Dining
Flower power: Adding more nature to spice up your meals

Flower power: Adding more nature to spice up your meals

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...
Monty's: Going out to eat and enjoying the view

Monty’s: Going out to eat and enjoying the view

Monty’s River Grille in Milford offers outdoor dining for those who want to spend time with nature. Located at the Great River Golf Club on Coram Lane, Monty’s serves American-International food — with American, European and Thai specialty dishes. The outdoor area can seat 60-70 people. It runs the length of the restaurant on the...
Recipe: Squash Blossom Crepes, serves four

Recipe: Squash Blossom Crepes, serves four

Squash Blossom Crepes: Serves 4 for dinner, 6 for appetizer portions. Recipe courtesy of Amanda Smith, www.amandasmithcaterers.com Ingredients: 12 crepes (either homemade or store bought) Filling: 2 T. olive oil 2 shallots, chopped 2 corn on the cob, kernels cut off the cob with a serrated knife 3  bunches squash blossoms, remove thistle, tear in four...

Pancakes at Chip’s benefits Parkinson’s Research

The third Annual Pancakes for Parkinson’s fundraising supper is set for Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road in Orange, on Tuesday, June 10, with four seatings for diners at 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. The price is $12 per person. There will be a raffle with many prizes, including an Ipad, wine basket...
Creating dishes from the garden: It’s time for some goodness

Creating dishes from the garden: It’s time for some goodness

 I love Spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” —Ruth Stout  Before the swell of summer is in full force, bringing a riot of color and texture to vegetable and flower gardens, there is the cool, calm, charm of the spring herb garden. The first plants to...
Honey: It’s time to taste the sweetness of spring

Honey: It’s time to taste the sweetness of spring

There is much sweetness to spring, as the days turn warmer and the earth begins to blossom. The sunshine opens up the spirit inside us, reminding us to speak sweetly to our friends and loved ones and be ever grateful for the many blessings each new season brings. During Easter celebrations many sweet treats are...
Healthy recipes wanted from our readers

Healthy recipes wanted from our readers

Our recipe category for next month:  “Let’s Get Bathing-Suit Ready!” Please email your favorite healthy main dish, side, salad and dessert recipes to home@acorn-online.com. Please include exact measurements and instructions, and a photo of your creation, if you have one. Also, please include your name, town and company/business name, if applicable.
Shelton resident serving up New Orleans specialties

Shelton resident serving up New Orleans specialties

Try gumbo to praline pound cake at new downtown establishment

  A taste of New Orleans now may be found in downtown Shelton. Kim Soto has opened Queen Zuri, a bakery and kitchen specializing in New Orleans delicacies and Southern desserts, at 97 Center St. Soto has lived in Shelton for more than 20 years with her husband, a retired police officer, and decided this...

Luigi’s Restaurant now offers authentic Italian dining

People will no longer have to travel to Arthur Avenue or Little Italy to experience classic Italian family style dining. Luigi’s Restaurant now offers authentic Italian dining right in Fairfield, with the addition of its new family-style menu. This time-honored form of Italian dining brings people together, offering an opportunity to share a variety of...

Cheesecake Factory may be coming to Trumbull

Cheesecake Factory may be moving in to Westfield Trumbull Mall. The popular chain restaurant is seeking a permit for outdoor dining and a liquor permit from Trumbull’s Planning and Zoning Commission. A public hearing on both applications will be held tomorrow, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in town hall. The nearest Cheesecake Factory is located...
The color purple: Creating wine at home

The color purple: Creating wine at home

When most people hear the term “winemaking,” they generally think of the Napa Valley, Italy or France. Surprisingly, however, Connecticut is also hospitable to the process. Though the climate affects the varietals that grow best and Connecticut grapes don’t attain quite the sweetness that more southern varietals can, commercial vineyards here keep increasing — and...
Ham or lamb: What's for dinner?

Ham or lamb: What’s for dinner?

  We’re looking for recipes for thehomemonthly.com website. Our website recipe category for next month: “Easter dinner: Ham or Lamb?” Please email your favorite recipes for ham- and lamb-inspired main dishes, including glazes and sauces, to home@acorn-online.com. Please include exact measurements and instructions, and a photo of your creation, if you have one.