A famous wine growing region in France. Known as Bourgogne in French. The name refers to the region where many Chardonnay white grapes and Pinot Noir red grapes grow exuberantly. It is also a generic name used to describe a kind of softer, inexpensive red table wine that is not produced in France.
Posts for September 7th 2007
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I always find it interesting when someone takes the time to put together a collection in the Yum Market. A little while back I highlighted c0rkie's obsession with pocky, but it pales in comparison to LauraPalmer's selection of Hello Kitty kitchen tools. Whether you are looking for a Hello Kitty popcorn maker, Hello Kitty shaped ice cubes, or even a Hello Kitty microwave, she has found it for you.
I'm a fan of Hello Kitty as much as the next girl, but a kitchen that looks like a Sanrio store exploded inside might be going too far. As far as collections go though, it definitely is fabulous. Check out all the cool stuff by scrolling to the right below.
To help you save your current obsessions on TeamSugar, geeksugar has put together a wonderful little tipsheet.
For those of us unable to attend the glamorous parties at New York's Fashion Week, we'll have to settle for one of the season's most coveted cocktails instead! Chambord, the yummy French raspberry liquor is the official liquor of Fashion Week. A variety of cocktails made with the spirit are being served in the tents at Bryant Park and this recipe for the rosy hued Chambord Walk makes me want to strut to my bar and whip one up immediately. Just think, Gisele could be sipping on a Chambord Walk as I write this! To sip this fashionable cocktail in the comfort of your own kitchen, get the recipe, just read more
Last week I brought you part one of our chat with Gail Simmons. We learned about her history and background so this week we're going to learn more about her life, especially in regards to everyone's favorite cooking reality show, Top Chef.
Part one of our interview left off with Gail talking about Food & Wine magazine. She's currently the Special Projects Manager, which means she's responsible for various projects, including the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. The Classic is her number one priority, which is why, due to the filming schedule, Ted Allen appears on Top Chef as her replacement.
When Bravo approached Food & Wine about participating in their new food reality show, Project Runway had already been on the air for a while. It was the same production company, so they knew it would be handled well.
"When Bravo came to us and said they wanted to do this show, it was just such a perfect fit. Because we [Food & Wine] are about finding young talent, and that's exactly what Bravo's franchise of reality competition shows are about."
So even though they knew it would be done well, was she receptive towards being on reality tv?
"Not that I was unreceptive, it's just that I didn't know what would happen. Even before Top Chef I did a lot of television and media work for the magazine: The Today Show, CBS, etc. When I found out I was going to be on a reality show, I knew it would be done tastefully and told my mom, 'Don't worry, I won't be tied to a tree eating maggots in a bikini.'"
To hear more from Gail, including how she feels about being the "mean" judge, read more
Just because I'm hosting my party at Wish Bar, doesn't mean I won't have any fabulous decorations. When hosting a party at a restaurant, bar, or venue that already has its own decor, ask the owners what extras you can bring in to enhance and change the atmosphere. In most cases they will be flexible and allow you to use the tablecloths, candles, vases, etc. of your choice.
Shades of purples, golds, and yellows are the colors of my 26th birthday party, so I'll incorporate these into the already existing look of the lounge bar. Gold silk rose petals will be strewn around the dance floor and on the coffee tables. Burgundy satin fabric will carpet the walkway in front of the bar and cover the aforementioned coffee tables inside. The snacks will be served in small scalloped gold bowls.
The centerpieces will be large wine glass shaped vases filled with shiny rhinestones and purple bouquets. Hundreds of small candles will be placed in yellow glass votives to create an attractive, glowing light. Yellow ribbon will line banquets and the bar. Instead of the usual, everyday napkins, I'll supply the bar with monogramed purple napkins that have my name and date on them. Got another great idea on how I should decorate the bar for my party??? Please share it with me!
I recently realized that I had never made homemade chocolate ice cream. So naturally, I decided chocolate ice cream would be involved in the next round of ice cream sandwiches. What complements chocolate more perfectly than peanut butter? I made pairs of crisped peanut butter cookies and smashed the gooey, gorgeous ice cream in between. The end result? A delicious and satisfying dessert that will please both chocolate and peanut butter lovers alike. You could easily make these sandwiches with store bought cookies and ice cream, but to check out how I made them 100% from scratch — if I had a cow I would have milked it! —, read more
- Have the food police gone too far? Several schools have banned cupcakes at school birthday celebrations. Whaaat? - Serious Eats
- For the love of all things bacon, including a bacon press, bacon candy, bacon salt and more. - iVillage
- So how does Smucker's Magic Shell work. - Chow
- What do you think of this sunny side up shag rug? - CasaSugar
- Speaking of eggs, here are five things you should know about them. - FitSugar
- Need some back to school tips and recipes? Here are a whole days worth of them. My fave, the crocheted lunch tray. - Slashfood
- Microwave popcorn can contain some horrible chemicals, so do yourself a favor and learn how to make your own microwave popcorn. - Baking Bites
- Do you know how to choose a CSA? - Apartment Therapy: The Kitchen
- If you could use another book suggestion check out The Sex Life of Food. - Culinate
In the upcoming issue of Bon Appetit magazine — available on newstands September 11, 2007 — the results for the 10th Annual Bon Appetit Awards will be revealed. However, if you can't wait that long I've got the results right here. The awards are given to chefs, writers, and artisans who have changed the way America eats. The main honor, Chef of the Year, is being presented to David Chang of Momofuku in New York. He has "energized a new generation of diners" and "strips away all the nonsense of fine dining." If you recall, 30-year-old Chang was also the winner of the 2007 James Beard Award Rising Star Chef. I've never been to his restaurants, but I know that next time I head out to New York I'll definitely get in line!
To see who the other Bon Appetit Award winners are, read more