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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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Friday
Nov182011

Roasted Pumpkin & Squash Soup via Dressing Room

Everyone's favorite winter harvest holiday is soon upon us and it's time to start lining up those Thanksgiving recipes. While some have tried and true favorites passed down from generation to generation, my family is slightly more A.D.D. (attention deficit disorder) about the whole affair. Every year becomes an "exciting" opportunity to test out new dishes (some savored...some spit out) and pave the way for new traditions. We have however found that the best recipes often come from our local chefs. Hence, CTbites brings you the first in a series of Thanksgiving recipes from the Fairfield County chefs you know and love, starting with Executive Chef Jon Vaast of The Dressing Room. Enjoy! 

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Friday
Nov182011

Bread Pudding w. Bourbon Pecans & Butterscotch

When I saw this recipe in the November issue of Bon Appétit I knew I would make it.  I thought maybe as a Thanksgiving dessert.  But, it turns out I couldn't wait that long and made it the day after it arrived in my mailbox.  Of course the fact that it was a bread pudding comprised of pecans, and bourbon, and butterscotch sold me.  More than all that though, I was intrigued by the use of poppy seeds in this dessert.  Poppy seeds in bread pudding?  Well, yes.  And - they work.  The little bits of black splattered among all the other rich, creamy goodness add a nice crunch and texture.  

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Friday
Nov182011

Friday Froth: Seasonal Brews

The following Froth column was originally scheduled to run last week but got sucked into a worm hole. Pardon any time related ambiguity.  

Congratulations to those of you who are now able to read this after having been gracefully ushered back into the 19th[strikethrough] 21st century by our benevolent dictators at CL&P. There's a scene in Gladiator where Djimon Hounsou's character sees the Roman coliseum for the first time and says "I did not know men were capable of such things." I imagine that's a little what it's like to use an oven or turn on the lights after a dozen days whose rhythms were controlled by the Sun's rise and fall; writing notes on the back of a wooden shovel with a lump of coal by candle light, that kind of thing. The long nights of the winter can now once again be banished by the sorcery of compact fluorescent bulbs, but some elements of the wintertide are to be embraced, like seasonal brews.

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Friday
Nov182011

Food 52 @ Darien Library Nov. 28

Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, co-founders of the site Food52.com and authors of a new FOOD 52 cookbook will be speaking and signing books at the Darien Library on Monday, November 28 at 7 p.m. This event is held in conjunction with Barret Bookstore.

Their site food52.com is a celebration of the best home cooks in the country. Over the course of 52 weeks, they ran recipes competitions on the web site and that year-long exercise has turned into The Food52 Cookbook.

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Thursday
Nov172011

The Wine Mapp Opens in Greenwich

The Wine Mapp, a unique wine and spirits boutique, recently opened its doors in Greenwich. The store is nicely sized, cozy and intimate. There’s a feeling of warmth at The Wine Mapp that eludes the larger competitors.  

The store is owned by Allyson and Charlie Do of Norwalk. It was Charlie who first had the idea of opening up such a shop after visiting a restaurant in New York City where a waiter came out with a list of wines that were stored on an electric tablet of some sort. He knew, at that moment, that he was going to open a wine shop that would incorporate technology - more specifically, he knew he was going to incorporate the iPad to give customers the best possible shopping experience. 

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Thursday
Nov172011

WFM Weekly Trivia : Win $20 @ Westport Farmers' Mkt

 

 

 

 

 

The first person to answer the following question wins $20 to spend with ANY vendor @ The Westport Farmers' Market (now at their Winter location @ Gilbertie's)


 What was the first location of the Westport Farmers Market?

Wednesday
Nov162011

Invite: Gourmet Cheese Selection from 109 Cheese & Wine

Ideal for an upcoming Thanksgiving Day gathering or hostess gift, this 109 Cheese & Wine Gourmet Cheese Selection is made for the holiday party circuit. But if you're like us, you may just keep this to yourself and recreate your favorite restaurant's cheese course in the company of a few good friends.  

Selected by Amy Kundrat, CTbites Editor, this 109 Cheese & Wine "Gourmet Cheese Selection" includes a few of her favorite cheeses accompanied with dried fruits, nuts, crackers, and a fig & almond spread. 

Packaged in your choice of a rustic wire gift basket or a lunch pack. Or buy two, one for yourself and one as a gift, and split the difference!