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Holiday Recipe: Autumn Old Fashioned by La Zingara in Bethel

Although we all love the Thanksgiving holiday, there comes a time in any family gathering where one simply requires a cocktail or two. La Zingara in Bethel is here to help you in your time of need with a classic drink. Their Autumn Old Fashioned cocktail recipe will drown out any trying relative, and just make the dinner that much better.  

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Holiday Recipes: Scandinavian Caramelized Potatoes & Mushroom Toast via Community Table

One of our favorite Litchfield County restaurants, Community Table, has contributed these deceptively simple but absolutely delicious appetizers for the upcoming holidays. Chef Marcell Davidsen's recipes for Scandinavian Caramelized PotatoesMushroom toast will delight even the most discerning guest. You may want to add this one to your virtual recipe box. 

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Holiday Recipe: Chef Carey Savona's Heirloom Kale Salad 

"By far our most requested recipe (I get at least three a week) is for our kale salad. I know that kale has jumped the shark, but this recipe was featured in the CT Farm to Table Cookbook and it fits well on the holiday table; healthy, but still very flavor forward," says Chef Carey Savona of Heirloom in New Haven. Enjoy this recipe for Heirloom's Kale Salad. 

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Holiday Recipe: Black Truffle & Leek Bread Pudding from elm restaurant

Executive Chef Luke Venner, of elm restaurant in New Canaan, has a decadant and delicious Thanksgiving recipe for our CTbites readers. If you want to make your guests extra happy this season, go beyond traditional bread pudding with his recipe for Black Truffle & Leek Bread Pudding. We are quite certain it will elicit praise all around. Of course, personally I'd rather have Chef Venner cook it himself, but if you can't get to elm restaurant, try this recipe at home this Thanksgiving season. Your guests will thank you. 

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Match Restaurant's Maple Braised Squash + Wine Pairing

It's time to get ready for our favorite holiday here at CTbites...Thanksgiving. Chef Matt Storch has a recipe to consider as you get your Thanksgiving menu organized, Maple Braised Squash. Our wine expert, Emma Doody, has also chimed in with some suggestions for wine pairings to enhance this dish.

The sweet flavors from the maple and the squash call for a wine that imparts sweetness of its own.  At the same time, I would stay away from a true dessert wine.  They tend to have syrupy, thicker bodies and the maple will already have that texture. 

The wine should have a touch of acidity to cut through the decadence.An ideal bottle to complement this is Robertson Winery’s 2015 Late Harvest Gewürztraminer.  It retails in Connecticut stores for around $9.99.  The wine, which comes from South Africa, hovers on the brink of dessert wine.  The late harvest makes it sweet without being rich.  One could also pair an Italian Muscato with the dish.

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Holiday Recipe: Cauliflower & Apple Soup via Marcia Selden Catering

We are days away from Thanksgiving, and the menu planning has kicked into high gear. Marcia Selden Catering has shared one of their favorite fall soups. This recipe for Cauliflower & Apple Soup with Curry Drizzle, can be served both hot and cold, with equally delicious results. Happy holidays and enjoy. 

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15 CT Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving arrives Thursday November 26 and many Connecticut restaurants are inviting you to spend the holiday with them.  From buffets to prix fixe and traditional to creative, there are a number of styles so that you can pick the best for you and your loved ones.

NOTE: We came across a few more restaurants after the publish date of this article, so we've gone beyond 15. Enjoy!

  1. Millwright's, Simsbury
  2. Cafe on the Green, Danbury
  3. Artisan, Southport
  4. Bernard's, Ridgefield
  5. Elm Restaurant, New Canaan
  6. Mill on the River Restaurant, South Windsor
  7. Capital Grille, Stamford and Hartford
  8. Harbor Lights, Norwalk

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14 Places For Great Holiday Pies in CT

Holiday season is heeeere, with its feasts and parties, and let’s be honest, you can’t really have too much pie, now can you? Note: with the brief exception of a kooky aunt who, after a post-Thanksgiving bout on the tread mill, did wearily proclaim “Too....Much....Pie!” but that’s another story for another time. So where to go for the best pies with the flakiest crusts, sweetest streusel toppings and the most flavorful fillings? We’ll be happy to tell you. Get those dessert plates ready and, might want to loosen that belt.

Here are 14 places to buy great holiday pies in CT.

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Holiday Catering Guide: 14 Fairfield County Caterers Who Do It All 

Holiday party for 4…10…50…100? It all takes effort to entertain well and create a memorable and delicious event for your guests. So, as we embark on another lively holiday season, get a little help. Ok, a lot of help (you’ll be sooo much happier for it!). Have that party catered! Lucky for you, we have assembled a delightful list of area caterers and restaurants that will, literally, bring something amazing to the table. So make the call, invite the guests, and enjoy your holiday season’s get-togethers right along with everyone else. It is our gift to you. 

We bring you our Holiday Catering Guide: 14 Fairfield County Caterers Who Do It All!

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Cinco de Mayo Tips c/o Aarón Sánchez & Serendipity Magazine

c/o Serendipty Magazine

Chef Aarón Sánchez, Executive Chef of Paloma in Stamford, and well-known TV personality with appearances on Chopped and Taco Trip, is the guest editor of Serendipity Magazine's recent issue. His  gourmet take on tacos and Cinco de Mayo party tips will leave you inspired to celebrate this Mexican holiday with his signature contemporary Latin approach.

On Party Prep

Try to have as many things done ahead of time as possible, and display food in cool bowls. I have dishes with different compartments where you can put little things like pickles in my line at Pre-make your drinks in pitchers so you just have to add ice. The key is being proactive with the prep. You don’t want to be working hard while your guests are there.

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