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The second course at Brasitas' 15th anniversary wine pairing dinner in Stamford: Mar de Frades Albarino. Photo c/o Local Food Rocks.

Review: Brasitas in Stamford

  We were lucky enough to be among the food bloggers invited to a wine pairing dinner at Brasitas in Stamford in celebration of their 15th anniversary. We’d heard good things about this place from our pals at OmnomCT, so we were not going to pass up a… Read more »


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The main course at Michael Bick's farm to table dinner at Butcher's Best in Newtown, Connecticut: New York strip loin with wild mushroom ragout over saffron-curry Israeli couscous.  Photo by Renato Ghio.

An Evening at the Butcher Shop

  It was with much anticipation that we headed to Butcher’s Best in Newtown, Connecticut (Butcher’s Best is an advertiser on The Mercurial) for Chef Michael Bick’s first farm-to-table dinner of the year. We not only brought our appetites; we brought friends.   And you… Read more »


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Ramp Fritatta

  Much to the dismay of my sister-in-law it is once again ramp season. I, however, am delighted. I love these pungent wild gems of Spring. Since they are only around for a limited time, I like to take full advantage of their flavor.  … Read more »


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Grow Connecticut Farms

  As a local food supporter, I think it’s a good idea to have some general knowledge about what’s going on at the state level when it comes to agriculture. I figure part of knowing where your food comes from is also knowing what issues… Read more »


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Winter Farmers Markets

  The folks at Stanziato’s Wood Fired Pizza in Danbury posted a fun, off-the-cuff video on Facebook the other day of the flourishing greenhouses at Holbrook Farm in Bethel, Connecticut. Despite the snow and chilly temps outside, their was a warm, lush landscape of herbs… Read more »


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Chicken Noodle Soup

  Wow, do I know a lot of people who are feeling under the weather right now. I’m trying to stay ahead of it with religious hand washing and, quite frankly, just staying away from anyone who has even the slightest sniffle. I have much… Read more »


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No Soak Beans

  I tend to be a slacker when it comes to planning meals ahead of time. I typically open the fridge or the pantry and whip up dinner based on what’s inside. This habit is probably also why nine times out of ten I use… Read more »


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How to Freeze Summer

  Summer is once again coming to a close. I do love the change of seasons in the Northeast, but I will miss that quintessential taste of the hot season. Thankfully, I have saved, and continue to save, as much of it as possible. My… Read more »


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Seniors Eat Local at Maplewood

  A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a farm to table reception at the senior living facility Maplewood at Newtown. As I’ve written about in the past, there is a company wide initiative at Maplewood to serve locally sourced food to residents. It’s a challenging… Read more »


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A New New Morning

  Last week I felt privileged to go to the preview party for the new New Morning Market location in Woodbury, Connecticut.  It’s been five years in the making, and it’s finally officially open! It’s only two miles north of the old location, but it… Read more »


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Rhubarb Crisp

It’s rhubarb season!   Over the years this is one ingredient I’ve come to really enjoy. I usually cook it down into some kind of sauce. Sometimes I keep the sauce more on the savory side to use on things like pork or I go… Read more »


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