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"Sweet Genius" Contestant, Paula Shoyer, Baking in Westport via "Kosher Like Me"

photo courtesy of FOOD NETWORK

Did you miss Paula Shoyer, author of THE KOSHER BAKER, on the Food Network’s new baking competition “Sweet Genius”?

 If so, you can catch her in Westport on Wednesday, January 25 when she will be offering a baking demonstration and scrumptious tasting at Chabad of Westport.

Shoyer performed magnificently on “Sweet Genius.”.She was poised, cool and creative in that episode in October 2011. Along with other contestants, she was given unexpected, last minute challenges like being asked to integrate jelly beans and hot sauce into her recipe already in the works. Her rosemary lemon sponge cake with raspberry mint sorbet between the layers was not the version she had planned on when she started!

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An Interview w/ Westport's Own Ramin Ganeshram

I recently had the pleasure to sit down with Ramin Ganeshram to talk about her cookbook; her newly released Stir it Up! a novel written for young adults, as well as her involvement in the community.  

But before you start reading...In Stir It Up! heroine Anjali Krishnan enters a video cooking contest for a shot at a reality cooking competition show on Food Network. She does such a good job she makes it to the finals. If you have a young aspiring chef in your family, check out Ramin's video contest below.

Ramin, who grew up in Brooklyn, New York, was greatly influenced by the cultures of her Iranian mother and Trinidadian father.  The marriage of two different heritages and lifestyles would result creating in new traditions; food was one of them. Ramin explained, “We had access to Middle Eastern markets growing up, but all Middle Eastern ingredients are not the same.

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Sara Moulton Teaching Cooking Classes @ The Silo 

The Silo, one of the region’s preeminent Cooking School, is offering area residents a chance to meet and learn from one of the culinary world’s greats – Celebrity Chef Sara Moulton. She’ll be teaching two demonstration classes at The Silo on Friday evening, November 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday morning, November 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Silo Cooking School is located at Hunt Hill Farm, 44 Upland Road in New Milford, CT. 

The Friday, November 4 evening class, Friday Family Dinner with Sara Moulton, will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  The menu will consist of Panko Scallops, Breakfast for Dinner Pizza, Celery and Parsley Salad, and Grape Crumble.

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Chef Gabrielle Hamilton & Colman Andrews in Stamford

Food Writers Gabrielle Hamilton and Colman Andrews will speak at the Main Library in Stamford, Wednesday, October 12 at 6 p.m. as part of the Friends Author Series. 

Gabrielle Hamilton is the owner and chef of the popular and highly influential restaurant Prune in Manhattan's East Village. Her bestselling memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter was published in 2011. She has also contributed articles and essays to The New York Times, The New Yorker, Food & Wine and other publications.

Colman Andrews was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine, and a former restaurant columnist for Gourmet. He is the co-author and co-editor of three Saveur cookbooks and the author of six books of his own. His latest book, The Country Cooking of Italy, will be released in November.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for a wine and cheese reception. Tickets are $15. Proceeds benefit the Library. Register online at or call 203 351-8275.


Perfect Pies Cookbook from Michele's Pies 

Fairfield County's own Michele Stuart of Michele's Pies has a new product on her menu...a cookbook, featuring "the best sweet and savory recipes from America's pie-baking champion." Fresh from her appearance at the Primetime Emmy Awards with her Chocolate Pecan Bourbon Pie, and her recent throwdown with Bobby Flay, Michele reigns supreme in the pie making world. 

If you have enjoyed Michele's Pies at your Thanksgiving table, or have visited her new Westport retail location, you will likely crave the secret to her sweet success. We hope the answers are in her new cookbook, "Perfect Pies." 

Buy your copy here. 


Kids Review: Stir It Up by Ramin Ganeshram

Rebecca is a 7th grader at The Unquowa School in Fairfield, CT. She loves to read, write, draw and cook. This is her review of Ramin Ganeshram's new book, Stir It Up. [Note: Don't miss the great recipe for Coconut Dark Chocolate Cookies below.]

In Stir It Up by Ramin Ganeshram, the thirteen year old main character, Anjali, causes quite a stir when she chances losing some of the most important things in her life.

Anjali loves to cook; she loves working in her family’s roti shop. Her dream is to have her own Food Network cooking show by the age of fifteen. On the other hand, her father wants her to take an entrance exam to get into the prestigious Stuyvesant High School in New York City.

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Chef Nicole Straight Launches Cookbook for Busy Families

Award winning local chef and long time CTbites contributor, Nicole Straight, has just published her second cookbook, "More Time to Eat! Delicious recipes from a busy kitchen," which aims to teach families how to streamline time spent in the kitchen, as well as make delicious meals in 15 minutes. 

The new cookbook is an evolution of Straight’s lengthy experience as a cooking instructor who has taught thousands of people how to bring their families back to the table and simplify the nightly 6 o'clock dinner time dilemma.  

Her new book comprises a plethora of easy recipes, such as BLT Tortellini, Provencal Braised Chicken Thighs, Asian Quinoa Salad and Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies.  She teaches you how to simplify meal preparation while minimizing time spent in the kitchen for both family meals and entertaining friends. 

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Vegan Desserts, Sumptuous Sweets for Every Season

Perhaps one of the keys to the bold flavors and exciting range of vegan desserts presented in Hannah Kaminsky’s latest cookbook, VEGAN DESSERTS, SUMPTUOUS SWEETS FOR EVERY SEASON, is that she insists that there aren’t any disclaimers about her recipes.  “Each dessert must be delicious, bold and beautiful,  not just for a vegan dessert but for ANY dessert.”  It is for that reason, that Kaminsky’s latest book will appeal to a wide range of home bakers including those concerned with reducing fat and sugar, vegans and vegetarians, and Kosher bakers  (always on the prowl for non-dairy desserts)  alike.

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Harvest to Heat Cookbook: A Farm-to-Kitchen Journey

Cookbooks used to be written for those who loved to cook or for those who needed to cook.  Today’s food-centric culture has added breadth and depth to the genre.  Food lovers and home cooks look to chefs not just for instruction, but for inspiration. “Harvest to Heat, Cooking with America’s Best Chefs, Farmers, and Artisansby Darryl Estrine and Kelly Kochendorfer goes one step beyond, showcasing the local farmers, ranchers and artisans who serve as muse to those esteemed chefs.  The result is a celebration of the symbiotic relationship between farmers and chefs and the masterpieces created by their combined efforts. 

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Martha Stewart @ Stamford's Fairway Market 

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