Turkey Ain’t Just for Thanksgiving: Beer-Brined Turkey and Onion Gravy with Bacon Recipe

29 Nov

 

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Your love of turkey doesn’t have to go away now that Thanksgiving’s done! Photo provided by Marcia Selden Catering.

We know you’re probably still pulling out of your tryptophan coma, but good food shouldn’t stop anybody . . . that’s why we’re sharing a recipe for Beer-brined Turkey and Onion Gravy with Bacon from our friends at Marcia Selden Catering. And, although the recipe calls for six 12 ounce bottles of dark stouts/porters/ales, we think you should have lots more ready to go so that you can brine yourself to a buzz as you prepare this dish. This is a great and hearty meal for those cold winter days, for those times when you have friends over for football or hockey, or just because you need another dose of turkey . . . and bacon. Continue reading

Nom Away @ 7th Annual Food + Wine Tasting ft. Stamford Favorites

7 Nov
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Check out this great event with details in this post.

The North Stamford Exchange Club is hosting its 7th Annual Food & Wine Tasting this Friday from 7-10 at the Italian Center . . . and we hope you can make it. The tasting (or gorging if you’d prefer 2nds and 3rds) features some great favorites from across Stamford, including one of the most anticipated restaurants that’s ready to open. Tickets are just $50, 4 for $190, or 6 for $270 with proceeds going directly to local scholarships and organizations. The organizations that will be helped are the Exchange Club Parenting Skills Center of Stamford, ARI, The Salvation Army, Stamford Youth Foundation, MarcUS for Change, Pacific House Homeless Shelter, and the Turn of River Fire Department and the Belltown Fire Departments. Get your tickets here, at either BevMax (Ridgeway or East Main) or by calling up Amy at (203) 667-1202. Continue reading

9th Annual Stamford Charity Chili Cook-Off Stewing up this Sunday!

2 Nov

One of our favorite events of the year is the ever-growing and ever-popular Stamford Charity Chili Cook-Off. Started as a small event in a local Stamford church, this event has grown every year with more competitors and even more hungry tasters. This year the tradition continues on November 6 from 11-3 right at Stamford Museum & Nature Center. There will be 15 home cooks, chefs, and restaurants this year, all vying for your votes! Who will win the coveted first place prize? Will Mayor Martin’s chili take down the competition? Will the students at JM Wright Tech uphold their number one spot? Also, who will be the contestants who win special trophies and rewards from four special judges (more on this below)? Continue reading

Be the Toast of the Town w/ a Toast Station at Your Next Party!

28 Oct

 

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Be the toast of the town with these quick and easy recipes from Marcia Selden Catering. Pic from Robin Selden Catering.

If there’s one thing that we love when we have friends and families over, it’s putting together some kind of bar or station. You know, you set up all the ingredients and your guests put together their meal however they’d like. We’ve done grilled pizza stations, we’ve recently put together an amazing bagel station, and with the help of our buds at Marcia Selden Catering, we’ve got a brand new idea: a breakfast toast station. Here are all the nummy nummy details . . .

 

Ingredients

Assorted Artisan Breads, sliced about ½ inch thick

Avocado Mash

Avocados, cut in half, mashed

Fresh Lime Juice

Feta Cheese, crumbled

Pomegranate Arils

Salt and Pepper

Directions

Mash ripe avocados in a bowl, sprinkle with fresh lime juice and salt and pepper. Spread on toast and sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese and pomegranate.

Gone Bananas

Almond Butter

Bananas, sliced thin

Chia Seeds

Directions

Spread the almond butter on the toast, arrange banana slices over it, and sprinkle chia seeds.

Berry Delicious

Mascarpone

Basil, chopped

Blueberries

Raspberries

Blackberries

Agave

Balsamic Glaze

Directions

Allow the mascarpone to come to room temperature. In a bowl add chopped basil. In a separate bowl, with a fork mash the blueberries, raspberries and blackberries and drizzle with agave. Allow it to macerate for 20 minutes. Combine the mascarpone and basil and spread on toast, top with the mashed berries and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

 

Slices of NY Heaven + More @ Bronx House Pizza Pie in Springdale, Stamford

25 Oct

Just a short walk from our house is the brand new Bronx House Pizza Pie that has its grand opening tomorrow. The new joint, owned by Bruno DiFabio who also owns Amore on Hope Street, ReNapoli in Greenwich, and many other great award-winning pizza places, is located at 27 Ryan Street. If you’re coming off of Hope, turn down Camp Ave. then you’ll see it right after the Twin Rinks and across from Napa Auto Parts.

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Tablao Brings Spain Back to SoNo in a Big Way – Review

18 Oct

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Big, bold flavors perfectly executed. Fun and lively vibes. That’s what we took away from a recent visit to Tablao, a new Spanish-Mediterranean tapas and wine bar that opened at 86 Washington Street in SoNo back in May. In fact, we enjoyed it so much we can’t wait to go back to this hotspot again. What made it such a nice experience, exactly? Well, you’ll just need to read our review to find out. Continue reading

Riko’s Pizza Opens New Hope Street Spot . . . with a Bar!

10 Oct

Stamford is no stranger to pizza joints, especially when you count ’em up on Hope Street. Misto, Vinny’s Backyard, Amore, Springdale Pizza, Hope Pizza, Pappas, Papa John’s (gag), and even (double gag) Domino’s. But now there’s another place for Stamfordites and Springdalers to go: Riko’s Pizza. Their new restaurant is loacted at 886 Hope Street and is right next to Bank of America and is directly across from the Springdale train station. Park on the road (bring quarters) or in their newly paved lot to the left of the restaurant. Their newest spot is replacing their 581 Newfield Avenue location.

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Crazy Good Comfort Food @ New Magee’s Curbside Mobile Food Truck

4 Oct

 

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You need some of this in your life . . . and face. All of it in your face.

 

Comfort food, you’ve met your match. Well, technically, you’ve met your match when Magee’s Curbside opened up at 72 Magee Avenue. We recently had a chance to go and check them out and came out impressed after a brunch that featured some great dishes.

So, imagine how excited (and torn we were) when we stopped by Indeed Stamford today and saw The Brunch Box, Hapa Food Truck, and Magee’s Curbside’s new (two weeks new) truck! Priorities of  just getting Hapa changed (we still got Hapa too, don’t worry) because, well, what kind of bloggers would we be if we didn’t try out the new truck? Right? Right. Continue reading

Nestor Laracuente Opening Mason Dixon Smokehouse in Stamford w/ Gamechanging BBQ

1 Oct
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Nestor mans the pass to the open kitchen of what will soon be Mason Dixon Smokehouse.

Are you sitting down now? Okay, we’ll wait . . . you’re gonna need to brace yourselves with this one. Master Pitmaster Nestor Laracuente is getting ready to open a new bbq spot right in Stamford, CT. The spot, Mason Dixon Smokehouse, is located right in the Columbus Park area where Gastro Bar (78 W. Park Pl.) is right now. And, the man behind it all, Nestor, is dying to get started and be back in CT. That’s Nestor aka Brooklyn Pit Rat aka pitmaster who helped place Hometown BBQ and Hoodoo Brown BBQ on the top of list after list Continue reading

Rise & Shine Collabo w/ Half Full and Rise Coffee Brews in Stamford; Special Release Friday

29 Sep

It’s National Coffee Day, people. So, while you’re sipping that cuppajoe, take a look see at this: Half Full in Stamford is introducing a brand new series of collabo beers with local brewers and businesses. The first release in the Community Sourced Ales Project is Rise Coffee who is putting out some killer good nitro-infused cold brew coffee (you’ve undoubtedly seen them on tap at your local watering hole). The cold-brew coffee porter packs a punch at 8.5% ABV and will be released tomorrow right at Half Full from 6-9 and will also be in stores on a limited basis.  Continue reading

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