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Thursday
Dec112014

Marcia Selden Catering’s Best Holiday Hors D’oeuvres

The holidays are right around the corner, and you know what that means…. parties, parties and more parties!  Whether you’re hosting or bringing, we’ve got you covered with this season’s most delicious hors d’oeuvre recipes, including: Polenta Bites with Mushroom Duxelle; Chevre & Fig Jam Tartlettes; Gruyere & Red Pepper Jelly Tartlettes & Poached Shrimp with Assorted Dipping Sauces. Your guests will think you hired a caterer!

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Wednesday
Dec102014

How To Create The Classic Holiday Cocktail Bar via Sheila Barton Catering

Sheila Barton is a local caterer with a flair for food styling. After watching her work her magic at several parties, we asked her for a few tips on creating your own "Classic Cocktail Bar." Here are her tips...

I thought it would benefit many to talk about how to set up the perfect holiday cocktail bar. Not only are the essentials so very important, but so are Style, Texture and Taste. I am always about creating an experience..starting with your eyes and ending with taste. Even if you can only afford to serve one great wine and one great beer, you can still do it with style. If you can throw in a classic craft cocktail or two, more the merrier!

So to first create Style, it is important to create a feeling of glamour and fun. You do this with visual appeal using different heights and Texture.

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Wednesday
Dec032014

2014 CT Food Lovers Holiday Gift Guide

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Gift giving-choosing a gift for another person that is resonant of their personality and interests-is a true art. How do we know this? We know this by the sheer number of Yankee Swap and White Elephant parties that we have all attended. You thought those salt and pepper shakers in the shape of ugly, primitive holiday carolers would be perfect for me...um, why? And thus, yet another odd gift enters the rotation of passed-along, re-gifted gifts. On the flip-side, we all hopefully have experienced the joy that comes when we do find that perfect gift. The thrill of watching the unwrapping and the smiles that follow! This holiday season, we would like to help you in your pursuit of That Perfect One....

We bring you the CTbites 2014 CT Food Lovers Gift Guide. Start shopping!

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Sunday
Nov232014

Chestnut Butter Bruschetta with Burrata, Kale or Arugula Recipe from Locali Pizza Bar

As family and friends arrive, it's always a great idea to have a few nibbles ready for them to enjoy as the cooks in the kitchen place the final touches on the main courses. Many homes will be filled with  the aroma of chestnut stuffing, so tantalize the taste buds with a delicious appetizer with a hidden ingredient, chestnut butter. Chef Mogan Anthony of Locali Pizza Bar + Kitchen shares his recipe for “Chestnut Butter Bruschetta with Burrata, Kale or Arugula” that pairs chestnut butter with greens and Burrata.  

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Friday
Nov212014

Sage Infused Turkey w/ Pomegranate Juice & Chestnut Sausage Stuffing via South End

One of the most important guests at any Thanksgiving table is the turkey. In our ongoing Thanksgiving recipe coverage, Nick Martschenko, Executive Chef at South End, New Canaan, has kindly shared his recipe for Sage Infused Turkey Basted w/ Pomegranate Juice & Chestnut Sausage Stuffing. Sure, anyone can toss a turkey in the oven, but Chef Martschenko has given his bird the love and attention it deserves. Check out his incredible recipe which will likely end up an annual tradition.   

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Wednesday
Nov192014

Delicata Squash Soup w/ Coffee Roasted Carrot Coulis Recipe via Boulevard 18

It's time to dust off those recipe books or re-visit that Pinterest board. Thanksgiving is almost here, and in honor of our favorite culinary holiday, we have asked a few local chefs to share their favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Boulevard 18 in New Canaan is the first up with a delicious Delicata Squash Soup with Coffee Roasted Carrot Coulis and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. 

Stay tuned for additional recipes as we will be posting new ones up until the big day....

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Thursday
Nov132014

Guide To Thanksgiving Planning & Recipes via Marcia Selden 

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Don’t panic. Let us be your guide to creating the perfect Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy a traditional meal with family and friends, right? For some people Thanksgiving turns into an all-out crazy fest in the kitchen filled with ranting’s and multiple trips to the supermarket.  Never again!  Read on for our simple, fool proof guide to hosting a stress free Thanksgiving meal.  If this all seems like too much for you, we’d be happy to help you…just call!

Not only do we have an up to the minute timeline for your Thanksgiving prep, but we have the quintessential recipes for: Marcia’s Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey & Old-Fashioned Southern Pecan Pie. 

Ready, set...Go!

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Sunday
Oct262014

Guide To Great Caterers in Fairfield County: Holiday Catering Made Easy

A stack of gifts. Cards with cute holiday stamps. Family parties. Work parties. Kids’ parties. Cocktail parties. Concerts. Shopping. Even more shopping. And now you want me to host a party of my own or host eighteen relatives?? Your holiday to-do list is quickly making the song “The 12 Days of Christmas” look like a lullaby with all the items that are mentioned-that partridge atop that pear tree has nothin’ on you and your list. So...save yourself some gray hairs and a freak-out by booking one of these delightful, highly capable, and creative caterers to take over the food-portion of your entertaining obligations this season. They will do you proud and you can actually relax and enjoy an evening before you have to wrap that 200th gift. And with that, may there be peace on earth. + CTbites readers get special discounts. See below.

 Here is our Guide To 9 Great Caterers in Fairfield County:

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Tuesday
Jul292014

Beach Party Recipes: Quinoa Tabouli, Jerk Chicken, & Peachy Beet & Tomato Salad

August, some would say, is the best month of summer. By August you’ve finally, gotten into your summer “groove”, and with produce at its best, why not have a beach party?  No, not the Annette Funicello kind, but the cool, laid back, great food and drink kind.  

Simply pack up some cute disposable plates, napkins and silverware, and you’ll  be good to go!  Friends want to bring something?  Let them take care of drinks and dessert! Here’s Marcia Selden Catering’s ultimate beach party menu…

Try out these simple receipes for: Quinoa Tabouleh, “Peachy” Red Beet and Tomato Salad, & Jerk Chicken Skewers. Party menu ... done and done!

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Monday
Jul212014

3 Summer Ceviche Recipes via Marcia Selden Catering

There are few things more refreshing on a hot summer’s day or night than the delicious flavor of a freshly made ceviche.  This elegant dish is surprisingly easy to make and the varieties are endless.  The incredible marinade from Marcia Selden Catering makes all the difference between a meh and a wow ceviche!  

The best part?  Ceviche doesn’t need to be cooked in the oven, which keeps the kitchen nice and cool. It should be made in advance, which means you aren’t stuck in the kitchen all day! Read on for ultimate ceviche variations using one killer marinade.

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