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News, culture & curiosities in Greater Danbury, Connecticut, New England, and the Milky Way.


Trimming the Fat, Keeping the Soul

By Allan Richter

  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 »

Smothered Chicken, Succotash, and Mashed Potatoes. Photo courtesy of Tom Hirschfeld and Food52: food52.com/blog/4098-heart-and-soul
Smothered Chicken, Succotash, and Mashed Potatoes. Photo courtesy of Tom Hirschfeld and Food52: food52.com/blog/4098-heart-and-soul
Victoria Eastus of Carrot Top Kitchens, and her daughter Elizabeth, at the Wilton Farmers Market. Photo by Andrew Bergeron.

Pickled Dreams

Andrew A. Bergeron

  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 »

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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 »

Illusionist Peter Samelson performs at Two Steps on Friday, July 26.  Photo by David Linsell.

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 »

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The CityCenter Danbury Farmers' Market. Photo from Michael Duffy, The News Times.

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 »

A Kona coffee from Lion's Gate Farms in Hawaii, ready for roasting at local coffee wholesale and retail store, Redding Roasters in Bethel, Connecticut.  Photo by Kaitlyn Heisler.

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 »

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

Alicia Ghio

  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

Alicia Ghio

  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

Alicia Ghio

  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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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 »

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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 »

Kimchi, a traditional Korean concoction of fermented vegetables. Image courtesy of messywitchen.com.

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Winter Farmers Markets

Alicia Ghio

  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

Alicia Ghio

  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 »

Butter tarts.  Image courtesy of thefoodevangelist.blogspot.com.

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 »

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No Soak Beans

Alicia Ghio

  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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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 »

First Night 2012.  Photo by Christine Rose/Patch.com

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 »

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Add Some Vitality to Your Hot Chocolate this Season

Lindsay Chimileski

  As the cold weather blows in, we almost innately brew up some hot chocolate for a warm and tasty treat. When doing so, here’s a few quick and easy ways to revitalize this guilty pleasure and turn it into a medicinal delight.    … Read more »