food

The Faith Middleton Show
11:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

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

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 by Faith Middleton 

Yankee Magazine food editor Amy Traverso poured through the archives going back many decades, in search of the best vintage recipes from readers. When I spotted this recipe for brown paper bag meatloaf, I knew we had to try it. And why drag out the suspense? We loved it!

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Farms
3:01 am
Tue September 17, 2013

American Farmers Say They Feed The World, But Do They?

A cornfield is shrouded in mist at sunrise in rural Springfield, Neb.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 6:30 pm

When critics of industrial agriculture complain that today's food production is too big and too dependent on pesticides, that it damages the environment and delivers mediocre food, there's a line that farmers offer in response: We're feeding the world.

It's high-tech agriculture's claim to the moral high ground. Farmers say they farm the way they do to produce food as efficiently as possible to feed the world.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:46 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Tipping the Scales Away From Tipping

Billy Grant, chef-owner of Grant's Restaurant and Restaurant in West Hartford, and Bricco Trattoria in Glastonbury
Chion Wolf

You may eat out a lot, but do you really have tipping figured out?

Or do you stress about whether you left the right amount?

Would you be happier with an 18 percent service charge added on and no obligation to tip?

These are the shifting restaurant rules we'll talk about today.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:39 am
Wed September 11, 2013

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

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by Faith Middleton 

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. It has a little crispy edge that makes me swoon, caramelized and buttery on the tongue.

Listen, you're free to make the cornbread on a weekend, when there's time to do it from scratch, but feel free to use the supermarket as your prep chef. That's what my pal Jacques Pepin does; he buys supermarket stuff pre-chopped to save time. So you can buy the cornbread made, use a packaged mix, or use that time-honored family recipe. In fact, you can do so much of this on a Sunday night for Monday supper, including wash the greens, dice the scallions, make the dressing, make the corn and slice off the kernels, and cut the cherry tomatoes in half.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:56 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Making Tea Honestly

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:00 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Food Schmooze: Kitchen Disasters—Everybody Has Them

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It's 5 o'clock, your future in-laws are coming to dinner and… well… is the chicken really supposed to be that color? And the bread seems to be a strange sort of shape. And, hm. Is something on fire?

Today: KITCHEN DISASTERS. Award-winning author Amy Bloom and senior contributor Chris Prosperi join Faith for a live call-in edition of The Food Schmooze. We'll confess to our worst (best) horror stories, and we invite you to join the fun!

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Small Business
8:13 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Kitchen At Hartford Public Library

J Holt

Hartford's Downtown gained another dining option this week, and one that's been a long time coming. For the two institutions behind it, fresh food and good coffee are just the starters. WNPR's J Holt has more.

When the Downtown branch of the Hartford Public Library underwent a major renovation in the early two thousands, a three story tall, glass walled atrium space was built right up front, with the intention of it becoming a cafe.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:02 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

The Apple Lover's Cookbook and Quick-Fix Indian

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Fall is finally almost kind of here, and to celebrate we devote most of The Food Schmooze to apples. Amy Traverso returns with her book, The Apple Lovers’ Cookbook. Plus, Ruta Kahate and her Quick-Fix Indian.

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Long Island Sound
3:31 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

No Catching Lobster in Long Island Sound

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Most likely the lobster you've eaten in Connecticut this summer isn't local. The number of lobsters has declined severely in Long Island Sound over the last decade. Now local fisherman are pulling traps in preparation of a mandatory closed season in the weeks ahead.

The decision by the Atlantic States Fisheries Commission impacts all of Long Island Sound. This means lobstermen in Connecticut and New York won't be able to catch lobster from September 8 thru November 28.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:00 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Where Good Ideas Come From and Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat

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The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery—these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the groundbreaking ideas that push forward our lives, our society, our culture?

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:00 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Wine Bites and The Book Club Cookbook

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Join the Food Schmooze gang for a look at post-summer grilling. Plus, the cookbooks Wine Bites: 64 Nibbles That Pair Perfectly with Wine and The Book Club Cookbook: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:14 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Food Schmooze: Simple, Simple, and More Simple

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The dog days of summer have arrived, kids are heading back to school, and have we got an hour of SIMPLE cooking planned for you: Food Schmooze all-star, and six-time James Beard Award-winner, James Peterson is back to talk about Kitchen Simple: Essential Recipes for Everyday Cooking. And Nina Simonds returns with her cookbook, Simple Asian Meals.

 

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Oysters
2:36 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Trying Times for Connecticut's Shellfish Industry

U.S. Army photo/Pamela Spaugy

It's been a rough summer for Connecticut's shellfish industry.

A recent Connecticut law states that Connecticut oysters must be at least three inches long when harvested. The state's shellfish industry supported the bill, despite neighboring states allowing smaller sized oysters to be harvested in their waters.

Now a recent inspection by the State Department of Agriculture revealed that 20 of 24 randomly chosen samples by 11 harvesters had oysters smaller than three inches. Steven Reviczky is the commissioner of the Department of Agriculture.

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:39 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Food Schmooze: Fine Cooking in Season and 1,000 Easy Recipes

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Recipes galore! Jennifer Armentrout, editor of Fine Cooking magazine, has some great ideas for using what's fresh in the markets now. And Katherine Alford tells you how to make some delicious meals from her new cookbook 1,000 Easy Recipes.

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9:59 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Connecticut Shellfish Beds Closed Due to Bacteria Outbreak

A trend of warming waters may be to blame for an outbreak of the Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria, related to cholera, in 22 shellfish beds that were recently closed by the state agriculture department.
In the wake of five reported illnesses, the state agriculture department has shut 22 shellfish beds in Norwalk and Westport and instituted a so far voluntary recall of oysters and clams harvested since July 3. The culprit is Vibrio parahaemolyticus, naturally occurring bacteria that is generally seen more on the west coast.
The Faith Middleton Show
6:48 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Food Schmooze: Salad Days and Essential Pepin

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On this fresh edition of The Food Schmooze, we’ll look at Pam Powell’s Salad Days: Recipes for Delicious Organic Salads and Dressings for Every Season. And Food Schmooze all-star Jacques Pépin joins us to discuss Essential Pepin.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:17 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Can Fasting Bring You Closer to God?

Flickr Creative Commons, Keoni Cabral

In researching this show, I found one claim that some of the writers of the Constitution fasted to enhance inspiration and mental clarity. I couldn't confirm that, but in 1775, the Continental Congress proclaimed July 20 as a day of "fasting and humiliation."  

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:55 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Food Schmooze: Off the Menu and the Intolerant Gourmet

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At every restaurant, for every lunch and dinner service, there’s a staff meal. We’ll talk to Marissa Guggiana about Off the Menu, her cookbook of staff meals from small plates to multi-course extravaganzas. Plus, glorious recipes without gluten or lactose from The Intolerant Gourmet.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:35 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Food Schmooze: The Beer Trials

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Beer Trials: America's Most Popular Beers Blind-tasted and Rated by a Panel

The essential guide to the world's most popular beers, The Beer Trials features brutally honest ratings, full-page reviews, and photos of the 250 most popular beers in the world, based only on brown-bag blind tasting. The Beer Trials also includes a complete reference to the major beer styles, flavors, and regions.

• The essential reference for anyone who enjoys drinking beer

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The Faith Middleton Show
3:49 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Food Schmooze: The Meat Lover's Meatless Cookbook

Mike McCune

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

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:16 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Food Schmooze: Everyday Barbecue

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As the winningest man in barbecue, a New York Times bestselling cookbook author, and a judge on the hit show BBQ Pitmasters on Discovery’s Destination America, Myron Mixon knows more about smoking meat than any man alive. Myron joins the Food Schmooze gang to talk Everyday Barbecue. Plus, a look at literary cocktails with Tim Federle, the author of Tequila Mockingbird.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:55 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Artist Vebjørn Sand, Fincancial Expert Jody King, and Wannabees

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The backyard beekeepers now include a group of kids in Connecticut. An artist paints gorgeous, impressionistic scenes of World War II, including secret Nazi meetings that took place. There's lots of buzz about his work at the Sand Gallery in New York. And there's lots of buzz about the Connecticut Wannabess—kids into beekeeping and honey. And, if you're wondering about creating a trust and estate planning, we have a CPA who explains how it works and how you can avoid a probate mess.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:15 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Food Schmooze: Rosé and The New Persian Kitchen

Jonathan McNicol photo

In The New Persian Kitchen, acclaimed chef Louisa Shafia explores her Iranian heritage by reimagining classic Persian recipes from a fresh, vegetable-focused perspective. These vibrant recipes demystify Persian ingredients like rose petals, dried limes, tamarind, and sumac, while offering surprising preparations for familiar foods such as beets, carrots, mint, and yogurt for the busy, health-conscious cook. Louisa Shafia joins the Food Schmooze gang to talk The New Persian Kitchen.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:15 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Food Schmooze: Rosé and The New Persian Kitchen

Jonathan McNicol photo

In The New Persian Kitchen, acclaimed chef Louisa Shafia explores her Iranian heritage by reimagining classic Persian recipes from a fresh, vegetable-focused perspective. These vibrant recipes demystify Persian ingredients like rose petals, dried limes, tamarind, and sumac, while offering surprising preparations for familiar foods such as beets, carrots, mint, and yogurt for the busy, health-conscious cook. Louisa Shafia joins the Food Schmooze gang to talk The New Persian Kitchen.

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The Faith Middleton Show
8:17 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

The Science of Skinny

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:14 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Food Schmooze: Make the Bread, Buy the Butter

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When blogger Jennifer Reese lost her job, she began a series of food-related experiments. Economizing by making her own peanut butter, pita bread, and yogurt, she found that “doing it yourself” doesn’t always cost less or taste better. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:14 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Food Schmooze: Make the Bread, Buy the Butter

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:59 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Food Schmooze: Third Annual Cocktails Special

Jonathan McNicol

Today, it's our third annual cocktails special. Jonathan mixes up a Mtn Dewdriver. Faith whips up a recipe for an instant sangria sort of a red wine cocktail. And Mark Raymond stops by to show us how to make some, ya know… REAL cocktails. Plus music galore!

All in advance of the 3rd Annual Food Schmooze Martini Competition coming up on June 27 in Farmington.

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The Faith Middleton Show
11:59 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Food Schmooze: Third Annual Cocktails Special

Jonathan McNicol

Today, it's our third annual cocktails special. Jonathan mixes up a Mtn Dewdriver. Faith whips up a recipe for an instant sangria sort of a red wine cocktail. And Mark Raymond stops by to show us how to make some, ya know… REAL cocktails. Plus music galore!

All in advance of the 3rd Annual Food Schmooze Martini Competition coming up on June 27 in Farmington, CT.

Join us!

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The Faith Middleton Show
2:18 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Food Schmooze: The Recipe Girl Cookbook

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