From The Hour: Our Favorite Red Wines

July 20, 2015  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments
From The Hour: Our Favorite Red Wines

Beef Bourguignon was on our menu (Ina Garten’s recipe) to celebrate Bastille Day. But the real purpose of the dinner was to compare, contrast and discuss two red wines: a Napa Valley Cabernet and a Sonoma Pinot Noir. Joining us was a confirmed Francophile and a couple who consider red...

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From The Hour: Another Independence Day

July 14, 2015  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments
From The Hour: Another Independence Day

Bistro V in Greenwih

  Bastille Day, celebrated this past Tuesday, is the French equivalent of our Fourth of July. The occasion commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution - against an oppressive and decadent monarchy - with the storming of the Bastille fortress on July 14, 1789. The national holiday is famous for a...

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More favorites from the Fancy Food Show

July 8, 2015  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments
More favorites from the Fancy Food Show

Drinks are a growing category at the show. This year sophisticated soft drinks caught our eye. Effervé has a line of authentically flavored and artistically colored fruit soft drinks made in France. Refreshing flavors like Lemonade, Pomegranate-Blueberry, Blood Orange, Green Apple and Pear are available locally at Homegoods and TJ...

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From The Hour: New Flavors at the Fancy Food Show

July 7, 2015  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments
From The Hour: New Flavors at the Fancy Food Show

Roughly fifteen hundred specialty food and beverage producers and marketers can put on a big show. That’s just what they did at the recent Fancy Food Show at New York’s Javits Center - a fascinating, intriguing, delicious, inspiring, overwhelming,educational tour through a world of food you never thought you needed...

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From The Hour: Spread Your Blanket: It’s Picnic Season

June 30, 2015  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments
From The Hour:  Spread Your Blanket:  It's Picnic Season

When thinking about eating outdoors it's usually a backyard cookout that comes to mind. Grilled, smoked, barbecued, or cedar planked, our burgers, chicken, pork, sausages, and seafood are cooked over a fire. But that hasn't always been the case. Before the boomers, eating outdoors meant a picnic. I’m defining a picnic...

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Cold Tomato-Buttermilk Soup

June 26, 2015  |  Recipes  |  No Comments

Cold Tomato-Buttermilk Soup Adapted from MarthaStewart.com Serves 6 1 Qt Tomato Juice 2 cups Buttermilk 2 Tbsp Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice 2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce 8 dashes Tabasco sauce (or your favorite hot sauce) ¾ tsp Sea Salt 1/8 tsp Ground Pepper ¾ cup chopped arugula Combine all ingredients except arugula, stir well and refrigerate overnight. Stir again...

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From The Hour: Love that Sourdough Bread

June 8, 2015  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments
From The Hour: Love that Sourdough Bread

Wave Hill baker Tim with his sourdough loaves.

I was ogling the bread, as I usually do, when our friend Diane said, “Semifreddie’s is the best sourdough in San Francisco.” We were visiting family in California and had stopped for a neighborhood lunch in the Outer Sunset district. Sourdough bread is a big deal in the Bay Area,...

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