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The best of Connecticut?

Being a "hybrid" myself, I'm rather fond of the mix. You know, the mutt is often the most lovable dog. Happy taste testing.

about 14 hours ago
kattyeyes in Southern New England

The best of Connecticut?

I think our local Stew Leonard's (Newington) sells Martin Rosol's. Maybe try the one down by you? You're right--Rachael's. Hard to keep track of all the name changes. How can you not love a hot dog wearing a top hat? :)
http://rachaelsfoodcorp.com/muckes/

about 14 hours ago
kattyeyes in Southern New England

The best of Connecticut?

It separates the locals from the "imports." ;)

about 14 hours ago
kattyeyes in Southern New England

The best of Connecticut?

Hmm. I grew up here and I would say CT is known for our dogs for sure. Let's start with Mucke (yes, now made by Grote & Weigel, but same recipe, or so I read), Martin Rosol's and Hummel just to name three off the top of my head.

about 15 hours ago
kattyeyes in Southern New England

CT food finds 2014: our year in review

The food is great, however!

Mickey's (Hamden, CT)

Love that trio! Glad we finally tried it. :)

Mickey's (Hamden, CT)

See here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3840...
Not sure how long they've been there. First mentions on this board were in March '07 so must be roundabout that time frame.

I'd love to try the plate with falafel (Dalia's Trio) next time we go.

DiFiore's Ravioli Shop (Hartford, CT) opening 2nd location in Rocky Hill mid-April!

If you take a look at their Facebook page post, someone said, "I hope you never forget your roots" and the DiFiores replied they had no plans to leave. But, yes--me, too. Rocky Hill is a hop, skip and jump for me.

P.S. Remember, this is corned beef ravs week! They're really good even if they sound odd at first reading. :)

Overheard: Is Costco coming to Middletown, CT?

As Jeffro mentioned above, I can't think where in M'town they could "break ground" that could be retail space in the making, let alone near major highways. This may be one of those odd rumors I just happened to hear. But glad I shared and folks responded, because New Britain is an easier ride than Waterbury. :)

DiFiore's Ravioli Shop (Hartford, CT) opening 2nd location in Rocky Hill mid-April!

In other good news, DiFiore's Ravioli Shop (Franklin Avenue) plans to open a SECOND location in Rocky Hill mid-April. Color me THRILLED--WOOOOOOOOOOOO!

https://www.facebook.com/DiFioreRavio...

The Rocky Hill address will be 397 Cromwell Ave:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/397...

Overheard: Is Costco coming to Middletown, CT?

Addicted to Costco! Funny stuff!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcATv...

I'd take one in Hard Hittin', tell ya that much. Nice find--thank you! :D

Overheard: Is Costco coming to Middletown, CT?

I googled around and found absolutely nothing. But someone mentioned yesterday they'd heard they broke ground for one here. Anybody?

Mickey's (Hamden, CT)

Why don't we hear more about this place?
http://www.mickeysgroup.com/menus.htm

I had wanted to go for the longest time. Recently went twice in the past 30 days or so. I LOVE THIS PLACE! Waitresses are friendly and on the ball. Bread is outFREAKIN'standing as is the olive oil that accompanies it. How crazy is it to note IT ACTUALLY TASTES LIKE OLIVES unlike so many others (including mine at home, GEEZ!).

So far we've enjoyed a lamburger and the short rib sandwich from the lunch menu. Clams casino are delicious! Then there's that bread to soak it all up.

We went for dinner earlier this week and shared a carpaccio starter served over arugula with truffle oil and some thinly sliced Parm Reggiano. JUST WOW. Then, also shared, the pork chop giambotta. I have never seen or eaten such an immense chop before this one, nor one that was quite so juicy and delicious. Easily 2 inches thick or more, like filet mignon. I should have snapped a photo, but was eager to dig in and enjoy. We also shared, because starches are delicious, a side of creamy polenta. Generous enough for plenty at dinner with leftovers for home, too.

Here's an old thread I dug up.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3840...

But I thought it would be nice to have a more current discussion, so here I am. What are your favorites at Mickey's?

National PI(e) Day

WOWWWWW! An impressive and beautifully presented spread!

Mar 15, 2015
kattyeyes in Home Cooking
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National PI(e) Day

You will love the shortbread crust. I asked my mom to add a teaspoon of almond, very similar to my shortbread. NOM NOM! Too bad you're not closer, it's a LARGE PIE. :)

Mar 14, 2015
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

National PI(e) Day

My pleasure. The crust is fab--and it should be, as it's for the most part, exactly how I make almond shortbread, but flattened out as pie. Who knew?

Re the lemon chess filling, I just love the tartness of lemon--and with just three tablespoons, it could for sure stand more against all the sugar. But the texture is standout. It has a crisp, rather crackly top, then smooth custardy-like filling. I just want more lemony goodness next time. :)

Mar 14, 2015
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

National PI(e) Day

I'm out of the kitchen for the time being, so my mom made the Cook's Country lemon chess pie with our own almond shortbread crust as I called out directions from the couch.

Here's the crust before baking:
https://www.facebook.com/KattysKitche...

And here's the finished pie:
https://www.facebook.com/KattysKitche...

I like a filling more lemony, less sweet, but it is smooth. And I never had a lemon chess pie before. Happy Pi(e) Day!

Mar 14, 2015
kattyeyes in Home Cooking
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National PI(e) Day

Just a brief interjection--THIS--this kinda dialogue--is exactly what makes CH EXCELLENT. :) Glad to be along for the ride with you fine folks.

How often do you drink at lunch during the work week?

Yeah, I don't know anyone who gets paid for lunch, either. But the almighty weekend is just around the corner and soon it'll be time to pig out, pork out, freak out and WIIIIIIIIIIG OUT! I'll drink to that! CLINQUE!

Mar 12, 2015
kattyeyes in Not About Food
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National PI(e) Day

HA HA HA! Some people! Though even when my mom and I use the exact same recipe, there are differences. We probably use different flour, maybe different vanilla--right there, it would be a different ballgame, however slightly.

Mar 12, 2015
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

10 ways to 'fix' McDonald's (if it needs fixing, that is)

Forget the rest, just bring back the DEEP-FRIED apple pie. Cherry, too. Thank you.

How often do you drink at lunch during the work week?

I don't care what we call it when there's a need for a restorative cocktail. Who wouldn't want a little restoration in the form of vitamins and antioxidants?! Sign me up--those options sound FAB! And I would like one RIGHT NOW.

Mar 12, 2015
kattyeyes in Not About Food
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How often do you drink at lunch during the work week?

HA HA HA, you wish you really worked an 8-hour day! And it's really not funny. Days like that scream for a nice adult beverage at lunch. ;)

And do I partake? Yup, not often, but for sure once in a while.

Mar 12, 2015
kattyeyes in Not About Food

Easy things to prep/eat while on crutches

Yes, thank you! I have this one and it beats the garbage bag alternative (that's what I used in college) with a big bat:
http://www.amazon.com/ORIGINAL-Bandag...

Side effect of not cooking and having my mom around--I've hooked her on one of my breakfast indulgences: the sausage McMuffin with a hash brown inside. How can you beat that deliciousness from the dollar menu? :D

And I've finally gotten to try her latest thing--a soft-cooked egg in half an avocado. That's a tasty treat, too!

National PI(e) Day

Might I suggest Boston Cream Pie? It's a favorite cake of mine. :)

Mar 11, 2015
kattyeyes in Home Cooking
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National PI(e) Day

Cook's Country recently posted a lemon chess pie. Hoping that finds its way to the table on Pi(e) day.

Mar 11, 2015
kattyeyes in Home Cooking

Easy things to prep/eat while on crutches

She has staff. :)

Easy things to prep/eat while on crutches

Another note on having a stool--I don't have one for the kitchen, but my mom brought a low stool over for me to put in the shower. It's a huge lifesaver, let me tell you. I also picked up an airtight cast protector before my surgery.

Mar 11, 2015
kattyeyes in General Topics

Easy things to prep/eat while on crutches

I love my crutch, but to be perfectly honest, getting around is a chore. I did the stairs one too many times yesterday and it wiped me out!

Mar 11, 2015
kattyeyes in General Topics

Easy things to prep/eat while on crutches

Isn't it great how something like little cereal boxes can trigger such wonderful memories? Thanks for sharing your story.

Mar 11, 2015
kattyeyes in General Topics