I used to pride myself on cooking dinner and sitting down to a family meal most weeknights. I was even sort of smug about it. But my daughter is in college now, and while it took me a full year to get used to just the two of us, I don’t approach dinner prep with the same enthusiasm. Once you add up the time and money to shop, prepare and clean up, it hardly seems worth it for two! But happily, take-out is finally burgeoning on the Shoreline and the latest entrant is Haylon’s Market on the Old Lyme/Niantic border. We stopped in for lunch last week, and after devouring a cheesy, bacon-loaded slice of classic quiche, we stocked up for dinner. A full case of homey meals are available daily, from pancetta wrapped cod and butternut risotto cakes, to sides of barley with portobellos, eggplant with balsamic onions, and various combinations of colorful roasted vegetables. I chose chicken pot pie and baked acorn squash with a molasses drizzle for dinner. Crack open the buttery crust on this baby, and you’ll find a flavorful broth bursting with chicken (so unlike the insipid freezer-burnt versions of my youth). Deke Haylon, the highly trained chef behind the scenes, will happily fill your own containers with that luscious pot pie, or any of his other offerings (shepard’s pie, beef stew), so you can throw a fabulous dinner party and make pretend you made it all yourself! Me, I’m heading back soon for the fried chicken on a homemade biscuit with slaw. Thanksgiving and Christmas menus available, too.
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