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Crispy Prosciutto Cups w/ Pear + Goat Cheese Recipe

18 Nov
Proscuitto + Goat Cheese Cups

Be thankful for this Marcia Selden Catering recipe!

Some dishes are expected during a classic Thanksgiving feast. You’ve got your stuffing (or dressing if it’s on the side), your cranberries, your turkey, your sweet potatoes, and your gravy. But, sometimes it’s nice to start off with something different, with some Italian pizzazz. Personally, we always love to start our meals with little apps that have some different flavors because the rest is so expected and usually so heavy.

So, let’s share with you a recipe for Crispy Prosciutto Cups with Pear and Goat Cheese that we got from our friends at Marcia Selden Catering. It’s super easy to make and won’t take up too much of your meal prep time, either. 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Crispy Prosciutto Cups with Pear and Goat Cheese (Makes 12)

Ingredients:

½ lb thinly sliced Prosciutto

2 Pears

2 T Butter

2 oz Goat Cheese

2 Sprigs Fresh Thyme

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Using a mini muffin pan, take one piece of prosciutto and fold it into the cup of a pre-sprayed (we use Pam) mini muffin tin to form a cup. Place in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. (check after 10 minutes to be sure that they don’t burn. Let the cups cool completely.

Peel and dice the pears, saute in butter until translucent, set aside.

Spoon pears into the prosciutto cups and top with a small amount of goat cheese and then sprinkle with a few leaves of fresh thyme. Pop in the oven for just enough time for the cheese to melt, and serve.

5 Ways to Help Local Food Banks this Thanksgiving in the Stamford Area

21 Nov

While our blog focuses on the best places to eat, great beer, and fun experiences here in CT, we also like to help give back any way that we can. And, because you are all so freaking awesome, we’re sure you feel the same kinda way that we do. You want to be able to help out people in need. So, we’ve compiled four ways for you to get involved and help local food banks this holiday season. But, please, remember that the need for support is year-long and these organizations can always use your support.

1) If you’re already heading to The Palace in Stamford this weekend to see The Four Freshmen or Warren Miller Entertainment, just bring some cans to help families have a good meal for Thanksgiving. Non-perishable items will be donated to The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.

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Thanksgiving Recipes from Westport Farmers’ Market Chefs

20 Nov

Turkey and wine from iStockPhotoIf you’re still not sure about what to make this Thanksgiving, then we’ve got some great recipes for you to follow. A collection of Thankgiving dishes that will make this holiday the best one ever in recorded history. All of these recipes come from chefs and local business owners who have appeared at Westport Farmers Market and support it.

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Gobble This: Meals + Catering Options for Thanksgiving (and Eve) 2014 in Fairfield County

17 Nov

Last year we shared a breakdown of the best spots to get some pizza and get crunk’d on Thanksgiving Eve, one of the busiest and lushest drinking days on the calendar. So, check out that post, and definitely check out this post where we go through some more Thanksgiving Eve options, some spots where you can have a Thanksgiving meal, and even places that are offering up Thanksgiving catering. Whatever you do, make sure you eat lots of cranberry sauce. It’s not Thanksgiving without that stuff: amen.

If you know of any other events or special meals, feel free to comment here or e-mail us at omnomct@gmail.com for inclusion in this article. We’ll update continuously. 

Thanksgiving Eve

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Give Some Hope by Eating at Chip’s for Thanksgiving Breakfast

26 Nov

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We have a great idea.  Instead of supporting the massive corporations that are staying open this Thanksgiving Day and boasting about the biggest sales of the season, you could support local business and an important charity.  Yeah, how crazy of us…

We’re not talking about early bird door-busters either, but we are talking about early birds because Chip’s Family Restaurant (see Alex’s review from Sunday Diners) in Fairfield is opening up at 6 am on Thanksgiving to feed your need and will be giving their proceeds to Operation Hope.  We recently wrote about Operation Hope and their mission to end hunger and homelessness, so we’re excited to see that Chip’s is on board to spread some holiday cheer and bring the thanks back to Thanksgiving.

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Book-a-Cook Creates a Thanksgiving Feast for Operation Hope Soup Kitchen

13 Nov

The idea behind Book-a-Cook is pretty simple.  You check out their site, describe the kind of chef or cooking experience you’re looking for, then they match you up with the perfect chef.  Then, you book the cook and the chef will meet you at your house or wherever you are and prepare your meal.

And, after being in business for about a year, owners Ashley Hart and Amy Strife have decided to give back this holiday season by preparing an amazing Thanksgiving meal for over fifty people at Fairfield’s Operation Hope soup kitchen today.  The meal will include locally sourced ingredients and will be a feast for those who struggle with food insecurity on a daily basis.

On the menu is Citrus Brined Local Turkey with Chestnut Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Sport Hill Farm Broccoli with Garlic and EVOO, Homemade Corn Bread, and Apple Cobbler.  At the helm of the kitchen today will be Chef Tim Fornero who has cooked at Spago in Las Vegas and Felix in NYC.  And, both Ashley and Amy are pitching in to decorate the Operation Hope dining room.

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Thank Providence! Ye Olde 18th Century Thanksgiving Dinner for Thy Sustenance

12 Nov

Dost thou haveth plans on the date of November the 17th, in the year of our Lord, 2000 and 13?  Doth thou wanteth to eat Thanksgiving dinner akin to the days of old?  Then, by the Lord our God, headeth to the Webb Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield.

On that day (okay, we’re breaking character now, sue us), from noon to 3, a Thanksgiving feast will be prepared for 130 lucky guests.  Before the dinner even starts, though, guests will be treated a wine social with some light snacks and 18th century tunes.  Then, right before 1, the servant rings the dinner bell and the feast begins in the Webb Barn.

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Turkey Tour and Tastings @ 5 CT Breweries w/ CT Beer Trail

30 Oct

We’re almost in November here, boys and girls, and you know what that means…Thanksgiving is on the way.  Yes, the day that we test to see how far our stomachs can stretch out, laden with stuffing, turkey, and mashed potatoes.  It’s a tradition and holiday that is completely American, but the CT Beer Trail (you do follow them, right?) has a new tradition that they are starting this year:  The 1st Annual Turkey Tour.

Thomas Hooker Octoberfest LagerYou’ll meet at Back East Brewing Company in Bloomfield at 11:30 am on 11/30 to begin the day.  You’ll start off by taking a tour and get a tasting of Back East brews.  Like all stops on the Turkey Tour, you’ll be able to fill up growlers at each brewery (and you can down the growlers on the limo bus too).  After the tour and tasting, you’ll load up on the bus (riding in style, boyyy) and head out to Cambridge House Brew Pub in Granby.  You’ll get your tour and tasting, but you’ll also get a complete lunch along with a pint of beer.  When done there, you’ll head out to Thomas Hooker Brewing Co. for another tour, more tastings, and you’ll even get to take home some glassware swag.  After this you’ll check out Olde Burnside Brewing Co. then Broad Brook Brewing Co. for more tours and many many more tastings.  The whole day ends around 7 pm when you’re dropped off at Back East Brewing…where the Turkey Tour began!

Tickets are $90 and, to be honest, it’s the best way to spend the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Do you really want to be that punk who stays at home all day or gets stuck at the mall with lines that stretch across for miles?  Meh.  Wouldn’t you rather check out 5 CT breweries and drink lots of great local beer?  Yeah, we thought so.

Buy your tickets by clicking here, but don’t hesitate.  Their bus tours sell out pretty quickly.  We warned you.

Valencia in Norwalk’s Gotcha Covered for Turkey Day!

15 Nov

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Valencia Luncheria in Norwalk is the place to be.  Even with their larger digs, the place is still brimming with hungry people who are dying for some killer food.  People will still wait (and don’t mind waiting) for their shot at getting some amazing arepas, empanadas, killer breakfasts, main dishes, specials of the day, and fresh ceviche.  If you want proof, come in during lunch time!  If you can’t get enough of Valencia, don’t fret.  Chef Michael Young and all the good people at this Norwalk go-to joint have you covered with a special Thanksgiving catering menu.  Let’s be honest:  sometimes it’s not always so easy to make a meal, especially after so many of us are recovering after Hurricane Sandy.  Plus, we bet there are some of you out there who just don’t want to cook.  Don’t worry…we won’t single you out. ;)

So, look over this menu and think about your strategy.  Do you want to order your turkey dressed and ready to cook or with the stuffing already inside?  What kinds of soup, salads, sides, gravies, and desserts do you want with your meal?  You can mix and match to your heart’s content, helping you put together an awesome holiday meal.  The best option is the Thanksgiving Package for 12 people at $275.  You get a turkey that’s dressed, stuffed and ready to cook, a soup, any four sides, Jack Daniels gravy, and even some yummy pumpkin flan.  Don’t sweat it if you have extra guests because they’ll charge only $25 per person extra.  Do the math on this deal and you’ll see it’s actually a great price; it’s especially worth the cost when you consider the time it’ll save you.  Maybe you can use that time to talk with family, drink some vino, and just relax?  You know you deserve it.

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