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Posts for April 16th 2008
We've all been in crazy situations, and I want to know how you handle entertaining fiascoes and bad restaurant behavior. I'll present a situation and you tell me what you would do. Here's this week's scenario:
You're at an incredibly popular marketplace deli late in the afternoon. The place is neither crowded nor busy. You wait in line, order food, and sit at one of the many empty tables outside. Your food arrives promptly. You grab a fork, take a bite, and are shocked to find out that it's totally and completely cold! What would you do?
Recently I had the chance to taste Barefoot's new Bubbly Chardonnay. Like a classic Chardonnay, it has a fresh fruit aroma, citrus apple flavor, and golden straw color. The body is refreshing and buoyant and the finish is crisp and light. The best thing about this bubbly is the incredible price; I've spotted it at Trader Joe's for only $4.99!
If you plan on hosting a Mother's Day brunch or shower and need to stock up on a good, affordable sparkling wine, I highly recommend you try Barefoot's Bubbly Chardonnay. It also makes a perfect bubbly for cocktails like a mimosa or bellini.
What if I told you that baking cookies would bring you a million dollars? You probably wouldn't believe me, but it's true. This past weekend 100 finalists — all amateur bakers — competed in the 43rd Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off. And Carolyn Gurtz of Gaithersburg, MD brought home a million bucks for her Double-Delight Peanut Butter Cookies. The cookies are essentially peanut butter cookies with a bit of creamy peanut butter filling in the middle. They sound pretty fantastic and look simple to make. Carolyn created hers by using the Pillsbury peanut butter cookie dough, but you could follow her idea with your fave pb cookie recipe instead.
Also, I have to tell you, I think she's absolutely adorable and am thrilled she won. I managed to get a video clip of her when she was declared winner by Food Network's Sandra Lee, and her excitement is infectious.
To get the recipe and see the cute video clip, read more
While I was down in Los Angeles for the PopSugar Tech Party, I couldn't pass up a trip to Phillipe the Original, the downtown LA institution that invented the French Dip. Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Phillipe's (as it's known to locals) offers everything you'd want from a historic restaurant, including old-timey signage, 10-cent coffee, and a sandwich whose construction has been honed over decades to perfection.
Typically, a French Dip sandwich involves hot roast beef served on a French roll with a side of au jus, a gravy whose name amusingly translates to "with juice." But don't expect a dipping bowl at Philippe's; what makes its legendary version oh-so-tasty is that the au jus is built right into the bun. For a firsthand account of my Philippe's adventure, read more
- Is your pantry partisan? Pollsters have resorted to scrutinizing voters' shopping patterns. — CitizenSugar
- Are chefs swearing too much? Plus, you don't have to be Jewish to love these kosher wines. — New York Times
- This isn't your nanna's Passover. Check out how Bay Area chefs are creating their own holiday traditions. — San Francisco Chronicle
- Is it cheaper to buy store-bought or homemade goods? — Sacramento Bee
- Macaroon cookies play a major role during Passover. — Chicago Tribune
- There's so many types of milk these days, it's no surprise to hear that modern milk caters to health concerns. — Seattle Times
- See what happens when four families take the grocery-budget challenge. — The Oregonian
- Food providers are taking notice of global warming and are trying to reduce food's carbon footprint. — Boston Globe
In last night's episode of Hell's Kitchen, the contestants chickened out — literally and figuratively. As a wake-up call, the wannabe chefs had to chase and catch live chickens. Later, during the dinner service several members of each team cracked under the pressure. After the girls won the chicken-cutting challenge — and took a trip to one of the Sunset strip's most famous restaurants, the Saddle Ranch — they stooped to new lows to figure out the men's weaknesses. To discuss the episode and check out my favorite Ramsay quotes, read more
This chocolate torte is one hundred percent Passover friendly because it is made with nuts and matzo cake meal instead of flour or baking soda. The scrumptious fudge glaze is made using a popular vegan technique that combines nuts with water to create a milk like substitute.
To get the recipe for an extravagant finish to an elegant dinner, please read more
Don't let this sandwich fool you. Although it appears to be a standard lunch sandwich, it's actually a dessert sandwich made from white chocolate poundcake and strawberry ice cream. — No Special Effects