May 30, 2006

Recipe News: Roasted garlic gives savory kick to updated recipe

"We discovered more or less by accident that you can roast garlic in a slow cooker. (Trim tops of cloves, drizzle with oil, then cook on low heat for 2 1/2 hours.) And then we just couldn't stop experimenting! Thanks to the new bags of fresh, pre-peeled, vacuum-sealed garlic cloves, we were buying gobs of fresh garlic again for the first time in years.
We had long known how to roast garlic in the oven, but the resulting need to squish oil-covered cloves out of their skins afterward is, frankly, a messy operation. (We could never find an easy way to peel the cloves before roasting without squishing them in the process.)"

Includes recipe for:


  • SAUTÉED CHICKEN WITH ROASTED GARLIC GLAZE


Full article here.

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May 29, 2006

Food News: A season to celebrate the humble strawberry

"Strawberry season is nearing its peak around Memorial Day weekend, with a bounty of plump, crimson beauties in market stalls. No matter how many times we see them, their appearance is always a casual kind of revelation.

Their taste is revelatory too - especially fresh strawberries, as locally grown as possible. These are nature's fragile and highly perishable gifts, and they bear little resemblance to the cross-country-trekked, tasteless fruit that shows up year-round in supermarkets - too light in color, often hollow, mealy and bland.

The best berries are farmers-market berries, ripened on the plant and available now until mid-June, and best eaten as simply as possible - ideally right out of their clamshells on the way home.

This spring is shaping up to be a terrific strawberry season, according to grower Daryl Rineer of Rineer Family Farms in Lancaster County. Rineer says the weather has been perfect.

"The drier weather makes the berries sweeter," he says, explaining that the flavors get more condensed, whereas rains make for waterlogged, less-interesting berries.

Rineer grows three varieties, Chandlers, Sweet Charley's and Camarosas; the Sweet Charley's are the earliest and often the sweetest, and are available now in the farmers markets around town where he brings his berries.

If you want to get as close to the source as possible, pick your own berries at some of the local berry farms: Springdale Farms in Cherry Hill will let you into its fields at the end of May. "Maybe a little earlier," says owner John Ebert, echoing Rineer's opinion that this is looking to be a banner strawberry year."

Full article here.

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May 29, 2006

Recipe News: Salmon Grilling Recipes From The Harmon's Brothers

There is something about salmon in the summer it can taste so light on a hot summer day.

Includes recipes for:


  • Smoked Salmon Brat BLT with Tarragon Mayonnaise

  • Seared Sockeye Salmon With Honey Orange Glaze


Full article here.

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May 28, 2006

Recipe News: Beat it! Easy egg recipes

"Aren't eggs the most perfectly designed and packaged prop for performing kitchen magic? Starting with fried, poached, boiled and scrambled you can move on to perform even greater culinary feats, classic and modern. There's the greatest brunch dish ever, eggs Benedict; oeuf poché bourgignon, a poached egg served in a tartlet with a rich red wine sauce with bacon and wild mushrooms; poached eggs served in artichoke hearts; and eggs Florentine.

If I switch to scrambled I can conjure up a whole lot more favourite egg experiences, not fancy culinary stunts, just terrific simple combinations of the freshest eggs with something else, such as the scrambled egg and sea urchin I served at a friend's house in Kerry. Over to fried and I'm back at El Quim at the Boquería market in Barcelona eating fried egg with baby squid. Huevos rancheros, the Mexican breakfast of fried eggs with chilli tomato sauce had always intrigued me. Then I had it for breakfast in Costa Rica and by God that's one egg dish that gives you a good kick start to the day."

Includes recipes for:


  • Spring vegetable and herb omelette

  • Fried duck's egg with sprue asparagus and brown shrimps

  • Rhubarb and custard tart


Full article here.

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May 28, 2006

Wine News: The 10 commandments of wine tasting

"Wine -- you love it, and you want to drink it.

If you're planning to visit the more than 25 local wineries that will be open today through Monday during the Memorial Day tasting tours, you need to be prepared.

In Grade A Queen Anne Thompson's words, don't be an idiot. If you are new to wine tasting, there are certain rules by which you need to abide.

If you don't, the best you can hope for is that people will know you are a newbie, feel pity and turn away from you in disgust. At worst -- you would be amazed at how easily corkscrews end up planted into people and how it ALWAYS looks like an "accident."

So read and memorize these wine-tasting commandments, (thinking of Charlton Heston playing Moses and reading them may help you to get in the right spirit -- because we are deadly serious).

I. Thou Shall Have a Designated Driver

If you are a smart, sensible person, then you already know to bring someone along who doesn't drink.

However, if you are the kind of jerk who doesn't always let common sense prevail, remember this -- the cops also know it's Memorial Day weekend, and they will be out in droves looking for brain-dead people like you. Also, drivers should remember you will be dealing with narrow, twisty roads and driveways, so for the love of all that is holy, slow down. And leave the obscene Hummer limos at the rental place. They sicken us."

Full article here.

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May 26, 2006

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May 25, 2006

Wine News: Barbecue and wine – a cool combination

"I know you’ll receive a few strange looks, but the next time you’re grilling and chilling on the patio, change conventional thinking and pour wine.

I know, it’s still in the triple digits at sundown, but it doesn’t mean we need to be pigeonholed into sipping beer while we’re barbecuing some of our summertime favorites.

Think about what’s on the grill: Steaks, chops, fish, shrimp, chicken, dogs, burgers, sausages, veggies, the list goes on. All those charred, earthy flavors and sauces benefit from a natural accompaniment — wine.

Just be prepared for the skeptical stares when you first propose to pour wine in the heat vs. Bud, Miller or Coors. I recently whipped together a grilled “surf and turf” for my brother’s family, and walked onto the patio with a couple of chilled bottles of sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon. He looked at me like I had three heads. “We’re not going to drink beer?” he asked. Take it easy, bro, it’s going to be OK.

I don’t like too many rules, but there are a couple of hard and fast guidelines to keep in mind to further your pleasure. Yes, you can chill wine, including red wine. You almost have to — to preserve the tannins that we like with food, a bottle benefits from an hour in the refrigerator before bringing it to the patio. Besides, overly warm wine is not much fun. Ice even works for many lighter-styled whites."

Full article here.

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Recipe News: More strawberry recipes

Tis the time for strawberries.

Includes recipes for:


  • Salad with strawberries and feta

  • Cissy Gregg's chess pie

  • Strawberry lemon ice cream

  • Lemon pudding cake with strawberry sauce

  • Strawberry freezer jam


Full article here.

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Recipe News: Grilling recipe: Memphis-Style Cola BBQ Ribs

Try this recipe at your memorial day bbq.

Includes recipe for:


  • Memphis-Style Cola BBQ Ribs


Full article here.

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May 24, 2006

Coffee News: Green Mountain Coffee gets approval for acquisition

"Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. has been given a green light by the Federal Trade Commission to buy single-cup brewing systems maker Keurig Inc.

Green Mountain Coffee earlier this month announced it would acquire the remaining shares of Keurig in a $104 million deal. It already owned 35 percent of Keurig, and said it would buy outstanding common shares for $99.5 million, as well as unvested options of Keurig workers for $4.8 million."

Full article here.

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May 22, 2006

Food News: My top 10 kitchen must-haves

"Last week, the Living section featured an article about 10 must-have kitchen gadgets.

While all 10 might be nice to have, I disagree with their importance. In fact, in my well-equipped (over-equipped, some might say) kitchen you'll find only four of the 10 - and of those four, only the balloon whisk and hand-held grater get regular use.

So this week, I'm departing from my usual format to share my top 10 list of must-have kitchen gadgets. And I invite you to tell me what gadget you can't live without - and share a recipe that takes advantage of it.

Before I get to the list, Patsy Cooper of Haslett has a request. She is looking for ways to prepare jicama, which she first enjoyed in Mexico. She usually just peels the vegetable and eats it raw, but she'd like some new ideas. Who has some suggestions?

Now for the list, in no particular order:

• Adjustable measuring cup. This wonderful gadget is made of two pieces: a clear cylinder marked with measurements, and a sliding "plunger." It's perfect for measuring semi-solid, runny or sticky ingredients, such as mayonnaise, shortening, salsa or honey. You simply slide the plunger part down to line up with the measurement you desire, then fill the cup. Then push the plunger to dispense every bit of the ingredient into your mixing bowl - no scraping required. I have two of these; one holds up to 1 cup, the other 2 cups."

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Recipe Harry's Tomato and Gorgonzola Soup

Includes recipe for:


  • Harry's Tomato and Gorgonzola Soup


Full article here.

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May 21, 2006

Wine News: How to marry barbecues with wines

" With the summer season well and truly on, thoughts of most of us are turning to our children’s holidays and vacation plans, which given today’s travel hungry Indian tourist usually means a trip abroad and the prospect of some good food and wine too!
Even closer destinations such as Dubai, Bangkok or Colombo now rival traditional European and American destinations in their gastronomic offerings in restaurants where even the wine lists are at least a couple of pages long.

Barbecued food items in foreign cuisines are generally very acceptable to the Indian palate and being a healthier option tend to be the most frequently ordered item by an Indian tourist. So lets’ take a look and see what wine types I have found to be most suitable with different kinds of barbecued foods.

A common way of doing this is to choose your food and then match the wine to the flavours and tastes of the food.

One standard rule is that light foods go with light wines. The strength of the wine should be such that it enhances the taste of the food rather than overpowers it."

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Rhubarb recipes springing up again

"This really delicious recipe for apple rhubarb pie came along early last summer after we featured some rhubarb dessert here. But my rhubarb was already getting stringy and I didn't want to use any more of it. So I thought, 'I'll hold onto this,' because, you see, I never throw away any of the recipes you send me and sure enough, didn't it come in handy this week?! My rhubarb is coming up strongly and looking very fine.

Now, one of the things I do for fun is concoct dishes using the first of something with the last of something from our garden and stored food supply. For example, I like to make a potato salad with the last two or three potatoes from last year's garden with the new potatoes from this year's crop (even if it means the older potatoes are all wrinkled and not what you call prime.) Or a salad with the last bit of last year's stored cabbage with the first salad greens of this year. (By now, I bet you are thinking that I ought to get a life.) Well, I think it is fun, and this pie fit right into the pattern because to make it, I used the remainder of last fall's apples with the first picking of this year's rhubarb!

Most of us can get apples year round at the store, but rhubarb still tends to be a somewhat seasonal fruit even in commercial chain stores. The apples I used, though, were from an old biennial apple tree. They are very good flavored and keep beautifully. A few collapsed over the winter in a brown and mucky heap, but the rest stayed quite firm and very sweet."

Includes recipe for:


  • Apple Rhubarb Pie


Full article here.

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May 19, 2006

Recipe News: Bring on the produce: Recipes spotlight fresh spinach, lettuce, green onion

"Dana Phlegar, bless his green thumb, is selling delicious leaf lettuce, green onions and fresh spinach.

Husband Bob, who likes the following Wilted Lettuce better than any other salad, is enjoying Dana’s hard work.

As soon as Dana and other growers have a steady supply of produce, they will set up the tailgate market in Princeton on Stafford Drive in the Mercer County Technical Education Center parking lot on Saturdays. What a happy day that will be!"

Includes recipes for:


  • Wilted Lettuce

  • Braised Fresh Spinach

  • Asparagus Side

  • Roasted Asparagus

  • Blanched Asparagus


Full article here.

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The Best of the Blogpire

Cheapfunwines-3Another week and another Best of the Blogpire. It's been a pretty amazing week of new wines, new coffee, and new appararel here at the Blogpire. Check out the latest GPS reviews at GPSLodge.com and you should also swing by ShavingStuff.com for some Zia for men reviews. And if you're looking for some new exciting Spring wines - visit CheapFunWines.com.

SingleServeCoffee.com
Baronet Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee Pods
Nespresso Essenza C100 Espresso Maker

KitchenContraptions.com
Italian Kitchen Range
Mini Kitchen Measure

ShavingStuff.com
Review of Zia for Men, part 2
ShavingStuff Pop Quiz!

TVSnob.com
Deal of the Day: RCA 200 watt 5.1 Channel Home Theater System with 5 DVD Changer
Go for a Job Interview and Maybe You'll be a Star

ShirtSnob.com
New Tees From Threadless
Flora Tank by Ella Moss

GPSLodge.com
Geocaching Season is Here - Tips for the hunt
GPS Review: Garmin iQUE 3000

TheCookingNews.com
Coffee News: Folgers Offers Stomach-Friendly Coffee
Recipe News: Asparagus recipes

LiquorSnob.com
Rofo Headgear: Foam Dome 2.0?
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey

ReallyNatural.com
Lazy Man's Side Dish: Alexia's Yukon Gold Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Sea Salt
A truly organic eating experience

CriticalGamers.com
Hold'em Drink Holder - Keep Your Table Liquid-Free
Review: G8 Game Timer

CheapFunWines.com
Next Wine Tasting
Bouvet Brut Signature (Sparkling Wine)

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May 17, 2006

Coffee News: Folgers Offers Stomach-Friendly Coffee

"The Procter & Gamble Company's Folgers® brand introduced Simply Smooth™, a stomach-friendly coffee, which offers consumers the freedom and confidence to enjoy their favorite beverage again. It is estimated that about 35-40 million American adults have decreased or eliminated coffee consumption because of stomach discomfort.

Folgers Simply Smooth is the first major category innovation since the launch of decaffeinated coffee over two decades ago. The new stomach-friendly coffee provides a very smooth drinking experience, while offering the great mountain grown taste and aroma of Folgers."

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Asparagus recipes

Includes recipes for:


  • Asparagus Sesame Rollups

  • Asparagus Soup

  • Asparagus Appetizer Rollups

  • Asparagus Bean Salad


Full article here.

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May 16, 2006

Food News: Maintain grill for longer life, tastier food

"Warmer temperatures are beckoning us to ditch indoor cooking and move outdoors for dining alfresco. But after hibernating all winter, our outdoor grills are sorely in need of attention.

“Rust, mold and mildew might have accumulated, particularly over the spring when it’s wet,” says John Snedden, founder of Washington-area Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Co. Though grills need a thorough cleaning at least once a year, routine maintenance will result in tastier food and a longer life for your grill.

•Wash dirt and dust off outside surfaces with warm, soapy water and a sponge or cloth. If your grill has a painted, non-stick or aluminum surface, avoid abrasive cleaners and scrubbers. Clean grates with a stiff wire brush, paint scraper or a ball of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Be cautious with oven cleaner; it can remove paint. After cleaning, treat the cooking surface with vegetable oil, which will prevent food from sticking."

Full article here.

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Wine News: Red wine may fight deafness, hearing loss

"Moderate consumption of red wine or aspirin may fight deafness and hearing loss caused by loud noise or intake of certain antibiotics, say scientists.

The delicate hairs of the inner ear, which are vital for hearing, can be damaged by the oxygen free radicals produced by normal cellular processes throughout life or in response to loud noise and exposure to antibiotics, reported the online edition of New Scientist.

Jochen Schacht of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor and his colleagues used salicylate to try to prevent damage to the hair cells in patients' ears caused by gentamicin - a powerful antibiotic often used to treat severe, acute ear infections."

Full article here.

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May 15, 2006

Food News: Weber grills has recipe for loyal customers

"For thousands of avid Weber grill users, the question isn't so much gas or charcoal. It's how to fit multiple versions of each on their back patios.

John Gerald Gleeson has four Weber grills on the deck of his home in Gaylord, Mich. - from Weber's humble charcoal kettle to a $2,200 stainless steel job with six burners. His specialties include a slow-cooked ham braised in a bourbon-brown sugar glaze.

"I've used other grills in the past, before I saw the light," the retired attorney says.

Gushing customer testimonials are the norm for Weber, which has become an iconic American brand in the 55 years since founder George Stephen created his three-legged kettle - a backyard oddity that his neighbors came to call "Sputnik."

While the image of Weber's apple-shaped kettle has endured, Palatine-based Weber-Stephen Products Co. has coupled it with a reputation for durability and simplicity that has fostered an nearly cult-like loyalty.

"You ask just about anybody who owns a Weber - I don't think they ever have to buy another one," said Chris Schlesinger, owner of East Coast Grill in Cambridge, Mass., and author of several books on grilling.

The upcoming Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of barbecue season: 62 percent of grill owners say they barbecue then, second only to the Fourth of July holiday at 74 percent, according to a 2005 survey by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association.

Weber competes with WC Bradley Co., maker of the Char-Broil brand, for dominance in the U.S. grill market - valued at nearly $2.3 billion last year, according to market researcher The NPD Group.

It's a vast but saturated market: About 81 percent of U.S. homes owned an outdoor grill in 2005 - up 10 percent from 2003, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association.

The trade group also found that consumers increasingly are buying larger, more sophisticated grills - an indication there is room for growth."

Full article here.

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Food can fail, or sail, on strength of spices

A spicy dish is only as good as the spices you use to make it. Here are some spice suggestions and tips from Ana Sortun, chef and owner of Oleana restaurant in Cambridge, MA:

"...it makes sense that you'd want the spices you buy to be richly colored, fresh, and fragrant. To create the eastern Mediterranean flavors that her restaurant is known for, Sortun draws on an array of spices that includes cumin, coriander, pepper, dried oregano, dried mint, Aleppo chilies, cinnamon, allspice, as well as favorites such as sumac, which adds a lemon flavor that Sortun likes on salads."

Full article here.

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May 13, 2006

Wine News: Cooking With Rocco: Red Wine

"Real men drink red (with fish): Well, it's not always true, but it's catchy.

Another catchy writer, William Shakespeare, wrote in Othello: "Come, come, good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used."

You know what I say? Good red wine is a good familiar creature if it doesn't blow away your taste buds, obliterate the flavor of the dish, is relatively low in alcohol and lets you pay your mortgage that month.

Just like with white wine, finding a red that fits my description of a good familiar creature is tricky.

It's all too easy to end up with expensive, high-alcohol oak bombs that are more style than substance.

Red wines by nature can overwhelm the flavor of many dishes simply because we really don't eat the kinds of food we used to. Ironically, as we now eat lighter and healthier, big reds are becoming more popular."

Includes recipe for:


  • Seared Salmon With Scallions and Rhubarb


Full article here.

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Recipe News: Asian Barbeque recipes

You know in the middle of Summer when you have had so many Hamburgers and hot dogs you feel like you could turn into one? These are some great Asian recipes to kick up your bbq.

Includes recipes for:


  • Chicken Wings with Oyster Sauce

  • Grilled Asian Pork Tenderloin

  • Oriental Burger

  • Chinese Potato Salad


Full article here.

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Recipe News: Great spring salad recipes for every meal

"The first time I made a salad, I was sitting in my family’s garden. Back then, we used what we could from our garden to make a feast.

Today, any imaginable ingredient can be found in some type of salad, including fruit, nuts, cheese, ramen and marshmallow.

Also, salads are no longer simply first courses, but also sides, main dishes and even desserts. The following recipes include a salad from each category: "

Includes recipes for:


  • Spinach and Strawberry Salad

  • Curried Chicken Salad

  • Marshmallow Salad


Full article here.

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May 12, 2006

Get the Latest Each Week from BlogPire Productions

Shavingstuff 150 Macnn-1We know you have a busy life and a busy schedule, and that's why everyone here at BlogPire Productions wants to make it easier for you to get the latest news from any of our sites and not just the one you visit everyday. We've provided below a list of all our sites and a short description along with a link for you to use if you'd like to receive news from any of those sites each Monday morning. It's really easy - just click the link - sign up and you'll get the list of headlines sent to you via email. Thanks again for reading us and check out some of the other great news from BlogPire Productions.

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May 11, 2006

Recipe News: Lemons rule in three simple recipes

"If you ever run short of ideas for how to exploit the marvelous lemon, here are three from Real Simple magazine:"

Includes recipes for:


  • Lemon, Almond and Olive Relish

  • Cucumber and Lemon Salsa

  • Roast Lemon Vinaigrette


Full article here.

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Recipe News: Recipes for eating outside the box

Includes recipes for:


  • Cranberry barbecue sauce

  • Chimichurri sauce

  • Grilled shrimp romesco


Full article here.

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May 10, 2006

Wine News: How to start wine-tasting club

"It's Bordeaux night for the girlfriends who call themselves the Drinkettes. In the back room at the 17th Street Cafe here, a long table is jammed with wine glasses ready for the women, who arrive for dinner at 7 p.m., each with a bottle of Bordeaux in hand. In moments, the wine tasting is in full swing.

Half of the Drinkettes are there to catch up on the gossip while others, who have brought their own deep-bowl wine glasses, are furiously swirling, sniffing, sipping and writing copious tasting notes.

"It's about connecting with each other when our busy lives make it easy to lose touch," says Janel Dreeka, the group's founder and leader. "And it's fun to discover the nuances of wine, to appreciate the seduction and sensuality of wine with friends."

Getting a wine-tasting group going and keeping it going when no one knows much about wine is a matter of organization, say the pros. A smart way to start is to decide on the style for your tasting, set a theme for the wines, then agree on a budget.

For novice wine lovers, smaller groups of eight to 10 people are easier to organize than large groups. Once-a-month meetings are easier to sustain than more frequent gatherings."

Full article here.

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May 9, 2006

Recipe News: French Toast Recipes

I never knew there could be so many different ways to make french toast. These would be great to try on Mother's Day.

Includes recipes for:


  • King's Hawaiian Grilled Coconut Macadamia Nut French Toast

  • King's Hawaiian Blueberry-Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

  • King's Hawaiian Pecan Praline Baked French Toast

  • King's Hawaiian Tropical French Toast


Full article here.

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Recipe News: Cool off with these sorbet recipes featuring herbs

"Whether or not you have an ice cream maker, you can find a sorbet recipe in this list that you can whip together at home and have on hand for the next warm spring evening."

Includes recipes for:


  • SPRING RHUBARB AND TARRAGON SORBET

  • TARRAGON SIMPLE SYRUP

  • PINEAPPLE-SAGE SORBET

  • CITRUS BASIL


Full article here.

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May 7, 2006

Recipes for homemade cleaners

Includes recipes for:


  • Window cleaner

  • Dishwasher soap

  • Laundry soap

  • Drain cleaner

  • Floor cleaner

  • Oven cleaner


Full article here.

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Coffee News: Wrigley thinks coffee gum might be hot

"Wrigley is testing a way to get that coffee taste without getting burned.

Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. is testing a new coffee-flavored gum, Doublemint Kona Creme, in 7-Eleven stores nationwide.

The gum, available for about 99 cents in 17-stick packs, is an offshoot of the company's Wrigley's Coffee Gum, which has garnered a niche market since its introduction in China last year.

Consumers shouldn't look to this for a caffeine fix."

Full article here.

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May 5, 2006

Recipe News: A buffet of recipes provides 101 ways to waste away again

"I would use these recipes throughout the summer, who says it has to be Cinco de Mayo?

Friday's Cinco de Mayo celebrations signal the start of margarita season for most folks, although true aficionados of the tequila-based temptress know her as a 365-day-a-year, tall drink of firewater.

Drop into San Francisco tequila emporiums Tres Agaves, Colibri Mexican Bistro or Tommy's Mexican Restaurant on a cold January night to see how hot the margarita is here. With an ever-increasing selection of premium tequilas, access to fresh limes and other fruits, and high-end flavorings like agave syrup and Cointreau liqueur, Margarita has stepped out from under her beachside palapa and away from the solamente para Cinco de Mayo (only for May 5) set to become a serious cocktail for all seasons.

In "101 Margaritas" (John Wiley & Sons, 128 pages, $15.95), bartender Kim Haasarud offers 99 recipes for tequila-based cocktails -- and two alcohol-free versions -- that fall under the margarita umbrella and can be made by the home mixologist. "

Includes recipes for:


  • Classic Margarita

  • Avocado-Cilantro Margarita


Full article here.

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The Best of the Blogpire

Gps Lodge Findwhatyoulove-1Another week and of course another best of the Blogpire. We're very excited to have all of our web sites on new faster hosting along with shiny monthly roundups on many of our sites to catch you up.


Single Serve Coffee
Review: Timothy's Rainforest Espresso Coffee Pods for Senseo, Home Cafe, & Other Single Serve Coffee Makers
April 2006 Monthly Roundup for SingleServeCoffee.com

Just The Chips
Palm Poker
Professional Poker: The Essential Guide to Playing for a Living

Kitchen Contraptions
Easy-Lock Corn Tongs
Monthly Roundup for Kitchen Contraptions

Shaving Stuff
PubicShaving.com Has Moved to PubicShavingAdvice.com
Review of Billy Jealousy's Fuzzy Logic

TV Snob
Amazon DVD Releases Coming May 02, 2006
April 2006 Monthly Roundup for TVSnob

Shirt Snob
Busted Tees has new T-shirts
Sale at Threadless

GPS Lodge
GPS Lodge: Monthly Round Up for April 2006
Amazon.com Promotion: 5% off GPS units

The Cooking News
Recipe News: Taste of Home Recipes
Recipe News: McDonald's "Big Mac" and "Big Mac" sauce

Liquor Snob
Flaming Jell-O Shots, Anyone?
Liquor Snob Monthly Roundup: April 2006

Really Natural
Minute Maid All Natural Lemonade
Steaz Organic Green Tea Soda: Root Beer

Critcal Gamers
April '06 Roundup for CriticalGamers.com
Battles of the Third Age Expansion - Tactical Gameplay Preview

Cheap Fun Wines
2002 Fife Redhead Red
Who Overrates Sauvignon Blanc??

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May 4, 2006

Recipe News: The recipes

Includes recipes for:


  • Chicken Burrito Bake

  • Chicken Mole "Lasagne"

  • Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • Chicken Quesadillas


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Recipe News: More asparagus recipes

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  • Seared Diver Scallop with Asparagus Terrine and Truffle Oil

  • Asparagus, Lobster and Morel Mushrooms


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May 2, 2006

Recipe News: Taste of Home Recipes

Includes recipe for:


  • Artichoke-Lamb Sandwich Loaves

  • Garden Shell Salad


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Recipe News: McDonald's "Big Mac" and "Big Mac" sauce

"The secret ingredient here is mustard. Simple yellow mustard. Add that and a pinch of sugar to a Thousand Island-style sauce, and you'll be surprised how closely it resembles the real deal."

Includes recipes for:


  • McDonald's "Big Mac"

  • MCDONALD'S "BIG MAC" SAUCE


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Recipe News: OLD-FASHIONED CRACKED WHEAT BREAD

"If you like the health benefits of whole wheat bread but sometimes find it bitter, whole white wheat flour may be for you.

Hard white wheat contains less tannin than the hard red winter wheat used in most whole wheat bread, giving bread made with it a milder, sweeter flavor.

Norm Oeding and Kelly Dumford won a prize in the recent Kansas Wheat Commission recipe contest with the accompanying recipe using whole white wheat. It was adapted from a recipe by Annette Van Blaricum of Pratt.

Oeding grows and mills organic white flour at the Spring Creek Ranch in Kingman. He employs Dumford, who owns Delano Bakery in Wichita, to transform it into bread sold under the "Little Red Hen Bakery" name in local stores."

Includes recipe for:


  • OLD-FASHIONED CRACKED WHEAT BREAD


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May 1, 2006

Recipe News: Recipes for a Cinco de Mayo bash

"We should know by now that Mexico's El Cinco de Mayo (The Fifth of May) isn't the same as America's Fourth of July.

But popular imagination can probably be excused for confusion, since so much of the best stuff about celebrating El Cinco is evocative of the Fourth.

There are the parades the Mexican-American and Latin-American communities have long held.

There's the national pride _ even though Cinco de Mayo is a celebration not of independence, but of a single victory over the French, the Battle of Puebla in 1862. (The French made war on Mexico, believe it or not, because they didn't want to wait an extra two years for a loan repayment.)

Then there's the food.

Sweet sauces, fiery relishes, soft corn flatbreads and roasted chicken and pork. Fine tequilas, icy mixed drinks and the rare opportunity to contemplate how entwined the history and culture of the red-white-and-green culture is with that of the red-white-and-blue.

Even better, there has been a shift in recent years, especially in the Southwest, toward celebrating El Cinco de Mayo, much as Americans do St. Patrick's Day, irrespective of one's own cultural background."

Includes recipes for:


  • CHICKEN IN GREEN CHILE SAUCE

  • CHICKEN WITH RED MOLE SAUCE

  • PORK CARNITAS


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