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Survivor Contestant from Connecticut

Survivor returns for its 35th season and Connecticut native Joe Mena was on the island this year. We speak with him about his experience and what we can expect this season. “Survivor Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers” premieres Wednesday at 8:00 PM on Channel 3.

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Pretty Potty

Make your outdoor event a little more unique!

An outdoor restroom solution! Rent for an event, lease for a season or buy as a permanent replacement. Click here to find out more about how Pretty Potty makes your outdoor space more exciting!

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We’re back for Season 11 after an outstanding summer!

Check out all the fun we had this summer, we hope you did too!

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Better Home

DIY home projects for fall

Host of “Today’s Homeowner” Danny Lipford shares his easy-to-follow DIY projects that will actually save you money! Click here to learn more.

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Better TV

Actor David Boreanaz talks “SEAL Team”

David Boreanaz plays “Jason Hayes” in the new military drama “SEAL Team.” Hear what he has to say about this highly respected and slightly intimidating character. Don’t miss the premiere Wednesday at 9:00 PM on Channel 3.

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Better Health

Walk to end Alzheimer’s

Bill Martin and his wife Grace were preparing to enjoy retirement when they received devastating news that Bill has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Hear their story and their advice for others with the same diagnosis. Click here for more information about The Walk to end Alzheimer’s.

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Better Sports

Beach volleyball makes waves

Beach volleyball is not strictly reserved for states that don’t see any snow. Right here in Connecticut sand-volleyball is becoming a hot new trend. Channel 3 spoke with CLUBWAKA about the new sport trend making waves in our state. Click here to join the club.

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Better Books

Comedian Zach King writes a children’s book

Zach King found his claim to fame with the social media app “Vine,” creating funny 10 second videos. Zach is now bringing that humor to print with his new children’s book “Zach King: My Magical Life” that hits shelves today! Hear what he tells us about his experience as an author.

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Race Races

How to prepare for road race season

Robin Copperhwaite and Spence Lau of the Middlesex Hospital Rehabilitation Center meet with us to talk about race training. Hear expert advice on preparing for a road race, and what do if you suffer a running injury. For more information call (860) 358-2700.

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Better Books

Which books you should curl up with this fall

Lori Fazio from RJ Julia Booksellers joins us with some new titles that just hit the shelves. Click here for more on her list of favorite books you might enjoy too.

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Better Advice

Expert tips on plastic surgery

Doctor Paul Stanislaw of the Plastic Surgery Center in Avon urges patients to search for facts before going under the knife. Click here to know the truth on how to avoid botched plastic surgeries.

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Fraud Watch

Get smart about fraud protection

AARP and Central Connecticut State University are partnering for a fraud protection event. Director Nora Duncan shares with us expert advice on how to avoid falling victim to fraud. Click here for more tips and event info.

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Better TV

Actor Jim Parsons and Iain Armitage talk about "Young Sheldon"

We all know actor Jim Parsons from “The Big Bang Theory.” There is a new show out called "Young Sheldon," following the childhood of Sheldon Cooper. We're talking to Parsons and actor Iain Armitage about what its like to have a show inspired by Sheldon. The show premieres tonight at 8:30 PM on Channel 3. 

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Mental Health

How to deal with toxic people in your life

Dr. Lori Stevic Rust is sharing some thoughts on how to deal with toxic people in your life.  She’s the author of “Put on Your Big Girl Shoes: Stepping into Courage, Resilience, and Gratitude.”  Click here to learn more.

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Fair Season

An inside look at the Durham Fair

We’re right in the middle of fair season, one that draws crowds of people is the Durham Fair!  Kara went to check out all the fun going on this weekend.  Click here for more details.

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Better Fall

All the things you’ll find at Bishop’s Orchards

The fall season is all about pumpkins, apples, and corn mazes.  You can find all that and more at Bishop’s Orchards in Guilford!  Melissa Cole went to check it out.  Click here for more information.

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Better Pets

Why do some breeds live longer than others?

Dr. Andrea Dennis is shedding some light on the lifespans of our pets.  Click here to learn more about the Bloomfield Animal Hospital.

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Today's Headlines

The first day of fall! Jerry Lewis excludes children from will, and a couple asked to help pay for a wedding

The first day of fall!  Jerry Lewis excludes children from will, and a couple asked to help pay for a wedding...All that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Weekends

A lot to do in the first weekend of fall!

Renee DiNino from The River 105.9 is telling us about some fun fairs and fundraisers happening this weekend!  Click here for more details.

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Here’s how Medicaid is helping younger people

You might assume Medicaid is only for poor people, but it’s also designed to help younger people with special needs.  Attorney Sharon Pope of the law firm Czepiga Daly Pope is telling us more about the program.  Click here to learn more.

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Beautiful, intricate, mini works of art!

Art comes in all shapes and sizes, today we're getting a look at mini masterpieces!  The folks from the International Guild of Miniature Artisans are showing us some of their stunning work.  The Guild Show is coming up this weekend in Windsor.  Click here to learn more and for event details! 

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Better Movies

Jake Gyllenhaal and Jeff Bauman talk about the new movie "Stronger"

"Stronger" is a new movie coming out this weekend, it tells the story of Jeff Bauman who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon Bombing.  Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jeff in the movie, we had a chance to speak with both of them.  Take a look!

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Better Food

Homemade pumpkin spice butter

'Tis the season for pumpkin spice!  Jojo and Kiki Frey of Churncraft are showing us how to make pumpkin spice flavored butter!  Click here for recipes and to learn more about Churncraft.

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Better Tour

See Hartford in a different way!

There's a lot of history in our capital city, Melissa Cole went on a walking tour of Hartford!  Click here to learn more about the tours.

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Better Homes

Lighting details that make these rental town houses stand out

Scot visited Deer Valley North in Ellington, CT Lighting did the work in these homes.  The details and extra finishes make the units stand out.  Click here to learn more about CT Lighting!

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Better Money

Here's what you can do following the massive Equifax security breach

Joel Johnson is a certified financial planner and managing partner at Johnson Brunetti.  Joel has a few tips on how you can protect yourself from security breaches.  Click here to learn more.

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Today's Headlines

Channel 3 celebrates 60 years, a new Taco Bell addition, and more!

In today's headlines...Channel 3 celebrates 60 years, a new Taco Bell addition, and more!

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Better Hair

Is it smart to buy salon-grade hair products from drug store?

If you see salon-grade hair products at the drug store or elsewhere, you might not be getting the deal you think you are.  Jay from Blades Salon in Wethersfield has some important information you should know about these products.  Click here for more about Blades Salon.

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Family Time

Spend quality time with the family through game night!

With the start of the new school year making time for the family can be challenging.  Marissa DiBartolo from the Toy Insider is showing us how to get the family together with some fun games everyone will love!

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Actor Bobby Moynihan talks about his new show on CBS!

Bobby Moynihan stars in a new sitcom on CBS called “Me, Myself, and I.”  Check out our conversation with him about it!  You can watch the show Monday night at 9:30 on Channel 3.

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Better Food

Quick and tasty meals for the back-to-school season

It’s a busy time of the year with fall sports and activities!  Making dinner for the family can be difficult, but David Clemmens from Carla’s Pasta is showing us some delicious meals that are perfect when you’re short on time.  Click here for more.

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Better Skin

Looking to get rid of wrinkles under the eyes?

Scott Defalco from Plexaderm is showing us how the skin product works and how you can try it too!  Click here to learn more.

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Today's Headlines

Taylor Swift song accusations, Billy Bush makes big announcement, and Magnum PI at bachelor party

Taylor Swift song accusations, Billy Bush makes big announcement, and Magnum PI at bachelor party... All that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Confidence

Plus size model, Tess Holliday opens up about new book

Tess Holliday is out with a new book, “The Not So Subtle Art of Being A Fat Girl.”  We talked with her about where the inspiration for this book came from.  The new book comes out on Tuesday, you can find it wherever books are sold.

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Better Food

Delicious food in a relaxing atmosphere at Artisan Restaurant

Chef Frederic Kieffer is the Executive Chef at Artisan Restaurant in West Hartford.  It just opened to the public and is located adjacent to the new Delmar Hotel.  They have a beautiful patio and garden too!  Click here to learn more.

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Better Adventures

Behind the scenes at The Dr. Oz Show!

The Dr. Oz Show is known for having great visuals to better understand the human body and health issues.  We had a chance to see the huge prop room and meet some of the people who help create them.   Be sure to watch the Dr. Oz Show right after Better Connecticut, weekdays at 4PM.

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Better Health

Actor Dax Shepard and Dr. Drew Pinsky and the “Save The Male” Campaign

Actor Dax Shepard and Dr. Drew Pinsky have teamed up to bring awareness to prostate cancer screening and awareness.  The campaign is called “Save The Male.”  Click here to learn more.

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Sweet Treat

Unforgettable cake creations

Melissa Cole went to check out KT Bakery in West Hartford, they’re in the business of cake…but not just any cakes!  Check out the unique creations they make here.  Click here to visit their Facebook page.

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Today's Headlines

A big toy retailer in debt, a funny Emmy moment, and dangerous celebrities to Google

A big toy retailer in debt, a funny Emmy moment, and dangerous celebrities to Google...All that and more in today's headlines.

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Get ready for the Norwalk Boat Show!

Have you ever thought of owning a boat?  Now would be a perfect chance to get some ideas at the Norwalk Boat Show!  Kathleen Burns from the CT Marine Trades Association is telling us more about the show and a boat she brought in!  Be sure to enter our contest to win tickets to the show on our Facebook page!  Click here for more information.

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Better Sports

See where you can enjoy baseball history!

Whether you’re a Red Sox fan, or a Yankees  fan, there’s something for everyone at a new exhibit on baseball history at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury. Click here to learn more.

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Better Art

See the work of Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer was an artist who was sent around the world to cover big events.  The sketches are how people got news about the civil war.  Check out some of his work on display at the Mattatuck Museum.  Click here for more details.

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Better Yoga

Have you ever wondered about “Goat Yoga”

Yoga is always better with goats, and today we’re learning all about the new trend!  Annaleise Dadras and Bethany Wallace telling us all about Goat Yoga at their farm in Southington.  Click here to learn more and schedule a class today!

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Better Food

Make fried food the better way

Registered Dietitian Dana White is sharing creative and delicious recipes you can make with an air fryer!  It’s a trendy new device that fries food without all the oil and fat.  Dana even has a cookbook for the air fryer, click here to learn more.

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Better Movies

Here’s a look at some great movies coming into theaters this fall!

Alicia Malone of Fandango Now is showing us some of the highly-anticipated films coming to theaters this fall!  Click here to learn more.

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Sweet Treat

The hottest place to get ice cream

Kara went to check out Milkcraft in West Hartford, the ice cream here is so good there are lines out the door!  If you’re a fan of sweet treats, you’ll definitely want to check this place out, click here for all the details.

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Better Contests

WFSB Norwalk Boat Show Tickets Sweepstakes

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WFSB NORWALK BOAT SHOW TICKETS SWEEPSTAKES OFFICIAL RULES NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. The WFSB Norwalk Boat Show Tickets Sweepstakes is a daily sweepstakes that begins at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“E.T.”) on Friday, September 15, 2017, and ends Friday, September 22, 2017 (“Sweepstakes Period”). Winners will be drawn at approximately 9:00 a.m. E.T. each weekday during the Sweepstakes Peri... More>>

Better Pets

Country star Craig Morgan talks about the Eukanuba games for dogs!

Country star Craig Morgan with his dog to talk about the Eukanuba Performance Games featuring dogs!  Click here to learn more.

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Today's Headlines

Selena Gomez receives transplant, Liam Neeson is done with action movies, and a tupperware eureka!

In today's headlines...Selena Gomez receives transplant, Liam Neeson is done with action movies, and a tupperware eureka!

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Pet Week

Check out beautiful pet portraits

We met up with Suzi Whitaker, an artist out of West Hartford.  She loves animals and also loves drawing them!  They’re spectacular, click here to get in touch with her. 

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Better Books

Robert Wagner talks about his memoir

Robert Wagner has worked with some very iconic women in Hollywood, he recalls those moments in a new memoir, "I Loved Her in The Movies." 

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Fair Season

Cream Puffs at the Big E!

Chaz the Cream Puff Man is telling us all about the iconic cream puff and the Big E!  Click here to learn more.

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Today's Headlines

Hurricane relief telethon, Kate Hudson controversy, L.A. celebrates Olympics Games

Hurricane relief telethon, Kate Hudson controversy, L.A. celebrates Olympics Games...all that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Books

Learn all about the new novel from Ken Follett

He's the author behind titles like "World Without End," and "The Pillars of the Earth."  Ken Follett is out with a new novel called "A Column of Fire."  He joins us to tell us all about it.  Click here to learn more. 

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Better Books

A chat with Levar Burton

LeVar Burton from “Reading Rainbow” is joining us to talk about the importance of reading at all ages! 

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True Story

An incredible story of survival in the sea

A man falls overboard his fishing boat, but no one knows about it.  John Aldridge and his friend Anthony Sosinski wrote a book about the experience.  It’s called “A Speck in the Sea.”  They’re both here to share the story. 

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Better Food

Make easy meals that will satisfy everyone!

These sisters have 18 children between the two of them!  They've learned a thing or two about cooking lots of delicious food, and they found a way to make it healthy.  Watch for great ideas and for more information about their cookbook. 

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Back to School

The best products to get you organized for the new school year

Cori Ingrassia of Everyday Cori is showing us some of her favorite ways to get organized for the new school year!  Click here for more tips from Cori.

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Better Fashion

Back to school fashions!

Debbie Wright is showing us some of the trending fashions for the kids as they head back to school!  Click here to learn more about Debbie.

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Better Products

Products to get you ready for back-to-school

Carly Dorogi of Sticky Bellies and Sherri French of spbang are showing us some of the most popular products for the new school year!  Click here for a list of these products.

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Back to School

Healthy lunches your kids will actually eat

Registered Dietitian Dana White is showing us how to pack a healthy and balanced lunch for the new school year that the kids will enjoy!  Click here to learn more about Dana.

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Back to School

Make lunch more fun for the kids

Family and lifestyle blogger Julie Kieras is showing us some of her favorite lunch gear for the new school year!  Click here for Julie’s blog.

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Today's Headlines

Remembering 9/11, water in Tampa Bay gone, and Kristen Bell brightens the day,

We're easing our way into a new season of 'Better Connecticut' this week.  In today's headlines, we're getting a look at how America is remembering 9/11, 16 years later.  Plus, Irma has left behind some destruction, and some odd sights, and Kristen Bell sings to people at a shelter in Florida.

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A segway tour around New London!

Scot went along with Dawn from Wheeling City Tours to take a segway tour of New London!  It's a blast, check it out and click here for more information about booking your trip.

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Better Products

Fun apparel from The Coastal Crab!

It’s the one year anniversary for Coastal Crab, a local clothing company run by Laura Westner and Rachel Redding.  Watch to see the fun apparel and click here for more information.

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Better Fun

Bring some excitement to your summer with zip lining!

We went to check out zip lining at Empower Leadership Sports & Adventure Center in Middletown!  Click here to learn more.

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Better Living

Cool off with this refreshing blueberry lemonade

It’s blueberry season!  Check out this refreshing blueberry lemonade from Nora Murphy.  Click here to see Nora’s latest magazine issue and be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website!

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Better Summer

Sunset paddleboarding on the Connecticut coast

Looking for a different way to relax on the water?  We went to check out sunset paddleboarding!  Check it out and click here to learn more.

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Better Adventures

Scot goes clamming!

Scot goes out on the water to find some clams!  He had a great time, check it out!  Click here to learn more about Captain Morgan’s in Madison.

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Better Laughs

Damon Wayans Jr in ‘Studio B!’

You’ve seen him on the big screen and the small screen, and Damon Wayans Jr also does stand up comedy!  He’ll be at the Hartford Funny Bone tonight and tomorrow.  Click here for all the details.

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A look back at Season 10...Oh the fun we had!

We had some good times in this season of ‘Better!’  Here’s a look at some of our favorite moments.  Stay tuned for Season 11, coming September 18!

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Better Toys

Make going back to school fun!

The thought of going back to school doesn’t always bring a smile to the faces of kids.  You can make the new year a little more fun with cool gear and gadgets.  Marissa DiBartolo of the Toy Insider is showing us some popular toys to get families back into the school groove.  Click here to see more toys.

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Better Food

Use savory herbs in your dessert!

You might only associate herbs with dinner, but they actually go great with desserts too!  Laura Grimmer from The Perfect Pear is showing us how to make 4 different desserts.  Be sure to find the recipes in the recipe section of our website!  Click here to learn more about The Perfect Pear.

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Back to School

What do the kids going back to college need?

Not only is school starting soon, so will college classes!  Limor Suss is showing us some awesome items to send your student back to college with.  Click here to see Limor’s blog and website.

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Better Saving

Save big on back-to-school shopping!

Sara Skirboll from RetailMeNot is sharing some great tips to help you save while shopping for all of your back-to-school needs.  Click here to start saving with RetailMeNot.

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Better Adventures

Hop on the party bike and see the Elm City!

Kara went to check out the party bike in New Haven!  It’s a lot of fun, whether you want to see the city or have a good time with friends.  Check it out and click here for more information.

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  • Survivor Contestant from Connecticut

    Survivor Contestant from Connecticut

    Survivor returns for its 35th season and Connecticut native Joe Mena was on the island this year. We speak with him about his experience and what we can expect this season. “Survivor Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers” premieres Wednesday at 8:00 PM on Channel 3.

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    Survivor returns for its 35th season and Connecticut native Joe Mena was on the island this year. We speak with him about his experience and what we can expect this season. “Survivor Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers” premieres Wednesday at 8:00 PM on Channel 3.

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  • Better Home

    DIY home projects for fall

    DIY home projects for fall

    Host of “Today’s Homeowner” Danny Lipford shares his easy-to-follow DIY projects that will actually save you money! Click here to learn more.

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    Host of “Today’s Homeowner” Danny Lipford shares his easy-to-follow DIY projects that will actually save you money! Click here to learn more.

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  • Better TV

    Actor David Boreanaz talks “SEAL Team”

    Actor David Boreanaz talks “SEAL Team”

    David Boreanaz plays “Jason Hayes” in the new military drama “SEAL Team.” Hear what he has to say about this highly respected and slightly intimidating character. Don’t miss the premiere Wednesday at 9:00 PM on Channel 3.

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    David Boreanaz plays “Jason Hayes” in the new military drama “SEAL Team.” Hear what he has to say about this highly respected and slightly intimidating character. Don’t miss the premiere Wednesday at 9:00 PM on Channel 3.

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  • Better Recipes

    Lamb sliders with Harissa ketchup, minted yogurt and piparras peppers

    Lamb sliders with Harissa ketchup, minted yogurt and piparras peppers

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 8:11 AM EDT2017-09-20 12:11:17 GMT
    Lamb sliders with Harissa ketchup, minted yogurt and piparras peppers From Chef Frederic Kieffer For the lamb or beef sliders: Ingredients: 3 lbs of fresh ground lamb or beef 1 medium white onion 3 cloves of garlic 1 teaspoon of ground cumin seeds Directions: Combine the ground meat with the grated onion, chopped garlic, chopped parsley and ground cumin.  Shape into 2 oz patties.   For the Harissa glaze: Ingredients: 1 cup ketchup 1/4 cup red wine vine...More >
    Lamb sliders with Harissa ketchup, minted yogurt and piparras peppers From Chef Frederic Kieffer For the lamb or beef sliders: Ingredients: 3 lbs of fresh ground lamb or beef 1 medium white onion 3 cloves of garlic 1 teaspoon of ground cumin seeds Directions: Combine the ground meat with the grated onion, chopped garlic, chopped parsley and ground cumin.  Shape into 2 oz patties.   For the Harissa glaze: Ingredients: 1 cup ketchup 1/4 cup red wine vine...More >
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    8.4.17 Summer Drinks from Max Restaurant Group

    8.4.17 Summer Drinks from Max Restaurant Group

    Friday, August 4 2017 4:00 PM EDT2017-08-04 20:00:19 GMT
    Strawberry Summer Frosé From Brian Mitchell at the Max Restaurant Group Ingredients: 1 x 750 ml bottle hearty, bold rosé (such as a Pinot Noir or Merlot rosé) Strawberry syrup - ½ cup sugar infused with 8 ounces strawberries  2½ ounces fresh lemon juice Preparation: - 1 750ml bottle of rosé frozen (but not in the original bottle - need to move to a flexible container such as a plastic bag or open top pan so the expanding ice will...More >
    Strawberry Summer Frosé From Brian Mitchell at the Max Restaurant Group Ingredients: 1 x 750 ml bottle hearty, bold rosé (such as a Pinot Noir or Merlot rosé) Strawberry syrup - ½ cup sugar infused with 8 ounces strawberries  2½ ounces fresh lemon juice Preparation: - 1 750ml bottle of rosé frozen (but not in the original bottle - need to move to a flexible container such as a plastic bag or open top pan so the expanding ice will...More >
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    8.3.17 Yummy desserts from The Perfect Pear!

    8.3.17 Yummy desserts from The Perfect Pear!

    Thursday, August 3 2017 4:00 PM EDT2017-08-03 20:00:20 GMT
    Desserts Using Herbs! From Laura Grimmer of The Perfect Pear in Chester The Perfect Pear's Lemon Rosemary Cookies Ingredients:  2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour 1 t. baking soda 1/4 t. salt 1 c./2 sticks unsalted butter 2 egg yolks 1 1/4 c. sugar, divided 3 t. lemon zest, divided 1/2 t. dried rosemary Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 2. Combine flour, soda, salt, 2 t. lemon zest and rosemary in a small bowl and set aside. 3. In a mixer (if butter is at r...More >
    Desserts Using Herbs! From Laura Grimmer of The Perfect Pear in Chester The Perfect Pear's Lemon Rosemary Cookies Ingredients:  2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour 1 t. baking soda 1/4 t. salt 1 c./2 sticks unsalted butter 2 egg yolks 1 1/4 c. sugar, divided 3 t. lemon zest, divided 1/2 t. dried rosemary Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 2. Combine flour, soda, salt, 2 t. lemon zest and rosemary in a small bowl and set aside. 3. In a mixer (if butter is at r...More >