Ready to Cook?

To be released this week…October 28th…
For the first time, trusted and beloved cookbook author Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, answers the number one question she receives from cooks: Can I make it ahead?
If you’ve ever found yourself stuck in front of the stove at your own party, scrambling to get everything to the table at just the right moment, Ina is here to let you in on her secrets! Thanks to twenty years of running a specialty food store and fifteen years writing cookbooks, she has learned exactly which dishes you can prep, assemble, or cook ahead of time. Whether you’re hosting a party or simply making dinner on a hectic weeknight, Ina gives you lots of amazing recipes that taste just as good—or even better!—when they’re made in advance.
In Make It Ahead, each recipe includes clear instructions for what you can do ahead of time, and how far in advance, so you can cook with confidence and eliminate last-minute surprises. Make a pitcher of Summer Rosé Sangria filled with red berries, let it chill overnight for the flavors to develop, and you have a delicious drink to offer your friends the minute they arrive. Simmer a pot of Wild Mushroom & Farro Soup, enjoy a bowl for lunch, and freeze the rest for a chilly evening. You can prep the kale, Brussels sprouts, and lemon vinaigrette forWinter Slaw ahead of time and simply toss them together before serving. Assemble French Chicken Pot Pies filled with artichokes and fresh tarragon a day in advance and then pop them in the oven half an hour before dinner. And for dessert, everyone needs the recipe for Ina’s Decadent (gluten-free!) Chocolate Cake topped with Make-Ahead Whipped Cream. Ina also includes recipes for the biggest cooking day of the year—Thanksgiving! Her Ultimate Make-Ahead Roast Turkey and Gravy with Onions & Sage may just change your life.
With beautiful photographs and hundreds of invaluable make-ahead tips, this will be my new go-to guide for preparing meals that are stress-free yet filled with those fabulously satisfying flavors that you have come to expect from the Barefoot Contessa. I’m looking forward to her new cookbook!

A little Connecticut culinary trivia:

The first cookbook written by an American was published in Hartford in 1796. The book was American Cookery by Amelia Simmons.th

Can You Guess Which 2 CT Towns Are Among the Richest in America?

Two of the top 10 richest towns in the United States are in Connecticut.

The list was published by Time and used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the website FindTheBest.

FindTheBest ranked zip codes with populations more than 10,000 by percentage of households earning more than $150,000 per year. The data was derived from five-year averages from the American Community Survey.

Weston (06883) came in at No. 3, and Darien (06820) landed in the 8th spot.

According to the report, 59.7% of Darien households make more than $150,000, and 95% of residents identified themselves as caucasian — making it the least diverse of the top 10 richest towns.

In Weston, 67.3% of households make more than $150,000, according to the report.

“The smallest of the 10 wealthiest zip codes, 06883 is home to 10,203 residents, just large enough to earn a spot in this study,” the Time article states.

The richest town in the country? That’s just to our south, in Short Hills, NJ.

Celebrate Halloween in Wilton- Parade October 25th-All Welcome

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Pumpkin Parade + Trick-or-Treating in Wilton Center
• October 25, 2014 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Happy Halloween!!
Need somewhere safe and well lit to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve?
Try the Wilton Children’s Halloween Parade.
This annual community event celebrates creativity, imagination, and fun in Wilton’s downtown.
Saturday, October 25th
It starts at the Gazebo in Wilton Center at 12pm. You can pick up your Shop Small tote bag at the Chamber office to collect the candy that Wilton Center shops will be handing out! Come see all the creative costumes and show off yours.
Admire the fun scarecrows displayed on Wilton Center lampposts as you collect your Halloween goodies. And Have a very Happy Halloween!