Posts for February 27th 2009
Although many people thought Stefan was a cocky bastard, I happened to like the quick-witted chef. Sure he was arrogant, but he had the skills to back up the ego. However, his impressive culinary expertise wasn't good enough for him to earn the title of Top Chef. When I spoke with Stefan yesterday, I was surprised at how funny he was. He happily endorses bloggers and is coming out with a clothing line. To find out what he had to say — yes he is still madly in love with Jamie! — read more
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This week, we moved straight out of Mardi Gras into the big Top Chef finale in the Big Easy. Meanwhile, inspired by the Oscars Best Picture winner, PartySugar planned a sumptuous Indian food feast and also learned to make cheese. Were you paying attention? Find out when you take our quiz!
A spice made from sassafras tree leaves that have been dried and ground. It serves as both a seasoning and a thickening agent when used sparingly. Also known as gumbo filé, this fruity spice plays an important role in Cajun and Creole cuisine, particularly in gumbo.
The classic Cobb salad is the loose inspiration behind this quick, well-balanced meal. Crisp spinach, tangy cheese, succulent poultry, and caramelized pears combine to make one delicious dish.
The pears add a nice sweetness, while the turkey is a delicious alternative to everyday chicken. If you dislike blue cheese, replace it with a creamy, crumbled goat cheese. To start you weekend with this recipe, read more
With a few simple touches, it's easy to transform your dining room into an exotic Indian escape. Start by purchasing a beautiful piece of sari fabric and use this to cover the table. Next set the table with gold chargers and white plates. White napkins are simple yet chic when tucked into snake-like spiral napkin rings.
Silverware with gold stems are lux without being over the top. Select a versatile glass, like a wide goblet, that can hold beer, wine, and cocktails. Taj lanterns in an array of vibrant colors are functionally fabulous at creating an entrancing atmosphere. A bouquet of fresh flowers in a bright hue is a necessary final detail.
In an upsetting turn of events, Carla lost her cool during the final challenge of Top Chef. Like many people, I was totally disappointed! It was tough to see the normally cheery chef get teary-eyed during judges' table, but you'll be happy to know that when I spoke with her yesterday, "Hootie" was back to her fabulously spirited self. The passionate chef had a lot to say about her experience, and to find out her thoughts on Casey and the competition, read more