Posts for October 18th 2007
I have a friend who loves a creamy smooth cocktail. She usually orders White Russians, but likes to change it up from time to time. Next time we hang out, I'm going to make her order an Oreo Cookie Cocktail. It's perfect for National Cookie Month and sounds amazing as well. It's the perfect balance of coffee liqueur, Irish cream and creme de cacao, topped with a tiny splash of vodka. To try it yourself, get the recipe now, just read more
Here's a limited-edition candy bar I can't wait to get my hands on: Twix Java. Get ready to stock up on this caramel-y coffee chocolate creation when it comes out in December. — The Candy Addict
Adding bright flashes of color to your kitchen is a wonderful way to make it homier, more inviting, and comforting. I especially like to incorporate vibrant accents in winter when things can seem dark and depressing. All of the colorful kitchen gear you have bookmarked in the Yum Market on TeamSugar is inspiring! Plates, toasters, pots, and pans — you have found some fabulous bold colors to spice up a kitchen. I love these patterned click magnets that talloolah discovered. They are an eye-popping accessory that will add pizazz to my fridge. There is nothing more cheerful than walking into a warm and colorful kitchen filled with delicious aromas, so browse below for more ideas.
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Today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day, so I knew I'd have to find a fabulous chocolate cupcake to use as Cupcake of the Week. Luckily my search didn't take too long — there are a lot of amazing cupcakes out there! — and I soon found these Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes from flickr user ciao chow. Aren't they lovely?
Although I know it's not the most healthy dish around, cheddar cheese soup is one of my favorite comfort foods. Creamy melted cheese dotted with crisp, crunchy croutons — could a meal be any more simply delicious? Besides the massive amount of cheese grating, this soup doesn't take a lot of time to make and is best eaten right away. I treated myself to a big bowl for a decadent dinner after a long Monday, but this soup would pair nicely with a green salad or make an excellent first course to a dinner party menu. The flavor of the soup depends on the quality of the cheese, so if you can, splurge on a good sharp cheddar. A glass of wine definitely complements this soup, as does an icy cold beer.
To see how I made it, read more
On last night's episode of Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon Ramsay headed to the Olde Stone Mill and found Dean, a very difficult restaurant owner. Dean was totally unwilling to admit that his restaurant was a failure, the food was crappy, and the place was empty. When Ramsay suggested he change the menu completely, to a steakhouse, Dean was very hesitant and rude.
It made me wonder how I would feel if Ramsay came into a joint that I owned. Would it be hard for me to change everything to his liking? How about you?
Photo Courtesy of Fox
Making a filling, flavorful, and delicious soup doesn't have to take hours. Instead, if you use alternative cooking methods to speed up the elements of the soup — in this case, fine chopping and broiling the vegetables — your soup can be finished in a quick 30 minutes. Toasted Indian spices make this dish an exotic and exciting vegetarian meal. Serve with crisped pita and a chilled, dry Riesling. For the recipe, read more
I love finding good deals on wine, but I don't want my budget buys to taste cheap. That's why I can't wait to use Wine.Woot.com, a cool web site that does nothing but offer amazing deals on fine wines.
But don't go to Wine.Woot expecting a huge selection, because the unusual store only sells one wine at a time. Every week, Wine.Woot gets a surplus of one kind of wine and sells the "woot" for way below retail price until the inventory is gone. This week, it's selling the appropriately Halloween-named Poizin from Armida Winery. And though the prices are low, the wines are anything but cheap-o. According to the web site:
If you’re just getting hip to the whole wine trip, we’ll be offering a variety of premium, ultra-premium, and mega-super-premium wines from known wineries. Most of the time, anyway. On the rare occasion that we uncork some off-brand rotgut, we’ll tell you. And we just might throw the odd wine accessory at you, if we’re feeling puckish.
Wine.Woot grew out of another web site, the wildly popular Woot.com, which may be familiar to any gadget geeks out there. Dealing in tech and electronics, the original Woot sells a different product every day. Maybe if Wine.Woot goes well, it will start offering daily deals instead of just weekly ones. Have any of you used it?