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Worst Kitchen in America Contest

You could win a brand new kitchen! Think you have the absolute worst kitchen in America? Well, show us your worst! DIY Network and Food Network Magazine have teamed up to uncover kitchens in desperate need of a redo. Upload an image or video of your terrible kitchen to and explain why it's cramping your style to take your chance at winning a full kitchen makeover! Act fast, you only have until August 8th to take  a chance to win. As an added benefit, the entire makeover process will be documented in a one-hour DIY Network special, “Worst Kitchen in America,” premiering January 2012.The winner will also receive a [...]

By |2011-08-12T01:30:11-04:00June 29th, 2011|Done Deals|0 Comments

Grilling Good Ideas

It's grilling season! All ravenous meat-eating enthusiasm aside for a moment, it's important to remember to think about some of the finer points of keeping safe during this summer's outdoor cooking-fest. I'm not talking about overloading your turkey fryer and burning down your house. We'll hold that type of advice for my holiday cooking post. Today is about keeping your food safe, and properly cooked and stored while you grill. There is nothing wrong with going over a few reminders on how to protect yourselves and your guests. Try to follow some simple steps developed by the American Dietetic association in their Home Food Safety program and you'll be safer [...]

By |2017-08-31T16:19:48-04:00June 28th, 2011|Other happenings, xyz misc|0 Comments

Is that App Nonstick?

Circulon, a leading brand of gourmet nonstick cookware has introduced its free Circulon Cooks! iPad app. The app launched on May 26, offering an iPad user experience involving cooking technique videos, recipes, grocery lists, and links to exclusive Circulon offers and promotions. Best of all, to help kick-off the launch, Circulon is giving away a free Circulon Contempo 9-inch French Skillet (valued at $24.99) with no shipping fees to the first 3,000 people who download the new app. The new app hopes to help time-strapped cooks at every skill level quickly master cooking techniques, such as stovetop grilling, sauteing, stewing, searing, and roasting. -bryan The launch of the iPad app [...]

The Fry King

A national survey released in April might alter the perception that McDonald’s has the best tasting French fries. Call it common knowledge, call it a preference, call it American folklore, but somehow the myth of the Micky-D's french fry lives strong. Though, maybe the winds are a changing... The results of a national taste test are out, consumers said Wendy’s new fries taste better than McDonald’s fries.  56% of consumers taking the test chose Wendy’s, with 39% choosing McDonald’s, 4% had no preference. Ken Calwell, Wendy’s chief marketing officer noted the immense nature of the task, stating “We’re taking on the giant – McDonald’s – with our natural-cut fries with [...]

The James Weird Awards

Curious about foodies stories that just don't make the normal headlines? Well, for all of you out there looking for a food-related laugh, there's the James Weird Awards. James Weird is basically a catch-all posting tag that 'Grub Street' (NYMag's foodie daily blog) has started using to help classify all the crazy food news out there. Hey, the world is a big place, and the internet has made it so that every even close to newsworthy tidbit of information is shot out into cyberspace. So, for your review, a few of the weirdest food newsbites out there.. Customs officials at the Texas-Mexico border seized 58 pounds of undeclared iguana meat. [...]

UCook with Chef Bob (and Eric)

A new National Public Television cooking show, Ucook! with Chef Bob, debuted at the Tribeca Film Center on March 28. The show was developed by W.J. Deutsch (one of the biggest sellers of wine in the USA) in order to help further promote the use of wine in the home kitchen. W.J. Deutsch's mission is to make wine approachable, enjoyable and affordable for consumers. Ucook! with Chef Bob is just one of the ways they hope to do this. The show's goal is to help viewers to understand the pleasures of drinking wine and the range of options for pairing wines with different kinds of food. The premise of Ucook! [...]

Avocado wants to be Friends

With a pitchfork in one hand and an iPhone in the other, today’s more tech savvy farmers are turning their computers on in attempts to win the Facebook and Twitter generations back to produce. Hey, attention spans are shrinking. The youth have no patience to head to the farmer's market on the weekend, selectively squeezing vegetables to pick the best one. Hey, there is something else more interesting, I'm already distracted. So, what are farmers to do? Let their consumers slip away into pre-packaged buying trends. No, they say. A whole new generation of farmers is allowing the modern shopper (internet browser) to the access the freshest, hand-picked produce.... right [...]

Win Dinner at Per Se (Thomas Keller)

If you haven't heard of Per Se, now you have. It is one of the most decorated restaurants in the United States, from one of the most renown chefs in the world. With the same sense of wonder and excitement captured at Thomas Keller’s seminal restaurant—French Laundry—Per Se is a world-famous epicurean destination in New York City. This culinary landmark brings together the exciting, the delicious, the comforting, and the exquisite to create a truly divine dining experience. Now is your chance to win a free dinner. * All entrants must be 21 years or older. * Sweepstakes ends on 9/1/2011 at 11:59PM PST. * Grand Prize is a $800 [...]

Win a Trip to Los Angeles – Cupcake Challenge

Duncan Hines is inviting bakers from across the country to join in the 1 Million dollar Cupcake Challenge. Better yet, the contest is all to help end childhood hunger. What's better than cupcakes? Cupcakes with a cause! Working with Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale, Duncan Hines hopes to inspire passionate bakers with a national baking and fundraising movement. Those who join the Duncan Hines 1 Million Cupcake Challenge and host an official Great American Bake Sale from April 11 through July 24 are eligible to win one of five grand prizes in the Duncan Hines 1 MILLION Cupcake Challenge Sweepstakes. Each grand prize includes a three-day/two-night trip for [...]

By |2011-07-30T10:52:29-04:00April 21st, 2011|Done Deals, Freebies|3 Comments

Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants

What's better than writing about food? Writing about food that's been expertly prepared for you, that's what. Michael Bauer says that "2010 should go down as the most exciting year of Bay Area dining in more than a quarter century", and he should know. Michael is the San Francisco Chronicle's restaurant critic and has been plying his trade in the culinarytastic Bay Area for more than a few seasonal menus. The quote concerns the annual Top 100 list released by the Chronicle. This years lot includes a great number of newcomers... 26 out of 100 actually. Not hard to see why 2010 is stepping up to be a banner year [...]

By |2017-08-31T16:22:01-04:00April 20th, 2011|USA Restaurants, xyz misc|0 Comments

Country Bob’s

Country Bob wants you to try his sauce. He would like to sell it to you, but heck, he'll even give it to you! That's how much Bob believes in his sauce, if you try it, you'll not only like it, you'll love it. Well, I was hesitant, but I'm not a BBQ sauce person usually. If I can, I like to try and make a sauce that's unique to my food, not just reach for an all-in-one sauce solution. Despite my hesitancy, I grabbed my b0ttle of Country Bob's and I poured some on my plate. I dipped my bite of un-sauced roasted chicken in and I took a [...]

By |2017-08-31T16:19:52-04:00April 16th, 2011|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Stix in the Mud

Stix in the Mud are sorta like Grape Nuts, only in that neither of the food products has anything to do with it's name. No grapes, no nuts, no sticks, no mud. Stix in the Mud is just another fun name for a candy treat, but this is no ordinary treat. The Stix are the home recipe of the 'Funleys', and it is their specialty product. The Funley's are not a jack of all trades type candy-maker, The Funley's make Stix in the Mud, take em or leave em.. Thankfully, they're delicious, and I'll take em. These cookie-cluster chocolate candies come in three different tantalizing 'take em' flavors: Original, Caramel, [...]

By |2017-08-31T16:19:52-04:00April 10th, 2011|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Champagne Sabering

Got at least $500 to throw away and really want to make it rain? Well, you've still probably got nothing on Zane Lamprey, who just happen to set the world record for Champagne sabering during the most recent Superbowl. In fact, Lamprey not only broke the record - he shattered it! As part of the annual Celebrity Beach Bowl festivities, Zane Lamprey, the host of HDNet’s “Drinking Made Easy,” set a new world record by opening 31 champagne bottles with a saber in less than one minute. The stunt was taped live and in 3D by DIRECTV film crews on Super Bowl 'Saturday' in Dallas, Texas.  Lamprey destroyed the previous [...]

Hearts of Palm at Jerry’s Restaurant

It’s rare for a side dish to be so exceptional that it becomes the standout of the meal, let alone a restaurant; but Chef Bridget Burns at Jerry’s in Winnetka serves a Hearts of Palm Salad so innovative that it takes center stage. With only eight ingredients, Chef Burns is able to create an wonderfully easy, gourmet addition to her menu. The salad is warm, including browned hearts of palm blended with chopped anchovies, fresh garlic, leeks, chili flakes, all topped with shaved parmesan cheese. Jerry’s is known though for their seasonal menus, so you might want to act fast if this new dish is definitely one you don’t want [...]

Day of Honey

Day of Honey is a new book by author Annia Ciezadlo. The writing is a Memoir of Food, Love, and War, called a “a winsome new memoir” by the New York Times Arts section. In the fall of 2003, Ciezadlo spent her honeymoon in Baghdad, Iraq. Over the next six years, while living in Baghdad and Beirut, she broke bread with Shiites and Sunnis, warlords and refugees, matriarchs and mullahs. Day of Honey is the story of her journey for food and friendship, what she'd refer to as a communion that feeds the soul as much as the body in times of war. The book is woven with recipes and [...]

By |2017-08-31T16:19:52-04:00March 31st, 2011|Foodie Interviews, xyz misc|0 Comments

Win a Trip to Tuscany!

Take a chance, and you could win a trip to explore food, wine and culture in Italy! Olive Garden’s Tour of Italy Sweepstakes is sending four lucky winners and friends on a eight-day guided trip to discover the sights, sounds and tastes of Italy, including culinary classes taught by the Culinary Institute of Tuscany’s Master Italian Chefs. Enter now through May 9, 2011 to take your chance to win a free trip to Italy. Learn about Italian culture while getting an insider’s view of Olive Garden’s Culinary Institute of Tuscany. The renowned teaching kitchen is the training ground for many Olive Garden chefs and managers, as well as the place [...]

By |2011-05-18T13:26:33-04:00March 23rd, 2011|Done Deals, Freebies|4 Comments


Is your tailgate short some modern cooking flare? Don't have a portable sous-vide kit? Well, at least now you can bring your microwave with you for those cookouts. Heck this thing might just be the perfect NYC apartment-sized appliance. Though major appliances aren't usually my thing, I thought you might be interested in seeing the iWavecube, the smallest portable microwave available. It's truly perfect for preparing food anywhere, or the oompa loompa commisary. The iWavecube measures just one-cubic-foot! This is not your everyday kitchen workhorse, this is really only for snacks and beverages or utility in a really cramped space like a dorm room or office cubicle. I know what [...]

By |2017-10-22T14:56:49-04:00March 21st, 2011|Food & Drinks|0 Comments

Blueberry Bliss

Violet, you're turning voilet! What is bite-sized, bright blue, round and sweet? Give up? Probably not, as there are few items on earth that match this description. You've guessed it, it's a smurf. Well, maybe not, but other than smurfs, could there be a more perfect treat for kids than fresh blueberries? Put your greasy hand down Chester Cheetah. Nobody wants your orange filth. Blueberries are delicious, in fact you can probably fool little kids into thinking they're candy (well, almost). Who cares what they think anyhow, you're the parent! Get in there and raise healthy kids. Blueberries are powerful little packets of nutrition. As well as being a rich [...]


Wasabi is also known as Japanese horseradish. That's right, it's a member of the Brassicaceae family, which also includes horseradish and mustard. It's a root with a 'spiciness' more akin to hot mustard than chili peppers. This is a heat clears your sinuses rather than burning your tongue. It's no surprise then to find that one of the top American wasabi producers got their start with good old-fashioned horseradish. For almost eighty years and three generations, Beaverton Foods has been pioneering the development of new condiment flavors. Today, they are the largest producer of horseradish and specialty mustards in the U.S. You might not have heard of them. Beaverton Foods [...]

By |2017-08-31T16:19:53-04:00March 13th, 2011|Food & Drinks, xyz misc|0 Comments

Deadly Dishes

If you're looking for a little more dare devil in your daily diet, than this is the post for you. Hey, maybe you're already a dare devil and you don't even know it. In fact, many everyday foods are potentially quite hazardous to your health. Don't believe me? Well, believe it or not, even apples can send you to the hospital. Apple seeds actually contain cyanide, which can cause stomach agitation and vomiting. Okay, in reality there's very little risk unless the seeds are pulverized or chewed up and even then you'd need to eat a ton for it to be fatal. So, you're not the type to chew on [...]