September 30, 2005

GPS Lodge & The Best of the Blogpire

Gps Lodge FindwhatyouloveAnother week and another Best of the Blogpire. If you haven't checked out GPS Lodge then you're missing some of the best GPS news & reviews on the web. They've got a great review of the new Magellan RoadMate 800 which has an mp3 player built in. Now on with the Best of the Blogpire!

Single Serve Coffee: Reusable Coffee Filter for Keurig - Review: Timothy's World Coffee Rainforest Espresso Extra Bold K-Cups

Just The Chips: Know When to Walk Away - Know When to Run - Nevadajacks American Beauty Clay Poker Chips

Kitchen Contraptions: Smart Stick Blender by Cuisinart - Smoothiccino Maker

Shaving Stuff: Review of Pacific Shaving Oil - Analysis of Gillette

What's All The Racquet: Prince Goes Pink to Fight Breast Cancer - Choosing a racquet for your kid

TV Snob: Does Your Sunbrite TV Need a Good Watering? - HDTV World - Everything you Need to Know About HDTV

Shirt Snob: Passion Tie Halter by Playhouse Clothing - Sale and new tees at Busted Tees

GPS Lodge: Magellan RoadMate 800 Announced - Magellan: $50 rebate on eXplorist - New GPS Satellite Launched - Review: Magellan eXplorist 600

The Cooking News: Fruity, full-bodied wine best for pizza - Coffee perks up ordinary recipes - Women still struggle to become a top chef

Liquor Snob: Tuaca Liqueur: Support Your Local Bartender - Keychain Breathalyzer: Alcohawk Micro-Digital - Quaffer Shot Glass with Built-In Chaser - Gray Kangaroo Liquor Filter Review: Part 1

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September 26, 2005

Recipe News: Microwave Italian Pot Roast Recipe

"Oh, no, you had a flat tire and company is coming in just 2 hours. That pot roast you were going to cook in the oven will never get done in time. Move the popcorn out of the way and get that roast cooked to perfection in your microwave!"

Includes recipe for:


  • Italian Pot Roast Recipe


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September 26, 2005

Food News: Are parents or the food industry to blame for obesity?

"9/26/2005 - Most adults blame parents for America's current adolescent obesity crisis, though the proliferation of junk food remains a critical concern according to a new report.

More than 77 percent of adults surveyed by Mintel cited that parents are to blame for the national crisis.

Data from the Bureau of Labor cites that both American children and parents are spending increased time commuting from work, school and activities. Eating takes place en route from one venue or another, making sitting down to a home-cooked, carefully balanced meal even less of a reality for families.

The absence of regulated family eating schedules was cited as one of the main causes of poor dietary habits. But other major concerns cited by respondents should serve as a warning to food makers that they are not about to be let off the hook just yet. "

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September 26, 2005

Wine News: Wine online

"UNTIL THIS May, Massachusetts wine lovers could only dream of a day when a rare Pinot Noir from Oregon, a choice Cabernet from California, or a prized Riesling from New York could be routinely delivered to their doorstep, direct from the winery. But the Supreme Court in May told states they have to change laws that prohibits these sales. Local oenophiles need to tell their legislators the time has come to let the wines in.

The Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure is working on a bill now, but it is hearing from liquor store owners and wholesalers who don't want competition from the likes of the Joseph Phelps Backus Cabernet or the Ridge Buchignani Zinfandel, two wines from California not available in Massachusetts liquor stores -- even though they can be ordered from the winery in the 30 states allowing direct sales."

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September 25, 2005

Food News: Women still struggle to become a top chef

"PHILADELPHIA - (KRT) - In a historic move last month, the White House hired its first female chef, a petite, 42-year-old mother of a toddler who is now charged with cooking hundreds of meals for President Bush, his family and guests.

The move was lauded by women chef organizations, who had asked first lady Laura Bush to hire Cristeta Comerford to make a statement to the culinary world that women can and should hold more top positions."

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Wine News: Fruity, full-bodied wine best for pizza

"Back in the dark ages, we always drank beer with pizza. We never thought about drinking wine with pizza.

Times change. While beer still flows at pizza restaurants, you also find wine being served.

In picking a pizza wine, we suggest you look for a lot of fruit and substantial body to stand up to the strong flavors such as sausage, onion and pepperoni. It has to be easy drinking — and, of course, not expensive if it's going with pizza."

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Coffee News: Coffee perks up ordinary recipes

"Your familiar morning beverage, coffee, has a hidden side - a dark side, you could call it.

You've seen it in a variety of light drinks from the hot or cold latte made with milk to a white Russian made with vodka and coffee liqueur.

It has pushed your calorie budget over the edge with sweets when paired with chocolate for mocha-flavored cakes, or cream for a dreamy coffee milk shake.

What you might not have thought about is the aspect of coffee that enhances savory foods. You have to dig a little harder to find recipes for sauces, soups, marinades and entrées featuring coffee as an ingredient."

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September 23, 2005

Recipe News: Raspberry Vinaigrette Recipe

"This light and fruity salad dressing is quick and easy to make – whether you need enough for one salad or an entire banquet. Just follow the recipe and you’ll have a delicious and anti-oxidant rich vinaigrette in minutes. This dressing is particularly good on spinach or mixed green salads."

Includes recipe for:


  • Raspberry Vinaigrette


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Coffee News: Coffee becoming more than a quick fix for university students

"It is estimated that 90 percent of Americans get a daily fix of caffeinated coffee. However, according to some students, it's more than just a quick fix.

Julie Hollon, a chemistry major, admitted to drinking white mochas several times a week "because I either get a craving for it, or in the mornings, it gives me a little pep-up," she said.

Researchers at John Hopkins University discovered that drinking just two and a half cups of coffee a day could lead to an addiction. The caffeine is a mood lifter, increases alertness and increases endurance levels, both physically and mentally. However, this feeling only lasts for a short period of time."

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Our New Blog Liquor Snob & The Best of the Blogpire

Liquor Snob ThumbAnother week and another Best of the Blogpire! We launched a new blog this week - Liquor Snob. If you haven't had a chance to read a little bit about "real spirits" then you should take part of your busy Friday and read Liquor Snob. Liquor Snob had some amazing gems this week including: Booze Books: The Modern Drunkard, iPod Bartender: Digital Drinks Anyone?, and Bong Vodka - Art Meets Liquor for Cultural Exchange Now on with the Best of the Blogpire!

Single Serve Coffee: Review: Baronet Coffee One Cup Pumpkin Spice Coffee Pods - Review: Lavazza Espresso Point - X10 Mini Brewer Single Serve Coffee Maker

Just The Chips: PSP Payout Poker & Casino - TJ Cloutier Enters Game Market - World Poker Tour: Season 1 on DVD

Kitchen Contraptions: Fatten Up for WinterEZ Clean Deep Fat Fryer from T-Fal - Zevro Zero Gravity Spice Rack - Honey Spoon

Shaving Stuff: New Shaving BlogBarberBlog.com - Shaving Kits from Mulholland Brothers - Norelco 6423LC for $31.88 at Amazon.com

What's All The Racquet: Nikolay Davydenko Signs Full Prince Sponsorship - A Ball Machine That Actually Hits Realistic Shots

TV Snob: And the Love Affair with HDTV Continues - Top Rated HD TelevisionSony KD-34XBR960 - Man breaks record for watching TV

Shirt Snob: Free People's Belted Chin Yarn Sweater - Astrosatchel Bags - Ditsy Babydoll Cap Sleeve by Free People

GPS Lodge: Huge increase in Garmin R&D spending pays off - Gizmondo plans Widescreen Handheld Game - Amazon Claims Lowest GPS Prices of the Season

The Cooking News: Wine News: Fine Wine From The New York Vine - Food News: Doctors call for healthier hospital food

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September 20, 2005

Recipes: SUPERFAST RECIPE: Tangy Turkey Tenderloins with Angel Hair Pasta

Includes recipe for:


  • Tangy Turkey Tenderloins with Angel Hair Pasta


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Wine News: Fine Wine From The New York Vine

"Mike Doria (Keuka Lake, NY) 09/20/05 -- The business of wine making in New York State is bigger business than ever; a new study finds New York wineries are pumping $3.3 billion into the economy annually.

The recently published study shows that New York has more than 30,000 acres of vineyards and just over 200 wineries. That makes New York the third largest wine producer after California and Washington. "

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Food News: Doctors call for healthier hospital food

"WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A physicians' organization is calling on U.S. hospitals to offer healthier dining options for patients, visitors and employees, because many do not provide enough low-fat, cholesterol-free foods.

A survey conducted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine found less than one-third of hospitals offer either a salad bar or a daily low-fat, cholesterol-free entree, and high-fat foods, such as fried chicken, pizza and enchiladas, remain among the top-selling entrees.

"The amazing thing to me is that there isn't really a healthy option every day at all hospitals," Dr. Amy Lanou, senior nutrition scientist with PCRM, told United Press International. "I understand food service operators saying, 'I can't get rid of chicken nuggets or burgers,' but what they can all do is provide at least one healthy hot entree every day, and they're not doing that, which is really striking to me."

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September 19, 2005

Recipe News: Recipe: Mushroom puffs

Includes recipe for:


  • Mushroom puffs


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Recipe News: Recipe: Crab and artichoke baskets

Includes recipe for:


  • Recipe: Crab and artichoke baskets


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Recipe News: Recipe: Fruit salsa with cinnamon chips

Includes recipes for:


  • Fruit salsa with cinnamon chips


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Wine News: Wine-and-grape business feeds $3.3 billion into N.Y. economy

"With 31,000 acres of vineyards and 212 wineries, the burgeoning wine-and-grape industry sends more than $3.3 billion rippling through New York's economy, a Napa Valley-based research firm said Monday.

"The direct income from grape, grape juice and wine sales is just the beginning of the total economic impact the industry has on many sectors of the economy," said Barbara Insel, managing director of MKF Research in St. Helena, Calif. "There is a huge multiplier effect."

The preliminary, state-sponsored analysis, expected to be finalized in October, found that wineries, grape producers and related industries, from makers of bottles, glasses and labels to trucking, real estate and liquor stores, accounted for at least 23,250 jobs and a payroll of $786 million in 2004."

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Recipe News: Fruit flavors add juice to pasta recipes

"WASHINGTON -- When a research team from the American Institute for Cancer Research were developing material for their new cookbook, they set their sights on finding a recipe for hot citrus sauce served over whole-wheat pasta.

The quest produced not just one but three intriguing recipes. It had to be a sauce dominant enough to stand up to the assertive taste and texture of the pasta, explains Jeff Prince, AICR vice president for education and team leader of the cookbook compilers.

The result of the team's work, "The New American Plate Cookbook," (University of California Press, 2005, $24.95), is subtitled "Recipes for a Healthy Weight and a Healthy Life." It is a collection of some 200 recipes in a nicely designed volume with a generous number of exceptionally attractive color photos."

Includes recipes for:


  • Three-Fruit Pasta

  • Fettuccine With Figs and Chilies

  • Whole-Wheat Linguine With Citrus Sauce and Vanilla


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September 17, 2005

Recipe News: Oven Fried Parmesan Fish Recipe

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  • Oven Fried Parmesan Fish Recipe


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Recipe News: Recipe: Dumplings make the grade, fried or steamed

"So it's senior year, and apparently the powers that be (i.e. my parents who sign the checks) have decided that I'm finally grown-up enough to have my own kitchen. After two years of common-room-less living in Morse, I've finally taken the plunge and moved off-campus. Equipped with a kitchen (i.e. the capacity to make meals) and a living room (i.e. capacity for more than one guest), it didn't take long before I caught the Martha bug, the condition when one suffers from a compulsive desire to entertain. But the difference between Martha and me is that I lack 16 on-call apprentices (not to mention two nationally televised programs and a felony conviction).

Entertaining is lots of fun, but very few of us enjoy or for that matter have the time necessary for the preparation involved. In addition to preparation, there's also that time when your friends have arrived, you're still stuck in the kitchen cooking last minute, and they are"

Includes recipes for:


  • PORK AND GINGER FILLING (makes 50 to 60 dumplings)

  • VEGETARIAN DUMPLING FILLING (makes 50 to 60 dumplings)


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September 16, 2005

The Best of the Blogpire

What a week. If you haven't read it already, Shaving Stuff has word the Gillette is introducing a Five-Bladed Razor. I'm not sure the world needs a 5 bladed razor, but I'm sure I'll have to try it. We have a new blog we will "OFFICIALLY" announce next week called Liquor Snob. If you want to spend the the rest of your Friday and have something both interesting, naughty, and downright funny to read - check out Liquor Snob.

Now on with the best of the Blogpire!

Single Serve Coffee: Pre-order Tassimo at Amazon.com - Single Serve Coffee Visits Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Just The Chips: Winning Low-Limit Hold'em from Lee Jones - New Payout Poker and Casino Screens

Kitchen Contraptions: Bialetti Mukka Express 2-Cup Cappuccino Maker Now at Amazon.com - Review: simplehuman Semi-Round Stainless Steel Trash Can

Shaving Stuff: The Schick Quattro Power - Gillette Introduces Five-Bladed Razor

What's All The Racquet: Congrats to the 2005 US Open Champions!

TV Snob: Hasbro's ZoomBox Projector - TV On Your Finger - TV on your Tombstone

Shirt Snob: New Junkfood Tees - Second Skin Shirt by Generra

GPS Lodge: New Magellan RoadMate 360 - New nuvi a Personal GPS Travel Assistant

The Cooking News: Campire Chili - Coffee News: P&G: Coffee may be out of stock

Liquor Snob: Liquor Filter Puts the "Lure" in Liver Failure - Beer...For Kids? - Absinthe Revisited...And Debunked?

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September 15, 2005

Recipe News: Food/Recipes: Thai Turkey Wrap with Peanut Sauce

"FOOD -- Wrap sandwiches are becoming ever more visible, appearing in more than 33 percent of all restaurants across the country, and it's no wonder. Because they contain a medley of protein, vegetables and seasonings wrapped tightly in a tortilla or pita, they're both satisfying and easy to eat. Today's recipe, The Thai Turkey Wrap with Peanut Sauce, combines the great taste of Thai with fresh vegetables. "

Includes recipes for:


  • Thai Turkey Wrap with Peanut Sauce


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Recipe News: Recipes: Swiss With Spinach Fondue, Olives Baked in Cabernet, Swedish Pancakes

"REPLACE_QUOTE"

Includes recipes for:


  • Swiss With Spinach Fondue

  • Olives Baked in Cabernet

  • Swedish Pancakes


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Recipe News: Outdoor recipe: Campire Chili

"Lorie Roach, of Buckatunna, Miss., earned the title of America's best campfire chef at a Redwood Creek wines campfire-cooking contest. Her prize included a $10,000 ''adventure grant'' and a $5,000 donation to the national park of her choice.

Her winning recipe - sweet onion, apple and bratwurst campfire chili - is a one-pot wonder that's ideal for cooking outdoors. Most of the prep work can be done at home. Roach recommends freezing the bacon and bratwurst (which can be sliced first), to store in an insulated bag or with an ice pack. The cook will need a Dutch oven with lid, and a wooden spoon. "

Includes recipe for:


  • Campire Chili


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September 14, 2005

Coffee News: P&G: Coffee may be out of stock

" Folgers and Millstone coffee might not be available temporarily, Procter & Gamble Co. told retailers this week, because its New Orleans roasting plants have been closed."

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September 13, 2005

Wine News: Wine Tastings 9/11

"In an age of instant gratification, most people buy wine to drink tonight. Saving a bottle for a special occasion may mean placing it in a rack where it gathers dust for a month or two. At best, cases might be stored in a cool closet or basement and consumed within a year of purchase.

For those who have had the pleasure of enjoying properly cellared older wines, I don't need to tell you there is nothing like it. One Incline Village wine collector likened the experience to liquid sex. But before this image sends you scurrying to the wine cellar, you need to know that not all wines will benefit from aging.

Determining what to cellar and what to drink now takes experience. As a general rule, the more you pay the more likely you are to have a wine that will benefit from aging, although this is not always the case. Many California wines costing upwards of $50 don't have the structure necessary for aging. Perhaps a better indicator is the "pucker" effect. A red wine that tastes coarse and rough when opened contains substantial tannic acid. The firmer the tannins in young red wine, the more likely it will improve with age as the tannins soften. If a wine is smooth and soft when opened, drink it now."

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Coffee News: Taking drive-thru coffee to the next level

"EUREKA -- Rick Roberts chuckles when he recalls the first time his wife Kris first broached the subject of opening a drive-thru coffee shop in July of 1996.

”The coffee thing was my wife’s idea,” he said. “I just kind of blew her off.”

To set the scene, Roberts explains that at the time, the couple was at a crossroads in their life. After years of dedicating their lives to a Eureka youth ministry, the Robertses were ready to do something different. One sunny afternoon in a ministry fireworks booth in the Long’s Drugs parking lot on the corner of Myrtle and West, Kris told her husband that the corner would be a perfect place for “one of those” drive-thru coffee places.

A few months later while on a family vacation in Oregon serendipity brought them to a drive-thru coffee shop. It was a slow time, and the owner was ready and willing to tell the Robertses the ins and outs of the exploding drive-thru coffee market. "

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September 11, 2005

Wine News: Kids learn early to choose tobacco and wine, study finds

" CHICAGO - Children as young as two are influenced by whether their parents smoke and drink alcohol, researchers said this week.

In a study of 2 to 6-year-olds, children who were told to "shop" for groceries for a doll were four times more likely to choose cigarettes if their parents smoked and three times more likely to pick wine or beer if their parents drank at least once a month.

Children who viewed PG-13 or R-rated movies were five times as likely to choose wine or beer. Of the 120 children in the study, 28 per cent bought cigarettes and 62 per cent purchased alcohol.

"Children's play behaviour suggests that they are highly attentive to the use and enjoyment of alcohol and tobacco and have well-established expectations about how cigarettes and alcohol fit into social settings," wrote Madeline Dalton of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. "

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September 10, 2005

Recipe News: Omelette recipes

Includes recipes for:


  • Spinach Omelette

  • Asian Omelette

  • Cheesy Chicken Omelette


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Recipe News: Special requests: Catnip cocktails and Pup Tarts

" Maybe YOU think the dog days of summer have passed, but your pet may feel differently. "The Crazy Kids Guide to Cooking for Your Pet" ($14.95, Crazy Pet Press) by Crazy Dog -- aka Barbara and Missy Denzer -- is one way to amuse yourself while pampering four-legged companions.

The slim volume has recipes for treats as well as advice about owning a pet. It is written for children, ages 6 and older, with cute illustrations that are both corny and colorful."

Includes recipes for:


  • MICROWAVE PUP TARTS

  • CATNIP COCKTAIL


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September 9, 2005

The Best of the Blogpire

It's the Best of the Blogpire time again, but before we sound off with the best of the best, please take time to click the banner above any Blogpire weblog and donate to the Red Cross at Amazon.com. The victims of Hurricane Katrina can use your help and a donation is one of the best ways to do it.

Now on with the Best of the Blogpire!

Single Serve Coffee: Senseo Red Edition Coming in October with Shorter Spout & Free Travel Mug - Review: Green Mountain's Fair Trade Rain Forest Nut K-Cups for Keurig

Just The Chips: Erotic Caribbean Poker Game - Jennifer Tilly Scores Women's Poker Victory - Poker & Condoms

Kitchen Contraptions: Alessi New Fall/Winter 2005 Kitchen Gadgets - Kitchen Robot Roundup - Fireflies in a Jar for Your Kitchen

Shaving Stuff: The Beautiful Rosendahl Razor - Pubic Shaving from NYTimes.com - Extreme Shaving from King of Shaves

TV Snob: LG's Latest & Greatest TV Fridge - Nintendo DS TV Tuner - 3D HDTV without Glasses

Shirt Snob: Donate money to the Red Cross through these companies - New Orleans help - Two great shirts from Threadless

GPS Lodge: GPS News: Navman iCN320 Flash Based GPS - GPS NEWS: Hey what's in your Phone - Garmin Mobile?

The Cooking News: Wine News: Move over, beer: Wine is No. 1 choice - Wine News: Controversy mounts over best way to seal wine bottles

Liquor Snob: Cocktail Hour and New Orleans Relief Fund Raiser - Beer - Now Packed With Vitamins?

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September 8, 2005

Recipe News: Olive recipes

Includes recipes for:


  • OLIVES BAKED IN RED WINE

  • RED PEPPER FETTUCCINE WITH TUNA AND BLACK OLIVES

  • OVEN-DRIED TOMATO TART WITH GOAT CHEESE AND BLACK OLIVES

  • CITRUS-MARINATED OLIVES

  • MINTED MEDITERRANEAN COUSCOUS SALAD

  • GRILLED PEPPER AND BLACK OLIVE RELISH


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Wine News: Move over, beer: Wine is No. 1 choice

"What could it mean? For the first time since the Gallup Poll began keeping track in 1992, more Americans have reported that their alcoholic beverage of choice is wine, not beer. Almost a year after Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry was caricatured as a Chardonnay-sipping Francophile, and somehow less American for it, the French national beverage seemingly has become our preferred swill.

According to Gallup, 39 percent of American drinkers said they drink wine most often, while 36 percent said they drink beer most often. (The rest prefer liquor, and a small percentage said they like all three equally.) Technically, the pollsters said, the numbers put wine and beer into a statistical dead heat when the margin of error is considered.

Still, the trend inspires speculation: Is the slippery-floored college keg party going to be replaced by civilized gatherings with string quartets? Will American guys trade their beer and baggy board shorts for Petite Sirah and man bikinis? Is our country, in other words, on some ineffable road to effete? "

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Wine News: Controversy mounts over best way to seal wine bottles

"LET'S GET SOME closure. One of the most controversial topics in the wine industry is the use of natural cork to seal a bottle. There are many alternatives being researched, with varying levels of success.

Cork is harvested from the bark of a variety of oak tree, Quercus Suber L. The bark is usually harvested every nine years. More than 50 percent of the world's cork production comes from Portugal, where the soil and the climate enable the trees to live longer.

As a natural product, it is environmentally sound. The problem with cork is that it is subject to mold. This is caused by a chemical called TCA (2,4,6-trichloroanisole for you technical people out there)."

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Recipe News: Quick and Easy Italian Stuffed Peppers Recipe

"Microwaves aren't just for popcorn! This tasty dish is simple to make. A great recipe for after work, in a small apartment, single person, or couple."

Includes recipes for:


  • Quick and Easy Italian Stuffed Peppers Recipe


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Recipe News: Ray's recipes low in fat, carbs

"Here are some of Rachael Ray's favorite recipes from one of her most recent cookbooks, "30-Minute Get Real Meals," (Clarkson Potter, $18.95). The recipes are designed to help health-conscious cooks enjoy generous portions of good food without loading up on carbs and fat.

"If you eat well, you can eat more. That's the concept," said Ray."

Includes recipes for:


  • GINGER-GARLIC TUNA BURGERS ON CUCUMBER SALAD WITH SALTED EDAMAME

  • GRILLED BALSAMIC CHICKEN WITH PUTTANESCA SALAD

  • COCOA-NUTTY HAYSTACKS


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September 6, 2005

Wine News: Try these old-fashioned pie and wine country-inspired recipes

"Grapes are so easy to eat — you don’t have to peel them or cut them. Maybe that’s why we’ve forgotten that we can bake with them.

Although dedicated cooks have used grapes for making jellies and jams or wine, and for occasional baking, through the years these time-consuming tasks have been done less frequently. One recipe that’s been too often forgotten is the Concord grape pie.

In addition, seedless varieties of grapes shipped from California can be used as an ingredient in cakes and coffee cakes, in main dishes and salads. "

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September 5, 2005

Recipe News: Grilled Rack of Lamb With Cherry and Thyme Recipe

"This recipe uses a touch of garlic and two great flavors - cherry and thyme - that partner perfectly with this grilled rack of lamb. You'll never think mint and lamb again."

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  • Grilled Rack of Lamb With Cherry and Thyme Recipe


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Recipe News: Recipe: Cherry chocolate chip cookies

Includes recipe for:


  • Cherry chocolate chip cookies


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Coffee News: Coffee prices rise sharply

"BOGOTA, Colombia - Hurricane Katrina may have destroyed 1.5 million sacks of coffee stored at warehouses in New Orleans, raising the global price of coffee and benefiting coffee growers across the world, officials said yesterday."

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September 3, 2005

Coffee News: Risk to coffee stocks after hurricane supports price rises

"Prices for the omnipresent beverage and confectionery ingredient coffee leapt this week after flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina put inventories of beans in New Orleans at risk.

New Orleans, the second-largest coffee port in the US, was struck on Monday by a severe hurricane that has left the city in an apocalyptic state.

Reports estimate that New Orleans is currently storing some 1.6 million 60 kilogram bags of green coffee, representing over a quarter of all US green coffee stocks.

The uncertainty as to the fate of these beans has created bullish prices, with New York commodity markets seeing coffee prices rise the most in six months, a picture reflected on the London-based futures market Liffe."

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Wine News: How to recognise faults in wine

"It's not always easy to identify faults in wine. Some consumers have higher sensitivity to smell or taste faults than others, while some have a higher tolerance which makes faults less recognisable.

Faults in appearance, however, are easily observed. They generally fall into the category of hazes, clouds or precipitates, and can be easily avoided by a winemaker. "

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September 2, 2005

The Best of the Blogpire

It's September and Summer is slowly wrapping up around the Blogpire. The students are back in Boston and causing traffic madness wherever you go, the nights are a bit cooler, but we all know we've got a few weeks left of some really nice late Summer weather and some great late Summer blogging.

Single Serve Coffee has news of the Keurig Elite B40 & Special Edition B60 Available at Keurig.com and their Single Serve Coffee.com Monthly Round Up for August 2005

Just The Chips looks at Phil Gordon's Little Green Poker Book and the PSP World Series of Poker

Kitchen Contraptions reviewed the simplehuman Wall Mount Paper Towel Holder and also has a great Monthly Round Up for August 2005

Shaving Stuff found Hitachi's +10 Razor of Goodness and also has a terrific August Wrap-Up

What's All the Racquet found The Coolest Tennis Gear in Forbes Magazine and 5 New Racquets from Dunlop, Head, Prince, Wilson & Yonex

TV Snob has been watching Photonic Textiles on their pillows and has great Roundup for August 2005

Shirt Snob continues to find Great deals at Max Studio and has their round up for August

GPS Lodge find a bunch of new reviews: GPS Review: Garmin V and an UPDATE: Geocaching.com Contest Details for September plus their Monthly Round-up for August 2005

And The Cooking News finds out that Hurricane Katrina May Affect Coffee Prices and some very cool cooking tips that Asian flavors add to recipes

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September 1, 2005

Recipes: No-cook sauce recipes

Includes recipes for:


  • Summer No-Cook Tomato Sauce with Artichokes, Basil and Red Wine Vinegar

  • Summer No-Cook Tomato Sauce with Arugula, Onion and Balsamic Vinegar

  • Cherry Tomato Sauce with Mint

  • Citrus-Marinated Tomato Salad over Steak

  • Vermicelli with Fresh Tomatoes

  • Summer Tomato Sauce

  • Easy No-Cook Tomato Sauce


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Recipes: Kebab recipes

"The beef recipes are courtesy of the Cattlemen's Beef Board and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association; the chicken recipe is courtesy of the National Chicken Council. You can use the ladder method on the recipes, if desired. Follow the recipes for specific cooking methods."

Includes recipes for:


  • Beef Kebabs With Grilled Pineapple Salsa

  • Steak Kebabs And Wild Rice With Mushrooms

  • Seafood And Vegetable Skewers With Herb Marinade

  • Patio Daddy-O Shish Kebabs

  • Italian Grilled Cheese Skewers

  • Ginger Chicken Kebabs


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Coffee News: Hurricane Katrina May Affect Coffee Prices

"While Hurricane Katrina may have devestated the Gulf Coast, the affects of her wrath will be felt across the entire country. The impact may be significant for some, probably more-so for those on the eastern half of the country, but for others it will be less noticeable. One of those impacts may be the price of a cup of coffee, not to mention the milk or cream you may add to it.

New Orleans is home to around 1/6 of the country's stored coffee. There were roughly 733,000 bags of coffee, weighing approximately 132 to 150 pounds each, in storage in New Orleans on Monday, according to The Chicago Board of Trade. Industry officials seemed to be right in their worry over flooding as nearly the entire city is under water and evacuation orders are now in place.

The New York Board of Trade announced that a force majeure situation exists. That means that a situation caused by a force of nature voids a contract. Because of that force majeure declaration any delivery notices traded on the exchange before the announcement on Tuesday, are suspended until further notice. All coffee from the exchange will head to Houston, Miami or New York for now."

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