Food Schmooze®

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On the Food Schmooze® menu this time… Faith's new Frozen Dark & Stormy Cocktail, along with Anthony DeSerio's Ginger Beer Piña Colada… our new go-to burger—the 

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Join us for dance music and innovative cocktails you can easily make at home. It's also an invitation. We want to party with you.

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On the Food Schmooze® menu... our resident bartender Anthony DeSerio whips up a great tequila cocktail with fresh beet juice... learn how to make a fresh tuna burger with assistance from the real Paleo expert... Via Carota, the Italian restaurant in NYC you do not want to miss... where to buy simple syrup packets to sweeten iced teas and coffees on the road… a fabulous and affordable Italian red wine.

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Breaking News! The Food Schmooze® Martini Competition is June 25th and we've officially registered with the Guinness Book of World Records to be designated as the World's Largest Martini Competition. It certainly qualifies as the most fun party of the year in Connecticut. Be there and who knows, we'll make history?... Veterinarian Todd Dr.Friedland has blown our minds with his weed-free technique for growing flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables in a bale of straw, and organic if you choose, even if all you have is a roof-top, tiny yard or driveway to do it... Use fresh fruit, like clementines, to make Connecticut bartender Anthony DeSerio's easy gin cocktail, called Oh, My Darling...

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Thai basil chicken… joyful chocolate almond bars… no-bake cake… sweet potato and ground turkey shepherd's pie… it's all in the new book The Science of Skinny Cookbook, produced by the scientist Dee McCaffrey, who eliminated synthetic chemicals from her diet and went from obese to slender. Now she offers the recipes that have made her plan a success…

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Janet Fletcher's new cookbook, Yogurt, is a winner; it's packed with information about the health effects of yogurt, as well as sweet and savory recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We started cooking them immediately, and loved them.

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Every so often a book comes in and I go racing home and start cooking from it. This is that book... all the more so because I was still cooking from it straight through the following weekend. 

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Having grown up with Lidia Bastianich as their mother, Tanya and Joe Bastianich are no strangers to great-tasting Italian cooking. Brother and sister have paired up to give us 100 recipes, each under 500 calories per serving, that are as good for you as they are delectable. This easy-to-use cookbook provides simple ways to make pasta an integral part of a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle, even if you’re gluten-free.

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Thai basil chicken… joyful chocolate almond bars… no-bake cake… sweet potato and ground turkey shepherd's pie… it's all in the new book The Science of Skinny Cookbook, produced by the scientist Dee McCaffrey, who eliminated synthetic chemicals from her diet and went from obese to slender. Now she offers the recipes that have made her plan a success…

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Thai basil chicken… joyful chocolate almond bars… no-bake cake… sweet potato and ground turkey shepherd's pie… it's all in the new book The Science of Skinny Cookbook, produced by the scientist Dee McCaffrey, who eliminated synthetic chemicals from her diet and went from obese to slender. Now she offers the recipes that have made her plan a success…

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On the menu this week… The Cabot Creamery Cookbook, chock full of cheesy goodness straight from the local farms who supply Cabot… Anthony DeSerio's cocktail is The Carrot-Ginger Beer Boat Rocker… and we have some winning wine to tell you about, to go with all those lip-smacking cheese recipes.

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Our chilled pomegranate martini from Anthony DeSerio… and while you’re sipping, feast on our lemon extravaganza… irresistible lemon pepper linguine with shrimproasted garlic lemon broccoli… the 7 best things to do with lemons… and The Healthy Mind Cookbook, filled with dandy recipes aimed at improving your skin, mood, memory, and immune system…

We tell you how to make an easy, lemony chicken saltimbocca done on the stovetop in minutes. If you want a "jump in the mouth," you've just discovered the right, easy, quick, and delicious recipe combining flavors I love; chicken, fresh lemon juice, sage, and crispy prosciutto.  It's part of our focus on cooking light using global flavors. 

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Alex Province says his grandmother in Spain turned out fantastic chicken stew using white wine and garlic in one pot. We tell you how it's done… Jeff Vernon of Connecticut's Chamard Vineyards in Clinton stops by with a bottle of chardonnay and we explain how to use a little wine to make an instant pan sauce

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Leftover Passover brisket becomes brisket hash for the morning… leftover St. Pat's Day corned beef and cabbage becomes tomorrow's Reuben sandwich… three places to get great nitrite artisanal hams… and one more hot toddy made with whiskey and orange-ginger tea…

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You can use canned tomatoes to make an amazing winter gazpacho... with a few simple additions, you can turn Progresso clam sauce into a restaurant-worthy linguine & clams... best roasted mushrooms? You bet they are! Make them while you sip Anthony DeSerio's delicious Ginger-Carrot Cocktail laced with cinnamon, apple cider, and spiced rum... Afraid to cook? No need to be—we'll give you a lesson on how to make a beautiful frittata thanks to the cookbook Twelve Recipes, every dish aimed at new cooks...

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Delight your pals with a popcorn party. That's what we did, creating bowls of warm, fluffy, downright heavenly goodness… and what a terrific time we had! Inspired by the book Party Popcorn we asked senior contributor Chris Prosperi to whip up some of the book's most intriguing recipes, popcorn flavors such as taco lime, olive oil and Parmesan, chocolate covered potato chip, and buffalo ranch. All hands were suddenly on deck for this one; participating and tasting was a riot.

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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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While she's not a vegetarian, Dina Cheney decided those who are deserve veggie-centric food that delivers pure pleasure, or as she calls it, "A party in the mouth." 

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Thai basil chicken… joyful chocolate almond bars… no-bake cake… sweet potato and ground turkey shepherd's pie… it's all in the new book The Science of Skinny Cookbook, produced by the scientist Dee McCaffrey, who eliminated synthetic chemicals from her diet and went from obese to slender. Now she offers the recipes that have made her plan a success…

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Add almonds and butter to your frozen green beans… throw canned chick peas and a jar of curry sauce into the blender to make killer Indian hummusgreat soup from a can of tomatoes… a Dr. Pepper hot toddy... Chamard wines from Connecticut… and we have you covered in the cocktail department, too, with a calorie-friendly Honey-Earl Grey tea martini

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Going Light: Easy Pho Soup... Quick Yogurt Dip for Veggies... Spicy Tuna Tartare... Dr. Yavari's Egg White Salsa Omelet to get your day started in a high protein way... Plus fantastic Flank Steak Tacos that are easy on the waistline and irresistible...

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Make a "dirty" martini… the best and easiest slow-cooker chicken ever… broccoli rabe pesto pasta… and the nursery rhyme cocktail book for exhausted parents!

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On the Food Schmooze® menu... the best comfort foods, including dinner salad with crispy goat cheese honey poppers... hearty pastas... and your phone calls about your favorite comfort dishes.

Party Food Winners

Dec 31, 2014
Bryan Cole

 

The Buffalo Chicken Editor reports on a new home cook dip... a crisp Long Island Palmer chardonnay pairs really well with winter fish... halibut with a delectable wine-butter sauce from The Real Food Cookbook by farmers market maven Nina Planck....

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From the Saveur magazine cookbook, German Pot Roast (Sauerbrauten) has a secret ingredient -- ginger snap cookies... a velvet Palmer red wine from Long Island's North Fork is perfect for beef... spiced pork roast from Alex Province that is inexpensive and lusciously good....

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Lemony Veal Piccata from a cooking star... a beautifully balanced healthy noodle kugel... why you might try giant potato pancakes instead of lots of small ones... our favorite holiday cocktail, The Aperol Sour Martini... make roasted chestnuts at home in the oven or fireplace... Martha Stewart's warm apple skillet cake... and a fabulous and festive $15 rosé sparkler, Lamberti... it goes with everything!

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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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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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