Posts for April 7th 2009
If you're already missing your weekly dose of Top Chef, don't fret: Bravo has announced the cheftestant roster for Top Chef Masters, a new series premiering June 10.
In addition to its impressive cheftestant list and exciting new lineup of judges, the new show will also feature special appearances from a number of personalities, ranging from the predictable (previous winners, Tom, Padma, and Gail) to the surprising (Neil Patrick Harris, Zooey Deschanel, writers and producers of Lost). The show has 24 of the country's most prominent chefs vying for a $100,000 charity prize. Like its original counterpart, each episode on the spinoff show will include a quickfire and an elimination challenge — except the first six episodes of Masters will consist of four chefs competing to name a winner. The six winners will then convene in the final four weeks and one person will be eliminated each episode until the finale, when the last one standing earns the title of Top Chef Master.
A surprising number of celebrity chefs were rumored to be on the show, and while some of the information turned out to be untrue, some of it was right on point. To find out which celebrity cheftestants will compete, read more
The ladies of The Hills are back for their final season, and, along with them, your favorite weekly food quiz! In last night's double-feature season premiere, Heidi brings drama to the yacht when she crashes Lauren's birthday extravaganza, Spencer has wandering eyes, and Heidi takes a break from it all in Colorado. Did you tune in for all the delicious details? Find out when you take our quiz!
To get all the fashion from last night's episode, check out CelebStyle!
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The question "would you like fries or salad with that?" is one regularly asked by waitresses across the nation. While it's easy to think the answer is a personal decision that reflects one's eating habits, a soon-to-be-released study shows differently.
The New York Times reports that "the presence of healthy options on a menu can induce some diners to eat less healthily than they otherwise would." In the study, a group of college students were given two menus. One featured regular fast-food items (chicken nuggets, french fries, etc.) and the other was exactly the same with the addition of a salad. When choosing from the first menu, only 10 percent of the subjects ordered french fries. However, when given the menu with salad as an option, 33 percent of the same subjects asked for french fries.
This is an interesting concept and I'm curious to read the report, by the Journal of Consumer Research, when it comes out. Until then, I can only speak about my own experiences and the truth is I've looked at salad on a menu many times and thought, "I should have a salad. . .nah, I'll get the fries." What do you think of the news? Have you ever shunned a healthier dish for something more indulgent?
My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too Nothing Says Fun More Than a Family Sing-along. The new Disney full-length feature DVD release, My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too, makes for a great time with the kids! Bring My Friends Tigger & Pooh home on DVD now!
If you aren't too tied up with Easter or Passover festivities this week, perhaps you can squeeze in time for a few more palatable events. I'd love to attend the Scottsdale Culinary Festival and the seminar on nontaxing tax day cocktails. Who couldn't use one of those?
Know of any enticing engagements we've left off the list? Feel free to chime in below!
- San Francisco, CA: A Moveable Feast Seasonal Supper — Apr. 7
- New York, NY: Charles Krug and Mac Mondavi Bottle Signing — Apr. 8
- New York, NY: Food For Thought Film Festival — Apr. 11
- San Francisco, CA: Eggstravaganza — Apr. 11
- San Diego, CA: California Wine Festival — Apr. 11-12
- Scottsdale, AZ: Friends of James Beard Benefit — Apr. 14
- New Orleans, LA: Nontaxing Cocktails Seminar — Apr. 14
- Scottsdale, AZ: Scottsdale Culinary Festival — Apr. 14-19
While many people celebrate Easter over brunch, my family gathers together for a late lunch/early dinner. Since both Spring and Easter are about rebirth, serve a menu that highlights seasonal ingredients. Start with smashed peas and mint on crisp bruschetta. For the entree, offer guests a juicy leg of lamb roasted with garlic and rosemary and topped with a red wine reduction.
Traditional steamed artichokes get a modern makeover when paired with a quick tarragon mayonnaise. Luxuriously creamy scalloped potatoes with Parmesan cheese and thyme round out the rich holiday menu. To savor these dishes, get the recipes when you read more
- The hit vampire sensation Twilight makes a wonderful theme for a party. — Hostess With the Mostess
- What do you think of Food Network's latest show, 5 Ingredient Fix? — Eat Me Daily
- The ultimate Cheetos taste test. — Serious Eats
- Learn the difference between lox and gravlax. — Chow
- On drinking healthy and drinking smart. — The Atlantic
- The proper technique for cooking onions. — The Kitchn
- Must make: artichoke and olive crostini.— Smitten Kitchen
It's time to make the third annual PopSugar 100 List and this time we're mixing things up to make it even more interactive and fun. This year it's single-elimination tournament style with a bracket to help us narrow down to the perfect list. We chose 128 celebrities who we divided into four groups and then ranked from 1-32. The potential PopSugar 100-ers are then paired up in head-to-head matches, at which point you'll all vote on who had the bigger year.
Whoever wins will then proceed to the next round and so on until we have the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final 4 right down to the single winner. The first round starts today and will last two weeks in which you can vote on each of the first 64 matchups — just click on any pair of names and work your way around the bracket! You can come back at any time and pick up where you left off.
After the round-one winners are determined, each sequential round will last one week coming to a winner at the beginning of June. As if the game wasn't addicting enough, we are giving away an amazingly hot, white Chanel bag to those who play.
You are entered to win with every round you complete — up to seven times the chances of winning! If you miss a round, don't worry, you can still enter to win multiple times. The winner of the almost $3,000 bag will be chosen randomly from the pool of users that completed each round and announced in June around when the new PopSugar 100 list is revealed. You must be logged in to your TeamSugar account in order for your entry to be counted. Log in or register here! Click here for all the rules.
Who will take home the top spot? Will it be Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt again or will there be an upset this time around from one of the younger up-and-comers like Robert Pattinson. Plus, Jennifer Aniston did establish herself as a box-office magnet this year. Now, let's get round one started!