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October Love With Food Box

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My October Love With Food box has many tempting goodies.  I tried the organic jelly beans by Surf Sweets and they were better than regular jelly beans.  There’s also honey and chocolate almond nut butter by Justin’s.  A buttery shortbread square by Clairesquares.  A cinnamon and sugar bananinha banana bar by Nutryvitta.  (This banana bar was really good.  It was like an organic, healthier version of those sugary jelly fruit candies.)  Organic falafel chips by Flamous.  Cheese straws by J & M.  And snapea crisps by Calbee.

Weekend Whets 10/17

Taste of Forest Hills, Saturday, October 18, 2014, Queens

Brooklyn Bacon Takedown, Sunday, October 19, 2014:  Cooking competition.

Enid’s Apple Pie Contest, Sunday, October 19, 2014, Brooklyn

Korean Restaurant Week NYC, through October 19, 2014

Lower East Side Pickle Day, Sunday, October 19, 2014, Orchard Street at Delancey Street, LES:  Festival celebrating pickled foods.

NYC Wine and Food Fest, through October 19, 2014:  Annual food event sponsored by Food Network and Food & Wine with classes, lectures, parties, dinners and demonstrations by celebrity food personalities.

Sunnyside Restaurant Week, October 20-24, 2014, Queens

Understanding the Food Mood Connection: How Italian Mediterranean Food Lifestyles Can Contribute to Better Health, October 21, 2014, 6 p.m., Casa Italiana, Village, Manhattan:  Panel discussion with Kerstin Hecker, Michele Scicolone and Charles Scicolone.

Book Launch: The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel, with Paulette Goto, Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn:  Cronut creator Dominique Ansel discusses his book.

Fifth Annual Lopate and Locavores, through October 29, 2014, NYC:  Food and lectures on topics like creating a successful restaurant business, writing a cookbook, NY delis and more with food celebrities like Lidia Bastianich.

Food Film Fest, October 29, 2014 through November 1, 2014:  Film festival with tastings.

Brooklyn’s On Fire: Meet the Firehouse Chefs!, Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn:  Discussion and chili cook-off.

Fifth Annual Mac-Off, November 2, 2014, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Littlefield, Brooklyn:  Macaroni and cheese cook-off with local chefs.

Chefs for Impact, November 20, 2014:  A benefit to bring e-learning to Zambia.

 

Publisher Seeks Food Poems for Anthology

Richer Resources is looking for food poems for an upcoming anthology.

Happy Columbus Day

Happy Columbus Day!  Here’s a great article in am new york that tells you the details of the parade and other Italian events to do during October, Italian Heritage Month.  Of course, you can check out my guides listed above and check out Italian bakeries, markets and restaurants or the Little Italy of Manhattan or Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.  You can also watch the Columbus Day parade live.

Weekend Whets 10/10

Italian Restaurant Week, October 8 through 15, 2014, Brooklyn:  Discounted lunches and dinners at participating restaurants.

The Feast Fest, Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8 p.m., Brooklyn:  Food and music fest celebrating Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Understanding the Food Mood Connection: How Italian Mediterranean Food Lifestyles Can Contribute to Better Health, October 21, 2014, 6 p.m., Casa Italiana, Village, Manhattan:  Panel discussion with Kerstin Hecker, Michele Scicolone and Charles Scicolone.

Fifth Annual Lopate and Locavores, through October 29, 2014, NYC:  Food and lectures on topics like creating a successful restaurant business, writing a cookbook, NY delis and more with food celebrities like Lidia Bastianich.

Cheese Party

If you love cheese and want to have a fun dinner this winter, try a cheese party.  I have a raclette maker, a grill that easily melts slices of raclette.

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The raclette is then eaten with accompaniments like bread, pickles, pickled onions, vegetables, olives or whatever you like to eat with cheese.

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Raclette is a cheese from Switzerland that is heated and then scraped onto your plate.  There used to be a restaurant in NYC called Swizz where you could get raclette but it closed not too long ago.  So now I have raclette parties!

I got my raclette from Murray’s Cheese.  In addition to raclette, I got some other cheeses to try:  roncal, a Basque sheep’s milk cheese that is a bit gamier than manchego;

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fiore Sardo, a smoked Sardinian sheep’s milk cheese;

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castelrosso, a creamy cow’s milk cheese from the Piedmont region of Italy;

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and mimolette, a French cow’s milk cheese that gets its flavor from mites.  (Yes, you read that correctly.)

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All of the cheeses were delicious.  My favorite was the castelrosso.  I just love the creaminess of it.

We had wine from Falanghina grapes, a fruity ancient wine from the Campania region of Italy.  The one I got was Falangina “Sannio” Terra di Briganti from Astor Wines, from the Benevento province of Italy (the region where my father’s family is from).  It was a great wine to go with our cheese selection.  (Interesting historical tidbit–the Terra di Briganti winery is in Casalduni, Italy, and was the site of a peasant massacre in 1861.  Terra di Briganti means land of the brigands.)

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Weekend Whets 9/26

Eat in Astoria, through September 28, 2014, Astoria, Queens:  Specials at Astoria restaurants.

New York Oyster Week, September 11, 2014 through September 28, 2014:  Various events around NYC celebrating oysters.

Plate by Plate: 16th Annual Tasting Benefit, Friday, September 26, 2014, 6 to 10 p.m., Chelsea, Manhattan:  Tasting benefit showcasing restaurant samplings.  Benefits Henry Street Settlement.

Grand Central Oyster Frenzy, Saturday, September 27, 2014, Noon to 4 p.m., Grand Central Oyster Bar, Grand Central Station:  Sixteen different oysters and shucking contest.

DISH: Greenhook Ginsmiths, Brooklyn Farmacy, and Jam Today Too, Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7 p.m., Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, Nolita, Manhattan:   Readings and stories  told by New York chefs, restaurateurs, mixologists, food authors, bloggers and critics.

African Smörgǻsbord – a Taste of the Foods and Wines of Africa, Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Scandinavia House, Midtown, Manhattan:  Taste the food and wine of Africa with slide show and raffles.

Italian Restaurant Week, October 8 through 15, 2014, Brooklyn:  Discounted lunches and dinners at participating restaurants.