Vegetarian Wednesdays Deserve an A Plus

 

photo courtesy of  The Schoolhouse

photo courtesy of The Schoolhouse

Contributed by Katy Morris

In a charming New England setting alongside the whispering Norwalk River in Wilton, Connecticut, sits a quaint and humble looking one-room schoolhouse that is home to a superior dining experience. The Schoolhouse of Cannondale, owned and operated by Tim LaBant since 2006, offers hungry patrons an upscale yet homey surrounding in which to enjoy thoughtfully constructed fare using familiar, mostly organic, seasonal ingredients in creative ways. Continue reading

La Frutteria In Costa Rica

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While in Costa Rica last week, the directions I received to the closest frutteria went something like this, “Stay on the paved road. Follow all of the twists and turns until you see it on your left. If you find yourself on a dirt road get back on the paved one.”

After a few bumpy miles, we hit the frutteria and the food portion of our adventure began. Continue reading

From Farm to Pizza Truck and Making Your Own

Into the Fire

contributed by Katy Morris; photos: Liz Rueven

Farm to table is right up Jeff Borofsky’s alley…literally.

Jeff is the proud founder of Skinny Pines, LLC, Fairfield County’s only farm to table focused mobile wood-fired brick pizza oven. He uses only local, seasonal ingredients to create simple and fresh concoctions whilst incorporating sustainability in every aspect of the business.  I sat down with Jeff recently to get the skinny on his concept and unique pizza. Continue reading

Worldly Culinary Fusion and All that Jazz

 

photo courtesy of eleven 14 Kitchen

photo courtesy of eleven 14 Kitchen

contributed by Katy Morris

With its elegantly cozy ambiance, welcoming staff, and a distinctive menu chock full of locally sourced, seasonal options with a global twist crafted by renowned Chef Francois Kwaku-Dongo, the eleven14 Kitchen hits all the marks for a great dining experience.

Kosher Like Me was invited to try out the restaurant, located in Greenwich, CT, at  JHouse Hotel. We were delighted to learn that Chef Francois had created our very own vegetarian line up, taking us on a colorful veggie-loaded journey of American dishes inspired by cuisine from across the globe. Continue reading

Gravlax: The Easy Cure for New Year’s

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contributed by Katy Morris

photos courtesy of Sugar and Olives

On an inconspicuous side street in Norwalk, CT, sits an eccentric French-inspired culinary “kitchen and lounge” that serves delicious, locally sourced, organic fare.  Sugar & Olives, owned by Jennifer Balin, opened after she bought and transformed a former factory space into an open commercial kitchen and dining area using sustainable and recycled materials when possible.

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Organic Planet’s Orbit

Organic Planet Interior- photo Katy Morris

contributed by Katy Morris

Dedicated to nourishing diners with only locally sourced, organic elements in each and every dish, Organic Planet Restaurant is a true haven for local health conscious foodies, living in CT or passing through Greenwich. Continue reading

Warming Up with Hearty Lentil Soup

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At the end of my Thanksgiving cooking marathon, I began to squirrel away homemade turkey stock, turkey gravy and remnants of glistening tomatoey broth from my slow cooked brisket. Just as my freezer shelf was beginning to look like a frozen wonderland of rich liquid leftovers I was asked by Red Envelope, the nifty gift catalogue, to submit my favorite wintry recipe for them to share with their thousands of readers.

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Vegetable Heaven for Omnivores, Too

Market Sides, Count 'Em!

I’ve fallen hard for the easy neighborhood vibe and colorful, vegetarian dishes at Westville in NYC. The reason is simple, which is a lot like their menu offerings.  Last time I dined at Westville there were 21 market vegetables offered on their daily board. Veggie sides like Curried Okra, Sauteed Kale with Shallots, and Artichoke Hearts with Parmesan are not afterthoughts here. They are front and center for those who chose, or seasonal sides for anyone wanting to add on to their generously sized entrees.  Continue reading

This Cooking Class Round-Up Has You Covered

Sugar and Olives, Norwalk CT.Photo: Noel Berry

Sugar and Olives, Norwalk CT.Photo: Noel Berry

By Katy Morris

Thanksgivukah is almost here!

In a once in a life-time gastronomical marriage, Chanukah and Thanksgiving, two of the most celebrated holiday feasts, happen to fall on the same exact day this year. And unless you’ve been hiding from all of the hype in your cave, you know it has been dubbed Thanksgivukkah.

To help you avoid the potential stress that this culinary crossover may cause for you in the kitchen and to also provide you with some great Chanukah gift ideas for your food-loving family, we have rounded up some local cooking classes which are sure to inspire this year’s menu or will simply help boost your cooking talents overall.

From kosher classes in NYC where you will learn to create hybridized holiday dishes like layered sweet potato casserole, orange olive oil cake, and root-vegetable latkes alongside well-known chefs, to 100% vegetarian classes on a farm in CT where you will learn scrumptious recipes for your Veg-only Thanksgiving…these classes will be sure to delight every palate. Continue reading