Episode 32-A Jersey Thanksgiving: Turkeys and Cranberries in the Garden State with Tony McBride and Rob Geist

November 22, 2016

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, millions of people across America are looking for the perfect ingredients for their holiday dinners. Turkeys and cranberries have long been staples of Thanksgiving dinner, but in reality, they are much more important than that. Tony McBride, supervising biologist for DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, and Rob Geist, from DEP’s Division of Natural and Historic Resources, joined Bob Bostock to take a look behind the scenes of the role that each of these play in the Garden State.

Photo-Rob Geist (left) and Tony McBride (right)

Photo: Rob Geist (left) and Tony McBride (right)

For more information on wild turkeys in New Jersey, please visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/turkey_info.htm.
For more information on Double Trouble State Park, please visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/double.html#bogs.
For more information on cranberry growing in New Jersey, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/landuse/fww/fww_gp23.html.

Priscilla Ryle's Holiday Cranberry Salad

  • 1 1/2 pounds Jersey Fresh cranberries
  • 1 (1 lb. 4 oz) can of crushed pineapple in light syrup
  • 3 small packages lemon Jello
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups celery
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 orange, ground fine
  • juice of 1 lemon
  1. Cook cranberries in 3 cups water until skins pop.
  2. Reserve syrup of drained pineapple and add water to make 1 cup liquid.
  3. Add packages of lemon Jello and gelatin to pineapple syrup.
  4. Reserve 3 cups of the liquid from the drained cranberries and add to gelatin mixture (add hot water if necessary to make 3 cups).
  5. Puree the drained cranberries in blender.
  6. Stir sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg into the cranberry puree.
  7. Add the celery, pecans, pineapple, ground orange and lemon juice to the gelatin mixture.
  8. Stir all the ingredients together and pour into a 3 Qt. mold.
  9. Chill until firm, then unmold and Enjoy!

Episode 31-America Recycles Day with Steve Rinaldi

November 14, 2016

Steve RinaldiTuesday, November 15 is America Recycles Day. On this day, events will be held across the country to promote recycling and inform people about proper recycling techniques. Recycling is important to New Jersey and to DEP, both of which have been committed to promoting recycling for more than 30 years. Steve Rinaldi, research scientist at DEP, sits down with Bob Bostock to discuss this nationwide initiative as well as New Jersey’s ongoing recycling efforts.

For more information on America Recycles Day, please visit https://americarecyclesday.org/.

For more information on recycling in New Jersey, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/recycling/.



Episode 30-Bear Saftety with Michelle Smith

November 4, 2016

Since the 1980s, the Garden State's black bear population has been increasing and expanding its range. Within the most densely populated state in the nation, black bears are thriving, and there are now confirmed bear sightings in all 21 of New Jersey's counties. DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife uses an integrated approach to managing New Jersey's black bear population, fostering coexistence between people and bears. Michelle Smith, biologist and bear specialist here at DEP, sits down with Bob Bostock to discuss bears in New Jersey as well as safety tips for dealing with them.

For more information on bear safety in New Jersey, please visit http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/bearfacts_safetytips.htm. You can report black bear damage or nuisance behavior to DEP's 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337).