Posts for October 11th 2007
As a child, my mom would often treat us to a box of Chinese Almond Cookies after our dim sum breakfast. It was part of our Sunday morning tradition: stuff our face with dim sum, and then chow down on cookies. At the time, I definitely took it for granted and never thought twice about the delicious, crumbly almond cookies. Now, many years later, I think it's time to bring almond cookies back into my life. To join me in today's cookie adventure, get the recipe read more
Endive petals are one of my favorite snacks to serve at a party. Usually I just slather a little honey/blue cheese mixture on, but this recipe for endive petals with blue cheese, grapes and walnuts really takes it to the next level. — Ladle and Whisk
A few weeks ago, YumSugar highlighted Williams-Sonoma's Halloween collection. They had tons of pumpkin themed cooking essentials, but I started wondering what do other stores have to offer? You must have had the same thoughts because as I was browsing the Yum Market on TeamSugar, I noticed a lot of fabulous Halloween goodies! Halloween madness is here and you can have your pick of baking tools, caramel apples, cookies, candies, and even dog treats shaped like eye balls! However my favorite Halloween find is this set of sinister cocktail stirrers! Roxyb bookmarked these swizzle sticks that come in a frighteningly chic shiny black box. Browse below for more haunting inspirations!
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On last night's episode of "Kitchen Nightmares," we saw two sides of Gordon Ramsay as he made over The Seascape, a moldy Long Island seafood restaurant. He was up to his usual bad boy behavior: yelling about the disgustingly dirty kitchen and cursing about the foul food. He even convinced the owner/manager to fire both the executive and sous chefs! However, Ramsay demonstrated his huge heart when he helped Peter release anger, gain confidence, and confront his feelings towards his dead father and critical mother.
It got me thinking, is Ramsay a good or bad guy? Is he rude just because he cares so much about cooking? What do you think?
This week's cupcake comes from our pal at Never Bashful with Butter. This time she's created a beautiful hazelnut cupcake that's pink all the way through. While it has nothing to do with Breast Cancer Awareness, I thought the lovely pink color to be quite fitting. How could you not love these cupcakes? They're so adorable, and I bet they're tasty too!
I knew that this week's soup recipe would have to be tomato. Not because I was in the mood, but because I realized the end of tomato season is quickly approaching. I make tomato soup often during winter and simply use canned tomatoes. However when it's early fall and the tomatoes are still bountiful, it's nice to make a puree with fresh tomatoes. Roasting the tomatoes first releases their juices and enhances their natural flavor, and this soup tasted even better the next day for lunch. I served it with a grilled goat cheddar cheese and mushroom sandwich, but you can enjoy it alone or with a glass of Chardonnay. Check out the recipe now, just read more
Last night, Bravo aired the "Top Chef 3" reunion special. The entire event was geared up to reveal the fan favorite [spoiler alert] and show you behind-the-scenes clips. Personally, I thought it was a bit of a snooze, but I know there are some rabid fans who eat up all that behind-the-scenes stuff. Also, I was really surprised that Casey won the fan favorite award. I totally thought it would be Tre or Dale. Speaking of Dale, he definitely had the quote of the night; when asked about his "type" he said, "Beauty's only a light switch away." Surely someone this cheeky would've been crowned fan favorite?
If you've ever been on a vacation, or a business trip, and said to yourself, "Gee, I'd really like a roast chicken, if only I had an oven," then I have great news for you. Scientists in Taiwan have created an oven out of cloth. The lightweight, foldable oven is easily transported and weighs "just a few hundred grams." Although, it does take a lot of power to make it work.
Personally I think it's pretty cool. While I wouldn't necessarily take it on a trip with me, it would be really great to store in my desk drawer. Just think, I could do all 52 weeks of baking here in the office!
If you think braising is a technique that only applies to slow cooked meat, well think again! Tonight's quick fix meal is a medley of braised vegetables. You can feel fantastic about this dish because it is wonderfully good for you! Pair with a crusty chunk of warmed bread and a glass of your favorite red wine. Get this cozy recipe when you read more