Winter Farmers Markets

By 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 »

No Soak Beans

The Mercurial Gallery

  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 »

Night of Comedy and Dinner to Benefit Danbury’s 24th First Night

CityCenter Danbury

  First Night Danbury, enjoying its 24th year as a family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration this 2012-2013, will salute “Danbury Fare”. The pun is intended, with memories of Danbury’s Fair history and its current proactive revitalization of a CityCenter Downtown hub. Through the efforts… Read more »

Mosh Potatoes: One Rockin’ Cookbook

Jessica May

  A couple months ago, I got an awesome housewarming present from Vegetarian Metalhead: Mosh Potatoes, a cookbook of recipes by metal musicians. Compiled by Steve Seabury, each dish in the collection begins with an anecdote from the artist/cook, and there are lots of funny… Read more »

Kevin Eats It

Kevin Eats It, Ep. 12: Chicken Finger Trial

Crowhorn Productions

  This is Kevin.   He is terrorizing the local food challenge circuit, and often following up his massive meals with an ice cream dessert.   Here is episode 12 of ‘Kevin Eats It,’ where Kevin takes on a bunch of barbecue.  Though we don’t… Read more »

Kevin Eats It, Ep. 11: Dave’s BBQ Challenge

Crowhorn Productions

This is Kevin.   He is terrorizing the local food challenge circuit, and often following up his massive meals with an ice cream dessert.   Here is episode 11 of Kevin Eats It, where Kevin takes on a bunch of barbecue.  Though we don’t know how… Read more »

Kevin Eats It, Ep. 10: The Ice Cream Challenge

Crowhorn Productions

  This is Kevin.   He is terrorizing the local food challenge circuit, and often following up his massive meals with an ice cream dessert.   Here is episode 10 of Kevin Eats It, where Kevin takes on 2 1/2 gallons of ice cream.   You’ve… Read more »

Grow Connecticut Farms

The Mercurial Gallery

  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 »

Freaks & Foodies #9: The Holiday Dessert Edition

Chris the Food Guy

  Happy holidays!   Weather you observe Christmas, Solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Yule, or Eid or Festivus, there is one thing all these celebrations have in common: large quantities of food. The days leading up to the new year are filled with big meals consisting of… Read more »

Freaks & Foodies #10: Mom’s Hamburger Hash

Chris the Food Guy

  Mom’s Hamburger Hash   Serves: 6 Time: 10 min prep, 20 min cook   Ingredients   1.5 lbs ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 bag frozen peas 2 cans cream of mushroom soup 3/4 cup water 2  Tablespoons butter… Read more »

Dinner and a Magic Show at Two Steps July 26

Ted Killmer

  For those who love recipes, this one can’t be beat: take one world renowned Off-Broadway magician, combine with a stylish four-course meal, and let set in the casual environs of an historic 1884 firehouse. The result is Dinner, Illusion & Magic, on the menu… Read more »

CityCenter Danbury Farmers’ Market Opens June 28

Ted Killmer

  The CityCenter Danbury Farmers’ Market opens on Friday, June 28 and will run every Friday through October 25 at Kennedy Park in downtown Danbury, Connecticut.   The Danbury Farmers’ Market has proved a place for community dialogue and healthy living since it’s start in… Read more »

Chicken Noodle Soup

The Mercurial Gallery

  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 »

Cadbury Creme Egg Baked in a Biscuit

The Headbanging Hostess

  I know I already blogged about this faboo dessert from Carnival Night! But it’s just so darn tasty and so dang seasonal I’ve decided to share it once again, along with my Slammin’ Drop Biscuit recipe.   Step 1: Freeze the Cadbury Creme Eggs… Read more »

An Evening at the Butcher Shop

The Mercurial Gallery

  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 »