’s end when our basement shelves would be heavy laden with row after row of shining fruit and vegetable filled jars. This is my dream for my kids. That someday they can go to the basement and see row after row of our summer harvest, and feel the satisfaction of hard work paying off. Canning can feel mysterious and scary and I’d like to simplify it just a bit with some canning tips. Today seems fitting since it’s International Can-It-Forward Day. Make sure to check out the live webcast today(August 16, 2014) for great canning demos and tips – you can find it at the bottom of this post.

 step by step tips for canning

Quick Tips for Canning

  • Not all things are safe to water bath can. Follow tested and approved recipes without ad lib. I cannot stress this enough. The biggest fear people have is that their canned food will kill someone. Follow the rules and you will be fine. For real.
  • I have 3 go-to sites for all things canning – Ball’s Fresh Preserving, Food in Jars, and National Center for Home Preservation
  • Foods with a pH level under 4.6 are safe to water bath can. Foods with a pH level higher than 4.6 must be pressure canned as they do not have enough acid to safely kill all bacteria. The FDA has a handy guide on the pH level of different foods.
  • Choose fresh produce that is in good condition – not overripe or under ripe.
  • Have everything set out before you start the canning process – cutting boards, knives, bowls, ingredients, pans, jars, jar remover, funnel, clean damp rag, and seals. I recommend this Ball Utensil Set.
  • Fill your canner with water and get it going on high heat. It takes a while to come to a boil.
  • Prepare your jars per the instructions on the box. If you don’t have the box, I like to put them in the canner to heat/sterilize. Just pull them out before the water boils. Another easy way is to pop them in the dishwasher on sterilize then leave the dishwasher shut until you use it so it keeps the heat inside. This helps keep jars form breaking when you fill them with hot liquid or put them into the boiling water.
  • Put seals in a small saucepan on a back burner to simmer. This will soften the rubber seal. Keep an eye that you don’t simmer the water away. Charcoaled seals aren’t useable. Oops.
  • Once your product is prepared per the recipe and your water is boiling in the canner, fill the jars, using a funnel to help keep the product IN the jar.
  • Fill jars, leaving the amount of head space the recipe call for. This is to leave some air to help create the vacuum effect to seal the jars. If they are too full the product can boil over. If they aren’t full enough the jar may not seal.
  • Wipe top rim of the jar to remove any food or liquid that could hamper the seal.
  • Top with a seal and screw on the canning ring to fingertip tightness – this leaves just enough space to allow air to escape during sealing process.
  • Lower jars into the canner, using a canning rack and ensuring water covers them by 1-2 inches. **DO NOT set the jars into the canner without something between them and the pan base. They can shatter.**
  • Put lid on canner and watch for it to come back to a rolling boil.
  • Once the canner comes back to a rolling boil, keep it at that boil for the amount of time specified in the recipe.
  • Once time is up, let them set in canner5 minutes longer, pulling the rack up to rest on the edge of the canner so they are partially in the water still.
  • Remove jars from canner and onto a spot they can rest for up to 24 hours. I like to set a towel out to catch any water run off and protect my table or counter surface.
  • Listen for the beautiful popping sounds of jars sealing. Jars will be sealed when the center doesn’t have any give. Before canning look at how the seal rests on the jar. It will be a little popped up. Once they are canned and sealed it will no longer be popped up. Give the jars up to 24 hours to seal. If the product doesn’t seal, refrigerate and use or re-process. Don’t push down on seals to force seal them.
  • Enjoy your hard work. Home canned foods taste so much better.

home canned applesauce

More Food Preservation Tips

How to Preserve Herbs

Preserving Pumpkin

home canned bread and butter pickle

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