I’m so excited to feature some of my favorite fellow bloggers this year! Please meet Shawn & Kris of TheFarmhouseProject.com. You may already know them as the Country House in the Woods homeowners from my book. They decorate, cook, bake, garden (just to name a few), and are fabulous home entertainers. It’s their talent in…

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As promised (and just in time for Valentine’s Day!), here is the latest WFSB, Better Connecticut segment where I walk co-hosts Kara and Scot through the easy steps to making this beautiful heart-shaped Linzer Tart Cookies. You can also get the written and printable recipe here. Enjoy! Love, Nora xo

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I took my favorite Linzer Tart cookie recipe back to its classic beginnings as a beautiful European heart. Filled with strawberry preserves, and dusted generously with vanilla bean-infused confectioner’s sugar, this lovely makes a delicious and very pretty St. Valentine’s gift. Here, I displayed them on 2 vintage glass cake stands, garnished with faux winterberry…

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Yay! It’s corn season! Having previously seen images of this delicious dish, we first tried this corn at our favorite Mexican restaurant in NYC, Rosa Mexicano. The plate appeal is stunning; golden roasted corn, coated with crumbly, salty Cotija cheese, fresh chopped cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lime. And the blackened cornhusks pulled back…

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What to do with leftover grilled chicken? Make our savory Summery Grilled Chicken Salad! We know that there are just so many ways to make chicken salad. Quite often a recipe calls for poaching the chicken, which is OK. But here at Connecticut Country House we kick it up many notches from OK. Our secret?…

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On this horribly hot and humid day, I thought it best to re-post this refreshing, thirst-quenching recipe for Finn’s Blueberry Lemonade.  It’s very easy to whip up a batch or two to keep in the fridge, or serve guests. It’s a real crowd pleaser! Enjoy and stay cool! Happy 4th! Love, Nora   Finn’s Blueberry Lemonade…

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My new favorite summertime dessert? This Blueberry Crisp! With blueberries just coming into season, and summer being the prime time to enjoy fresh ice cream…this humble pairing is absolutely outrageous.  It’s just so delicious….you’ve just got to try it! Watch how Scot Haney & I whip up this crazy good dish on today’s Better Connecticut at…

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It’s the season for flowers in all shapes, sizes, and flavors! An absolutely beautiful, and delicious thing to serve for your Mother’s Day brunch or dessert, these Apple Roses are so unbelievably easy to make. Last weekend, I made a double batch to serve at a dear friend’s birthday party, and one of the best compliments…

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Looking for a hearty dish for a cold snowy day? You’ve got to try Alex Guarnaschelli’s, Beef Brisket Soup With Quickie Parmigiano-Reggiano Dumplings. It’s kind of like if onion soup and pot roast had a child. The deep, rich mahogany broth, flavored equally by the beef, onions and garlic make this a super tender, falling apart…

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This recipe never fails me. It’s quick, easy to make, and a crowd favorite..especially when served right out of the oven. They’re the perfect thing to nibble on while sipping your New Year’s Eve bubbly. Cheers! Happy New Year dear friends! Love, Nora   Party Cheese Straws Ingredients 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1…

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French Apple Tart is hands down my favorite dessert. It’s so easy to make, delicious, and looks so rustically beautiful. So when Tracy Furey, the executive producer of WFSB’s Better Connecticut asked what I would like to share for their program just before Thanksgiving, this tart immediately came to mind. All you need is a…

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I’m slowly, but surely, closing up shop in my kitchen garden. My latest harvest? Butternut Squash. Other than whipping up a batch of our favorite Butternut Squash Soup, we decided to try something different. How about a dip?! Oh yes. This dip is sweet, savory and has a little zip! (Not to mention its oh-so-gorgeous…

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Tomatoes have a special place in my heart, as well as my kitchen garden. As far back as I can remember, my family’s kitchen garden on Melville Avenue was always robust with tomatoes (next to peppers, of course!). Every year I impatiently wait for the season’s bountiful harvest, knowing that the best eats of the…

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What does everyone have coming out of their ears in later August? Corn and tomatoes, of course! With that in mind, this recipe uses what’s at hand, while utilizing the grill to impart some really wonderful roasted and smoky flavors to this salsa. If you’re looking for a fantastic guacamole to pair this salsa with,…

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Bruschetta. One of my favorite summertime nibbles. I call this delicious bite (or 2) bro-shet-tah (the English-Connecticut version!). In Italian, it’s pronounced bruce-key-tah, with the emphasis on key (I googled this, and next time I order this in a restaurant, I’m going to try showing off). 🙂 Whichever way you say it, this perfect nibble…

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And the raspberries keep coming at Connecticut Country House! Our shrubs are so prolific this year that we’ve continued to try and widen our repertoire of recipes that use them. And thanks to the Country Living website (again), I found myself directed to a very user-friendly website: RachelCooks.com. Thanks, Rachel, for the idea to use…

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Blueberry season is something we always look forward to at Connecticut Country House. But, what can you do with some of your freshly picked blueberries? Kara Sundlun from WFSB’s Better Connecticut stops by and makes homemade blueberry lemonade with me! It’s so easy and refreshing, especially when we add my “fruity ice cubes” to my…

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Grilling tonight? You’ve just got to try this amazing chimichurri recipe that came from Murph morphing many different online found recipes to concoct his own Connecticut Country House version. Did you know that the Argentinean cowboys (a.k.a. gauchos) devised this sauce for grilling up fresh steaks on the range? (I love that visual!) It’s super…

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I started the Nora Murphy Country House emagazine for 1 simple reason…my “blog shoes” were too tight. I loved my little blog, Connecticut Country House, but in the state it was in, it was limiting in telling and showing my stories. So I had a vision of what I wanted it to be. Something really…

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Just like every household, at Connecticut Country House, by the end of the week we’re often faced with a fridge stocked with lidded containers of various dribs ‘n drabs. Murph, my culinary genius husband, frequently on Fridays will use this recipe as a guideline for making the most wonderful entrée, incorporating whatever tidbits we have…

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My husband Murph’s brother, Jack – yes, that Jack, of the pickle recipe fame, recently sent us a picture of a divine looking chicken pot pie that he’d baked in a giant cast iron skillet. Instantly we knew that we’d be making one for ourselves at Connecticut Country House. Adapted from a recipe from Jack’s…

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You think that a New York minute is fast? A fun filled, five minute segment on baking a simple Irish Apple Cake on WFSB’s Better Connecticut goes by in the blink of an eye! Maybe it’s because being with hosts Kara Sundlun and Scot Haney is just like being with good friends. You get to…

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When faced with a hankering for crab cakes, my husband Murph stepped up to the plate and created this wonderful rendition. Based upon a Food Network recipe from the grande dame of southern cooking, Paula Deen, he worked his magic, tweaked and tailored it to make it his own. The results were fantastic! I hope…

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Last weekend, Murph came home from the market with a bag of beautiful, plump Stonington scallops. Their proper name: Stonington “Bomber” Sea Scallops. Wow! What wowed me even more was his idea to cook them in our fireplace. He dug up the big iron skillet and trivet from the cellar, as he let the logs…

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