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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From The Hour: Cool Off With a G & T

June 1, 2015  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments
From The Hour:  Cool Off With a G & T

Crisp, cool and refreshing with a snap of citrus, flavored with herbs and spices from exotic lands, and with a reported medicinal benefit, the Gin and Tonic is my summer cocktail hour standby. When the forecast is hazy, hot and humid, I think of a tall ice-filled glass beaded with...

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From The Hour: We All Scream for Ice Cream

May 28, 2015  |  Norwalk Hour  |  No Comments
From The Hour: We All Scream for Ice Cream

Ice Cream Chef Steve Tyminski at Sweet Ashley's

Memorial Day has come and gone, taking us to Summer - the high season for ice cream! Sure, we eat some ice cream during the rest of the year, but summer cries out for a refreshing, indulgent, somewhat messy and totally delicious ice cream parlor scoop. Everyone has a preferred presentation:...

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South African Wine Dinner Menu & Wines

May 19, 2015  |  Recipes  |  1 Comment
South African Wine Dinner Menu & Wines

Frank’s Feast South Africa Wine Diner MENU BILTONG - seasoned dried beef DROEWORS - dried beef sausage Dried apricots, cranberries and golden raisins St Andre and aged provolone cheese CHICKEN CURRY POTJIE Mrs. H.S. Ball’s Original Recipe Chutney Diced Banana & Onion ROASTED BEET, ORANGE AND GOAT CHEESE SALAD Citrus Vinaigrette CORN BREAD MELKTERT OUMA’S BUTTERMILK AND CONDENSED MILK RUSKS Coffee for dunking WINES Backsberg Chenin Blanc...

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Chicken Curry Potjiekos – South Africa

May 19, 2015  |  Recipes  |  No Comments
Chicken Curry Potjiekos - South Africa

Chicken Curry Potjie

Adapted from www.potjiekosworld.com This was the centerpiece of our South African wine dinner in May 2015 Serves: 8 Ingredients 10 chicken thighs – bone in, skin on 1 T cooking oil 1 T butter 3 cloves garlic (minced) 2 T root ginger (minced) 1 small jalapeno chili (minced) 2 onions (cut into rings) 5 cardamom pods, shucked and ground 1 stick cinnamon 1...

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