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Bacon-Fried Chicken Recipe So Good You’ll Wanna Slap Someone

25 Apr
Bacon Fried Chicken April 2016

Can’t we just eat this blog post NOW? Thanks for the shot, Robin Selden!

If there’s one thing in this world that we can’t ever get enough of, it’s fried chicken. But, when you go and add some bacon into that mix? Oh, praise the lard! So, we’re super excited to share this amazing recipe from Marcia Selden Catering . . . a recipe for Bacon-Fried Chicken. Eat it by itself, with greens, with waffles, or whatever your bacon-clogged heart desires! Continue reading

Gimme S’more: 4 S’mores Recipes for a Killer Backyard Party

10 Aug
Elvis has left the building and is just about to enter our bellies. Photo from Robin Selden

Elvis has left the building and is just about to enter our bellies. Photo from Robin Selden

You haven’t had any kind of good summer until you’ve busted out the fire pit or grill to make some S’mores. And, like the good people they are, Marcia Selden Catering has gone ahead and given us four recipes that will help you to elevate your dessert level from n00b to expert in no time flat. So, let’s take you through these recipes, one delicious bite at a time:

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4 Fairfield County Chefs Featured in FC Beat Magazine

23 Jan

The FC Beat winter2015 cover

If you haven’t seen it already (but seriously, how couldn’t you?), FC Beat Magazine is a bright, fun, modern, and attractive magazine that highlights the “Food, Arts, Culture + Color of Fairfield County.” Paper copies are everywhere and we snag them when we see them, but they also release digital versions so it’s easy to keep up with each issue.

In the current Winter 2015 issue, some of our favorite Fairfield County chefs take over the pages in a delicious spread called “Love & Braises.” It’s fun, it’s playful, and it’s a good read when you see what these chefs are up to and how they interact. Featured are Chef Pat Pascarella of Bar Sugo who cooks up a killer Oxtail Crostino (recipe here), Chef Shelby Gopinath of The Fez takes us through his quintessential Moroccan-style Braised Lamb Shank, Chef Jared Falco of Washington Prime gives us a little Weezer inspired dish a la Pork and Beans, and Chef Franco Camacho of Geronimo digs down deep into his Bison Osso Bucco. And, as an added bonus, FC Beat writer Mike Mackey takes you through a braise of his own: braised rabbit.

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Bowls of Love: Stamford Resident Ali Rakowski’s New Cookbook Will Bowl You Over 49X

24 Nov

It’s hard to think of anything that’s more amazing or more comforting than a hot bowl of soup on a cold, bone-chilling day. It warms your body, and it sure as hell warms your soul. And, that’s exactly what Ali Rakowski of Stamford thought when she put together a brand new cookbook, Bowls of Love, that features 49 soup recipes.

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Four Recipes for the Serious Chocoholic from Parallel Post in Trumbull

25 Feb

 

February is the official month of chocolate, yet there’s also an American Chocolate Week that starts on March 17.  But, do we really need a month or eek to go crazy and indulge in chocolate?  Psshh, nah, any ol’ day will do, but we should embrace both of these times because then at least our lusts are justified.  :)

So, whether you just love chocolate, like it occasionally, or just want to try something new, we’ve got four great recipes to share with you from Parallel Post in Trumbull.  By following these recipes, you’ll be able to make a decadent chocolate cake, a richly complex Valrhona Milk Chocolate Panna Cotta with Salty Caramel and Malt Ice Cream Milkshake, a Chocolate Cardamom Tart, and a Chocolate Moonshine Manhattan on the Rocks.  

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125 Years in the Making: 3 Thanksgivukkah Recipes for Noshing

20 Nov
Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Thanksgivukkah:  it’s the unofficially official name of the holiday that’s ready to happen on Thursday, 11/28.  Yes, the best of both worlds together:  the joyous first night of Hanukkah and, of course, Thanksgiving.  This is a very rare occurence, actually.  So rare, in fact, that the last time this has happened was 125 years ago.

Well, it should be clear that Thanksgivukkah will create a very unique meal opportunity, blending together the best of both holidays.  Lucky for all you voracious OmNomivores out there that Stew Leonard’s Executive Chef Michael Luboff has thought long and hard about this and has created a few recipes perfect for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.  And, even if you’re not Jewish, these are some great recipes that you can work into your Turkey Day meal.  Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Latkes (makes 15 latkes)

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Chef and Grillmaster Demos at Pork in the Park Announced!

8 Jul

Pork in the Park is just around the corner, July 13 (11-8) and 14 (11-6).  Can you smell the BBQ in the air? But, remember were not talking about just BBQ. Were talking food trucks, local restaurants, music, entertainment, family fun, an official KCBS cook off, and some amazing talent at the OmNomCT Chef Demos. Yes, organizer Bob LeRose asked us to put together a cast of some of our favorite chefs, pitmasters, and grillmasters for both days. You’ll definitely want to stop by and check out these great chefs as they grill up some of their favorite food. You’ll have a chance to talk with them, ask about their recipes, and try the food they are making. Here’s the most updated schedule:

Saturday, 7/13

12:15-1         Nick Type and Seth Leifer (co-owners) of Station Eats in Stamford
1-1:45           Gary Brown of Bistro 7 in Wilton
1:45-2:30   Nikki Glekas with mother-in-law Dina Glekas Loukrezis of EOS in Stamford
2:30-3:15   Kris Yeager, hardcore BBQ competitor.  His team, I.Q. BBQ won first place in ribs and desserts last year at Blues, Views, & BBQ and were named Grand Champion, coming in first overall.  This year they are competing at the KCBS event under a new name:  That’s Our Que.

Sunday, 7/14 (We’ll be around, so say hi)

11:30-12:15 Carlo Fuda, Final 10 Competitor from American Baking Competition on CBS, Official 100% paisano, Chef, Baker, Blogger.
12:15-1          Jason Maur Power Foodie, Competitor from Master Chef on FOX, Chef, Blogger
1-3:15            Break
3:15-4           Ryan Cuber of Savory Smoke Catering
4-4:45          Steve Costanzo of Olio in Stamford 

For more info on the Pork in the Park event, check our original post or the official Pork in the Park site.

Pork in the Park

7/13 (11-8 pm) + 7/14 (11-6 pm)

Cost:  $15 for adults, $5 for kids

Mill River Park

Stamford, CT

La Dolce Vita of Carlo Fuda: chef, baker, blogger, e molto Italiano

7 Jun

Carlo Fuda Italian Flag Pic

It all started one fine day at work in Stamford when Carlo Fuda was checking out Facebook.  CBS was looking for contestants for a brand new show that featured amateur bakers.  Without much hesitation, he wrote up an e-mail, hoping his passion and love for food would shine through.  Then, late one night he got the phone call.  It was from CBS and they had some amazing news:  he was going to be one of ten contestants on The American Baking Competition.  He remembered being excited that he was chosen, but he had felt that he had a great shot from the start.  “When I got the call,” he shared with us, “it created a new path for me to follow through on my passions.”   The American Baking Competition is hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy and judged by Marcela Valladolid and Paul Hollywood.  Each Wednesday at 8, contestants are pitted against each other with the “Signature Bake,” “Technical Bake,” and “Showstopper Bake.”  Eventually, only one baker is left and that person is crowned America’s Best Amateur Baker and they pocket $250,000.

Carlo's Citrus Pop-u-ccino

A citrusy cappuccino

Unfortunately, Carlo didn’t make it past the first episode (check out his CBS backstory), but during the episode his Twitter feed was blowing up with comments from fans who said they loved him and needed to see more.  Well, Carlo always has more and keeps his fans fed with his blog and other social media accounts, all listed at the bottom of this post.  Some of his most recent recipes are Calabrese Stuffed Eggplant (from a 100 year old recipe), Polpette di Nonna, and Garlic Parmesan Fried Zucchini & Eggplant.  Because he was so willing to talk to a fellow paesan about food, we scored an interview with this Stamford/PA resident, getting a view into the machinery that powers such an energetic, creative, sweet, and passionate mind.  So, here’s a little slice of Carlo’s la dolce vita, literally the sweet life.

In the first episode of The American Baking Competition, one of the rounds had contestants a create a pie.  Is there a story behind your Italian Easter ricotta pie?

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Easter Recipes to Hop for from Chef McLeod of Benjamin Steakhouse

25 Mar
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Easter is hopping along, just around the corner on Sunday, March 31.  And, with Easter, comes baskets of goodies and the all important brunch.  While some of you might be going out for brunch (we have an awesome list of Easter brunch spots), some of you might be hosting this meal at your place.  If that’s the case, we have two great recipes to share from the acclaimed Chef Arturo McLeod of Benjamin Steakhouse  in White Plains.  They have a 24 Zagat rating and consistently earn 4/5 stars from many review sites…plus, we’ve heard lots of great buzz about their food.  They are also offering up an Easter brunch, too, btw.  We’re excited to try their food sometime soon, but in the meantime let’s check out Chef McLeod’s recipes for Lamb Stew over Mashed Potatoes and Tuna Deviled Eggs.

Deviled Eggs from Benjamin Steakhouse Westchester

Tuna Deviled Eggs

When preparing a lavish Easter meal for your loved ones, sometimes you just want to start with something simple to save time and energy for the main haul. Enter Deviled Eggs: one of the simplest hors d’oeuvres to make, which happens to be one of the tastiest! It’ll take a total of 15 minutes to make, but I guarantee they’ll be gone in an even shorter time! This recipe uses tuna, which adds extra flavor without overwhelming the delicate nature of the dish. For those who want to go vegetarian, nix the tuna and it’ll be just as great!

Bon appétit!

Ingredients:

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Cooking up Fun at Family Farm Fridays – Stamford Museum and Nature Center

13 Apr

Please mommy, can we see the otters and go to Family Farm Friday?

It’s pretty clear from our previous posts how much we love going to The Stamford Museum and Nature Center.  There are fun events like Maple Sugar Fest Weekend and the Model Ts to Mustangs car show, they have rotating exhibits on display, they have lots of animals to fawn over, and they have Family Farm Fridays.  Listen to this little bit of awesomeness:

Starting Friday, May 4 until June 15 (no class on 6/1, be careful)

4-5 PM

Aw, we have the same hair color!

You’ll be able to check out the garden (that’s right by the pigs) and explore the farm.  You’ll learn about the different crops and herbs being produced  locally and will be able to create fun food.  SM&NC recommends this event for children 6 and older, but they certainly welcome young children too.  Members pay just $5 per class, and non-members pay only $8 per class.  Be sure to make your reservations because class size is limited.

Classes and Descriptions (from their FB page)

May 4 – Eggs & Chickens – visit with chickens & help collect eggs
May 11 – Woolly Workshop – work with wool from start to finish, meet sheep
May 18 – Planting a Salad – plant veggie seeds for salad and help make salad to try
May 25 – Salsa & Pesto – visit our garden & make some fresh salsa & pesto to take home
June 8 – Pickles & Pumpkin Seeds – make pickles & plant pumpkin seeds for fall (to take home)
June 15 – Butter & Cheese Making – make your own butter & learn a quick cheesemaking recipe

If you’re a nature lover, hiker, animal lover, have a family, or enjoy museums then SM&NC is the perfect place to have a membership.  Join by clicking here.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

39 Scofieldtown Road

Stamford, CT 06903

203.322.1646

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