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12:51 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Our Best Thanksgiving Recipes Continued!

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We have more best recipes for our Thanksgiving and holiday recipe kit...fantastic homemade brandied 

We have more great recipes for our Thanksgiving and holiday recipe kit... fantastic homemade brandied cranberry sauce from a mom who knows the real deal...an easy and oh so good pumpkin tart... pumpkin bread for the morning after... paleo vegetable stuffing that tastes like the real thing... cranberry-Brussels sprout slaw... Dorie Greenspan's chocolate roses made with cereal... and another perfect Thanksgiving Pinot Noir from Willamette Vineyard; it goes with everything on the table!

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner Kit

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Here’s our Thanksgiving recipe kit to help make your holiday feast the best it can be. You’ll find here all the delicious dishes, ideas for leftovers, and recommended wines and cocktails we’ve been giving you for more than a month on The Food Schmooze®. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:16 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Countdown to Thanksgiving: Delicious Side Dishes and A New Way to Open Oysters

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We have easy recipes for Thanksgiving side dishes, including roasted lemon broccoli and twice baked crispy pecan sweet potatoes. Plus, don't miss the video of Faith using the Aw Shucks!™  oyster opening device.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Ina Garten: Make the Whole Turkey Ahead of Time!

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Seriously? You can actually roast an entire turkey ahead of time and serve it hot at the table? Yes, says Ina, and she now does it often, including on Thanksgiving. Here's the thing… it's not only Ina's taste in flavor combinations and technique that always win us over—it's her knockout ideas. And they are as dazzling as ever in her new book, Make It Ahead. There's the do-ahead turkey and gravy, sides, and desserts—we'll get to those, but also ways to whip cream ahead, freeze things and pull them out, even make your own healthy peanut butter dog biscuits. (She says she's been trying to get her publishers to print that one for ages; this time she insisted.) 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:08 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Thanksgiving Prosciutto-Wrapped Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy

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Our Thanksgiving ideas begin with prosciutto wrapped roasted turkey and a terrific wine for around $20. Chris Prosperi made the most amazing Barolo wine beef short ribs—seriously delicious. Faith gives a recipe for acorn squash with toasted almonds, blood orange juice, olive oil, and a touch of maple syrup. And Alex Province tells us how to make The Black Cat cocktail, just in time for Halloween. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed October 15, 2014

The Sunday Casserole, Elegant and Comforting

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Cider-baked pork with red cabbage and apples… baked risotto with butternut squash, sage, and parmigiano… Provençal beef with olives, tomatoes, and oranges… Sunday Casseroles is among the best one-pot meal collections we've ever tried. In fact, we're going to make the lobster corn casserole for New Year's Eve. Betty Rosbottom knows how to elevate far beyond the ordinary. We just finished dining on her Venetian chicken. Mouth watering, and it's all prepared in advance of your company.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:30 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Breakfast the Paleo Way

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Good Morning Paleo is a cookbook that features breakfasts the paleo way. Plus, they're gluten-free and grain-free… breakfast burritos, Portobello bacon mushroom scramble… how about lime salmon cakes with paleo sour cream?

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Gluten-Free Baking: No One Will Know

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That was our test—could anyone tell Robert Landolphi's recipes were gluten free? None of us could, nor could anyone else who tried them. All we know is that they're delicious, and well they should be. Landolphi, head of culinary operations at UConn, says he spent 14 years perfecting these recipes after his wife was diagnosed with celiac disease.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:53 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Paleo Cooking from Elana's Pantry

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The paleo diet emphasizes the basics: meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables, and nuts. It's based on the foods our paleolithic ancestors ate. The diet has also been touted as the solution for food allergy relief and better health. But healthy eating shouldn't mean you have to give up flavor. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Crazy Good, Crazy Easy Chicken Parm Meatballs

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Real, great-tasting food. Nutritious. Quick cooking for busy people, families and new cooks. That's what we love about Dinner: The Playbook by Jenny Rosenstrach. When we told her we were entranced by her chicken parm meatballs she burst out with, "That's the single most popular thing I've ever done." But that's not the only delicious eye candy in her book, and I do mean candy. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Acorn Squash with Sausage Stuffing and an Autumn Bourbon Sipper

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On the menu… real polenta in under 15 minutes, no lie! Mouth-watering acorn squash… Alex Province's early autumn bourbon cocktail… a fantastic crisp rosé from California in our $15-and-under discovery category… and wowza spaghetti carbonara from The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Food Schmooze: Timeless Favorites, Gluten-Free

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On this week's fresh edition of The Food Schmooze: good gluten-free dishes… taco ideas… and delicious acorn squash… 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Food Schmooze: Faith's BLT Chicken with Grilled Buttered Cornbread

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Celebrate the end of summer with one of your last meals from the grill. This one's fresh and memorable, so savor every bite. I came up with what I call BLT Chicken by making a salad and adding flavors I love together—chicken, fresh corn, tomatoes and, I thought, why not—let's butter and grill the cornbread. Grilled cornbread has a crispy edge that makes me buckle in the knees, caramelized and buttery on the tongue.  

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Food Schmooze: Moist, Crispy Meatloaf Baked in a Brown Paper Bag

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We have the vintage recipe, Meatloaf Baked in A Brown Paper bag, so moist, so crispy. City Steam Brewery designed a delicious beer, lemonade martini for The Food Schmooze called the Shand-tini. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:49 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Food Schmooze: Grilled Lemony Lamb Chops

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On this fresh edition of The Food Schmooze, we give you the recipe for grilled lemony lamb chops from The Calories In, Calories Out Cookbook. The authors tell you how much you have to walk or run for every low calorie dish.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:33 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Food Schmooze: Easy, Delicious Watermelon-Lime Martinis

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We've discovered one of the best rotisserie chickens in the country being served right now in New York City. And we’re serving up easy, delicious watermelon-lime martinis, along with a great, affordable Prosecco. Plus, Alex Province's recipe for a killer gazpacho. That’s on this week’s fresh edition of The Food Schmooze.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Food Schmooze: Foil Packet Velvet Steamed Salmon With Razzle Dazzle Sauce

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Your family has a hankering--a yen for chicken tikka masala or queso fundido, for shrimp pad Thai or a Philly cheese steak--and they want it bad. So you decide to eat out at a local ethnic or roadside restaurant, or do a take-out. It's expedient, but is the food really good? Really, really good? Because Lucinda Scala Quinn's versions of all those dishes families crave will knock your socks off and prove beyond a doubt that the foods you love can be made better, faster, tastier, cheaper, and more healthfully at home. We tried her recipe for a velvety salmon using an aluminum foil packet. Fantastic! 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Food Schmooze: Easy Thai Summer Rolls

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Years ago in southern California, at ocean-side Montage Resort, I ordered the same thing for six lunches in a row—Thai summer roll with dipping sauce. It was a knockout, and now we can tell you how to make delicious ones at home. We can tell you how thanks to a respected chef, Gale Gand, author of Gale Gand's Lunch! As Gale told us, she learned from a Thai woman who was making them as fast as she could manage for thousands of hungry fans at the Lolllapalooza music festival. And wait till you try her watermelon gazpacho.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:16 am
Wed August 6, 2014

August Fun: Have a Clam Bake

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There's still some summer left and we have ideas for clam bakes, grilled shrimp, and cocktails, along with plenty of kitchen tips. We also have a great recipe for a portobello mushroom po' boy.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Lidia Bastianich: Salmon with Prosecco Sauce

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If it is the Lord who should be praised, then praise the Lord for Lidia Bastianich, one of the great chefs in America. She is always in service to the food, not her own ego, yet there is a self-contained sureness in her as she teaches on television and in her books. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:36 am
Wed July 23, 2014

The Rage: Crazy-Good Bánh Mì Sandwiches

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Bánh … the name might be new to you, but we hope you'll try the sandwich that is the rage coast to coast. It has amazing, explosive flavor, the kind you want again and again. It sounds weird, we know, and you might think, how good can this be?

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The Food Schmooze
10:05 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp with Basil and Grilled Peaches

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Every shrimp gets a leaf of fresh basil and together they're wrapped in a slice of prosciutto and grilled; the outside gets crispy, and the shrimp is succulent. The flavor trio of basil against sweet shrimp and salty prosciutto is fantastic. Sprinkle a little sugar on fresh peach halves before grilling and you get caramelized beauties to go with your prosciutto-wrapped shrimp and basil. We adore this dish, it's so easy, and you can prep it before your guests arrive. No grill? No worries! The whole thing can be done in a cast-iron skillet indoors.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:08 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Grilled Salmon Is Magic with Peach-Jalapeño Salsa

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On this fresh edition of The Food Schmooze: Ariston's Pizza-Flavored Olive Oil, and how farmers' markets are booming right now, including the full-service North End weekly market in Hartford. Cook corn on the cob in your microwave, and don't miss a recipe for mouth-watering, no-bake chocolate mousse pie. Make your salmon fantastic with a simple recipe for fresh peach-jalapeño salsa.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed July 2, 2014

No Kidding: World's Best Strawberry Shortcake

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Chill with a brandy-laced sangria by Alex Province, and while you're sipping, try our lip-smacking chicken burgers, juicy from buffalo-style wing sauce and topped with crumbled blue cheese.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:57 am
Wed June 25, 2014

The World Cup of Potato Salads Plus Awesome Grilled Lemon-Garlic Wings

Check out our collection of world class potato salad recipes. Since we love brown butter everything, we discovered that it's phenomenal as a potato salad base, especially mixed with snappy fresh lemon juice and capers. And then Chris Prosperi created a crispy chorizo potato salad, which we could not stop eating, although we did pause to delight in Alex Province's favorite buttermilk, wine and radish creation inspired by Ina Garten.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:01 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Paleo Cooking From Elana's Pantry

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The Paleo diet emphasizes the basics: meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables and nuts. It's based on the foods our Paleolithic ancestors ate. The diet has also been touted as the solution for food allergy relief and better health. But healthy eating shouldn't mean you have to give up flavor. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:04 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Best Hot Lobster Roll and Grilled Veggies, Italian Style

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Mix fresh tomatoes with a touch of butter and you have a dreamy summer pasta… grilled vegetables Italian-style require only some herbs and olive oil to make them special… Lobster Landing in Clinton, Ct., is making, arguably, the best hot lobster roll in Connecticut, and they'll serve it on a gluten-free roll if you need one. Barrel-aged cocktails at Ordinary's in New Haven, to go with your BBQ.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

You Can Be the King of Cocktails at Your House

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If you think only “mixologists” can create good cocktails, think again, my friend. I have always believed that any of us can make a deeply satisfying drink, with or without alcohol. In fact, I'm living proof that it can be done.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Grilled Bread Toppers

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On this fresh edition: Grilled bread with sensational toppings is our fast, easy, fantastic snack or meal. Check out our recipes along with one for real grilled pizza covered in salad and prosciutto (from Fresh from the Farm).

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

New England Diner Breakfast Specials

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The grill is out, so joy is here. Try our recommended chicken burger studded with chives. Or surprise your friends with a new kind of salad—grilled romaine slathered in olive oil to produce a char. 

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