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Tony Dow and Lauren Dow are in Connecticut for a special show

You probably know Tony Dow from the iconic show “Leave it to Beaver.”  He and his wife, Lauren, will be at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center starring in “Love Letters” on Sunday February 18thClick here to buy tickets.

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Better Food

A special Valentine’s Day themed salad!

Are you trying to figure out what to make for dinner tonight with your special someone? Jocelyn Ruggiero is showing us how to make a delicious salad with lots of red!  Click here to check out her blog.  "Better Connecticut" viewers get 15 % off apparel on her website using the discount code “bettervalentine”.  

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Better Food

Learn how to make a healthy and flavorful crab meat salad

Eating healthy is easier when the food is delicious and flavorful!  James O’Shea from the West Street Grill in Litchfield is showing us how to make a crab meat salad with incredible dressing!  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website and click here for more information about West Street Grill.

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Winter Storm Dakota moves out of New England, melting to begin Video included

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Winter Storm Dakota packed a quick punched and has pushed its way out of New England and out to sea.

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Better Products

All-natural products for an at-home spa day

Sometimes you just need “me time,” maybe time to pamper yourself.  It can be difficult to find time for the spa, and it can be expensive!  Margot White from The Choosy Chick is showing us her favorite all-natural products for an at-home spa day.  Click here to see more products, “Better Connecticut” viewers get 2 free trials with a purchase now through Monday.

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Better Food

5 healthy ways to upgrade your breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so how can you get the most out of it?  Registered Dietitian Dana White is showing us 5 tasty ways to upgrade your morning meal.  Click here to learn more about Dana.

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Better Laughs

Comedian David Arnold in ‘Studio B’

Comedian David Arnold will be at the Hartford Funny Bone all weekend, check out our interview with him!  Click here for show times and details.

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Better Health

How to talk to your OB/GYN doctor

Dr. Tracy Brennan is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist with women’s Health Connecticut.  She’s been practicing medicine for more than 35 years, today she’s giving us tips on how to talk to your OB/GYN doctor.  Click here to learn more about Women’s Comprehensive Health.

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Better Weekends

New movies in theaters and fun events for the long weekend

Renee DiNino of The River 105.9 is showing us her movie picks of the week and telling us about great events happening across Connecticut on this Presidents’ Day Weekend.  Click here to see Renee’s Better Weekend Blog.

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Today's Headlines

Jennifer Aniston and husband split, Tom Hanks responds to wedding invitation, and McDonald's Happy Meal changes

Jennifer Aniston and husband split, Tom Hanks responds to wedding invitation, and McDonald's Happy Meal changes...All that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Hair

An easy way to get Hollywood style hair!

Do you want movie-star hair? Well it is easier than it looks! Kara checked out Blade Salon in Old Wethersfield to learn more on hair extensions. Click here to find out more. 

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Do you know what Hygge means?

What one word would you use to describe a special moment out with friends or a cozy moment at home alone? Why not use Hygge! Scot took us to Chester to see just what that word means. To find out more events happening in the town, click here

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What to know before you buy a car this Monday

Have you seen the commercials on car sales for this Monday, a.k.a President's Day? John Holt, president and CEO of Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union is here today to talk about what to know before heading down to the dealership. To learn more on the President's Day auto promotions click here

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Valentine's Day

How romantic gestures can make all the difference

Today is Valentine's Day, and while most people in a relationship think of giving gifts, psychologist Dr. Marni Amsellem is telling us why romantic gestures are just as important!  Click here to learn  about Dr. Amsellem

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Today's Headlines

What's Valentine's Day really about? The game of Uno meets Dos, show you love may get a reboot!

What's Valentine's Day really about?  The game of Uno meets Dos, show you love may get a reboot!  All that and more in today's headlines.

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Meet a local man who is performing in the Paralympic Games this year!

Melissa Cole got the chance to meet a resident of Manchester who is leaving at the end of the month to compete in the Paralympic games! Steve Emt is a curling Paralympian! Click here to see how you can help send him the Pyeongchang. 

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Better Entertainment

The Masters of Illusion at the Ridgefield Playhouse

Masters of Illusion started as a successful TV show, and now they travel across the country performing magic.  Chipper Lowell is showing us a few tricks he has up his sleeve!  Click here for ticket information.

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Better Food

Make a fancy dinner at home!

Chef Steven Wolf and Jared Cohen are co-owners of Republic at the Linden in Hartford and Republic Gastropub in Bloomfield.  They’re showing us how to make chateaubriand, a special beef tenderloin meal.  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website and click here to learn more Mill Restaurant Group.

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Better Crafts

Fun Valentine’s Day crafts for the kids

Looking for a last minute decorating idea for Valentine’s Day?  Melissa Cole went to Blaze and Bloom and learned some fun crafts to do with the kids!  Click here to see when Blaze and Bloom is doing their next DIY night.

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Better Nature

Where do Connecticut palm trees go in the winter?

Maybe you’ve seen a few palm trees on private beaches in Connecticut over the summer.  People are ordering them and planting them in the sand.  So, where do they go in the winter?  We went to find out from Brandon Hall, a local entrepreneur who’s passion is rooted in delivering happiness.  Click here to learn more.

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Better TV

Gearing up for season 3 of Small Business Revolution- Main Street

Ty Pennington made a name for himself doing home makeovers years ago with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”  Now Ty is joining the third season of “Small Business Revolution-Main Street.”  He and Amanda Brinkman of the Deluxe Corporation, are telling us more about the show.

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Today's Headlines

Jumping on ice trampoline, Jennifer Garner sells Girl Scout Cookies, a big TV mistake, and a puppy saved!

In today's headlines...jumping on ice trampoline, Jennifer Garner sells Girl Scout Cookies, a big TV mistake, and a puppy saved!

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Better People

Speed skating legend, Apolo Ohno talks to us about the Winter Games!

Apolo Ohno has won 8 medals, two of them gold, making him the most decorated Olympian for team USA in the Winter Games.  Apolo is in Pyeongchang, South Korea where the games just kicked off! 

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Better Entertainment

Meet Harlem Globetrotter Buckets Blakes!

The Harlem Globetrotters are in Connecticut for a few shows!  Buckets Blakes is showing us a few cool tricks!  Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

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Better Living

Setting the mood for Valentine’s Day

Still looking for Valentine’s Day inspiration?  Entertaining expert, Limor Suss has some great suggestions.  Click here for more Valentine’s Day ideas.

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3 Things

How to succeed in the dating game

If you’re in the dating game, there are a few things you need to know to succeed.  Motivational speaker Michael Miller is here with three things you can do to be successful in the dating game.  Click here to learn more about Michael.

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Better Fashion

Dress for confidence during National Self-Esteem Month

With February being National Self-Esteem Month, stylist Debbie Wright wanted to show us some basic clothing pieces to make us feel confident!  Click here to learn more about Debbie and her business.

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Today's Headlines

Idris Elba is engaged, how you can win a Panera Bread catered wedding, and cockroaches stolen!

In today's headlines...Idris Elba is engaged, how you can win a Panera Bread catered wedding, and cockroaches stolen! 

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We’re celebrating National Bagel Day with Fancy Bagels

It’s National Bagel Day, and we found an authentic and very popular bagel shop called Fancy Bagels!  They’re showing us something called a Party Bagel and some other great toppings you might want to consider on a bagel.  There are 2 locations, one on Queen St in Southington and one in Farmington on Scott Swamp Road.  Click here to learn more.

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Better Food

Tuscan-style weekend brunch from Pond House Cafe

With the weekend on the way, we’re learning how to make a nice Tuscan-style brunch.  Ani Robaina, the Executive Chef of the Pond House Café in Elizabeth Park in Hartford.  Find the recipe in the recipe section of our website and click here to learn more.

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Hungry Girl

Enjoy pizza in a healthy way

Not only is it National Bagel Day, it’s also National Pizza Day!  Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien is showing us some ways to enjoy pizza in a healthy way.  Hungry Girl is a new publication from our parent company, the Meredith Corporation.  Click here to see more from Hungry Girl.

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Better Laughs

Comedian Tone Bell in ‘Studio B’

Comedian Tone Bell will be performing at the Hartford Funny Bone this weekend.  You might recognize him from the Netflix show “Disjointed.”  Check out our interview and click here for show times and tickets.

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Better Pets

What you need to know about the dog flu

Dr. Andrea Dennis of the Bloomfield Animal Hospital is telling us what we need to know about the dog flu and some treatments.  Click here to learn more about Dr. Dennis.

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Better Weekends

There’s lots to do to celebrate Valentine’s Day this weekend!

It’s a big weekend for all the romantics out there, maybe it’s dinner and a movie…or Patti LaBelle in concert!  Renee DiNino is telling us about all there is to do this weekend.  Click here to see Renee’s Better Weekend Blog.

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Today's Headlines

A dog snow blowing, apple vs. mango, cartoon sketch leads to an arrest, and baby octopuses

A dog snow blowing, apple vs. mango, cartoon sketch leads to an arrest, and baby octopuses...all that and more in today's headlines!

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Better Food

Simple and impressive treats anyone can make

If you’re looking to make something out of your comfort zone but you’re not sure where to start, Laura Grimmer from The Perfect Pear has some great suggestions!  She’s showing us 3 simple treats that will impress anyone.  Click here to learn more about The Perfect Pear.

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Better Drinks

Special cocktails to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Looking for a drink to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one?  Dimitrios Zahariadis, also known as The Cocktail Chemist, has some great recipes to share.  Be sure to find them in the recipe section of our website and click here to follow Dimitrios on Facebook.

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Better Manners

Tips for asking someone out on a date

Asking someone on a date can be nerve racking no matter your age.  Etiquette expert, Jodi RR Smith has some pointers for those of us looking for a date!  Click here to learn more about Jodi.

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Better Friends

The awesome benefits of friendship

Friends play a crucial role in our lives, they give us emotional support and fulfillment...but are we taking our friends for granted?  Author and CEO of the website girlfriendcircles.com is telling us more about the benefits of putting our closest friends first.

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Better History

How did Connecticut get through the winter season back in the day?

Our coats, gloves, and boots have come a long way in recent years.  So, how did folks get through winters back in the day?  Jody Blankenship and his team at the Connecticut Historical Society dug out some items for us.  Click here to learn more about CHS.

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Today's Headlines

Quincy Jones gives revealing interview, Gerber has a new poster baby, and water instantly becomes ice

Quincy Jones gives revealing interview, Gerber has a new poster baby, and water instantly becomes ice...all that and more in today's headlines!

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Hallelujah! Martha Wash is in ‘Studio B!’

Martha Wash is performing at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Valentine’s Day.  She made a stop at our studios ahead of her performance!  Click here for tickets to the show.

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Valentine's Day

Chocolate that’s too good to eat

Most people love getting chocolate for Valentine’s Day…but the treats from Noteworthy Chocolates are almost too good to eat!  You can add a personalized message right onto your chocolates!  We’re getting a look at how it’s done.  Click here to order personalized chocolate.

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Better Movies

Hear from the stars of “Samson,” a biblical story brought to life

You’re probably familiar with the story of Samson from the Bible, now it’s being portrayed on the big screen!  Taylor James stars as Samson and Lindsay Wagner plays his mother.  You can watch Samson in theaters on February 16th.

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Better Sports

Scot leaps into ski jumping!

Scot is trying out the Salisbury Ski Jump ahead of the 92nd annual Jumpfest!  It kicks off this weekend, February 9th, 10th, and 11th.  To check out the event click here

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Better TV

The inside scoop on Celebrity Big Brother

The 3 night premiere of Celebrity Big Brother starts tonight, and it’s a season you won’t want to miss!  Host, Julie Chen is telling us what we can expect this season.  The show premieres tonight at 8:00 on Channel 3!

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Better Food

The best cuts of meat for a brisket

Ricky Evans from Ricky D’s Rib Shack is showing us the best cuts of meat for a brisket and how to fix one up at home!  Click here to see a menu and more information on Ricky D’s Rib Shack.

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Today's Headlines

Mr. Rogers postage stamp, a sports car in space, and an alligator in the pool!

In today's headlines...Mr. Rogers postage stamp, a sports car in space, and an alligator in the pool!

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Better Entertainment

Romantic restaurants to take your date on Valentine’s Day

Even though Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday, it’s not excuse to stay at home!  Foxwoods Resort Casino has some great restaurants for a romantic night out.  Click here to learn more.

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Better Food

Make your own chocolate treats this Valentine’s Day!

Sure, you could go to the store and buy a box of chocolate for your loved one on Valentine’s Day…but you can also make a treat right in your own kitchen!  Anita Ferron, a family consumer sciences teacher, teaches a course at Manchester Community College on how to make chocolate.  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website and click here to learn more.

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Better Health

Make dental care fun for kids

February is National Children’s Dental Month, but if you have children you know a trip to the dentist isn’t the most exciting thing.  Dr. Erica Pitera is telling us how Sweet Tooth Pediatrics makes a visit to the dentist a fun experience!  Click here to learn more.

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Better Products

The latest and greatest innovative gifts and gear

Mike Lovett from The Grommet is back with the latest and greatest gifts and gear for Valentine’s Day!  The Grommet is a company that finds folks who are making innovative products and helps bring them to market.  Click here to learn more.

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Today's Headlines

Eagles player Nick Foles celebrates in Disney World, lottery winner suing, and french fries could cure baldness

Eagles player Nick Foles celebrates in Disney World, lottery winner suing, and french fries could cure baldness...all that and more in today's headlines.

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Better Living

X’s and O’s theme for Valentine’s Day

Nora Murphy of Nora Murphy Country House is showing us how to use X’s and O’s for Valentine’s Day!  Click here to find recipes, home decorating ideas, and her new line of candles.

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The best commercials from the Big Game

While many people are reacting to the outcome of the big game, the commercials were also a big part of the night.  Chad Turner, President and Co-Founder of “Go” is showing us the most popular commercials from last night!  Click here to learn more about “Go," a marketing and communications agency based in Connecticut.

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Better Products

New baby products for moms and families

Carly Dorogi and Sherri French from Bump Swag are showing us some must-have baby products for moms and families!  Click here to see more products.  Promotional consideration provided by: Munch Mitt, Squeasy Gear, Tiny Tags, Joovy, Pello, and Baby List.

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Better Products

Sea Bags: tote bags made from recycled sails from sailboats

Sea Bags is a unique company that sells tote bags made from recycled sails from sail boats!  Amy Gaynor is showing us some fun products that make great Valentine’s Day gifts.  They have a shop located on West Main Street in Mystic, you can also click here to see more online.

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Better Food

Cookie fries for Valentine’s Day

Looking for a special treat for Valentine’s Day?  Jill Balick, founder of The Cookie Joint, is showing us some specials they have for the romantic holiday.  Click here to see more and to order your cookie fries!

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Transitions

Meet the first winner of “Transitions with Dr. Lori”

Earlier this year we announced the winners of the “Transitions with Dr. Lori” contest.  Today we’re introducing you to Donna Goulette who is ready to begin the next phase of her life after taking care of her husband who was sick for 12 years.  Click here to follow Donna’s story.

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Winter Fun

Family fun on the slopes

There’s still plenty of winter to enjoy in Connecticut!  Kara went to Ski Sundown in New Hartford to check out all the family fun they have to offer.  Click here to plan your trip.

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Today's Headlines

Singer Javier Colon is our special guest co-host today!

Javier Colon is our special co-host today!  We're also talking about Groundhog Day, and much more in today's headlines! 

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Better Weekends

Here’s what’s going on for the first weekend of February

What is there to do on the first weekend of February, you ask?  Renee DiNino has some great ideas including the movies and fun events!  Click here to see Renee’s “Better Weekends” blog.

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  • Better Entertainment

    The Masters of Illusion at the Ridgefield Playhouse

    The Masters of Illusion at the Ridgefield Playhouse

    Masters of Illusion started as a successful TV show, and now they travel across the country performing magic.  Chipper Lowell is showing us a few tricks he has up his sleeve!  Click here for ticket information.

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    Masters of Illusion started as a successful TV show, and now they travel across the country performing magic.  Chipper Lowell is showing us a few tricks he has up his sleeve!  Click here for ticket information.

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  • Better Food

    Make a fancy dinner at home!

    Make a fancy dinner at home!

    Chef Steven Wolf and Jared Cohen are co-owners of Republic at the Linden in Hartford and Republic Gastropub in Bloomfield.  They’re showing us how to make chateaubriand, a special beef tenderloin meal.  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website and click here to learn more Mill Restaurant Group.

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    Chef Steven Wolf and Jared Cohen are co-owners of Republic at the Linden in Hartford and Republic Gastropub in Bloomfield.  They’re showing us how to make chateaubriand, a special beef tenderloin meal.  Be sure to find the recipe in the recipe section of our website and click here to learn more Mill Restaurant Group.

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  • Better Crafts

    Fun Valentine’s Day crafts for the kids

    Fun Valentine’s Day crafts for the kids

    Looking for a last minute decorating idea for Valentine’s Day?  Melissa Cole went to Blaze and Bloom and learned some fun crafts to do with the kids!  Click here to see when Blaze and Bloom is doing their next DIY night.

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    Looking for a last minute decorating idea for Valentine’s Day?  Melissa Cole went to Blaze and Bloom and learned some fun crafts to do with the kids!  Click here to see when Blaze and Bloom is doing their next DIY night.

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  • Better Recipes

    2.14.18 Radicchio Salad

    2.14.18 Radicchio Salad

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 4:00 PM EST2018-02-14 21:00:27 GMT
    RADICCHIO SALAD Recipe provided by:  Jocelyn Ruggiero at www.foodiefatale.com INGREDIENTS 1 small head red radicchio 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1 Cara Cara orange 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil 1 TBS balsamic vinegar 1 TBS sugar PREPARATION                 Core the radicchio and discard any browned outer leaves. Cut out the core from the bottom and peel off the leaves...More >
    RADICCHIO SALAD Recipe provided by:  Jocelyn Ruggiero at www.foodiefatale.com INGREDIENTS 1 small head red radicchio 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1 Cara Cara orange 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil 1 TBS balsamic vinegar 1 TBS sugar PREPARATION                 Core the radicchio and discard any browned outer leaves. Cut out the core from the bottom and peel off the leaves...More >
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    2.13.18 Chateaubriand and Mushroom Stew

    2.13.18 Chateaubriand and Mushroom Stew

    Tuesday, February 13 2018 4:00 PM EST2018-02-13 21:00:23 GMT
    Chateaubriand and Mushroom Stew Recipe provided by: Chef Steven Wolf and Jared Cohen, Co-Owners of Republic at the Linden Chateaubriand Ingredients: 2 tbs of canola oil 1 12oz center cut beef tenderloin Kosher salt to taste Fresh ground pepper to taste 1 clove of garlic 4 sprigs of thyme Method: Preheat oven to 400 degrees In a heavy bottomed frying pan on high heat add canola oil season meat with salt and pepper (both sides) and sear meat on all sides Add clove of gar...More >
    Chateaubriand and Mushroom Stew Recipe provided by: Chef Steven Wolf and Jared Cohen, Co-Owners of Republic at the Linden Chateaubriand Ingredients: 2 tbs of canola oil 1 12oz center cut beef tenderloin Kosher salt to taste Fresh ground pepper to taste 1 clove of garlic 4 sprigs of thyme Method: Preheat oven to 400 degrees In a heavy bottomed frying pan on high heat add canola oil season meat with salt and pepper (both sides) and sear meat on all sides Add clove of gar...More >
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    2.12.18 Crab Meat Salad (Asian Flavors)

    2.12.18 Crab Meat Salad (Asian Flavors)

    Monday, February 12 2018 4:00 PM EST2018-02-12 21:00:24 GMT
    Crab Meat Salad (Asian Flavors) OR Hearts of Palm Salad (Asian Flavors)  Recipe provided by: James O'Shea West Street Grill Dressing/ Sauce Ingredients: 1Cup “Just Mayo” a vegan mayonnaise or any other vegan mayonnaise. 4 Tbls Sweet Chili Sauce  (A Taste of Thai Brand) 2-3 Tbls of Hot Sauce. Valentina Salsa Picante (Mexican Hot Sauce) Juice of 1 Meyer Lemon (3 Tbls or so) 1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs) ¼ Tsp of Hot Pepper (Cayenne) Shichi...More >
    Crab Meat Salad (Asian Flavors) OR Hearts of Palm Salad (Asian Flavors)  Recipe provided by: James O'Shea West Street Grill Dressing/ Sauce Ingredients: 1Cup “Just Mayo” a vegan mayonnaise or any other vegan mayonnaise. 4 Tbls Sweet Chili Sauce  (A Taste of Thai Brand) 2-3 Tbls of Hot Sauce. Valentina Salsa Picante (Mexican Hot Sauce) Juice of 1 Meyer Lemon (3 Tbls or so) 1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs) ¼ Tsp of Hot Pepper (Cayenne) Shichi...More >