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Oct 21, 2013
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When Tart Is Tasty: Cranberries Star in Delicious Dishes From New Haven to Newtown & Westport

When Tart Is Tasty: Cranberries Star in Delicious Dishes From New Haven to Newtown & Westport

They may be way too sour to eat on their own, but cranberries are adding a zesty snap of flavor to more and more dishes these days. And with fall in full swing and holidays on the calendar, they’ll be showing up in force on menus across the state.

Start your day at Atticus Bookstore Café in New Haven with a good read and some cranberry-pecan French toast served with warm cream cheese, fresh berries and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Head over to The Cove Deli in Wethersfield for a “funky chicken salad” sandwich—fresh-baked-chicken salad full of chopped celery, dried cranberries and toasted almonds, and topped with arugula, served on multigrain bread.

Can’t wait for Thanksgiving leftovers? Order the Galway at Harp & Dragon. This Norwich Irish pub loads roasted turkey, stuffing and all the fixings—including cranberry sauce—onto toasted bread, guaranteed to warm you inside out on the chilliest fall afternoon.

Cottage Restaurant and Café in Plainville makes a yummy appetizer of grilled Cajun shrimp with cranberry-pepper jelly, grilled eggplant and cream cheese.

Another place that pairs seafood and cranberries is Westport’s Blue Lemon Restaurant. The seared King salmon over ginger spinach comes with apple-cranberry chutney and lemon vinaigrette.

A great dessert treat is the orange-cranberry cupcake at Newtown’s Cherries Cupcakes, which bakes all cupcakes with local ingredients. The two fruit flavors come together under a mound of vanilla buttercream dotted with festive orange sprinkles.

Good with a meal or all by itself, try a Jellytini at The Painted Pony in Bethlehem, made with Ketel One Vodka, Malibu Rum, cranberry and pineapple juices. Stirred or shaken, it’s a tangy way to enjoy the season.

And those are only some of the options available across Connecticut.

When Tart Is Tasty: Cranberries Star in Delicious Dishes From New Haven to Newtown & Westport

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