Since today is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, I figured I'd go ahead and whip up a batch for myself. I thought about making a traditional peanut butter cookie, but I don't really know how to leave a good thing alone and decided that it needed some tweaking. After all, everything tastes better when Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are involved, right? Right! So I headed to the kitchen and made a cookie concoction. To see the ups and downs in creating my own peanut butter cookie recipe, read more
Posts for June 12th 2007
After macaroni and cheese, Chicken Parmesan is one of my all time favorite comfort foods. Breaded, crispy chicken, sweet warm tomato sauce, and gooey mozzarella, could you get any closer to perfection? Although the breading, dredging in flour, and egg steps may be a little intimidating, with help from the store, a delicious Chicken Parmesan can be made by any beginner cook! If you're up to a culinary challenge, tackle the expert recipe by making a fresh tomato sauce with hand torn basil and salty crushed black Kalamata olives. To choose which way you'll make it, view the recipes for both, just read more
Coinciding with National Hunger Awareness day, Epicurious (the website for Bon Appetit & Gourmet magazines) hosted five charity dinners in five different cities. I was lucky enough to get an invitation to the San Francisco dinner at Farallon restaurant Friday night. All of the money raised from the event went to an amazing organization, America's Second Harvest, a food bank network that provides food to low income people in the United States. Oftentimes the fact that there are more than 9 million hungry children here in our country gets overlooked, so it was wonderful to be a part of such an important charity event. The coolest thing about wine.dine.donate is that even if you can't attend the big city event, you can hold a dinner party at your home to support the cause. I'm thinking about turning my next dinner party into a soirée that benefits the cause, but until then I'll be dreaming about the delectable dishes I ate the other night. The dinner was absolutely delicious, the deconstructed fried soft shell crab BLT, the fresh oysters, and the crispy veal breast with soft boiled egg and polenta were my favorite dishes. Just writing it makes my mouth water!
On this week's episode of Hell's Kitchen, the heat was turned up as the contestants were once again taught the importance of masterfully learning basic culinary skills. Last week it was all about frying the perfect egg and this week it was all about prepping fish. The show started off with the girls in turmoil from the recent elimination of team member Tiffani, and the boys united in their concern for the weakest link in their team, Aaron. Both teams are woken before 6am to "go catch fish." Excitement quickly melts into annoyance as Ramsay's cronies throw whole, frozen fish at the wannabe chefs from a truck. To see what happens when things turn a little fishy in Hell's Kitchen, including my fav Ramsay quotes of the week, read more
The official start to Top Chef season 3 airs tomorrow night, but what do the upcoming contestants think of their experience so far, and are they ready to be seen by thousands of people? - They Cook. We Dish.
A type of dessert wine that is made with frozen grapes. The grapes are picked and pressed when frozen and only the grape juice is used in the wine making process. The majority of the water is frozen so the pressed grape juice is highly concentrated resulting in a very sweet wine. Since they have consistent cold weather, the best ice wines come from Germany, Austria, and Canada.
In case you didn't realize it, Father's Day is this weekend, and if you haven't gotten your gifts all planned out, I've got some great ideas for you. Today we're starting things off with gift ideas for the dad that loves to grill. If the guy you call pops has a king of the grill apron, he'll need some of these great gifts to go along with it. For starters, check out this motorized grill brush. With rotating bristles, your dad will have his grill sparkling in no time! For a few other great gifts, including a monogrammed teak-handle grill set and fresh Niman Ranch steaks. Check out the rest of the items below!
Got any other great Father's Day bbq gifts? Tell us about them!
For Father's Day, I'm off to the races with my dad and a bunch of our buddies. My dad's a great guy who loves no fuss classic recipes, so this philosophy will inspire the menu. Usually I would have him pack his mini grill for some picnic grilling, but since this is a Father's Day celebration I don't want him to have to lift a finger. I'll make picnic food ahead of time so I can sit back, relax, and watch the cars race by. Sandwiches are the quintessential picnic food and I'll be making two kinds. A French style tuna sandwich called pan bagnat - that only gets better if assembled the night before - will pair perfectly with chilled white wine. Buffalo chicken sandwiches with a creamy blue cheese dressing and crisp lettuce will be the beer friendly sandwich option. To get these tasty recipes all you have to do is read more