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Wednesday
Aug052015

A Guide To Pickling: Preserve The Summer Harvest via Marcia Selden Catering

Pickling is a great way to preserve in-season, farmer’s market vegetables like cucumbers, carrots, beets, onions tomatoes and cauliflower. Yummy, crunchy and with endless flavor variations, pickling can be tons of fun too! We want to demystify the process, since it’s actually quite easy. We guarantee that your friends will be very impressed if you bring a jar of homemade pickles as a hostess gift. Get your Pickling Game on!

Pickling Do’s & Don’ts

-DO invest in a canning kit that includes jar tongs and a wide funnel to make the process easier. We like this one from Ball ($10) 

-DON’T cut corners. The jar and lid sterilization process is vital as well as the amount of vinegar used in order to get the perfect, crunchy pickle you desire.  

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Tuesday
Aug042015

Good2Gourmet - New Meal Delivery Service in New Canaan & Darien

Tired of cooking? Looking for something less expensive than take-out from a restaurant? Then a new venture on Vitti Street in New Canaan, GOOD2GOURMET, may be an alternative. The brainchild of local resident and mother of four, Lisa Strupp, GOOD2GOURMET offers a variety of soups, salads, and entrées for families to enjoy. Teaming with business partner Kevin Schmudde, the two enlisted the culinary skills of Executive Chef Eric Ulbrich to create a menu that includes soups, salads, pastas, and entrées. Customers go to the website (they do not take telephone orders), place their order, choose a 1-hour delivery window (curbside pick-up at the store is also available) and the food will be on the front stoop as requested. Alternatively, customers can visit and purchase a selection of items at the store.

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Sunday
Aug022015

Hoodoo Brown BBQ in Ridgefield: Gluttonous Carnivorianism

The heck with “Veni, vidi, vici,” my return visit to Hoodoo Brown BBQ in Ridgefield was more we came, we saw, we ordered and man we tried. And when I say we tried…we tried EVERY meat on the menu and we tried to eat every ounce of meat on numerous trays. If this was a gunfight with Hoodoo Brown in the 1870s we would be full of holes, he won.

Armed with a reservation for the “BBQ Room,” twelve of us ventured to Hoodoo Brown. As our group congregated, I placed the initial appetizer order plus a round of beers, sodas and lemonades.  To warm up our appetites, this initial order included two large BBQ Nachos (one with chopped brisket and the other with pulled pork), a dozen Bourbon Teriyaki Wings and a couple of Strawberry and Arugula salads. As we waited, super Pitmaster Nestor Laracuente wandered into the room to offer his humble thanks to all of us for coming and wished us a great meal. He was heading back to Queens for the evening before beginning the return voyage the following morning at 4AM.

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Sunday
Aug022015

Weekly Nibble: County Fairs, Iron Bartender, Clambakes, Potluck Picnics + More!

Cask Republic New Haven will host another installation of their famous Iron Bartender Competition on Monday August 2.  It starts at 6pm.  

Fairfield Wine and Cheese wants to introduce you to incredible local cheeses.  Join them for “The Northeast: Choices In Our Backyard” to learn about them and taste them.  It takes place at the Fairfield location on Tuesday August 4 from 7-9pm and in Greenwich on Thursday August 6 from 7-9pm.  The cost is $45 per person.  

Take a journey to the Mediterranean on Wednesday August 5 at Amarante’s Sea Cliff in New Haven.  The walk around tasting features wine and a buffet centering on that theme.  It takes place right on the seaside so guests can enjoy views of the harbor.  It goes from 6:30-9pm and costs $50 per person. 

On Thursday nights through September 17, take a ferry to the Sheffield Island Lighthouse for a clambake.  The evening unfolds in a tented pavilion on the lighthouse lawn.  It starts at $69 per person, with a tour of the lighthouse included in the charge.  

The Tolland County 4-H Fair takes place August 7-9 in Vernon, CT.  http://www.tollandcounty4-hct.org/ 

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Friday
Jul312015

Plan B Burger Bar Opens in Fairfield CT

Burgers, beer, and bourbon are all girders in the framework of the American soul. Melting pot, mixed salad, however you'd like to characterize who we are as a nation, there aren't many spots on the map where our divisions don't disappear at the three Bs. Now that Plan B Burger Bar has officially come to Fairfield, there are fewer areas in Connecticut where all three of these cornerstones can't be had in the same place. CTBites was there a night before the official opening to bring you your first look.

Fairfield's is located at 1262 Post Road, in a 4,600sq. ft. building which used to be a post office.

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Wednesday
Jul292015

Q & A With Christy Colasurdo - Author of "The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook"-

CTbites contributor Christy Colasurdo recently wrote The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook, and we caught up with her to get the scoop about the book she calls “a celebration of food and farms”.

CTbites

So, first of all, your new cookbook is beautiful. As a photographer, I have to say that I was impressed by the images.

 

CC

Thanks! Coming from you, that is high praise! We were lucky in that Tracey, my co-author, had written the first book in the series, The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook, and she was able to tap into a talented young photographer named Oliver Parini to shoot for this book as well. In addition, we struck gold when we met Winter Caplanson, executive director of the Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market (and a darned good photographer herself). Winter created a contest where photographers went out and shot at various Connecticut farms and fisheries in hopes of landing a photograph in the book.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

The WattyMelon Flip Flop Cocktail c/o Watsons Catering


Summer means cocktails – preferably accompanied by fresh fruit, flip flops and a not a care in the world. Watson’s Catering has a refreshing take utilizing RIPE, one of our favorite craft juices, called the Watty Melon Flip Flop that is sure to become one of your summer evening staples.

The WattyMelon Flip Flop Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

½ shot glass of Tito’s vodka

1 shot RIPE margarita mix (lime sour)

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Rothbard Ale + Larder, European Beer Bar, To Open In Westport (By Walrus + Carpenter Team)

Walrus + Carpenter owners, Adam Roytman and Joseph Farrell, are teaming up again with a new restaurant concept in downtown Westport. This new venture, housed in the cozy subterranean dining space that was once Tierrra, will maintain the casual neighborhood vibe diners have grown accustomed to at Walrus, but this duo will leave the BBQ in Black Rock and head to Europe for a completely different approach to comfort food. Westport has its first European Beer Bar (right by Old Town Hall). 

Rothbard Ale + Larder will open this fall with a menu focused on Central European fare. Rothbard will draw inspiration from the cuisines of Alsace, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland, with a little Northern Italy thrown in for good measure. A preview of the menu in progress reveals specialties including Spatzle, Mussels, Rabbit Goulash, Steak Frites (Fleisher’s), housemade Jagershnitzel and Raclette, (a Swiss cheese, melted table side and draped over potatoes, bacon and onions). Hearty fare will be complimented by more delicate salads and fish entrees. “There will be something for everyone” says Roytman. Farrell and Roytman are particularly enthusiastic about the “For The Table,” section of the menu where diners can order entrees for 4, in the communal spirit of a true beer hall. 

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Sunday
Jul262015

Best Warm Lobster Rolls On The Connecticut Coast: 2015 Update

Welcome to the end of July, summer’s center point.  The perfect time for our annual quest to find the best of Connecticut's official pleasure of summer: warm, buttery lobster rolls. 

At the suggestion of readers, chefs, CTBites staff and a food critic or two, we've added an array of food trucks, pounds, shacks, and even a high end restaurant to our previous portfolio (see 2014 edition here)

So take a ride up the balmy Connecticut coastline.  We start in the southwest and head northeast, as CTBites forages the best warm lobster rolls in America. 

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Friday
Jul242015

Weekly Nibble: Jazz Jam, Craft Brew Races, Gin Tasting, Farm Potlucks & More!

Walrus + Carpenter in Bridgeport hosts a “Compin and Stompin Jam Session” on Tuesday July 28.  Try some of their delicious BBQ while listening to a mix of swing, modern, and fusion.  

New England Brewing Company is taking over the taps at Prime 16 in New Haven on Wednesday July 29.  Enjoy their classics while also witnessing the release of some new beers.  It starts at 4pm. 

Wednesday July 28 6-8pm, learn about (and sample!) Brooklyn's Ginsmiths’ Gins at the Center Street Public House in Darien.  Center Street Public House also invites softball teams to the pub after their weekend games for $2 off draughts, house wines, and appetizers.  

Ancona’s Wines & Liquors wants to teach you the art of wine and food pairing Thursday July 30 at 6:45pm. Try 5 wines alongside 5 summer dishes, $30 per person. Reserve your place (203)544-8958 or monique@anconaswines.com.  

The New CT Farmer Alliance has a summer potluck series. 

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