Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Want to set a pretty Thanksgiving table? Check out some of the options at R.J. Julia Booksellers’ gift shop. Photo courtesy of R.J. Julia Booksellers

Many Thanksgiving Moods

Published Nov. 19, 2020 12:01 a.m.

I have so many feelings about Thanksgiving this year, some of them sweet and some of them that match the mood of...

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This Empress Gin Fizz is on the menu at River Tavern. Photo courtesy of River Tavern

Empress on the Menu at River Tavern

Published Nov. 19, 2020 12:01 a.m.

The folks over at River Tavern, 23 Main Street, Chester are having some fun with Empress 1908 Gin. Starting with the ...

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Drop a hot chocolate bomb in a mug, then pour over your favorite hot milk. Photo courtesy of Candyworks

It’s the Bomb

Published Nov. 19, 2020 12:01 a.m.

I wanted to order some hot chocolate bombs for Thanksgiving, but they sold out in a blink of the eye, and I...

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Deep River Roasters is already working on its special holiday blend. It will be ready to order soon. Photo courtesy of Deep River Roasters

‘All Delicious’

Published Nov. 19, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Bethe and Matt over at Deep River Roasters are already working on this year’s holiday blend. The plan is to...

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The Arethusa eggnog comes in a seasonal glass eggnog bottle featuring a favorite different calf from their herd each year. Photo courtesy of Fromage

Why Wait for Christmas?

Published Nov. 19, 2020 12:01 a.m.

It’s not too soon to start thinking about eggnog. There’s eggnog and then there’s...

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A huge Mahon Yam, which is a sweet potato, with hot cinnamon apples on the side Photo by Pem McNerney/The Source

Fall and Thanksgiving and Christmas All Wrapped Up Into One

Published Nov. 19, 2020 12:01 a.m.

There are days when I wake up in the morning all full of ambition to make a spectacular meal.

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Big Y company officials are giving workers two days off at Thanksgiving, as thanks for the extraordinary work of those people. Photo courtesy of Camille Ackermann

Giving Thanks for Big Y

Published Nov. 05, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Big Y Foods, which runs several supermarkets in our area, will close on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, and also on Black Friday, Nov. 27. And good for them

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When the lights go off at the Tea Kettle, the lights come on for Fenwick’n Chicken in Old Saybrook, which recently expanded its hours due to customer demand. Photo courtesy of Fenwick’n Chicken

Temptation Got The Best of Her

Published Nov. 05, 2020 12:01 a.m.

As a driver for DoorDash, I see all kinds of delicious food orders. As I was just beginning my delivery shift on a...

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Has it Been One of Those Weeks?

Published Nov. 05, 2020 12:01 a.m.

If you’ve had one of those weeks and the thought of putting together a decent dinner is just too much,...

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If you’re looking for a splurge in the form of a fun cocktail, and an opportunity to do some good as well, check out the Royale Martini at Grano Arso in Chester. Photo courtesy of Lisa Martin

A Luxurious Cocktail

Published Nov. 05, 2020 12:01 a.m.

A Luxurious Cocktail

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Savour Cafe and Bakery in Centerbrook has already set its Thanksgiving takeout menu, and it looks fabulous. Photo courtesy of Savour Cafe and Bakery

Thinking About Thanksgiving

Published Nov. 05, 2020 12:01 a.m.

It’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. First, and most important, please stay safe. Health experts...

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These peanut butter cookies can be made with just a few ingredients, and most of them from your pantry, too. Photo by Pem McNerney/The Source

Second Best Peanut Butter Cookies

Published Nov. 05, 2020 12:01 a.m.

I just love, love, love the peanut butter cookies I buy at the farmers market, made by Kim Butler Yahara of Summer Hill Catering in Madison. Rich, delicious, and studded with big peanuts, they are a treat beloved by me and my friends.

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Bring your own blanket to The Stand on Montowese Street in Branford and check out the new brunch menu. Photo courtesy of The Stand

Brunch and BYOBlanket at The Stand

Published Oct. 22, 2020 12:01 a.m.

The Stand, 196 South Montowese Street, Branford has revamped its brunch menu and there’s lots to love....

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A new Beer Garden Under the Tent is hard to miss if you drive by Scotch Plains Tavern on Westbrook Road in Essex. Photo courtesy of Scotch Plains Tavern

Huge Tent, Special Menu

Published Oct. 22, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Scotch Plains Tavern, 124 Westbrook Road, Essex is planning for more outdoor fun this fall with their new Beer Garden Under the Tent.

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Two new takeout-and-delivery-only restaurants featuring chicken handhelds and Nashville hot chicken are opening up, one in New Haven and the other in Old Saybrook. Photo courtesy of Haven Hot Chicken

Chicken to the East, Chicken to the West

Published Oct. 22, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Both Haven Hot Chicken and Fenwick ‘n Chicken will be open by the time you read this. Haven Hot Chicken is a...

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The Essex is offering both meals and groceries for pickup and delivery, along with Essex on the Deck, and in the dining room. Photo courtesy of The Essex Market

Shoreline Delivery

Published Oct. 22, 2020 12:01 a.m.

The Essex Market, 30 Main Street, Centerbrook is offering both meals and groceries through the app on their website, ...

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This Radiant Chai promises to warm us up from the inside out. Photo courtesy of One World Roasters

Radiant Chai at One World

Published Oct. 22, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Just in time for the chilly fall weather, One World Roasters, 967 North High Street, East Haven, is introducing Radiant Chai, a new signature latte.

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Kerry Holmes of Madison is in full swoon over Ina Garten’s new cookbook and this recipe for smashed eggs on toast. Photo courtesy of Kerry Holmes

‘Genius is Often so Simple’

Published Oct. 22, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Some might look at this recipe from Ina Garten’s cookbook and say, “I don’t get it. Eggs on toast. I do that all the time.”

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Got a buck, you can get a shuck at Liv’s Oyster Bar Tuesdays through Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Photo courtesy of Liv’s

Calling All Raw Bar Fans!

Published Oct. 08, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Liv’s Oyster Bar, 166 Main Street, Old Saybrook is once again offering Buck a Shuck Tuesdays through...

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Arturo Franco-Camacho is at it again, this time with Mexican street food served in a vintage garage in Westville. Photo courtesy of Camacho Garage

More From Arturo

Published Oct. 08, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Camacho Garage is open and it’s featuring Mexican street food from Executive Chef and co-owner Arturo Franco-...

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This black apple is perfect for Halloween. 

Photo courtesy of Candy Works

How About Them Spooky Apples

Published Oct. 08, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Candy Works at Clinton Crossing, 20 Killingworth Turnpike, Clinton is gearing up for Halloween and among its...

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We went for dinner and were treated to a movie, too. Photo by Pem McNerney/The Source

Thank You Restaurant Week

Published Oct. 08, 2020 12:01 a.m.

I took advantage of New Haven Restaurant Week lately to visit a new-to-me restaurant, Harvest Wine Bar, which is...

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Fenwick N’ Chicken will offer a wide variety of chicken sandwiches, offered to-go and by delivery on some areas of the Connecticut shoreline. Photo courtesy of Fenwick N’ Chicken

Yet Another Great Idea

Published Oct. 08, 2020 12:01 a.m.

David Ciastko of Madison, who owns and operates the Tea Kettle Restaurant, 1395 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook has...

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Ed Thereault’s tomato soup and grilled cheese Photo by Pem McNerney/The Source

Tomato Soup Guidelines, and a Recipe Too

Published Oct. 08, 2020 12:01 a.m.

When it comes to tomato soup, and cooking in general, (and maybe in life?), there are two kinds of people....

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Why not make this year the year we celebrate holidays early and often? Three Girls Vegan Creamery is already stocking up on the basics, plus some. Photo courtesy of Three Girls Vegan Creamery

Celebrating Early and Often

Published Sep. 24, 2020 12:01 a.m.

Is it too soon to start thinking about the holidays? Usually, I’m one to put that off. But, this year has...

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