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Better Products

Will you be splurging or looking for a bargain?

The Pretty Gritty Girls, Johanna Peck and Kristen Hanley, are back with some of their favorite products for the holidays!  They’re showing us the items you might splurge on, and comparable items for a much lower price.  Watch to see more and click here to keep up with the Pretty Gritty Girls!

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Better Food

Learn how to make a Chardonnay Poached Pear and Almond Tart!

Adam Young from Sift Bake Shop is showing us how to make an elegant dessert.  It’s a Chardonnay Poached Pear and Almond Tart.  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website and click here to learn more.

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Better Living

Tips to make your Thanksgiving celebrations successful

Entertaining expert, Limor Suss, is sharing great tips and ideas to help ease your stress this Thanksgiving season.  Click here to see more entertaining tips and recipes!  Promotional consideration provided by Char-Broil, Premier Protein, and Crunchmaster.

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Better Movies

Anticipation of “The Star”

“The Star” is a new Christmas movie about the story of Jesus through the eyes of the animals!  We're talking to the producer of the movie, DeVon Franklin.  He tells us how his faith played a part in the making of this movie.  The cast includes the voices of Kelly Clarkson, Tyler Perry, and Oprah Winfrey!  You can see "The Star" in theaters this weekend!  

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BETTER CT CHRISTMAS TREE SWEEPSTAKES

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BETTER CT CHRISTMAS TREE SWEEPSTAKES    OFFICIAL RULES  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  The Better CT Christmas Tree Sweepstakes is a daily sweepstakes that begins at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“E.T.”) on Friday, November 17, 2017, and ends Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:59 a.m. E.T. (“Sweepstakes Period”).? Entries must be received by 7:59 a.m. E.T.  each weekday fr... More>>

Better Food

Miller Foods shows us how to cook a Thanksgiving turkey!

Cal Miller-Stevens from Miller Foods in Avon is showing us how to prep and cook a turkey for Thanksgiving.  She also has lots of fun sides you might want to try this year.  Be sure to enter our Turkey-a-Day contest, sponsored by Miller Foods, and click here to learn more about the farm!

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Better Connecticut Turkey-a-Day Sweepstakes

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Better Connecticut Turkey-a-Day Sweepstakes OFFICIAL RULES NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. The WFSB Better CT Turkey-a-Day Sweepstakes is a daily sweepstakes that begins at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“E.T.”) on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, and ends at 7:59 a.m. E.T. on Friday, November 17, 2017 (“Sweepstakes Period”).  Entries must be received by 7:59 a.m. E.T. each weekday from November ... More>>

Better People

Meet a Connecticut kid dancing her way to the Thanksgiving Day Parade!

You might remember Skylin Foster from a while back, she was chosen to dance with Justin Beiber, now she’s heading to New York City to dance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!  She and her sisters, Brooklin and Mikaylin, are telling us about it!  Follow Skylin on Instagram @skylin_d

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Better Laughs

Tommy Davidson in ‘Studio B’

Tommy Davidson starred in the show “In Living Color” back in the day, but he still loves stand up comedy!  He’ll be at the Hartford Funny Bone tonight through Sunday, click here for more details.

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Better Safety

Important tips to keep in mind when decorating for the holidays

Melissa Cole made a trip to Travelers Insurance Claim University to learn the do’s and don’ts of safe holiday decorating.

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Better Weekends

Movies and events this weekend!

Renee DiNino from the River 105.9 has been busy looking for events to add to your weekend fun!  Click here to see her full blog.

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Better Pets

National Diabetes Awareness Month for people and pets

You might not think about animals getting diabetes, but it can happen!  Dr. Andrea Dennis of the Bloomfield Animal Hospital is talking about the condition in our pets, how it’s diagnosed, and how it’s treated.  Click here to learn more about Dr. Dennis.

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Better Trees

Time to talk about Christmas Trees

John Cimochowski is the President of the Connecticut Christmas Tree Growers Association and the owner of Taylor’s Corner Tree Farm in Woodstock.  He has great tree tips for us!  Be sure to enter our “Tree-a-Day” contest here.  Promotional consideration provided by Connecticut Christmas Tree Growers Association.

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Better Teeth

Do you want whiter teeth for the holidays?

Tia Leslie from Powerswabs is showing us how the product works and how it can get your teeth shades whiter in just one use!  Click here to learn more.  Promotional consideration provided by Powerswabs.

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Made in CT

Cute accessories from Emma Lyn Designs

Emma Kozlowski is the owner and founder of her business, Emma Lyn Designs.  She recently won the National Small Business Championship Award hosted by SCORE!  She’s showing us some of her favorite products, they also make great gifts!  Click here to get shopping.

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Better Wine

What wines should you serve on Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving typically revolves around the turkey…but what about the wine?  Do you know what to buy?  Renee Allen of the Wine Institute of New England is here to help us out with that!  Click here to learn more about Renee.

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Today's Headlines

The outrageous excuses people use to get out of work, Titanic back in theaters, and da Vinci's portrait of Christ

In today's headlines, the outrageous excuses people use to get out of work, Titanic back in theaters, and da Vinci's portrait of Christ. 

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Better Health

Innovative technology that could help snoring

Is snoring a problem for you or your spouse?  Dr. Linda Kronick is showing us technology that she says could make a difference for you!  Click here to learn more.

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Better Lighting

A family business with a plethora of gifts to choose from

Scot went to visit CT Lighting to check out the many gift options they have!  He’s also doing a little caroling.  Click here to learn more about CT Lighting.  Promotional consideration provided by Connecticut Lighting Centers.

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Learn how seeing a chiropractor could ease your pain

Kara went to visit Community Chiropractic in Newington.  They’re showing us the services they offer that help reduce pain.  Click here to learn more.  Promotional consideration provided by Community Chiropractic. 

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Better Banking

The bright future of Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union

John Holt is the President and CEO of Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union, he’s telling us about what lies ahead for the business and how it will benefit customers!  This segment is sponsored by Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union.  Click here to learn more.

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Better Toys

Make game night more interesting

Marissa DiBartolo of The Toy Insider is showing us some of the popular and extremely fun games to make your game night more exciting!  Click here to see more toys.

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Better Food

Ricky D shows us how to build the ultimate loaded baked potato!

Ricky D’s Rib Shack is famous for the Kansa-lina barbeque sauce, it was named best in Connecticut.  Today, Ricky D himself is showing us how to build the ultimate loaded baked potato.  Click here to see a menu and more information about the restaurant.

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Better Products

Glam fixes with Debbie Wright

Debbie Wright is showing us products to help us out with glam fixes!  They’re not just for women though!  Click here to learn more about Debbie’s work.

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Today's Headlines

The sexiest man announcement, Serena Williams' secret wedding, Taco Bell fries, and the worse fake license plate

The sexiest man announcement, Serena Williams' secret wedding, Taco Bell fries, and the worse fake license plate...all that and more in today's headlines!

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Better Books

A beautiful book based on a beautiful dog

Author Catherine Gibson is sharing her book, “Daisy Mae Finds Her Way.”  It’s a story based on Renee DiNino’s very special dog that passed away earlier this year.  Click here to order your book.

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Better Living

Products to help make holiday planning and celebrating easier

Carly Dorogi and Sherri French of Bump Swag are showing us products made by parents that will help make your holiday planning and celebrating a little easier!  Click here to see more products on Bump Swag.

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Better Music

Get into the Christmas spirit with music from Leslie Odom Jr

Leslie Odom Jr earned a Grammy and a Tony award for his work in “Hamilton,” and the deluxe version of his Christmas album is out now!  Check out our interview and be sure to pick up the album, “Simply Christmas.”

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Better Home

Do-it-yourself cosmetic fixes for your home this holiday season

Is your home in need of a facelift before the holidays?  Today’s Homeowner host Danny Lipford is showing us DIY fixes to get your home in tip-top shape!  Click here to see more tips.

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Better Gifts

Unique gifts from the holiday market!

Kathleen McNamara and Meg Luddy from the Waterbury Holiday Market are showing us products from different artisans in the area.  You can shop for yourself at the market on Saturday at Waterbury City Hall.  Click here for more information.

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Today's Headlines

Thanksgiving pants, Magnolia Journal release, Michael Buble is back, and the most beautiful diamond

Thanksgiving pants, Magnolia Journal release, Michael Buble is back, and the most beautiful diamond...all that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Food

Learn how to make Pad Thai at home!

Techapon Sornloon is the owner of Thai Ocha Restaurant in Simsbury!  He and Kahntapaht are showing us how to make delicious Pad Thai at home!  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website and click here to see a menu.

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Better Health

Learn about a weight loss program from Starling Physicians

If you’re looking to lose weight, Starling Physicians may be able to help!  They are launching a doctor assisted weight loss group before the holidays.  Click here to learn more or email slimstart@starlingphysicians.com. 

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Better Food

Indulge in cheesy baked pasta with delicata squash and bacon!

Jocelyn Ruggiero is showing us how to make a satisfying pasta dish with delicata squash and bacon!  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website.  Click here to see Jocelyn’s new website and clothing line!

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Today's Headlines

A special co-host, Gene Simmons makes interesting comments, and Mariah Carey’s new movie!

In today's headlines, a special co-host, Gene Simmons makes interesting comments, and Mariah Carey’s new movie!

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Better Food

Bourbon and butter!

Bourbon isn’t just for drinking…the lovely ladies from Churncraft are showing us delicious ways to incorporate bourbon into butter, just in time for Thanksgiving.  Click here to learn more and see more recipes.

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Better History

Thanksgiving in the Colonial days

Velya Jancz-Urban and Ehris Urban run The Grounded Goodwife out of Woodbury.  Today they’re showing us what the Colonials did for Thanksgiving!  Click here to learn more.

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Better TV

Hear from the stars of “Man With A Plan”

Season 2 of Man With A Plan premieres tonight on Channel 3!  We had the chance to talk to Matt LeBlanc and Liza Snyder about the new season.  The show airs tonight at 8:30.

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Hit the ‘reset’ button with Transitions with Dr. Lori

Dr. Lori Greenwald is joining us with Cynthia Washburn, who went through a positive life transition with Dr. Lori earlier this year.  Dr. Lori has an announcement today, click here to learn more.

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Our riveting conversation with Elizabeth Smart

It was 15 years ago that Elizabeth Smart was taken from her home in the middle of the night.  There’s now a new show about the 9 months that she was held captive.  Elizabeth tells us more about that, her Lifetime movie, and motherhood. 

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Today's Headlines

The newest fashion craze and the wiffle ball--made in CT-- inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame!e

The newest fashion craze and the wiffle ball--made in CT-- inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame!

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Better Laughs

Comedian Chris Franjola in ‘Studio B’

Chris Franjola has written for shows including “Family Guy”, the MTV Video Music Awards, and was a regular on “Chelsea Lately.”  He’ll be at the Hartford Funny Bone tonight and tomorrow!  Click here for more details.

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Better Living

Put together an incredible cheese board with Nora Murphy

Nora Murphy of Nora Murphy Country House is showing us how to put together a beautiful autumnal cheese board!  Click here to see more recipes from Nora’s online magazine.

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Better Weekends

Great movies, Veterans Day celebrations, and other events!

Renee DiNino from The River 105.9 is telling us about the popular movies coming out this weekend and some great events happening across the state!  Click here to see more on Renee’s Blog.

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Outdoor Fun

Awesome hiking gear, just for the kids!

Family and lifestyle blogger, Julie Kieras, is showing us her favorite hiking gear for kids!  Click here to see more form her blog, Happy Strong Home.

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Better Spa

Pampering and relaxation for kids at Sundae Spatacular

Most spas are designed for adults, but young ones can enjoy pampering and relaxation at the newly remodeled Sundae Spatacular in Waterbury!  Click here to learn more.

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Better Toys

Bringing back toys of the past

Ali Mierzejewski from The Toy Insider is showing us some toys that have really made a comeback!  You might remember them from your childhood, and now your kids can enjoy them too.  Click here to learn more about The Toy Insider.

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Better Entertainment

Exciting concerts coming to Mohegan Sun!

Tom Cantone is the Vice President of Sports and Entertainment at Mohegan Sun.  He’s sharing a rundown of great concerts coming to Connecticut.  Click here for a full list.

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Better People

See why college students are applying to live in an assisted living community

It’s an unlikely place for college students to hang out, but these students at Quinnipiac are applying for a chance to live at Masonicare Ashlar Village Assisted Living Community.  Hear why they’re doing this and click here to learn more about Masonicare.

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Better Health

Cut back on the amount of sugar kids consume

Do you know how much sugar your kids are consuming?  The amount might shock you, but you can help them cut back with great ideas from Carrie Taylor and Andrea Luttrell.  They’re registered dietitians with Big Y.  If you have a nutrition question, email them at livingwell@bigy.com.

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Better Fitness

Hear one mom’s inspiring weight loss journey

Kelly Senatro has two wonderful kids…but she was looking to get rid of the baby fat.  She went to m.e.l.t. Fitness and lost more than 20 pounds!  She’s now pregnant with baby number 3 and she’s telling us about the journey.  Click here to learn more about m.e.l.t. Fitness.

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Better Health

The importance of getting health insurance locked in for next year

Andrea Ravitz from Access Health Connecticut is sharing helpful information about how to get signed up for health insurance for 20-18.  Click here to learn more.

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Today's Headlines

Nutella recipe change, Guinness World Records Day, Louis Vuitton toilet, and clear pumpkin pie

Nutella recipe change, Guinness World Records Day, Louis Vuitton toilet, and clear pumpkin pie...All that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Fashion

Where would you wear it?

Debbie Wright has picked out some outfits, Scot and Kara are guessing where they would wear those outfits.  Will they get it right?  Watch to find out and click here to learn more about Debbie!

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Better Food

Learn how to make delicious, hearty soups!

Laura Grimmer of The Perfect Pear is showing us how to make a few different types of hearty soups and the kind of pot we should use.  Be sure to find the recipes to all of the soups in the recipe section of our website and click here for more information about The Perfect Pear.

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On-The-Go

The traveling spa has arrived in ‘Studio B’

Rachel Dedmon and Heather Lopez are here from The Traveling Spa, it’s exactly what it sounds like.  We got to test out some of her services.  Click here to schedule your spa on-the-go!

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Better People

Peter Funt from Candid Camera in ‘Studio B’

We’re so excited to have Peter Funt, the son of the original host of Candid Camera, in ‘Studio B’ today!  Allen Funt and his son coined the phrase “smile, you’re on candid camera!”  Check out our interview and click here to see Peter on Sunday at the Infinity Music Hall. 

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Bishop's Orchards

Pies from the farm market!

Melissa went to taste test the delicious pies at Bishop’s Orchards.  They sell thousands of pies each year!  Check out our story and click here to learn more about Bishop’s Orchards.

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Better Books

Stuff no one tells you about pregnancy

Dawn Dais is the author of a serious of books about the things people don’t tell you about.  Her newest one is about things people don’t tell you about pregnancy.  You can find her book wherever books are sold.

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Today's Headlines

Snow already? Starbucks buy-one-get-one, a spa-tacular interruption, and baby otters!

In today's headlines...snow already?  Starbucks buy-one-get-one, a spa-tacular interruption, and baby otters!

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Better Travel

Why are Americans experiencing “vacation deprivation?”

Courtney Scott from Expedia is giving us insight into why Americans don’t use their vacation time that they earned.  Click here to learn more.

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Better Food

Flavorful fried brussels sprouts with fuji apples and bacon

If brussels sprouts aren’t your thing…try them fried!  Chef Sean Carney from the Madison Beach Hotel is showing us how to make fried brussels sprouts with fuji apples and bacon!  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website and click here to learn more about the Madison Beach Hotel.

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Thanksgiving Day

Miller Foods shows us how to make Thanksgiving easy!

The folks at Miller Foods in Avon know all about turkey and how to make it easy.  Click here to order your turkease before they run out!  Don’t forget to enter our “Turkey-a-Day” contest, sponsored by Miller Foods.

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Better Movies

Cristela Alonzo talks about her role in “Cars 3!”

Today is the day you can own “Cars 3” on DVD and Blu-Ray!  Cristela Alonzo is the voice of Cruz Ramierez in the movie. 

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Better Books

A new book in the “Diary of A Wimpy Kid” series!

If you have kids, then chances are you’ve heard of “The Diary of A Wimpy Kid” book series.  Author Jeff Kinney is out today with a brand new book in the series, it’s themed around the holidays.  Check out our interview!

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Better People

Joy Mangano, inventor of the Miracle Mop, shares her inspirational story

Joy Mangano is the inventor of the Miracle Mop which has been highly successful, but that success didn’t come overnight.  We talked to her about her inspirational story.  Joy’s book, “Inventing Joy,” is in stores now.

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Minimize wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes

Tia Leslie is showing us how Plexaderm works.  She says the product can help minimize wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes.  Click here for the Thanksgiving special for Better CT viewers, or call 1-800-975-5593.

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Today's Headlines

George Clooney retires from acting, Casablanca 75th Anniversary, and Radio City Music Hall preparations!

In today's headlines...George Clooney retires from acting, Casablanca 75th Anniversary, and Radio City Music Hall preparations!

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Better Products

Gift ideas from clothing company, Coastal Crab

“Coastal Crab” may have you thinking back to the days of summer, but Rachel Redding and Laura Westner of the clothing company are showing us gear that make great gifts for the holidays!  Click here to see more and start shopping.

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Three Things

Michael Miller shares ways to pack lighter and smarter this holiday season

Traveling during the holiday season can be overwhelming and stressful.  Motivational speaker, Michael Miller, is showing us three ways to pack lighter and smarter.  Click here to learn more about Michael.

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Thanksgiving Day

Menu planning ideas for Thanksgiving

Does the thought of preparing a traditional turkey dinner give you anxiety?  Don’t fret, award winning chef Curtis Stone has great menu planning ideas and tips for us!  Click here to learn more.

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Better Food

Sea scallops and squash cranberry cake

Carole Peck of the Good News Restaurant and Bar is showing us a delicious sea scallops and squash cranberry cake recipe!  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website and click here to learn more about the Good News Restaurant and Bar.

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Tasty health benefits of a honey comb

If you think honey might not go well with your cheese board, think again!  Julie Cook is the manager of Savannah Bee store in Westport.  She's showing us how to serve honey comb and some fascinating health benefits it has.  Click here to learn more. 

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Better Art

Unique gift ideas made by talented artists

Barbara Shulman-Kirwin is an artist participating in this weekend’s shoreline arts trail.  She’s showing us some of the unique pieces made by artists in Connecticut!  Click here to learn more about the Shoreline Arts Trail.

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Today's Headlines

Tom Hanks helps a man propose, he's not P. Diddy anymore and the Macy's tree goes up in one state

Tom Hanks helps a man propose, he's not P. Diddy anymore and the Macy's tree goes up in one state...all that and more in today's headlines.

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Made in CT

Check out incredible work from Rusted Nail Salvage

Kevin and Jessica Mahoney are the husband wife duo behind Rusted Nail Salvage!  They make incredible works of art, all made from recycled material and wood.  Click here to learn more.

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Better Food

National Sandwich Day at The Cove Deli

There’s a wonderful sandwich shop in the little town of Wethersfield called The Cove Deli.  They recently moved from the Old Wethersfield section of town to the Silas Deane Highway!  John Kocur and Kelsea Mullaly are showing us how to make a few different sandwiches.  Click here to learn more.

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Better Weekends

Your weekend planner with Renee DiNino

Renee DiNino of The River 105.9 has some great suggestions on things you might want to do this weekend, as well as a couple of highly anticipated movies coming out!  Click here to see Renee’s Blog.

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Better Products

Hacks to get your kids to eat healthy

Carly Dorogi and Sherri French of Bump Swag are showing us healthy hacks for kids.  Check out their favorite foods and drinks kids will actually love and keep them healthy.  Click here to see more from Bump Swag.

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    11.16.17 Chardonnay Poached pear and Almond Tart

    11.16.17 Chardonnay Poached pear and Almond Tart

    Thursday, November 16 2017 4:00 PM EST2017-11-16 21:00:39 GMT
    Chardonnay Poached pear and Almond Tart From Adam Young at Sift Bake Shop For the poached pears: Ingredients: 1 Bottle,  Chardonnay 8 oz        Sugar 1 tsp.      Salt 1 ea.       Vanilla Bean 1 ea.       Cinnamon Stick 1 tsp.      Whole Cloves 1 ea.       Orange Peel 1 T    &nb...More >
    Chardonnay Poached pear and Almond Tart From Adam Young at Sift Bake Shop For the poached pears: Ingredients: 1 Bottle,  Chardonnay 8 oz        Sugar 1 tsp.      Salt 1 ea.       Vanilla Bean 1 ea.       Cinnamon Stick 1 tsp.      Whole Cloves 1 ea.       Orange Peel 1 T    &nb...More >
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    11.14.17 Pad Thai

    11.14.17 Pad Thai

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 1:54 PM EST2017-11-15 18:54:45 GMT

    Pad Thai From Techapon Sornloon at Thai Ocha Restaurant Ingredients: Tamarind sauce Fish sauce or soy sauce Sugars Vinegar Rice noodle Eggs Ground peanut Green onions Chicken Lime Beansprout Directions: In a large skillet heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.  Whisk the eggs lightly with a fork.  Pour them into the skillet and cook just until they solidify, but are still moist, moving the eggs around the skillet lightly as they cook so that they lightly ...

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    Pad Thai From Techapon Sornloon at Thai Ocha Restaurant Ingredients: Tamarind sauce Fish sauce or soy sauce Sugars Vinegar Rice noodle Eggs Ground peanut Green onions Chicken Lime Beansprout Directions: In a large skillet heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.  Whisk the eggs lightly with a fork.  Pour them into the skillet and cook just until they solidify, but are still moist, moving the eggs around the skillet lightly as they cook so that they lightly ...

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    6.27.17 Chilled Summer Soup

    6.27.17 Chilled Summer Soup

    Tuesday, November 14 2017 9:13 AM EST2017-11-14 14:13:00 GMT

    Chilled Summer Soup From Laura Grimmer at The Perfect Pear (Shh! It’s) Chilled Beet Soup Adapted from Craig Claiborne’s The New York Times Cookbook Ingredients 1 cup cooked or roasted beets, sliced* ½ small onion, chopped 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste 2 Tablespoons lemon juice 1 medium boiled potato, peeled and cut into cubes* 1 cup water 1 cup plain non-fat or regular yogurt Additional yogurt,...

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    Chilled Summer Soup From Laura Grimmer at The Perfect Pear (Shh! It’s) Chilled Beet Soup Adapted from Craig Claiborne’s The New York Times Cookbook Ingredients 1 cup cooked or roasted beets, sliced* ½ small onion, chopped 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste 2 Tablespoons lemon juice 1 medium boiled potato, peeled and cut into cubes* 1 cup water 1 cup plain non-fat or regular yogurt Additional yogurt,...

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