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October 2007


I missed the last two episodes of Top Chef and went to BravoTV.com to find out who won. While at Bravo's website, I discovered the Bravo for Foodies website, which is packed with all kinds of cooking info. You can find all kinds of Foodie blogs including The Chocolate Blog, Rocco DiSpirito's blog and Tom Colicchio's blog. There's a recipe finder which includes many of the Top Chef recipes. If you salivated over Hung's food, there are several of his recipes posted. Read more →

Win $1000 Worth of Free Steaks

Omaha Steaks is currently running a contest to win $1000 worth of free steaks. All you have to do is provide your email address and you will automatically be entered in the drawing. If you haven't shopped with Omaha Steaks before, you're going to be in for a real treat! Omaha Steaks offer a vast array of steaks, seafood, poultry, veal, pork and lamb. Choose from incredible pasta dishes including lasagna, ravioli and fettuccine alfredo. Make dinnertime easy and delicious with frozen prepared meals including family style meals, premium beef meals, gourmet chicken meals, great start breakfasts and more. Read more →

Baked Stuffed Pumpkin with Rice Pilaf

Baked Stuffed Pumpkin with Rice Pilaf Baked Stuffed Pumpkin Serves: 6 Pumpkin Prep Time: 15 minutes Pumpkin Bake Time: 1 hour Pilaf Prep Time: 5 minutes Pilaf Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes Ingredients: 1 5-6 pound Pumpkin 3-3/4 cups Water 1 cup Brown Rice 1/2 cup Wild Rice 1 Tbsp Butter, unsalted 1 cup Shallots, finely chopped 2 small... Read more →

Pumpkin and Romano Dumplings

Pumpkin and Romano Dumplings A touch of crispiness and a dusting of cheese is the perfect balance with the smooth pumpkin texture. Serves 8 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 18-20 minutes Ingredients: 2 tsp salt for boiling water 1 cup Pumpkin, canned solid-pack 2 large Egg 1 tsp Sea Salt 1/4 tsp Nutmeg, ground or 1/2 tsp freshly grated... Read more →

Pumpkin Dip

Pumpkin Dip Yields: 3-1/2 cups Prep Time: 10 minutes Chill Time: 1 hour Ingredients: 1 (8-ounce) package Cream Cheese, softened 1 (16-ounces) Pumpkin Puree or 2 cups fresh 1 cup Brown Sugar 2 teaspoons Pumpkin Spice 1 tablespoon Orange zest Directions: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and pumpkin together either by hand or using an electric mixer. Add... Read more →

Play "Just Catch This" with Sam Zien of "Just Cook This" Online Game

In September, "Just Cook This" with Sam Zien debuted on The Discovery Channel. I'm still on the fence with this show. I like it, yet I don't like it. There's something about it that keeps my attention, but when a commercial comes on I really want to switch to another channel. I always stay tuned because the recipes look good and I want to see how he makes them. But, the format is B-O-R-I-N-G! Read more →

Tea Trivia

In the early 80s, I visited London as part of a group tour. The hotel we stayed at served coffee and tea in a quaint room located in the lobby. I'm not one who likes to intentionally embarrass myself, so I watched how the English prepared their tea, how they held their cup, and how they sipped. I thought I had everything figured out until I asked if there was any cream. It was if I had just said a vulgar 4-letter word at a daycare center, because the room became silent and all eyes were upon me. Our tour guide pulled me aside and explained the following to me... Read more →