Posts for September 18th 2008
The other day a friend, who recently got back from Armenia, told me about a delicious treat she experienced on her trip. At first I was a little grossed out when she described the potato chip, mozzarella, and ketchup nachos. However, I took her word for it and decided to make my own. The result, a gooey mess of crunch, cheese, and sauce, is shockingly good. They're the perfect after-school or late-night snack. To look at the seriously simple recipe, read more
In a deal between Fox and star chef Gordon Ramsay, the chef has signed on for at least two more seasons of Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares, a live cooking special, and — get this — yet another series.
Ramsay's third show will be based on his current British series Man Camp, a sort of boot camp for men, who are put through physical and intellectual challenges.
The live cooking special will encourage "young, vibrant, and tenacious" viewers to cook a meal with the chef at home. Says Fox programming executive Mike Darnell: "He's been unbelievably good to this network. He's as much a staple for us now as Simon Cowell or Hugh Laurie."
Ramsay's secret to television success? "I try hard to keep it real, and I'm someone who takes all this very, very seriously." Are you excited to hear of this new development for the sharp-tongued chef? Will you tune in to watch Ramsay's new show, which seems to be less focused on cooking?
What cocktail pairs perfectly with a traditional meat and mashed potato TV dinner? A classic gin and tonic served in a chilled glass. It's a simple, no-fuss drink that will nicely complement the menu for my Heroes season premiere party.
I'll also have a couple bottles of red wine on hand to enjoy with dinner. Water, beer, and sodas are a must for those who dislike gin. To look at the recipe for this uncomplicated cocktail, read more
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At an Arby's in Hendersonville, SC, Hannah Odom reached to grab a curly fry and came up long — two feet long, to be exact. In the footage below, captured by a local station, the 15-year-old shows off the unusually long fry, which she's keeping in the refrigerator. She has refrained from auctioning off the item on eBay or eating it, instead waiting to hear back from the Guinness Book of World Records. The last known world record was for 6.75 inches, a record that Odom has edged out by 17.25 inches. She expects to hear back from Guinness representatives in three to four weeks.
What I couldn't figure out after watching the clip below was how the record-long fry managed to go unnoticed by the person who cut and cooked the fry. How would you react if this happened to you? Would you have just eaten it?
Yesterday Mario Batali and Gwyneth Paltrow were featured guests on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The celebrity chef and actress promoted their food-related travel series, Spain . . . on the Road Again, which debuts Sept. 20 on PBS. Gwyneth and a newly slimmed-down Mario each shared five kitchen items they can't live without. To find out what they were, read more
In many vegetarian recipes, mushrooms are used similarly to meat. They're marinated, grilled, sautéed, broiled, and turned into burgers. Like mushrooms, eggplant is an incredibly versatile vegetable that can be prepared using many culinary techniques.
In this recipe, thick-cut eggplant steaks are coated with a garlic balsamic vinaigrette. Served with a hearty mixture of garbanzos, roasted red peppers, black olives, and feta, this exceptional meal is a must-make, so get the recipe: read more
Yesterday after reading about how supermarkets are shrinking, I got to thinking about the size of grocery stores. Just because a store is bigger, doesn't always mean it's better: Last Friday my sister went to the super-Safeway to pick up dried garbanzos, and they didn't have any! However, the Mexican specialty store closer to my house carries all kinds of dried beans. I prefer smaller markets that carry quality ingredients, how about you?
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