Sean Minor Wines 5 Course Dinner at Blue Lemon w/ Harry’s of Fairfield

MaurPowerFoodie:

I can’t make it to this one, but sounds fantastic if any of my followers wants to go. Trying to keep you all informed.

Originally posted on OmNomCT:

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Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market, Blue Lemon, and Sean Minor Wines are coming together on March 6 at 7 pm for a paired wine dinner.  Tickets are $75 (plus tax and tip) and will feature some great wines.  In addition, Sean Minor himself will be on hand at Blue Lemon of Westport to discuss each wine and pairing.  To reserve your tickets, please call (203) 226-2647 or e-mail them at mybluelemon@aol.com.

Here’s the menu:

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Two Roads Tap Takeover at the Tavern

Looking for a fun night out this week? Come join me this Wednesday at Tavern in Monroe, CT for the Two Roads Tap Takeover. The first of what is planned to be many tap takeovers, this features a flight of 4 different Two Roads Beers and a small plate to go with each one for just $22.00.

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Four beers, mac and cheese, shrimp, smoked salmon and fried fish! What more could you ask for?

 

There will be open seating but Tavern is suggesting you make reservations. Call 203-880-5007. Also check out the Facebook event here.

 

Hope to see you there, but if I don’t, no worries, I will be telling you all about it. Till next time, this is Jason “MaurPowerFoodie” Maur, signing off.


Win Tickets to Chocolate, Dessert, and Wine Lover’s Evening in Stamford, 2/6

MaurPowerFoodie:

I want to be selfish, so I can win, but that would defeat the purpose. Enter to win some fantastic tickets!

Originally posted on OmNomCT:

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UPDATE:  Thank you all for your stories and entries!  We randomly selected 5 winners using Random.org.  The winners are Roberta Anderson, Chris Warren, Matthew, Marla Kerwin, and Nancy N.    

Yesterday we told you about the massively chocolicious Chocolate, Dessert, & Wine Lover’s Evening that’s going down on February 6 from 6-9 at the Stamford Marriott.  Over 70 vendors, restaurants, vineyards, sweets shops, chocolatiers, coffee shops, cheese mongers, distilleries, and cupcakeries will be there for your sampling pleasure!  Plus, you also might just win one of many door prizes.  Yeah, it’s going to be quite the decadent night…and we want to help to get you there!

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Bacon Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese – MaurPowerFoodie Style

Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow, Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 6:30 AM on both 99.1 WPLR and 95.9 the Fox or you can watch it on Chaz and AJ TV at http://www.wplr.com/ChazandAJTV.aspx. I will be bringing along my Bacon Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese!

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If you can’t tune in, don’t worry, I am posting the recipe below!

 

Ingredients

 

Kosher salt
1 pound elbow macaroni
4 cups milk
2 or 3 sprigs thyme
3 cloves garlic, smashed and divided
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup smoked cheddar, shredded

1 1/2 cup pepper jack, shredded

2 jalapeno, deseeded and diced
Freshly ground black pepper
6 slices THICK CUT bacon

garlic powder

onion powder

old bay

1 cup seasoned bread crumb

Fresh Parmesan

 

Directions

  1. First thing is to pan cook your bacon starting in a COLD pan so as to render the fat from the bacon. Once the bacon is complete, put the pan with the rendered bacon fat to the side and chop bacon.
  2. While bacon is cooking, bring pot of water to a boil and salt with 1 tbs of kosher salt.  Whisk until salt is dissolved and slightly reduce heat.
  3. Preheat Oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Boil pasta to just under a nice al dente (about 6 mintues). DO NOT OVERCOOK as pasta will continue to cook in oven. Drain and set aside.
  5. While Pasta is boiling it is time to make the sauce. First, on hot stove, make a simple roux by taking 1 tbs of rendered bacon fat and 2 tbs of butter, melt in sauce pot, once melted add 3 tbs of flour and whisk to combine.
  6. Add and sautee smashed garlic and chopped jalapenos. Continue to whisk for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Immediately add 4 cups of milk, continuing to whisk as milk heats to a simmer.
  8. Add shredded cheese (not the parmesan), continuing to mix until cheese is fully incorporated into sauce.
  9. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
  10. In a casserole dish combine pasta, chopped bacon, and most of remaining bacon fat (leave a little in the pan).
  11. Pour sauce over pasta and mix, making sure sauce is equally distributed throughout pasta.
  12. Add generous sprinkle of Old Bay Seasoning and mix again.
  13. In the pan with the remaining bacon fat, over medium-low heat, toast breadcrumbs and shred parmesan into toasted breadcrumb and mix.
  14. Sprinkle breadcrumb parmesan mixture to cover mac and cheese.
  15. Bake in oven for 5 minutes, then switch to broil for 2 minutes to crisp top.
  16. MOST IMPORTANT STEP!!!!      ENJOY :-)

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There you have it. Nice and simple. I hope you all enjoy it and please let me know what you think when you do.  Until next time, this is Jason “MaurPowerFoodie” Maur signing off.

 


MaurPowerFoodie is back! Starting with an appearance on Chaz & AJ

HELLO WORLD! Sorry for the hiatus, but I am back and have a lot of catching up to do. Recipes to post, reviews to share, a brewery tour, and tales from my European Adventure…. BUT, first and foremost, MaurPowerFoodie will be marking its return with a guest appearance on the Chaz and AJ in the Morning with my style Bacon Mac & Cheese. For those of you who have seen me cook with bacon, you know there is a MaurPowerFoodie twist in there, so tune in to hear all about it.

I will be visiting Chaz and AJ Wednesday November 27th at 6:30 AM EST on both 99.1 WPLR and 95.9 the Fox or you can watch it on Chaz and AJ TV at http://www.wplr.com/ChazandAJTV.aspx.

As I said, tons of great stuff to come, tune in and find out. Until next time, MaurPowerFoodie is signing out.


Pork in the Park – Stamford, CT – Cooking Demo!

That’s right everybody… I will be doing a full out cooking demo at this year’s Pork in the Park BBQ Festival in Stamford, CT. Definitely come check out the entire festival this weekend. There will be other amazing cooking demo’s. Fabulous food and drinks, and perhaps the thing I am most excited about… A KANSAS CITY BBQ SOCIETY SANCTIONED COMPETITION!!!!!

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Festival Dates & Times

Saturday, July 13, 11am – 8pm​​​​

Sunday, July 14, 11am – 5pm​

Admission costs

$15.00 for adults

$5.00 for kids.

Children under 5 are FREE!​

As for what I will be teaching you all how to cook. I can tell you it will involve a lot of fantastic ingredients, homemade BBQ sauce, some booze in basically each and every element of the dish (tequila, vodka, and beer will all be used), a refreshing twist, and you DO NOT WANT TO MISS IT. My demo is on Sunday the 14th from 12:15-1:00. Please come check out how I put MaurPower on the Plate for a Summer BBQ Spectacular. Here is the jalapeno infused tequila in the making!

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Check out OmNomCT (the people who invited me to demo and a fantastic food blog) for the list and schedule of all the demos! Right before me is another reality TV chef from America’s Baking Competition. PLUS… local chefs and BBQ Competitors. And here is a sneak peek as I begin my prep for this Sunday!

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Until next time, this is Jason “MaurPowerFoodie” signing off. Come check out an awesome festival this weekend. I guarantee a great time for all.


Maur Power Foodie Giveaway! Foodie Package AND SIX FLAGS TICKETS!!!!!

The GIVEAWAY?!?!?! Your own MaurPowerFoodie PenPal Box, featuring some of my favorite snacks and ingredients and pictured below AND????

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FREE TICKETS TO SIX FLAGS!!!!!

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So, how do you win??? Easy! All you have to do is follow these simple instructions:

1) (Mandatory) Subscribe to this blog. Make sure you confirm your e-mail. You must be a subscriber to be eligible to win. If you are already subscribed, you ARE already eligible.

2) (Mandatory) Comment on this post stating your desire to win! This qualifies you for your first entry into the random drawing as well as qualifying you for the additional entry options below.

3) (Optional-Worth 1 additional entry into the random drawing) Follow me on Twitter @MaurPowerFoodie and Tweet “Enter to win @MaurPowerFoodie’s #FoodiePenPals #giveaway! http://wp.me/p2jjsv-7q” linking to this blog post.

4) (Optional-Worth 1 additional entry into the random drawing) Like me on Facebook (MaurPowerFoodie) and share one of the MaurPowerFoodie posts linking to this blog stating your desire to win!

5) (Optional- Worth up to 5 additional entries into the random drawing) Make a donation to my Avon Walk For Breast Cancer page. Every $20 donation is equal to 1 entry up to $100.00. Be sure to then comment on this post that you donated and how much so I can make sure you get the right number of entries.

There you have it! It is as easy as that to earn anywhere from 1-8 entries for the MaurPowerFoodie PenPalPackage, and the drawing will be done June 21st at 8:00 PM EST, so be sure to ENTER NOW!!! Winner gets the Foodie PenPal Package will be contacted by e-mail to make arrangements to get your address to send your prize to :-) Good luck everyone.

NOW FOR THE TICKETS!!! If the donations to my Avon Walk For Breast Cancer page total at least $500.00 by June 21st, one lucky donor will receive a pair of tickets to either Six Flags Great Adventure or Six Flags Great Escape. If the donations total at least $1,000.00 by June 21st, 2 LUCKY DONORS will receive a free pair of tickets. So, go to my Avon Walk For Breast Cancer page and donate at least $20.00 for your chance to win Six Flags Tickets AND increase your odds of winning the Foodie Pen Pal Package!

Until next time, this is Jason “MaurPowerFoodie” Maur signing off. Can’t wait to see who the winner is :-)


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