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Friday
Nov252011

Shout Out: Thanksgiving Highs & Lows

Thanksgiving has come and gone for most and while I'm thankful for many things, I am most grateful that A) My husband did all the cooking B) We didn't burn down the house while deep frying the Thanksgiving turkey. 

As we all recover from the meal of meals...let us know...

What was your tastiest Thanksgiving dish?

What was the worst dish in your Thanksgiving lineup? 

1 lucky commenter will get an early holiday gift & WIN a CTbites mug!! 

Wednesday
Nov232011

Burger Bash @ Burgers, Shakes, & Fries on Nov 30th

Craving a good, juicy burger? Join fellow CTbites readers and contributors at Burgers, Shakes & Fries in Darien for a CTbites Burger Bash on November 30!  

The price of admission includes a customized burger, appetizers, fries & sides, as well as dessert. Plus, buy a drink and your second beer, wine or glass of sangria will be on us. 

Chef and owner Kory Wollins as well as Masters meat purveyor Mark Solasz will also join us, sharing their tips and tricks on making the perfect burger as well as the ingredients to BSF's success. 

Grab a friend or three, and meet us for our first-ever burger bash!Hope to see you there.

Reserve your ticket here. 

Wednesday
Nov232011

Ad: Cheesecake Factory & Brio Open @ Danbury Fair Mall

Danbury Fair has made shopping more appetizing this winter with the addition of popular restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory® and BRIO Tuscan Grille. These great new dining options bring affordable upscale dining to Danbury Fair and will provide the perfect rest stop during the upcoming holiday shopping frenzy. The Cheesecake Factory®'s award winning family friendly menu with over 40 decadent desserts promises something tasty for everyone while BRIO brings authentic, Northern Italian cuisine to Danbury CT.  

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Tuesday
Nov222011

Connecticut Food Bank Needs More Turkeys

Connecticut Food Bank needs your help by 2pm TODAY!! It is estimating that its annual Thanksgiving for All campaign is about 1,800 turkeys short of its goal this year. Please take a moment to help and donate a turkey through the CT Food Bank's virtual food drive at www.ctfoodbank.org.

Last year, Connecticut Food Bank distributed 24,000 turkeys and enough trimmings to provide an estimated 790,000 meals for people in need during the holiday season.   

This Thanksgiving, Connecticut Food Bank needs to distribute more food so more people in need can be served, especially in the ongoing challenging economic climate.  Member organizations of Connecticut Food Bank are reporting an average 30 percent increase in demand for services.

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Tuesday
Nov222011

Eating Fairfield: Great Dining Deals Start Nov 27th

The New England Culinary Group is gearing up for a week-long celebration of dining in Fairfield, CT from Sunday, November 27- thru Friday, December 2, 2011. Restaurants participating in Eating Fairfield will offer consumers specially discounted prices on prix fixe menus and special offers throughout the entire week.

Unlike your typical “restaurant weeks” that have so fabulously been taking place throughout the country, Eating Fairfield will not only include specially priced prix fixe menus, it will also include an array of delicious and fun offers from participating restaurants and markets, allowing for a wider variety of choices throughout the week. 

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Tuesday
Nov222011

leFarm's Whipped Chicken Livers w/ Shallot Jam

What would Thanksgiving be without a little offal and who gives better offal than LeFarm's Bill Taibe? I mean really...the man knows his organ meats. LeFarm will be offering this recipe for Whipped Chicken Livers with Shallot Jam for pickup at leFarm (203.557.3701), but if you want to make it yourself at home, here's how:

At a loss for where to find some great tasting chicken livers? Try the new Craft Butchery in the Saugatuck area of Westport. 

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Monday
Nov212011

Thanksgiving Holiday Smokin’ w/ Corinne Trang  

Corinne Trang, author of The Asian Grill, and local Fairfield County resident, is back with some holiday recipes that will get you eating out of the traditional Thanksgiving box. 

Thanksgiving is a holiday my family adopted when we moved from France to the U.S. in 1978. And eating turkey on that day meant that the bird would never be seen again at our Christmas table as tradition dictated in the past. Our new American holiday quickly became another excuse to get together with family and friends and eat all day until our stomachs would burst.  In that way, we were no different than other families joyfully eating their way through a 20-pound plus bird, side dishes, and desserts, except that…

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Monday
Nov212011

Ad: Thanksgiving Dinner @ Artisan Restaurant, Southport

Looking for a great Thanksgiving meal, but don't want to cook? Artisan Restaurant in the Delamar Southport hotel is offering guests a three-course pre fixe farm to table menu. Their traditional Thanksgiving feast will include appetizers, entrees and desserts using the freshest produce selections and seasonal ingredients from local Connecticut farms.

 

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Sunday
Nov202011

A Good Crêpe is Hard to Find...A Guide to FC Crêpes

I’m tough on crêperies.  I can’t help it.  I’m constantly comparing their crêpes to the ones of my French childhood summers spent in Brittany, the northwest peninsula of France and the crêpe’s birthplace.  My great-grandmother made them in her two room farmhouse –– she poured the mixture of buckwheat flour, salt and water onto a billig, a hot, round, buttered, grill surface, then with her rozell, a small toothless rake, she spread this batter into a fifteen-inch-round sphere the thinness of butterfly wings.  As the batter bubbled there and the edges browned, she coaxed the half cooked, wobbly, crepe onto her long, wooden spatula and flipped it over, intact.  The crêpe continued cooking this way until completely golden, signaling to her to scrape this fragile delicacy gently off the billig with her spatula.  From here she held the hot crêpe between her fingertips and the spatula.  She then placed it onto a waiting plate, setting the crêpe down with the same carefulness as though she was putting a drowsy baby onto a pillow. 

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Sunday
Nov202011

Match's Jack Daniels Whipped Sweet Potatoes 

Thank you to Chef Matt Storch of Match Restaurant in South Norwalk for this next Thanksgiving recipe, Jack Daniels Whipped Sweet Potatoes w/ Brown Butter, Maple Syrup & Goat Cheese.  Excuse me...I think I may have just drooled on my keyboard.

If you're looking for a less boozy side dish (Lord knows why this would be), check out Matt Storch's recipe for MATCH's Luscious Whipped Potatoes.  Light and creamy, these are sure to please guests of all ages...even that sister-in-law who never smiles.  

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