NEWS: Almost Famous Chef Competition

Last year’s finalists’ dishes. Photo courtesy San Pellegrino.   We love watching “Top Chef” on television: The creativity and skill (not to mention energy level) of the “cheftestants” is inspiring. “Top Chef” draws its contestants from the kitchens of fine restaurants nationwide. But where do you turn for recognition if you’re not yet a chef,…
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VALENTINE GIFT: Honey Chocolates

How about some honey-sweetened chocolates for your honey…or for anyone who doesn’t like refined sugar? One of our favorite booths at a particular trade show is Queen Bee Gardens, which makes delicious honey-sweetened chocolates and other confections. The older, homespun couple at the booth differ from the trendy staff at other booths. But their chocolates…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Sweet & Salty Brownies, Fusion Food

A fusion of two favorite food groups: brownies and salty snacks. Photo courtesy BellaBaker.com.   The verb fuse, derived from Latin, means to combine or blend by melting together. Along that line, fusion food refers to the combination of widely differing ethnic or regional ingredients or techniques. Examples include French-Thai fusion cuisine, Japanese fusion sushi*…
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RECIPE: Make Mini Corn Dogs In A Muffin Pan

Mini corn dogs are a comfort food treat. Photo and recipe courtesy PamperedChef.com.   We know otherwise sophisticated gastronomes who go out of their way to visit hot dog joints that sell corn dogs. A corn dog is a hot dog coated in a thick layer of cornmeal batter, deep fried and served on a…
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RECIPE: Nonfat Cucumber Yogurt Dip

A few hours ago, we were discouraged to hear one of the anchor team members on our favorite morning show opine that Super Bowl foods “should be the foods we love to eat, not vegetables.” She was referring to the fatty, high-calorie usual suspects. Fortunately, another team member jumped in in support of the veggies.…
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