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Wednesday
Dec172014

13 Places to Celebrate New Years Eve in Fairfield County CT

Plans for New Year's Eve? Usher in the New Year at one of Fairfield County's favorite restaurants and celebrate with great food, music and libations. Many will offer their regular menus while others are offering fix prixe extravaganzas. CTbites New Year's Eve round-up summarizes those restaurants that are offering special menus for ringing in 2015!!! Make your reservations early as the best spots and times usually go first.

Here are 13 Fairfield County New Year's Eve Restaurant Parties...

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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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Friday
Nov282014

Chef Matt Storch's Recipe for "Day After Turkey & Waffles"

Every Thanksgiving, we ask our friends in the Chef community for their favorite holiday recipes. This year we got a last minute entry from Chef Matt Storch of Match Restaurant & The Chelsea with a great idea for all those leftovers. Ok...that picture above...it's not turkey...those are chicken livers, but it's the best we could do on short notice. Here is Matt Storch's Day After Turkey & Waffles Recipe. 

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Tuesday
Nov252014

Roasted Butternut Squash & Bosc Pear Soup Recipe from The Spread in SoNo

It's not too late to run to the store and pick up some Butternut squash for this incredibly delicious recipe created by Carlos Baez of The Spread in SoNo. This one is sure to be a keeper. When your guests are sighing with delight, please feel free to thank us. Enjoy this recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash and Bosc Pear Soup. 

Roasted Butternut Squash & Bosc Pear Soup

1 Butternut Squash, cut in half and seeded

1 Tsp Kosher Salt, divided

½ Tsp Black Pepper

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Tuesday
Nov252014

Down Home Apple Crisp Recipe from Mama's Boy in Sono

You really can never have too much dessert...especially when it involves warm fruit. Grab yourself some apples and try out this recipe from Chef Chaz Mazas of Mama's Boy Southern Table & Refuge in Sono. Mama's Apple Crisp never tasted so good!

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Saturday
Nov222014

Napa & Co.'s Maple-Bourbon Banana Pudding Cake Recipe

You’ve finished the turkey, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, baked potatoes, sides galore, apple sauce, cranberry sauce, salads, cole slaw, and maybe a few glasses of cider, wine and beer. In the background, the football games are on the TVs and maybe a little jazz, rock or classical fills the air. It’s been a great Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family. So what’s next? Close your eyes and travel to the South and focus on one of their comfort food desserts, Bread Pudding.

Chef Adam Truelove of Napa & Co. in Stamford was kind enough to share his version with CTbites, and he starts with a simple bread pudding and adds his special twists…bourbon, maple syrup and bananas. Here's Chef Truelove's recipe for Maple-Bourbon Banana Pudding Cake.

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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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Tuesday
Nov182014

16 CT Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving Dinner

Not in touch with your inner Martha Stewart?  Or would you rather enjoy a festive night out than serve up a Thanksgiving meal at home?  That's perfectly alright- these CT restaurants are open on Thanksgiving and offering specials for the occasion.  Whether you want traditional fare or modern twists on the classics, these venues are sure to make the night memorable.  Be sure to make your reservations soon- these restaurants are booking up fast.
  1. David Burke Prime, Foxwoods
  2. Harbour House, Mystic
  3. Café on the Green, Danbury
  4. Bar Rosso, (Thanksgivng "eve" party on 26th) Stamford
  5. Carmen Anthony’s Steakhouse, New Haven
  6. Cask Republic, (bar only opens @ 7pm) Stamford
  7. Boulevard 18, New Canaan
  8. Bernard’s, Ridgefield
  9. Mill on the River Restaurant, South Windsor
  10. L’escale, Greenwich
  11. Elm, New Canaan
  12. The Brewhouse, Norwalk
  13. Artisan, Southport
  14. Rive Bistro, Westport
  15. Capital Grille, Hartford & Stamford
  16. Red Barn, Westport

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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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