04/18/16

Perfect Poached Eggs

Poached egg, served in a homemade tart shell, with spinach and chopped, pan-fried mushrooms. Photos by Francesco Sapienza BY MICHAEL CATAREVAS When I arrived at Silvia Baldini’s house for our first interview, there was the promise of brunch. Little did I know I would be “encouraged” to help create it. It didn’t help when she said there would be poached eggs and I blurted out that I didn’t much care for them. If looks could flambé ... Fortunately she came around when reminded that her story was not yet written. After talking for a while, it was kitchen time. Suddenly someone who had never cracked open an egg without breaking the yolk would have one chance to cook a perfectly poached egg under the stern...

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04/18/16

Stocking the Perfect Pantry

A peek inside the pantry of Silvia Baldini's New Canaan kitchen reveals muscovado sugar, wildflower honey, Marmite yeast extract, steel-cut Irish oatmeal and baking powder. Photo by Francesco Sapienza “Always having the right ingredients on hand at home is like having money in the bank,” says Silvia Baldini. “You can make a meal anytime in less than 20 minutes by shopping in your cupboards. This is a basic list of what I have in my pantry.” Salt Black peppercorns Extra virgin olive oil Vegetable oil Apple cider vinegar Red wine vinegar Balsamic or sherry vinegar Rice vinegar (unseasoned) Flour: all-purpose, whole wheat or pastry Baking soda Baking powder Cream of tartar Cocoa...

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04/18/16

Betta's Baked Apples Recipe

Looking for a quick, easy and sweet snack or dessert? Betta's baked apples fit the bill. Photo by Francesco Sapienza Ingredients 6 cooking apples cored ½ cup of jam. I like blueberries or a mix of berry jam 2 tbsp butter 2 tbsp sugar Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees Line a baking dish with parchment paper Arrange the cored apples on the paper Spoon some of the jam inside the apples, filling the holes created by coring them. Add a small amount of butter on the top and sprinkle all of them with sugar. Bake for 40-45 minutes. They should be soft but still in shape when cooked. Serve warm or room temperature. They are great on their own or with a scoop of ice cream.

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BEACHCOMBING: Teaching Kids to Love Reading

04/15/16

BEACHCOMBING: Teaching Kids to Love Reading

An author for the New Yorker describes how local hero teachers are getting teens hooked on books

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CTBites: Top 20 Food Trucks in Fairfield County CT, 2016 Edition

04/14/16

CTBites: Top 20 Food Trucks in Fairfield County CT, 2016 Edition

Here are 20 delicious food trucks you can visit or hire for your next event.

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To Eat at a Mockingbird (Kitchen & Bar)

04/13/16

To Eat at a Mockingbird (Kitchen & Bar)

Bantam restaurant offers globally inspired New American cuisine

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Healing the World: From Haiti to Uganda, Connecticut Doctors Increasingly Drawn to International Work

04/12/16

Healing the World: From Haiti to Uganda, Connecticut Doctors Increasingly Drawn to International Work

Interest in global health missions, both in Connecticut and elsewhere, has increased among doctors and medical students in recent years.

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Gun Industry Powerhouse Flies Under the Radar in Newtown

04/11/16

Gun Industry Powerhouse Flies Under the Radar in Newtown

The Connecticut-based National Shooting Sports Foundation is spending almost as much as the NRA. Why have so few heard of it?

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Restaurant Openings: Italian Cuisine at a Former Jail, Two Pho Hotspots & More

04/07/16

Restaurant Openings: Italian Cuisine at a Former Jail, Two Pho Hotspots & More

A monthly look at some of what’s new and exciting on the Connecticut dining scene

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Norwalk’s Mecha Noodle Bar is A Mecca of Pho and Ramen Flavor

04/07/16

Norwalk’s Mecha Noodle Bar is A Mecca of Pho and Ramen Flavor

The super-sleek restaurant offers a hot and steamy hip-hop mix of Asian comfort food from various cultures.

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