Category: Local

Slow Down Saturday: Laurel Ridge Daffodils

Laurel Ridge Daffodil Fields, Litchfield, Connecticut - Poet in the Pantry

There’s a place near my house where people flock every spring for the photo opps. Like a reverse leaf peeping season, there exists a very small window of time when the hill is blanketed in shades of yellow, sure to brighten anyone’s day. Known as the Laurel Ridge daffodils fields in Litchfield, they were planted …

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Peanut Butter Blondies with Chocolate Ganache and Local Theater

Peanut Butter Blondies with Chocolate Ganache - Poet in the Pantry

I spent my weekend immersed in theater.

A joy I have denied myself for much of the last 2 decades, even though I not only once enjoyed being a part of the audience, but actually appeared on stage from time to time, as well. My credits are so old now I can barely recall them–juror …

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Torrington: So Much More Than “TOHO”

Julia Autumn Ford during a recent performance at The Desultory Theatre Club

Do you ever hear something that literally makes you cringe? I had that reaction recently to the discovery of a scheme to force the nickname TOHO on my hometown. TOHO is not an intuitive acronym by any means, standing for TO(rrington) H(ome) O(f the Arts). I bet you’re scratching your head now, too.

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My Writing Process Blog Tour

failed cocktail

Have you heard about the My Writing Process Blog Tour?

It’s a great way to get to know a little more about our fellow bloggers, including how they approach their work. Instead of it strictly being about the product–what everyone sees when they hit publish–we get an inside look at what goes on behind the …

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Eating Connecticut: Brownstone Cafe, West Hartford

Pyrito Brownstone Cafe West Hartford Connecticut - poet in the pantry

Disclosure: I was invited to a media happy hour at Brownstone Cafe, sponsored by them. All photos and opinions remain my own.

When you think of West Hartford, you probably think of one of two places: Blue Back or the downtown area. Both have a variety of dining options, but there’s more to West Hartford. …

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Jones Dairy Farm Event at the CIA: Day 2

knife skills class

Disclosure: Jones Dairy Farm sponsored this event. No other compensation was received for this post. All opinions and photos remain my own.

Saturday morning we re-convened with our hosts at The Culinary Institute of America for our day of learning and good eats. Breakfast was served from the Jones Dairy Farm kitchen in Farquharson Hall, …

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Jones Dairy Farm Event at the CIA: Day 1

Beekman Arms Inn

Disclosure: Jones Dairy Farm sponsored this event. No other compensation was received for this post. All opinions and photos remain my own.

I don’t like bridges. I never have; I never will. I don’t think people should be suspended precariously high above water, just waiting to drop to their deaths. And I hate driving on …

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Yelp’s Holiday Bazaar at the New Britain Museum of American Art

Ripe Bar Juices rum punch

I have always been a cheerleader for shopping locally whenever possible and Christmas is an excellent time for supporting your local shopkeepers and artisans while checking names off your list. What better way to do so than at a holiday bazaar? One-stop shopping AND you get to meet and learn about the people who will …

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Chocabaret-An Artisan Chocolate Tasting Meets A Cabaret Show #Giveaway

Chocabaret

What exactly is a Chocabaret?

Chocabaret is the hottest idea to come out of New York City in a long time! The brainchild of the singing Chef Jackie Gordon, it combines a cabaret performance with a chocolate tasting–or, as she calls it, eatertainment. There will be songs, big laughs, and even an educational component. You’ll …

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Getting Lost in the Corn at Lyman Orchards

Lyman Orchards Corn Maze - poet in the pantry

Lyman Orchards is a tradition in our state. Connecticut has many orchards, but Lyman Orchards is the best known of them, a destination for the whole family. Where else can you go to feed the ducks, get lost in the corn, take a hayride, pick pumpkins in the field, and select your own apples …

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