Let’s do the twist! Delicious new takes on some old holiday favorites

The holidays are a time for festive gatherings and culinary traditions. While folks may love old seasonal favorites, some may be looking to add a new twist to this year’s menu. For helpful tips on how to kick up this year’s holiday classics, Ann Cheney, store manager for Walter Stewart’s Market and John Robinson, manager … Read more

Specialty markets help complete your holiday shopping list

Over the last couple of decades, our palates have broadened to incorporate a variety of cuisines. Home cooks are experimenting with more unusual spices, trying new ethnic recipes, and becoming more creative in the kitchen. This holiday season, if you want to try something a little out of your comfort zone, whether it’s an international … Read more

Wishing you a very healthy holiday!

Here come the holidays — the season for bright lights and bows, boxes and bags, and gatherings galore. There are dinner parties, office parties, gift exchanges, cocktail soirées, and cookie swaps. Holiday celebrations include overnight guests, shopping marathons, mountains of gift wrapping, and a bevy of baking. All of this merrymaking can be ever so … Read more

Hot chocolate with a twist

There’s nothing as comforting as a mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s night. I’m a traditionalist when it comes to cocoa—milk chocolate with marshmallows—but I’ve become enlightened to other ways to experience the festive drink this holiday season. “Creative cooks are always looking for new ways to spice up old favorites at home. … Read more

Let the holiday spirit move you

“One in 10 families is near the poverty line in Fairfield County,” says Wade Gibson of New Haven-based Connecticut Voices for Children, “and this time of year—holiday time—is particularly difficult for them.” Thanksgiving abounds with food drives. The focus in December is collecting toys for children who otherwise would do without. If you’d like to … Read more