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How to clean, stuff and eat an artichoke

How to clean, stuff and eat an artichoke

Am I right in thinking that the artichoke is a vegetable that many people love but have no idea what to do with? Sure we love them, but we buy them marinated in jars or pureed in dips but don’t have a clue about how to handle the real thing…big, fresh and foreign. This post...
Gadget gurus: What's in store for the home cook

Gadget gurus: What’s in store for the home cook

Do you have a Blossom uCap Sipping Cap? If you don’t, you may be missing out on one of today’s newest kitchen items. It’s a colorful, durable, silicone cap that transforms a mason jar into a beverage container with a watertight seal, explains Sanjay Dipchand, vice president of Cook’s Nook (mycooksnook.com), Norwalk. With numerous gadgets...
The Recipe Box: "Flavors of Fall"

The Recipe Box: “Flavors of Fall”

PUMPKIN BISQUE WITH CURRY AND PEAR (Serves 4 – 6) Ronnie Fein, Ronnie Fein School of Creative Cooking, Stamford, Conn., 203-322-7114 Ingredients: 2 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2 ripe pears, peeled, cored and cut into chunks 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree 1-1/2 teaspoons curry powder 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper Pinch...
The heat is on!

The heat is on!

Cookouts with friends, family barbeques, and picnics by the water are as classic this time of year as the rise in temperature and the lengthening of days. The soft sizzling of flames and drifts of smoke epitomize these summer traditions. Grilling and the corresponding equipment, accessories, and various techniques can be found at the heart...
Sam Bridge Nursery offers herb air-drying tips

Sam Bridge Nursery offers herb air-drying tips

If you have an herb garden you know what a great pleasure it is to have access to your own home-grown herbs — ones that are exactly to your taste, rather than a generic supermarket blend. Drying or freezing some of your herbs can give you that pleasure year-round. Along with the taste advantage, your...
The Recipe Box: "Make the most of summer fruit!"

The Recipe Box: “Make the most of summer fruit!”

  BLUE LEMON’S PEACH TART (Serves 12) Bryan Malcarney, Blue Lemon Restaurant,15 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, (203) 226 – 2647, bluelemonrestaurant.com; Rorys Restaurant, 416 Post Road, Darien,(203) 655-9453, rorys.net Ingredients: 12 ripe peaches Short Bread: 8 oz. butter, melted 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup flour Crème Patissiere (pastry cream): 1 cup milk 4 egg yolks ¼...
Flower power

Flower power

As spring unfolds in bursts of peonies, day lilies, and other nascent flowers, the sweet perfume and bright colors of seasonal flora entice the senses. While it is common to appreciate the sight and smell of the warmer season’s blossoms, many will also be indulging in floral tastes. Food enthusiasts, florists, and chefs alike will...
Homegrown goodness: Kitchen gardens make a delicious difference

Homegrown goodness: Kitchen gardens make a delicious difference

Imagine the enticing aroma of basil, mint and rosemary perfuming the air right outside your kitchen door. Or picking fresh baby lettuces or fat, juicy tomatoes right in your own backyard. When you plant a kitchen garden, you create a delectable opportunity to live well and eat well. Kitchen gardens are growing in popularity, and...
Father's Day grilling tips from Kings Food Markets

Father’s Day grilling tips from Kings Food Markets

Forty-five percent of people host BBQs on Father’s Day, and with June 15 quickly approaching and grilling season in full swing, it is time to learn about the meats and sides of the season, with the top techniques to prepare them. Kings Food Markets, a gourmet food market located in New Jersey, New York and...
The Recipe Box: "The Spice of Life - Mexican Fiesta!"

The Recipe Box: “The Spice of Life – Mexican Fiesta!”

Our recipe category for next month:  “Make the Most of Summer Fruit.” Please email your  main dish, grilled, side, salad, dessert and beverage recipes which include your favorite summer fruits to home@acorn-online.com. Please include exact measurements and instructions, and a photo of your creation, if you have one. MINI CHICKEN & CHORIZO QUESADILLAS (Serves 6)...
How committed is your state to local foods?

How committed is your state to local foods?

Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire, respectively, claimed the top three spots in the 2014 Locavore Index, a ranking of each state’s (and the District of Columbia’s) commitment to promoting and providing locally grown foods. according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “There are many good reasons to eat locally produced foods, the first among them...
Local Flavor: Area specialty markets cite spring food trends

Local Flavor: Area specialty markets cite spring food trends

Small markets and specialty stores not only carry a vast selection of fresh products, they cultivate the newest food trends. Kings Food Market (www.kingsfoodmarkets.com) in Old Greenwich is one such Connecticut store. With 25 locations across three states, Kings stores captivate consumers by harnessing food trends and translating them into an unforgettable experience, according to...
The Recipe Box: "Let's Get Bathing-Suit Ready!"

The Recipe Box: “Let’s Get Bathing-Suit Ready!”

Our recipe category for next month: “The Spice of Life: Mexican Fiesta!” Please email your favorite Mexican main dish, side, salad, dessert and beverage recipes to home@acorn-online.com. Please include exact measurements and instructions, and a photo of your creation, if you have one. CHICKEN, CELLOPHANE NOODLES, AND VEGETABLE LETTUCE WRAPS (Serves 6) www.theweiserkitchen.com Fresh vegetables...
Kings Food Markets announces gourmet tasting event

Kings Food Markets announces gourmet tasting event

Beginning Friday, April 4, Kings Food Markets (Kings), 26 Arcadia Rd., Old Greenwich, Conn., will celebrate a weekend-long spring tasting event. Shoppers who attend the event will be welcomed to taste their way through the store as Kings offers three consecutive days of signature samplings and exclusive cooking demonstrations. In addition, Nutritionist Francine G. Blinten, CCN, CNS...