From The Hour: Chocolate Season

February 1, 2016  |  No Comments
From The Hour: Chocolate Season

Making Chocolates by Hand

From chocolate ice cream in summer to hot chocolate in winter, there’s always some delicious way to indulge in chocolate - it's never really out of season. But, right now, leading up to Valentine’s Day, is the big moment for chocolate, and chocolate candy in particular. Valentine’s Day and chocolate go...

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From The Hour: Winter Market Eating

January 18, 2016  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments
From The Hour:  Winter Market Eating

The open kitchen at Sugar and Olives

Restaurants come in all shapes and sizes these days. Drive around town and you’ll find storefront ethnic and luxurious upscale, trendy casual and themed menu, raucous energy and quiet sanctuary, traditional style and hip panache. There’s something for everyone. Sugar and Olives at 21 Lois Street is one of the most...

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Smoked Bluefish Pate

January 18, 2016  |  Recipes  |  No Comments
Smoked Bluefish Pate

Smoked Bluefish Pate on Rosemary flatbread at Sugar and Olives

Smoked Bluefish Paté originated in New England, most likely at the famous Legal Seafood restaurant in Boston using smoked bluefish from the Steve Connolly Seafood company.  It's a popular menu item on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, as well as across the Cape.   There are many variations:  Mix by hand for...

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From The Hour: It’s Summer Somewhere

January 12, 2016  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments
From The Hour: It’s Summer Somewhere

Now that we’ve had some temperatures in the teens and winter is a certainty, it’s re-assuring to think that, right now, it's summer somewhere. All across the southern hemisphere, the seasons are opposite - summer now - winter when we’re on the beach. I just had a chance to taste some...

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From The Hour: A Good Cup of Coffee

January 4, 2016  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments
From The Hour:  A Good Cup of Coffee

  I like a good cup of coffee. It’s a pleasure I share with the vast majority of Americans. We were a nation of coffee drinkers before the Starbucks coffee craze, and now we're even more so. But I’m pretty sure there would be some discussion - even argument - about...

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From The Hour: Eat right to start the New Year

December 28, 2015  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments
From The Hour: Eat right to start the New Year

What you eat on New Year’s Day will determine your luck for the rest of the year - or so the conventional wisdom goes. First of the year eating traditions (or are they superstitions?) span the globe and spring from every culture. In fact, having these traditions is essential for...

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New Year’s Day Soup

December 28, 2015  |  Recipes  |  No Comments
New Year's Day Soup

New Year's Day Soup 1 cup diced smoked lean ham 2 celery ribs, ¼ inch dice 2 carrots, ¼ inch dice 1 medium onion, ¼ inch dice 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 ( 15 ounce ) cans black-eyed peas, undrained 2 ( 14 1/2 ounce ) cans chicken broth 2 ( 14 1/2 ounce ) cans stewed tomatoes...

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From The Hour: Christmas Cookie Traditions

December 21, 2015  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments
From The Hour: Christmas Cookie Traditions

Like so many people, when I think of Christmas treats, I think, “Cookies!” and I don’t mean the kind left on your computer after a bout of online shopping. These are the ones piled high on platters, given in tins, left out for Santa, which fill the house with seductive...

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