15372 852407224792386 8087766372016333705 n 300x300 POLL: Who Makes the BEST Lobster Roll in Connecticut?

The Connecticut lobster roll is simple and glorious: a succulent combination of freshly picked lobster meat and melted butter. served on a hot dog roll. It’s about as different from the cold mayo variety as you can could get. Although simple, there are variations and Connecticut residents are fiercely loyal to their favorite purveyors.

Where do you eat YOUR favorite  lobster roll?  Choose among the suggestions below - or add your own.

I’ll write a Foodie Fatale post this fall featuring the winning Lobster Roll.

May the finest lobster roll(s) win!


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Pies! Pies! Pies!

Pieon9BIG 295x300 New Havens City Seed presents: Pie on 9 I was happily engulfed in a pie frenzy recently in New Haven’s Ninth Square District where City Seed Community Food Systems Coordinator Tagan Engel organized the annual Pie On 9 Contest and Block Party,* inviting the New Haven community to bake and submit (130!) pies in a variety of categories.
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Tagan and I went to Sarah Lawrence College together many years ago and I am honored to know her now. A Chef and baker, she  is an activist and leading voice in Connecticut around issues of food justice and sustainability. Also author of the fab blog Tagan’s Kitchen.

Tagan invited me to be a guest judge in the Fruit Pie category.
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10537421 846717455361363 5179955149989971833 n 300x300 New Havens City Seed presents: Pie on 9 Lucky me! Along with fellow judges Kathy Riegelmann of Katalina’s Bakery, Cast Iron Soul‘s Steve and Shayla Ross, we  tasted nearly 100 pies. The winner, a Divine key lime pie by Abby Klein.

If you don’t know City Seed, you should. They are doing very important work. (Mission: To engage the community in growing an equitable, local food system that promotes economic development, community development and sustainable agriculture). This year’s Pie on 9 benefited City Seed’s Food Stamp Double Value Program, which doubles the value of SNAP food stamps at CitySeed’s five markets.

It was an extraordinary ordinary event. Good vibes, dancing, conversation, food. Little kids everywhere, as well as a range of familiar faces including  New Haven Mayor Toni Harp to 116 Crown‘s John Ginnetti. Learn more about City Seed on their website or Facebook page. And sign up HERE to join their newsletter. Inspiration all around.

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 With 116 Crown’s John Ginnetti

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*sponsored by Town Green Special Services District and Green Village Initiative (GVI)


I’m extremely grateful to the farmers who inspired this story, now available at PARADE Magazine: Frank Trentecoste of Bhumi Farms, Sarah & Ryan Voiland of Red Fire Farm, Marcie Jimenez of Jimenez Family Farm and Marcie’s Pies, and Crystal & Dan Nells of C & D Family Farms. Does your local farm offer gift cards?

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All year long, I look forward to the time when sweet, local peaches are in season. Here in Connecticut, they have finally arrived and I cannot get enough. Today on Better Connecticut, I showed Scot Haney and Kara Sundlun the recipe for my favorite peach trifle, with lemon verbena, mascarpone, Lillet Blanc and tasty Entenmann’s All Butter Loaf Cakes.Thank you to Entenmann’s for contributing cakes for all audience members!
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Foodie Fatale’s Fresh Peach Trifle

2 Entenmann’s All Butter Loaf Cakes, crust removed, cut into ½ inch slices
24 oz mascarpone, room temperature
¾  cup sugar
3 lb large yellow Peaches (approx. 12 or 6 cups), peeled and sliced
White sugar to taste
12 fresh lemon verbena leaves, minced
6 teaspoons Lillet Blanc
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 peach (garnish)
1 sprig lemon verbena (garnish)


  • Toss sliced peaches with granulated sugar to taste.
  • Mix in lemon verbena and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together mascarpone and ½ cup sugar.
  • Cover the bottom of a 3-quart trifle bowl with cake slices.
  • Drizzle with 2 tsp Lillet Blanc.
  • Cover with approximately 2 cups peaches.
  • Add one-third of the mascarpone over peaches.
  • Repeat layers twice
  • In a cold metal mixing bowl, beat whipping cream with 2 sugar until stiff peaks form.
  • Top trifle with whipped cream
  • Garnish with sliced peaches and a sprig of lemon verbena
  • Cover and refrigerate

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Life Hack: Find Your Local Farm on Facebook

June 24, 2014

It’s officially the first week of summer. In coastal Connecticut, this not only means sunshine and days at the beach, it also means seeing my favorite local farmers at markets, stands and pick-your-own events. But unlike in the past, this year it doesn’t feel like like a reunion. Thanks to Facebook, I never really had to say goodbye.For locavores and food […]

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National Doughnut Day: Foodie Fatale on Mike and Kim in the Morning

June 11, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Once again, I had a great time on 102.9 DRC-FM with my friends Mike and Kim in the morning for “Foodie Friday” on June 6th, 2014. In honor of National Doughnut Day, we discussed  my choices for the Top 5 Doughnut Shops in Connecticut. Have a listen to our talk while […]

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Easy Baked Doughnuts: Foodie Fatale on Better Connecticut

June 6, 2014

I had great fun celebrating National Doughnut Day today  with Scot Haney, guest host Kristen Taekman and the Better Connecticut crew.  We couldn’t stop eating these irresistible  Baked Doughnuts- and neither could our audience! We also had fun discussing my recent  post: Top 5 Doughnut Shops in CT. Thanks to King Arthur Flour for the great recipe and baking pans. […]

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Top 5 Doughnut Shops in Connecticut

June 5, 2014

In honor of National Doughnut Day, I spent the past month tasting doughnuts throughout Connecticut. What difficult work this was!!! Most of my stops were recommended by my fabulous Facebook  fans- thank you! Please enjoy this slideshow of my favorite five shops*- all worthy of a special trip! Top 5 Doughnut Shops in Connecticut* Guiliano’s Bakery (Niantic) Coffee An’ Donut […]

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Foodie Fridays with Mike and Kim in the Morning: May 9, 2014

May 16, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download I was thrilled to join Mike and Kim in the morning once again for “Foodie Friday” on Connecticut’s 102.9 DRC-FM. We had a great time talking Summer Food! Have a listen and enjoy the fun!

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Foodie Fatale’s Top Four Summer Cocktails: 2011-2014

May 8, 2014

When I think back to the last few summers, the memory of each is infused with the taste of a particular cocktail.It’s in my nature to “go on a kick” when I really love something and these drinks proved worthy of my passion. As the summer of 2014 approaches, consider trying them (click on hot links to […]

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