Recipes
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...
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...
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...
The Recipe Box: Hearty Winter Soups, Stews & Chilis

The Recipe Box: Hearty Winter Soups, Stews & Chilis

Our recipe category for next month:  “Signs of Spring” Please email your favorite springtime recipes, including main dishes, sides, salads and desserts, to home@acorn-online.com. Please include exact measurements and instructions, and a photo of your creation, if you have one. PUMPKIN AND TURKEY CHILI (Makes one large pot of chili) Lucretia Delfino, Norwalk, CT Ingredients:...
The Recipe Box: Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap!

The Recipe Box: Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap!

Italian recipes wanted! Our recipe category for next month: “Pasta Night!” Please email your favorite Italian dishes, including baked and sauced pastas, meatballs, pizzas, other main dishes, sides, vegetables, and desserts to home@acorn-online.com. Please include exact measurements and instructions, and a photo of your creation, if you have one. PANPEPATO (Makes 8 loaves) The Cake...
The Recipe Box: Thanksgiving - Classic or Contemporary?

The Recipe Box: Thanksgiving – Classic or Contemporary?

Our recipe category for next month: “Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap!” Email your favorite holiday cookie and bar recipes, as well as recipes for your other favorite holiday desserts, to us at home@acorn-online.com. Please include exact measurements and instructions, and a photo of your creation, if you have one. A TURKEY OF A CAKE N.M. Popic,...
Cookbook author Patricia Wells to sign new book

Cookbook author Patricia Wells to sign new book

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., cookbook author Patricia Wells will be at the Darien Library, 1441 Post Rd., Darien, to sign copies of her latest cookbook, The French Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence. For more information, contact Andy Dodds, andy.dodds@harpercollins.com or call 212-207-7498. Seared Duck Breast with Fresh Figs and...
Brown-bagging it: The new way to cook chicken?

Brown-bagging it: The new way to cook chicken?

A friend of mine who is a gourmet cook keeps raving about how she roasts her Thanksgiving turkey in a brown grocery bag. She’s tried to convince me to do the same thing, but, well, it seems too risky when one is hosting the family feast. But the other day an online recipe source I...
"Cupcake Wars" winner shares gluten-free dessert recipes

“Cupcake Wars” winner shares gluten-free dessert recipes

Just because you decide to adopt a gluten-free lifestyle doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice flavor or nutrition, according to Kyra Bussanich, cookbook author and two-time winner of the Food Network’s reality show and baking competition,”Cupcake Wars.” “Unfortunately, a lot of people who commit to a gluten-free lifestyle believe they have to sacrifice their favorite...
The Recipe Box: "Let's Cook Out!"

The Recipe Box: “Let’s Cook Out!”

Our next recipe category: “Seafood Splashdown!” Email your favorite seafood recipes (i.e., grilled, baked, steamed, sushi, etc.) to us at home@acorn-online.com. Please include exact measurements and instructions, and a photo of your creation, if you have one. SUMMER GRILL RUBS FOR POULTRY AND FISH Recipes courtesy of Burke Catering, LLC.  For BBQ staff and catering...