Food Schmooze®

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Find out what happened when I told the gang producer Jonathan McNicol was going to surprise us with an array of party music and, on the spot, we had to come up with party themes to make your backyard entertaining a blast. Sometimes spontaneity and brainstorming are far better than planning, right? Plus, you're going to want to dance when you hear this one...

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Whether you love to let the juice slide down your arm when you bite into a burger, or you like yours beautifully spiced and topped with truffle cheese, we have a list that represents our collection of crazy-good burgers for carnivores and vegetarians… stuffed burgers… classics with a twist… the crusted smash burger… Everybody loves a burger!

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Celebrate lobster with us as we tell you about the best of New England's lobster shacks… give you the recipe for California-style Jalapeño lobster salad… and Faith brings back her favorite lobster sandwich of bacon, mayo, chives and guacamole—with potato chips, of course…

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Fabulous frozen summer punch from our contributor and bartender Anthony DeSerio… crispy coconut shrimp with tropical rice… mouth-watering Tandoori chicken on the grill… and how to save your clothes, tablecloths and napkins with the best stain remover on the planet

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We've gone global with our burgers, from the Greek take on beef to the Thai pork patty with lime zest, cilantro, chili, and lemongrass… tell the kids we've issued parental orders on toasted marshmallows to make children of all ages happy… and for the 4th of July or any weekend, have fun with our simple red, white, and blue desserts…

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Find out what happened when we tested the trick of using a small inexpensive battery-operated milk frother to improve a glass of wine… we couldn't resist sitting by the water so we headed to Fresh Salt, the restaurant at Connecticut's Saybrook Point Spa… mix together some dry spices and maybe some fresh herbs to boost the flavor of grilled meats and fish in a calorie-friendly way… our guide for this is the man they call Dr. BBQ, author of Flavorize

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Learn to cook the easy way, and start with a fabulous fish on the grill, trout, dressed at the fish market without bones… thanks to design store owner Susan Youngblood of Sag Harbor, we have an amazing pasta recipe from Rome that comes to us from art dealer Pierpaolo Falone, who makes it for his guests; it's easy and you'll want it all the time, as we do… our cocktail guy Anthony DeSerio turns the classic Negroni cocktail into a Sparkling Negroni, the perfect way to start a party… and a delicious, food-friendly white wine under $15!

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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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Learn how to cook real Tex-Mex on the grill, and The Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook. We have you covered if you're looking for great recipes.

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On the menu… it's easy to make Campari popsicles for your next party… or try our breakfast martini… the featured cookbook, Genius Recipes features cooked forever broccoli that is staggeringly good.

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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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