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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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Thursday
Oct092014

Halloween Recipes Kids & Adults Will Love, via Marcia Selden Catering

Halloween is around the corner, and in honor of this ghoulish holiday, Marcia Selden Caterers have created the perfect menu plan for your Halloween party. These dishes are both adult and kid-friendly, and are simple time-saving delicious meals that will leave you plenty of time for dress-up. This is the first in our series, and really... what defines the real joy of Halloween more perfectly than eatable severed body parts? 

Enjoy receipes for: Bloody Brains (Dumplings with Sesame Chili Oil); Bat Sh*t Crazy Wings- Honey BBQ Glazed Chicken Wings; Bloody Fingers in a Blanket; Devil on Horseback (Bacon Wrapped shrimp Skewers with Blue Cheese Dip); & Worms in Dirt- Hijiki Salad. 

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Thursday
Oct022014

13 Pumpkin Treats & Cocktails To Enjoy This Fall in CT

Fall is officially here… and nothing embodies the season as perfectly as the pumpkin!  Many of CT’s best restaurants, eateries, and specialty stores are celebrating the arrival of autumn with pumpkin-inspired treats.  For fun for the whole family, Chips serves up pumpkin pancakes; Ferris Acres Creamery is serving "Pumpkin Pie" ice cream (pie crust included); while the over 21 crowd can sip on homemade pumpkin vodka at Darien Social, or a Spiced Pumpkin cocktail at Napa & Co. 

  1. Darien Social, (Darien): Housemade Pumpkin Vodka
  2. SONO Baking Company, (Westport, Norwalk, Darien)  Pumpkin Cookies, Pies & muffins
  3. SBC, (Milford, Branford, Southport)  Pumpkin Crème Bruleé
  4. Ferris Acres Creamery, (Newtown) Ice cream specials include: Pumpkin, Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Cookies and Cream - with crushed Oreos, Pumkpin Pie, Oh Snap - pumpkin w/ crushed ginger snaps
  5. Stew Leonard’s, (Norwalk, Danbury, Newington) Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt
  6. The Schoolhouse, (Wilton) Kabocha Squash Soup
  7. Fresh Market, (Westport) Pumpkin Salsa

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Monday
Sep292014

Shake Shack's Shacktoberfest Menu On Tap October 3-12 @ Westport & New Haven

The best of the wurst is almost here! Shake Shack’s 9th Annual Shacktoberfest is on tap from Friday, October 3rd through Sunday, October 12th.

As is the case every autumn, Shake Shack’s highly anticipated Oktoberfest-inspired festival celebrates good food, drinks and friends—the Shack way! Get ready for special-edition biers, bratwursts, burgers, and frozen custard treats at both Westport & New Haven locations. 

Shacktoberfest is the only time of year to snag a commemorative Shake Shack Bier Stein for $10.00 (25 oz.). Filled to the brim with your choice of Brooklyn Brewery’s brisk, malty Oktoberfest beer or their very own ShackMeister Ale, the hefty glass stein is yours to keep and just $7.00 to refill throughout Shacktoberfest.

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Tuesday
Jun102014

Dad’s & Grad’s Ultimate Grilled Pizza Party w/ Recipes from Marcia Selden

Time to celebrate your special Dad (June 15th ~ Father’s Day) or your fabulous Grad!  There’s no better time to fire up the grill and throw a party.   We've got a great salad to start… our grilled romaine with a blue cheese and bacon vinaigrette. 

Another one of our favorites things to make, at Marcia Selden Catering, are grilled pizzas.  The varieties are endless. It’s a little different and who doesn’t love pizza! This is a rare treat.

As for the pizza, if you don’t want to make your own dough, most stores sell great pre-made dough to make it real simple. Buy (from a good salad bar) or make lots of the toppings.

The best way to set yourself up for success is to arrange all of the toppings in bowls on a table by the grill. Guests can simply choose their toppings and grill up the pizzas on the spot.

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Friday
May232014

Weekly Nibble: Upcoming Food News & Events

This Memorial Day, you can support our troops by eating delicious dishes from Dinosaur BBQ in Stamford!  Each time you dig into a “Sweetheart Deal” or a “Brisket Plate,” Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will be donating $$ to the nonprofit organization Wounded Warriors Project, which supports a full range of programs and services for this generation of injured veterans and their families.  Take part in this from Sunday, May 25th through Monday, May 26th.

It’s a Memorial Day BBQ at Barcelona Fairfield!  An all-day buffet will be served from 1-9pm for $20 adult and $10 for children.  Nick Marzock will performs live from 2-6pm and there will be face painting for the kids from 1:30-4:30pm.  There will even be a Narragansett Brewery beer tasting.  Full menu & details here. 

The Darien Farmers' Market is open for the spring and summer season.  It takes place every Wednesday in the Goodwives Shopping Center parking lot.  Visit http://darienfarmersmarket.net/ for all the details.

Wednesday May 28, Half Full Brewery in Stamford invites you to participate in a pub run! From 6:30–7:30pm, run a little, beer a little. Runners of all ability levels can start and finish at the brewery the 4th Wednesday of every month.

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