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Tuesday
Dec202011

Chozen Ice Cream: Happy Chanukah From CTbites

Every now and then I do a double take while walking the aisle of my local grocery stores. This often occurs at Trader Joe's as their product offerings often border on "experimental," but I had just such a moment at Whole Foods Market in Westport when I saw these in the freezer section.

This premium ice cream from Chozen is made with all natural ingredients and is certified kosher. Chozen All Natural Ice Cream is the brainchild of Ronne Fisher and her daughters, Meredith Fisher and Isabelle Krishana, who decided to create a line of ice cream that was inspired by all the best desserts from the jewish holidays, each based on recipes from local bakers. Flavors include: Ronne's Rugelah, Matzoh Crunch, Coconut Macaroon, Chocolate Gelt, Chocolate Babka, and Apples & Honey. 

Enjoy a dessert with a sense of humor this holiday season. Happy Chanukah from CTbites. 

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Monday
Dec192011

Latkes Recipe c/o Tabouli Grill's Chef Judy Roll 

Making latkes is a potentially messy undertaking but there is nothing better than a home made latke.  I like to make and freeze so I don't greet my guests feeling like I just stepped out of a vat of oil.  Of course, you can just fantasize about making them and let us (Tabouli Grill) make them for you instead.  $22/dozen through Chanukah.

Judy Roll's Latkes Recipe

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Sunday
Dec182011

Hope Pizza in Stamford: Best Greek Pizza in Western CT?

"Gooey," that's what my late great mother craved in her pizza, and this woman loved food more than any person I've ever known. ("Don't talk to me," she would admonish. "I'm eating."}

Well, Mom would have devoured the pizza at Stamford's Hope Pizza, maybe the best of the thirty some Greek pizzerias hidden throughout Fairfield County. What makes Greek pizza gooey is what distinguishes it from the more heralded Connecticut Italian pizzas. Bearing no New Haven char, Colony heat, Batali chic, much less any passionate defenders or detractors in the food press or blogosphere, Greek Pizza flourishes under the radar, boasting few fancy frills, though, admittedly, more oil.

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Sunday
Dec182011

CTbites Holiday Wish List 

 

What kitchen gadget or appliance, cookbook, hard-to-find food or spirit are you coveting this holiday season? We put this question to bloggers, writers, chefs and foodies hoping to get some inspiration to tackle our holiday shopping list in the hopes of finding that perfect present for the food-obsessed person in your life. 

What's at the top of your holiday wish list to give or receive?

Liz Dorney
Blogger, Twilight at Morningside

Gift: An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails by Orr Sthuhl and Elizabeth Graber

"In our home, Dale DeGroff is the final word on cocktails. The Essential Cocktail is our bible, but if you're looking for a bit of whimsy with your drink, Orr Sthuhl and Elizabeth Graber's self-published book pairs charming illustrations and back-story (full of intrigue) with each recipe."

Chef Jeff Borofsky
Chef, Skinny Pines 

Gift: A yearly subscription to Fine Cooking's website.  Giving the cook access to the magazine's vast collection of recipes. Gift for a vegetarian:  We always turn to Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.  This is a go to cookbook with great tips for all things vegetable.  

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Friday
Dec162011

Graze Trivia Contest: Win $100 Gift Basket

GRAZE home delivery service is throwing down the gauntlet to our CTbites readers with a trivia contest. The first person to answer the following questions will WIN a Green Mountain Deluxe Basket ($100 value). Do you know the answers? Good luck!

Which state in the US has the highest number of cheese makers per capita? 

In ratio of cows to people, which US state has the greatest number of dairy cows? 

Green Mountain Deluxe $99 Gift Basket includes:

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Friday
Dec162011

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!

Name four farms in Fairfield County.


Thursday
Dec152011

Great Gifts: Custom Gingerbread Houses from CakeSuite

Westport's own CakeSuite features delectable and creative creations by chef Michelle Klem...and this holiday season surprise and delight your kids, teacher or guests with one of her freshly baked custom made gingerbread house. 

We've got TWO options...For $25 you can score DIY kit complete with the gingerbread baked frame and lots of goodies to create your own masterpiece, or for $45 you can pick up an already decorated house ready for display (or for quick consumption). BUY YOUR GINGERBREAD HOUSE HERE through CTbites Invites. 

Pick from two styles (seen above):
A-Frame Chalet (5x5x10")
Mini Xmas Cottage (4x4x4.5")

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Thursday
Dec152011

Fork It Over: Pop-Up Dinner for Westport Farmers' Mkt

Craving a new date night experience?  Perhaps a chic city spot with the casual atmosphere you love in Fairfield County?  Look no further. The Westport Farmers’ Market has the answer...an exclusive night of great food, great wine, great friends and a great cause.

On January 28, 2012 the greenhouse at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens will be transformed into a “Pop-Up” restaurant with a chef lineup that will make you drool. CTbites got the list and we are happy to share: Bill Taibe of leFarm, Matt Storch of Match, Tim LaBant of The Schoolhouse at Cannondale, Michel Nischan of Dressing Room, and John Barricelli of Sono Baking Company will provide the dessert course. 

Each chef wil prepare four dishes, and the entire menu will be paired with inventive cocktails and wine. This is truly an evening not to be missed. 

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Wednesday
Dec142011

Volta: Fun Euro Fare on Stamford’s Spring Street

Spring Street, all of a block long, was once anchored by Bennet's Steak House and Andy Robustelli’s World Travel services. Both were venerable downtown institutions, but dowdy matrons against the vibrant young rialto of restaurants and bars around the corner on Bedford Street. In their place Spring Street this year welcomed Mary Schaffer's luxe Italian Bar Russo and Giovanni Gentile's sleek euro-style café, Volta.

Designed by Giovanni himself, Volta’s pop interior complements the hip crowd, who one recent night were dining on such kewl stuff as brie and bacon crepes, grilled vegetable tartines, duck confit salads, and  creamy sweet potato vichyssoise.  With an Amy Whitehouse track in the background, “My life a wreck you’re making,” a beguiling model delicately sampled a gelato stracciatella while her debonair date sipped Remy XO.  

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Tuesday
Dec132011

Napa & Co's Kale Salad w/ Bacon, Dried Cherries & Egg

I don't normally beg, and definitely not for kale. However, since consuming the Kale Salad w/ Bacon Vinaigrette, Dried Cherries & Poached Egg at Napa & Co. I've been begging Stephanie to get me the recipe...literally. 

Why all the begging you ask? Chef Arik Bensimon's Kale Salad is simply a superior way to eat kale and I now want to eat it every day. It's the perfect balance between super healthy (the kale) and indulgent (tiny morsels of bacon and dried cherries). It's both crunchy (pistachios) and smooth (the dressing is like crack) It's sweet and salty. A perfectly cooked poached egg sits right on top and makes it a complete and satisfying dish...not just salad. On a recent trip to Napa, every person at the table who ordered the kale salad wanted to order it again. Need I say more? When was the last time you begged for kale?

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