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Tuesday
Sep132011

Fire Roasted Heirloom Salsa Via Parsley Thief

I've made many variations of salsa before...like this green kind, some with fruit, and more with fruit. Usually, if I'm making traditional red tomato salsa, I make it in a similar fashion to the ones I just mentioned, using raw ingredients. But, this time I wanted to try something new. So, I ended up roasting half the tomatoes, along with some of the other ingredients on the grill, until they were charred and full of smoky flavor. The other half of the tomatoes, I left raw. I did this to keep some of the fresh, juicy texture of heirloom tomatoes present...yet with the roasted flavor mixed in.

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Monday
Sep122011

4th Annual Blues Views & BBQ Festival Sept 23-25th

The date is rapidly approaching for  the 4th Annual Blues, Views and BBQ Festival, taking place at Westport's Levitt Pavilion on September 23, 24 & 25th.  This event is chock full of meaty attractions featuring an official "pro" Kansas City BBQ Society Competition as well amateur and kids BBQ contests, mechanical bull rides, pig races (yup..you heard me right), craft beer, and a whole lot of tasty BBQ. And while you're enjoying the tunes and your short ribs, keep the kids busy with face painting, School of Rock demos, magicians and more.   

Plus CTbites will be joining the party bringing you live cooking demonstrations from great local chefs from 12-5 on Sat the 24th. 

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Sunday
Sep112011

Pancho's Tacos Mexican Restaurant in Danbury

Four bloggers, several more friends and platefuls of Mexican food gathered on a recent evening at Pancho's Tacos in Danbury, CT to share tacos and swig margaritas at the area's best-known Mexican joint. From their homespun dishes, including solid tacos and a particularly memorable and devilishly spicy dish called the a la Diabla which has claimed many victimes, you may need to add this to your Danbury, CT agenda.

 

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Sunday
Sep112011

Honey Bee Jamboree at Ambler Farm in Wilton

Prepare to get sticky at Ambler Farm's Honey Bee Jamboree, September 17, 2011 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. This event is being presented by the Backyard Beekkeepers Association with a bevy of family friendly activities include hive observation, honey tasting, honey extracting, candle roll ing, honey ice cream making, face painting, children's activities, bee products and more. All of these bee encounters will be led by the master beekeepers of the Backyard Beekeeper Association. 

 

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Friday
Sep092011

Join the 9/11 Day Campaign & Give to the CT Food Bank

Sunday September 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Join  911Day.org and honor the heroes, victims and first responders by pledging to donate to the CT Food Bank in support of their 30 Ways in 30 days: National Hunger Month initiative.   Join the I WILL campaign and donate to the CT Food Bank.   

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Friday
Sep092011

Friday Froth: Drinkin' Turtles

One does not generally drink a turtle, but there I was. The time was last Friday night, and the place was the beloved and reborn Georgia Theater in Athens, Georgia. The night's entertainment was the newly formed Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and the beer was a local Terrapin. The confluence of warmth, fellowship, location and good brews was that delicious kind of overload which tends to put one in a trance like state. Trances are not conducive to note-taking. Er, sorry about that. But do try a Terrapin or a Dale's on the rooftop bar at the Theater next time you happen to come-to in Clark County. You won't regret it.

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Thursday
Sep082011

CT's Suckerborne Suckers on NBC's Today Show

 

Dear Kathie Lee & Hoda- I don't mean to brag, but I found these Suckerborne alcohol laced lolli's at New Canaan's Silvermine Market back in 2009. That being said I was very happy to hear that this CT based small batch artisan candy company has been exposed to the masses of prime time national television. Good find ladies. -Sincerely Stephanie Webster

Suckerborne is the brainchild of Darien resident Megan Ferrell who has created a "sophisticated and spectacular lollipop designed for adult palettes."  See our review from September 2009.  Made with all natural ingredients and featuring flavors such as Champagne, Maple Bacon, Espresso, and Dark & Stormy, they are perfect for parties or a late afternoon treat.  Congrats Suckerborne!

For more information on ordering or purchasing these decadent lolli's in a store near you, go to the Suckerborne web site. 

Thursday
Sep082011

Fairfield Cheese Company Classes Are Back in Session

School is back in session, and I don't mean the kind that requires boarding a yellow school bus. I'm talking about an education involving terms like bloomy, soft-ripened, blue-vein, washed-rind, and brined. Fairfield Cheese Company's Fall/Winter cheese class schedule is out with a full offering for any level of cheese appreciation. Check out the full line up below:

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Wednesday
Sep072011

Hatch Chile Wine Dinner in Ridgefield

Southwest Cafe in Ridgefield will be hosting a Hatch Chile Wine Dinner on Tuesday, September 13 at 7 p.m. This four course dinner will be paired with wines by Monica Brown of 109 Cheese & Wine. Southwest Café is located at 109 Danbury Road in Ridgefield, CT. Dinner is $65 per person, gratuity not included. For reservations, email babsswc@aol.com or call 203.431.3398. Seating is limited.

First Course

Grilled Polenta, Stewed Hatch, Corn Crema, Queso Fresco

Second Course

Crisp Pork Belly, Hatch Relish, Hatch Sabayon

Third Course

Halibut, mussels, chorizo, Hatch aioli, Hatch Broth  or Filet Mignon, Hatch Braised Beef Short Rib, Kale

Fourth Course

Ricotta Cake, Hatch Jam, Hatch Frozen Custom

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Wednesday
Sep072011

For the Love of Cheese Part 1: Beltane Farm

Most teens in high school long to get a car. Not Paul Trubey; he wanted a goat. His unique infatuation began in high school when one of his teachers was given a goat. Understandably, his parents wouldn’t let him get one.  Since then, Paul found every goat worthy of affection. 

Paul pursued a career in social work but never abandoned his intense passion for goats. When he and his partner Mark moved to Glastonbury, Connecticut for Mark’s work in 1994, Paul did not know at the time how much the move would propel him towards his goal of being a goat farmer.  In Glastonbury, Paul became involved with the owners of Highwater Farm and in the care of their herd of Swiss Oberhasli dairy goats.  In his free time, he immersed himself in learning about cheese making and in visiting artisanal cheese makers throughout New England. 

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