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Wednesday
Apr162014

Great Recipes for Spring via Marcia Selden Catering

Spring couldn’t come soon enough in our books, and while we love the warmth and comfort of soups and stews, we are so ready to hit the farmers markets to cram our reusable bags full of fresh spring produce.  Here are our three favorite spring recipes that you’ll want to make just as soon as you throw open the windows and dust off your flip flops. Check out Marcia Selden's recipes for: Bruschetta w/ Smashed Fava Beans, Baby Pea and Bacon Risotto with Pea Shoots and Parmesan, and Fusilli w/ Roasted Fennel, Leek and Arugula Pesto

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Thursday
Apr102014

Passover Recipes: Nut Free Haroset & Matzo Kugel via Marcia Selden Catering

It's never too late to add a few new Passover recipes to the menu. Here are two more great Passover classics from Marcia Selden Catering including a Nut Free Haroset and a delicious Matzo Kugel. 

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Thursday
Apr102014

Passover Macaroons & Soufflé Cake Recipes via Tabouli Grill

Passover begins April 14th as does the hunt for new and exciting crowd pleasing recipes for your Passover table. We found some excellent selection in the recently pubished e-book, 4 Bloggers Dish: Passover, Modern Twists on Traditional Flavors," but in case you still need a few more dessert options for your repertoire, here are the recipes for Macaroons and Chocolate Soufflé cake from Chef Judy Roll of Tabouli Grill. 

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Wednesday
Feb262014

Oscar Party Menu Planning via Marcia Selden Catering

And the Oscar Goes to…

The Oscar’s are right around the corner, a night of glamour, drama and of course food.  This is the perfect night to glam up the house and invite friends over for a dinner worthy of a gold man.

Decorate the house with oversized shiny gold stars and old movie posters.  Rent rich red velvet tablecloths and bust out the good silverware.  This Oscar inspired menu will impress your friends and family and the best part?  Most of these recipes can be made in advance so you won’t miss a minute of the fun! Then call “The Butler” to help serve….Dallas’ Best Oysters Rockefeller, Omaha (Nebraska) Beef Wellington Nouveau, Zero Gravity Potato Gratin, Jumbo Asparagus with Blue Jasmine Vinaigrette, Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing Honey Gold Martini. 

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Tuesday
Feb252014

Valhrona Milk Chocolate Panna Cotta, Salty Caramel, Malt Ice Cream Shake via Parallel Post 

 

Parallel Post in Trumbull is currently celebrating National Chocolate Lover's Month during February, and will also honor American Chocolate Week during the week of March 17th.  Parallel Post is overseen by James Beard nominated Chef Dean James Max, and serves up modern-American cuisine focused on seasonal ingredients. To celebrate the joy of chocolate, Chef Max will be sharing a few of his chocolate inspired recipes with CTbites, the first is this amazing Valhrona Milk Chocolate Panna Cotta, Salty Caramel, Malt Ice Cream Shake. Yes please!

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Saturday
Feb222014

Cocktail Contest: Win Dinner for 2 @ Baró in Fairfield

WIN a FREE Dinner for two @ Baró New World Cantina in Fairfield. Here's how...

It's time for another cocktail throw down! Baró  New World Cantina in Fairfield has decided to trust the fate of their new specialty cocktail to the naming skills of our CTbites readers.  If your cocktail name is selected, you will win a FREE DINNER FOR TWO at Baró in Fairfield (cocktails included). 

Here are the ingredients for the cocktail in need of a name:

1.75 ounce Flor de Cana 7-Yr
1 ounce simple syrup
.75 lime juice
.5 grapefruit juice

Swizzle with crushed ice, top with two dash angostura bitters and Pina leaf.

Post your submission below (include email). We welcome input from readers. If you see a name you like...post your vote!

May the best namer win!! Good luck.

The winner will be announced on March 10th

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Wednesday
Feb122014

Homemade Apple Fashioned Cocktail Recipe via Luxe Wine Bar

Living in Connecticut, we are spoiled by the abundance of apples that are fresh out of the neighboring orchards. If you didn't make it out this past Fall to pick your own apples at Beardsley’s Cider Mill in Shelton or Silverman’s Farm on Sport Hill Road in Easton, you need to put that on your agenda next season. It’s fun for the whole family. If the crowds aren’t your thing, and you want a real farm experience, then definitely go buy local apples from Sport Hill Farm, just passed Silverman’s on the right heading north on Rt59.

To enjoy your local fruit and vegetables over the winter months, you need to preserve them. This can be accomplished in any number of methods. Some people like to pickle their vegetables while others may turn the fruit into spreads and jams.  I like to use my fruit to make syrups for cocktails. My Apple Cordial recipe has to be one of my favorites to make and to drink. Although it takes several days to make the syrup, it’s not a laborious task at all. In execution, however, this cocktail is definitely a labor of love.  The good news is that once all the prep is complete and it’s in your glass, you’ll realize that your efforts were worth it. It’s delicious. Another great alternative is to visit me at Luxe Wine Bar in Westport, where I will be happy to make one especially for you. The apple bitters and apple brandy can be purchased at Saugatuck Grain & Grape, also in Westport.

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Thursday
Feb062014

Sochi Party Food Recipes via Marcia Selden Catering

We are totally psyched for the Winter Olympics!  What’s better than sitting on your sofa, surrounded by lots snacks and watching the fittest athletes in the world compete for gold?!  

Why not throw a Winter Olympics Sochi Party?  Here are our favorite Russian inspired recipes to enjoy while you watch the Opening Ceremonies on February 7th at 7:30 pm.   So get your vodka chilled, and invite friends to come wearing their favorite ushanka (Russian hat). Read below for the following recipes: Russian Blini, Caviar Torte, Farshirovannye Yaytsa~ Stuffed Eggs, & a classic cocktail recipe, the White Russian.

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Monday
Feb032014

Kids Bites: Snow Ice Cream Dessert Recipes 

Thanks to SheKnows.com & National Geographic Kids for these snow day recipes.

School? What school? It's another snow day in CT. If you're in the house with your kids and things are getting ugly...why not put that white stuff falling out of the sky to good use and make dessert ? Remember, only use clean snow. Stay away from the yellow stuff. Ick.  

Grab your mittens and a spoon and head outside while the snow is still fresh for some "Snow Ice Cream" and "Frosty The Snowman Ice Cream Delight." 

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Thursday
Jan302014

The Spread's Poblano & Corn Chowder with Fresh Crabmeat

Get ready to rumble. Chowdafest is this weekend at the Webster Bank Arena, where 28 chefs will battle it out for "best of," and then Superbowl eating goes into full swing. The Spread in Sono under the direction of Chef Carlos Baez, will be competing for the first year at Chowdafest in the "Creative Chowder" category. Chef Baez may be a rookie to Chowdafest but he certainly is no rookie in the kitchen. 

Check out his very simple and delicious recipe for Poblano & Corn Chowder with Fresh Crabmeat. Make it for your Superbowl party or skip the work and sample some at Chowdafest before the big game. 

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