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Word of the Monday, April 15, 2013: “small beer”

By Amanda Bloom

  small beer noun 1 chiefly Brit. a thing that is considered unimportant : even with $10,000 to invest, you are still small beer for most stockbrokers. 2 archaic weak beer.   Small beer – another way to say no big deal, small potatoes, mole… Read more »

Appetizers

Winter Farmers Markets

The Mercurial Gallery

  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 »

Trimming the Fat, Keeping the Soul

The Mercurial Gallery

  With its roots in slavery, soul food has deep historical meaning for many African-Americans. But the call to honor a rich heritage is at odds with the need to reduce the excess fat and sugar found in the standard “down-home” diet. A new generation of black chefs… Read more »

The Goodness of Coffee

Eric Schneider

  Maybe it’s the whole what-I-like-must-be-bad-for-me mindset, but the way some people talk about coffee you’d think it was another chemical concoction dreamed up in the lab of a large food corporation. Fact is, researchers are just starting to grind through this brew’s rich collection of beneficial antioxidants—and… Read more »

Sharp and Healthy: Fermented Foods

Corinne Garcia

  Montana farmer and rancher Jenny Sabo keeps a jar of homemade sauerkraut or kimchi on the table at all times. As an extreme locavore—someone who tries to eat as locally as possible—Sabo grows or trades for most of her family’s vegetables, but the fermented… Read more »

Ramp Fritatta

The Mercurial Gallery

  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 »

Pickled Dreams

The Mercurial Gallery

  In a small gravel lot just parallel to busy Route 7, the sound of rushing traffic breaks like waves upon the white tents standing under the mellow heat of the afternoon sun.   The lot belongs to the Wilton, Connecticut Historical Society, which is… Read more »

Brews

UK Style Home Brew Competition

Mercurial Staff

  Monroe, Connecticut’s homebrew supply store Maltose Express and Stamford’s Coalhouse Pizza have joined forces in creating a UK style home brew competition.  The deadline for entries is Saturday, February 16 (you’ve got one month, get brewing!) and all styles from the UK will be… Read more »

The Craft Beer Blow-up

Amanda Bloom

  This past December, The Brewer’s Association issued a statement defining what it means to be an American craft brewery along with a call for transparency in beer brand ownership.  The statement has set off significant backlash in the beer world as traditional and multinational… Read more »

Small Brewer Federal Excise Tax Bill Reintroduced in Congress

The Brewers Association

  With the 113th Congress underway, the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies—announced the reintroduction of H.R. 494, the Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (Small BREW Act) in the House of Representatives. The bipartisan legislation, which… Read more »

Restaurants

Two Connecticut Burgers Make America’s Top 40

Connecticut by the numbers

  Two Connecticut-made burgers have been selected as among the 40 top burgers in America, according to the the Daily Meal.   Coming in at #17 is the Original Burger at Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, and at #32 the Steamed Cheeseburger from Ted’s in Meriden.  Both are… Read more »

Sixpoint Brewery Can-to-Table Dinner at Wilton’s Bistro 7

OmNomCT

  Sixpoint Brewery is pretty new to the Connecticut market, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming all the buzz.  We had our first taste of Sixpoint last year when we tried out around 50 different custom brews (some made with lobster, some made with oyster, even some made… Read more »

Review: Parallel Post at the Trumbull Marriott

JW

  Today I’m here to tell you about a place you probably never knew existed, a restaurant that specializes in seasonal, local, farm to table American cuisine that is both high in quality and mid-range in price, a place that looks beautiful inside and would… Read more »

Review: Brasitas in Stamford

The Mercurial Gallery

  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 »