Hoboken Businesses: HudsonCounty60 All Star Holiday Party


I've known I wanted to do a Shop Local Gift Guide when I started HudsonCounty60, but I didn't know how to kick it all off. But what better than a little party? For me, the Holiday's are synonymous with parties and get-togethers. There are the Holiday basics for the Christians of America-- Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years-- but what about all the celebrations for all the other religions and groups of people that make up our great community? There's Diwali, Channukah, and Kawanza. I knew I needed to keep the Holiday vague, in hopes of throwing a party viewers would want to throw themselves, and I also wanted to do something that would include HudCo60 All Stars like Jen Choi of Sugarsuckle, and Casey Repetti of Casey2Cook. Booze was obviously another requirement. 


In September, maybe even August, I started reaching out and beginning the planning process. Both ladies would help me prepare something for the party. Jen decided on Linzer Cookies, which were perfectly light and delicious, and still maintained that holiday spice we all know and love. Casey decided on the perfect party appetizer; sausage, pepper & onion bites. These are not only delicious, but they can be made significantly in advance and frozen, and are INCREDIBLY economical-- one recipe yields 46 bites, and I think we all can agree parties get expensive.

Lastly, I approached the fairly new Wine Dad's in Hoboken about alcohol. I assumed they would suggest some local breweries, but did me one even better-- The Bibo, which may be the perfect little machine for a party. Have you ever thrown a party with a specialty cocktail, only to have to keep making pitchers and pitchers all night long? With Bibo, you essentially have an at home bartender that everyone can work on their own. The machine is as simple as can be-- open the top, put one alcohol packet and one cocktail mix packet in, press the 'mix' button and in less than 30 seconds you have a cocktail! Add a little ice and garnish of choice and voila!

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But what makes the Bibo truly perfect for the HudsonCounty60 Shop Local holiday gift guide is that the company is based in Clinton, NJ. And the alcohol pouches? All made by Claremont Distillery in Fairfield, making it New Jersey's largest craft distillery— their Spirits are all produced in the “Garden State” using the finest locally sourced ingredients. So how does Wine Dad's come in? They're the only place in Hudson County that's your one stop shop for the Bibo machine, and alcohol pouches. And a little holiday tip for you— not only are we giving away one machine (valued at $199) to a lucky follower, but during Black Friday you can score one of your very own for only $99 at Wine Dads... wink, wink. 

All that was left to do was enjoy! Luckily for me, the party was small and entirely manageable. Between Casey, Jen, Gretchen from Wine Dads and Cait Kolibas from Bum Pilates, we had a great group of ladies! To throw a Holiday Party like ours on your own, I've included Jen and Casey's recipes below. Don't forget to follow all of our friends and vendors on Instagram (links at the bottom) for their Holiday tips!

Happy Holidays, Hudson County xo

Jen’s Linzer Cookies

✨1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

✨1 1/2 cups ground almond flour (or hazelnut flour)

✨1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

✨1/4 teaspoon salt

✨hint of clove

✨114g butter (or 1 stick of butter)

✨1/2 cup sugar

✨1 egg

✨2 teaspoons water

✨Jam or preserves of your choice

1. Whisk all dry ingredients together in a bowl (other than the mixing bowl for the stand mixer).

2. In the stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down to sides of the bowl to make sure butter and sugar are completely combined.

3. Mix egg and water in a separate bowl.  Slowly add to your butter-sugar mixture while the mixer is on a low speed.

4. Once the egg/water and butter/sugar are completed incorporated, turn off your mixer and add all of the dry ingredients.  Turn the mixer on a low speed to combine.  Once the dough comes together, stop the mixer.  Divide the dough in half and wrap each section in plastic wrap.  Chill the dough 1 hour before rolling out. 

5. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inches thick between parchment paper to prevent sticking.  Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place on a cookie sheet or sheet pan lined with a baking mat or parchment paper. 

6. Bake at 350 until the edges are golden.  Allow cookies to cool completely before adding preserves/jam.

This recipe yields approximately 25 sandwich cookies. Cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Casey’s Sausage Pepper and Onion Bites

✨1 lb of Italian sausage

✨1/2 cup of small diced bell pepper (I used red)

✨1/2 cup of small diced sweet onion

✨1 teaspoon salt

✨1/2 teaspoon black pepper

✨1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

✨1 egg

✨1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed

✨1 tablespoon of butter, melted

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

1. In a medium bowl, remove the sausage from the casing.. combine the sausage (I used hot) salt, pepper, garlic and egg with your hands until blended.

2. Remove one sheet off puff pastry and unfold it. It is usually folded like a letter, in three. Use the natural bends to cut the 1 sheet into 3 sheets. Roll out each one to about double in size.

3. Divide the sausage mixture into 3 even amounts. Fill each piece of puff pastry and roll into a long log. Use water on your fingertips to seal the puff pastry. Roll in parchment and freeze for at least 1 hour.

4. Remove from the freezer, slice into 1/2inch rounds. Brush the outside with melted butter.

5. Place them at least a half-inch apart on an oven safe tray lined with parchment and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

This recipe will make 3 dozen bites!




Wine Dad’s


Claremont Distillery

Bum Pilates

Casey2Cook Mind Blowing Cereal Pancakes


Normally we only shoot two episodes per featured business here at HudsonCounty60, but with Casey Repetti, Personal Chef and Hoboken Mom, we needed more. Mostly I wanted to eat more, but that's neither here, nor there. So in honor of Father's Day, Casey taught me how to make the most perfectly airy, fluffy pancakes, that you can add any cereal to. 

If you're anything like my family, you always have some sugary cereal stocked in your pantry, but from what I hear, most households have granolas and fiber rich cereals at the ready. That's cool too, I guess. I'm sure you could use those in place of Froot Loops, but I doubt it'll be as fun, TBH. 

As soon as we cut on filming this episode, my cameraman/director, SanMartin, along with my husband, Matt, both jumped out, forks in hand to absolutely destroy these pancakes. I should also add that although I don't actually love pancakes in general, these were so amazing, I definitely ate my fair share. 

Casey’s Froot Loop Pancakes

1 cup of all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

2 tablespoons of sugar

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1 egg

1 cup of milk

1/2  teaspoon of vanilla extract

4 tablespoons of melted butter

1 cup of ground Froot Loops, plus a little more for garnish

Powdered sugar, syrup, fruit, chocolate chips, jelly.. whatever toppings you desire!

  1. Mix together all the dry ingredients, making sure there are no lumps.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk and vanilla until combined and smooth. Pour in the melted butter and stir.

  3. Carefully pour the milk mixture into the flour bowl and stir to combine. Do not over stir, some lumps are ok

  4. Spray your griddle or frying pan with nonstick spray and turn up to medium high. Spoon about 1/4 cup of mix into the pan. When you see tiny bubbles form around the outside of your pancake and some in the middle, its time to flip. It will only need about 40 seconds on the other side. Continue this with all of your mix, you can make them larger or smaller.. Adjust your flame as you see fit, everyones stoves are different!

For Casey's Simple From Scratch Flap Jacks recipe, or her post on her Reese's Puffs Pancakes (where this recipe came from) click the links or visit her blog. Don't forget to follow Casey on Instagram and Facebook

Happy Father's Day!

Casey2Cook's Italian Menu

Today we're back visiting my new friend, Casey Repetti, Hoboken Native, Personal Chef, Caterer and the woman behind Casey2Cook. Not only did she KILL IT with her Welcome Platter (#theplatterwhisperer), but she's upped her game by bringing a FULL ITALIAN FEAST!! 

Not only did she show me how to make these simplistically perfect Black Pepper Crackers with Goat Cheese, Proscuitto and Kiwi, but she brought her Five Star Meatballs, Cilantro Marsala Smothered Chicken (which I believe I could eat every day for the rest of my life), and Bucatini with Spoon Lickin' Red Sauce along for the ride. 

Let's talk about this cracker with goat cheese, prosciutto and kiwi, shall we? If you're looking for an easy appetizer that will wow your guests with its perfect combination of bright, creamy, sweet and smokey flavors and textures, then I URGE you to give these bad boys a try. 

from www.casey2cook.com

from www.casey2cook.com

1 package Carr's Black Pepper Crackers
1 package Goat Cheese
Kiwi cut into small wedges
1 bottle White Balsamic Reduction

  1. Smear goat cheese onto cracker.

  2. Place slice of prosciutto off center on the cracker.

  3. Place kiwi wedge on top.

  4. Drizzle lightly with White Balsamic Reduction.


For the recipes for Casey's Five Star Meatballs, Cilantro Marsala Smothered Chicken Thighs, and Bucattini with her Spoon Lickin' Red Sauce, click on the links or check out her blog!

Don't forget to follow Casey on Instagram and Facebook, and check back on our own HudsonCounty60 Instagram for another episode with Casey!