August 31, 2006

Recipe News: GUMBO RECIPES

This is the time of year that it is nice to start thinking of warm dishes.

Includes recipes for:


  • Big Charlie's Gumbo

  • Baked Vegetable Gumbo

  • Ham Skillet Gumbo Recipe

  • African Gumbo

  • Crawfish Gumbo

  • Beef and Ham Gumbo in Rice Border

Full article here.

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August 31, 2006

Recipe News: Too Many Garden Vegetables? Try These Recipes!

Includes recipes for:


  • ZUCCHINI FRITTERS

  • HERBED TOMATO BREAD

  • CHOPPED CUCUMBER RELISH

Full article here.

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August 29, 2006

Recipe News: Tips For Cutting Fat And Calories From Recipes

"Remove the skin on your meats when cleaning and preparing for cooking. Removing the skin from turkey or chicken saves about 50 calories and 6 grams of fat.
Use non-fat cooking spray such as Pam to coat the pan when baking foods instead of greasing with Crisco or butter. A three second spray of PAM 20 calories and less than 3 grams of fat versus 100 calories and 12 grams of fat for a tablespoon of butter.
Use fresh herbs to help add flavor to anything you are cooking. Garlic powder, basil, parsley, and oregano are some good basics to try.
The way you cook can be a good start: barbeque, stir-fry, microwave, steam, bake, poach, grill or broil your foods rather than frying.
Instead of using whole eggs choose egg whites or an egg substitute. A whole egg contains 75 calories, 5 g of fat, and 1 g of carbs. Egg substitutes are a better choice with 30 calories, no fat and 1 g of carbs per serving. Egg whites are the best bet with only 16 calories, no fat and no carbohydrates."

Full article here.

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August 28, 2006

BlogPire Podcast - Summer WrapUp 08.28.06

Blogpire 144We talk about the summer "best of" from Shavingstuff.com as well as other products and news from around the 'pire. We also answer your questions from the past couple of weeks so keep sending them in to podcast at blogpire dot com.

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With Hosts: Russell Miner and Jay Brewer

Program:

2:30 Best of ShavingStuff.com
3:30 Best Razors
3:55 Best shaving cream
7:20 Best aftershave
8:30 Best shaving oil
10:30 Best shaving online stores
12:56 LiquorSnob.com

13:30 The Scotch Blog
14:15 Guest Review: Tanqueray Rangpur Gin
15:57 ReallyNatural.com
16:03 Home Composter
19:14 Organic Beer
21:10 Prefab Sunset Cabin
23:45 TVSnob.com
23:55 Tivo Series 3
28:25 Oppo Digital LCD/DVD TV
29:25 Samsung 70' LCD TV
32:55 KitchenContraptions.com
33:02 Mix and Measure Bowls
34:44 Gourmet Basting Brush
36:01 Electrolux Cyber Fridge
39:14 CriticalGamers.com
39:27 World of Warcraft Collectible Card Game
43:37 Lost the Game
43:38 Gametap
53:06 Questions
60:00 Ending

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August 28, 2006

Recipe News: Taste of Home Recipes

Includes recipe for:


  • Almond Apple Cheesecake

  • Primavera Chicken

Full article here.

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August 26, 2006

Recipe News: Roasted garlic recipes fit for a queen

"Combined with butter, oil and spices and foods to create sauces for dipping and cooking, cooked garlic has been a staple of the Mediterranean diet for thousands of years. And roasting vegetables has been a popular method of preparing vegetables in Italy, Greece and the Provence region of France.

Roasting vegetables became popular here in the 1980's, with garlic being the most widely used. After roasting, garlic takes on a sweeter, milder flavor.
Use roasted garlic in soups, salad dressings and pasta sauce. Spread it on hot French bread or combine it with olive oil and some parmesan cheese for dipping bread into."

Includes recipes for:


  • Pizza dough

  • Margarita Pizza

  • Roasted Garlic Pizza Sauce

  • Roasted Vegetables

Full article here.

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August 25, 2006

Throw a Senseo Single Serve Coffee Party with Your Friends

senseomachine_promotion.jpgWe've gotten a pretty cool opportunity on how to receive a Senseo single serve coffee maker for FREE for readers of KitchenContraptions.com.

Single Serve Coffee (another site from Blogpire Productions) and the folks that make the Senseo coffee pod system are offering you the opportunity to qualify to receive the Senseo machine, share it with friends, and then provide some feedback on the machine. All you need to do to see if you qualify for the FREE Senseo coffee machine, 18 coffee pods, and get FREE shipping is fill out a short questionnaire.

It's for a limited time only and quantities are limited, so click here to fill out the questionnaire and see if you qualify.

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August 24, 2006

Wine News: Tips for the perfect wine tasting

"Structured wine tastings can be tremendous fun, especially when you organise your own. Not to mention a subsidised way to drink some decent wine.

Here's how to do it.

Suggest it to friends as an informal gathering so that the wine-shy don't feel intimidated. Wine is about enjoyment and sharing it with company: not about arcane knowledge and using the right terminology.

Decide on a variety (e.g.: chardonnay, shiraz-cabernet) to taste and give participants a rough price range to stick to, so you are comparing like against like.

You won't need one bottle per person. Only you know how much wine your mates can drink but if you have 10 people coming, 8 bottles should do. Assign nibblies to the others.

Make sure you have paper bags on hand to mask the bottles, or use the brown ones the bottles arrive through the door in."

Full article here.

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Recipe News: RECIPE OF THE DAY: What's for dinner tonight?

"Got the rainy day blues and don't know what to cook for dinner? Try these recipes for spicy potato soup and cornbread."

Includes recipe for:


  • Spicy Potato Soup

  • Dot's Cornbread

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Tomato and Pesto Farrotto

Includes recipe for:


  • Tomato and Pesto Farrotto

Full article here.

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August 23, 2006

Recipe News: ICE CREAM RECIPES: Sweet treats inspired by Island Homemade Ice Cream

"Sure ice cream is great all by itself, but with a little effort you can also use it to make an extra-special dessert -- or fun cocktail."

Includes recipes for:


  • Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Pie

  • Make-Your-Own Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

  • Easy Brownie Ice Cream Bars

  • Blue Paddle Breeze Cocktail

Full article here.

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Recipe News: 3 chefs 3 recipes

"Shrimp are having a great year -- there's an abundant harvest featuring some of the lowest prices for medium and small shrimp in about 25 years.
"Shrimp is No. 1 among shellfish and fish sales in the United States," says Stephen Benyo, president of Pittsburgh Seafoods wholesale food purveyors.

Consumers have a wide choice of shrimp -- wild or farmed; domestic or imported; and white, pink, brown or tiger varieties.

The majority of shrimp is sold frozen, which, if handled correctly, will not 8interfere with flavor or texture, says Benyo, whose father founded Pittsburgh Seafoods in 1954. "There's little difference between quality frozen vs. fresh shrimp."

Includes recipes for:


  • Colossal Shrimp Cocktail

  • Shrimp Scampi

  • Giant Stuffed Shrimp

Full article here.

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August 21, 2006

Wine News: When wine-glass shape matters

"We took our own wine to the restaurant. "I'll just bring you the pinot glasses," said the waitress, removing the existing stems.

I was impressed. At the risk of straying into wine-snob territory, there is nothing worse than pouring a fine wine into a squat, thick-stemmed, dishwasher-mottled excuse for a glass.

Anybody who still says the nature or quality of the receptacle is a load of nonsense, try drinking it out of a polystyrene cup – all very well for chateau cardboard when the primary aim is to get intoxicated, but not the best way to appreciate the subtleties of a good bottle.

That's taking the point to extremes. The primary differences between wine glasses are size and shape rather than material, though the best glasses are made from thin, clear lead crystal, rather than glass.

Riedel is an Austrian glassmaker that has pioneered a range of shapes and sizes to suit the characteristics of individual wine types. If eyebrows don't rise at the "science", they certainly will at the cost. But for that special wine on that special occasion, there is something to be said for that special glass.

The Riedel pinot noir glass is tall, broad in the beam with a well-rounded bowl. A normal measure of wine scarcely makes a dent in its capacity, allowing a large surface area of the wine to come into contact with the air."

Full article here.

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August 17, 2006

Recipe News: More recipes for your garden bounty

Includes recipes for:


  • ORZO PASTA SALAD WITH ROASTED ZUCCHINI

  • MEXICAN ZUCCHINI, CORN AND BLACK BEAN TOSTADAS

  • CORN SALAD

  • OVEN-DRIED TOMATOES

  • BROWN RICE, TOMATO AND BASIL SALAD

  • CHIVE CORN PUDDING

Full article here.

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Recipe News: All the banana nut bread recipes you can bake

"If Mama or Grandma makes a recipe, then it has to be good.

"Like most grandmothers, my grandmother was an excellent cook. Our family treasures her recipes," said Pattie Necaise, who sent her grandmother's quick and easy, but delicious, banana bread recipe for William Schram Jr. to try.

"I hope this recipe for banana nut loaf becomes a favorite of William Schram Jr. who unfortunately lost his special recipes," said Terry Thomas of Ocean Springs. "Mother bakes this bread every holiday season to share with family and friends. She bakes it in smaller loaf pans and adjusts the cooking time. This recipe makes a moist bread that is also delicious without the nuts."

Includes recipes for:


  • BANANA BREAD

  • BANANA NUT BREAD

  • BANANA NUT LOAF

Full article here.

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August 16, 2006

Wine News: WINE PAIRINGS

"This menu is a "wrap-around," one in which all the dishes complement one another, each part leading to flavors of every other part. When you're choosing wines, that's a good thing, since there are no discordant notes.

But to find the best wine, focus on the main dish, Grilled Deviled Chicken. Luckily, the best wine for the grilled chicken -- a white Burgundy or lightly oaked chardonnay -- works perfectly with all the other flavors on the table."

Full article here.

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August 15, 2006

Cookbook Review: Not Just for Vegetarians

cover_photo.jpgLet's say you're not normally a vegetarian, but you either want to cut down on your meat consumption, or you're interested in preparing a nice meal or two for someone who is a vegetarian. Where are you to look for recipes that can satisfy both sides of the table, so to speak? Well a good place to start is Geraldine Hartman's Not Just for Vegetarians cookbook.

In it you will find lots of recipes that should have great appeal to not just people who have given up eating meat, but meat-eaters and vegans as well (there are vegan variations). Many recipes are nicely photographed, in photos that combine multiple dishes from a section. It's a nice presentation.

Another nice touch is the inclusion of both U.S standard and metric units in the ingredients list. Still being U.S. centric, I found it nice to get a feel for what the measurements were in the other system.

Finally, the cookbook, while not overly large, does have larger sized text making it easier to read from while cooking, but like most books it seems, doesn't lie flat well on the counter.

In addition to the recipes listed below, which were suggested by the author, I found a bunch that I am definitely interested in preparing. Old Fashioned Veggie Stew with Parsley Dumplings, Roasted Parmesan Potatoes, Oatmeal Chocolate Chews, the Veggie Pot Pie (described as a Meal in a Plate, and I believe it), Savory Cheddar Cheese Muffins and finally her Simply the Best "Meat" Loaf which intrigues me. At any rate, there are lots of great recipes to try and you'll find something for everyone, so I can recommend the book. It's a good addition for vegetarians, but the recipes also have a hearty appeal that should make carnivores happy too.

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August 14, 2006

Coffee News: Coffee Stirrer Sticks

This is a good Idea for a homemade Christmas gift because it is never too early to start putting together Ideas.

Includes recipe for:


  • Coffee Stirrer Sticks

Full article here.

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August 12, 2006

Wine News: White Wine Is Heart-Healthy, Too

"White wine fans, raise your glasses: A new study suggests the lighter wines may be just as good for the heart as red.

Until now, research has suggested the bulk of grapes' heart-healthy benefits come from antioxidant compounds primarily found in their skins. These compounds are called anthocyanins and contribute to the red color of the fruit.

In the making of red wines, the grape skins are crushed along with the pulp. But the skins are quickly separated out during the making of most white wines.

That led to the conventional belief that red wines, which contain more of these compounds, are responsible for the drink's beneficial effects in fighting heart disease."

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Emeril's Baby Back Ribs Recipes

"Emeril Lagasse has been busy lately. Thursday morning he was guest host on "Live With Regis & Kelly," and in the afternoon, he chatted with the astronauts on the International Space Station as they tasted the new space meals he created. He is the first celebrity chef to cater outerspace.

But Emeril always has time for "Good Morning America," and he stopped by with some of his grilled baby back rib recipes, after Andrea Miller, of Sanford, Fla., wrote, "I would like to learn how to grill ribs! I'm a divorced mom. Grilling was something that my ex-husband did."

Includes recipe for:


  • Ribs With Spicy Root Beer and Bourbon Glaze

Full article here.

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August 11, 2006

Throw a Senseo Single Serve Coffee Party with Your Friends

senseomachine_promotion.jpgWe've gotten a pretty cool opportunity on how to receive a Senseo single serve coffee maker for FREE for readers of TheCookingNews.com.

Single Serve Coffee (another site from Blogpire Productions) and the folks that make the Senseo coffee pod system are offering you the opportunity to qualify to receive the Senseo machine, share it with friends, and then provide some feedback on the machine. All you need to do to see if you qualify for the FREE Senseo coffee machine, 18 coffee pods, and get FREE shipping is fill out a short questionnaire.

It's for a limited time only and quantities are limited, so click here to fill out the questionnaire and see if you qualify.

Jay Brewer Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

August 10, 2006

Food News: Living with food allergies

"Eight different foods including peanuts, which can cause particularly severe reactions, are responsible for 90 percent of all food allergies. For the 11 million Americans living with food allergies, dining out, whether at a restaurant or a friend's home, can cause more problems than it's worth. Unless you're standing over the chef in the kitchen, the fact is you have no guarantee that the food or foods to which you're allergic won't end up on your plate."


Full article here.

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August 9, 2006

Recipe News: Tomato recipes

Includes recipes for:


  • Costa del Sol Gazpacho

  • Tomato Salsa (Freezer)

  • Easy No-Cook Tomato Sauce

  • Egg Salad-Stuffed Tomatoes

Full article here.

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August 8, 2006

Food News: A beginner's guide to once a month cooking

"Once a month cooking, or "OAMC," is a wonderful tool you can use and modify to suit your needs. It is a simple idea, really, of cooking ahead and then preserving your food using a variety of strategies: freezing, canning, drying, refrigerating. Frugal mom Kim Tilley guides you through the basics.

Just give it a try
The most important tool in OAMC is your freezer, whether you have a large one or just the one on top of your refrigerator. Yes, you can fit a month's worth of meals into that small freezer space! It just takes a little more creativity! I will explain various techniques below in the freezing section. Please don't be afraid to try OAMC. If a month's worth of cooking is to much for you to even think about, try a week's worth and see how you like it. The basic idea is to make every cooking count! Whenever you are going to prepare a family favorite, double, triple, even quadruple the recipe if it will keep in the freezer. You can check below in the freezer section to see what freezes well and what doesn't.

So give yourself a much-needed break -- cook ahead today so you can relax tomorrow!"


Full article here.

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August 7, 2006

Recipe News: Barbeque Recipes From Harmons

Includes recipes for:


  • BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad

  • Harmons’ Chicken “Under a Brick”

Full article here.

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August 6, 2006

Recipe News: Cold Comfort

"Walking around in New York in August, it feels like there's a bus driving about two inches in front of your face, blowing hot exhaust that never stops. When you finally get to the market, your shirt is darkened wherever it touches your skin, and the herbs are looking as wilted as you feel. The idea of cooking is rapidly seeming crazier.
On the other hand, food-wise, it's finally truly summer. The tomatoes, peaches, corn, cucumbers, watermelon, and more, have arrived at long last. This is an exciting time, especially since these beloved American ingredients don't stick around for long.

Thrilled about a bunch of beets I picked up at my CSA last week, I set about making a cold borscht. When it was finally done, several hours later, it was delicious and cooling, but it was also midnight and I was suffering from heat stroke, having roasted the beets, simmered and strained the broth, blended it all and then waited for what felt like an eternity for the concoction to chill."

Includes recipes for:


  • Watermelon Agua Fresca

  • Elotes Mexican Corn Salad

  • Cold Cucumber Soup

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Easy chicken recipes take the easy road

"
There are so many different ways to cook chicken that I never tire of it. I'm particularly fond of chicken cooked on the bone, as it emerges juicy and packed with flavor. Try the recipes that follow, and you might become a fan, too - especially when you need something easy in between shopping trips to get your children ready to start school."

Includes recipes for:


  • CHICKEN THIGHS BRAISED IN WHITE WINE

  • CRISPY CHICKEN WINGS

  • CHICKEN BREASTS STUFFED WITH CHEESE, TOMATO AND BASIL

Full article here.

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August 5, 2006

BlogPire Podcast - The Pilot 08.05.2006

Blogpire 144We've been working hard to get it together on the podcast front and can now officially say - we've got a podcast for the entire BlogPire! Hosts Jay Brewer and Russell Miner will take you through the best news and reviews from around the BlogPire. If you're not familiar with podcasts - they're basically a web based radio show and you can read more about them here.

The Pilot show features exclusive chat and banter about the launch of our new blog SingleServeEspresso.com, a run down of the latest from GPSLodge.com, TVSnob.com, KitchenContraptions.com and many others. We take a look at the latest in BBQ, Poker Drinkware, and of course high definition TV stuff. We hope you enjoy the BlogPire Podcast and expect it to show up on whatever BlogPire weblog you read every 2 weeks!

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August 4, 2006

Learn the Art of Easy Espresso at SingleServeEspresso.com

B00004Rbre.01. Ss400 Sclzzzzzzz V1099448119 Easy Ad-1Blogpire Productions is pleased to announce the addition of www.SingleServeEspresso.com to its growing family of product and especially kitchen focused Web logs. SingleServeEspresso.com will provide news, insights and reviews of espresso coffee, and espresso machines, especially the newer easy to use ESE Pod espresso machines and Super Automatic Espresso machines, both of which make espresso at the touch of a button that rivals the corner café.

"SingleServeEspresso.com is the natural out-growth of SingleServeCoffee.com that has seen great success in the Web log world," says Jay Brewer, founder of Blogpire Productions and editor of SingleServeCoffee.com. "While covering the explosive growth of single serve coffees, our readers kept asking us to cover the growing trend of espresso, and the newer easy to use E.S.E. machines that are becoming a lot more popular. With SingleServeEspresso.com, we’ll be able to do a better job of helping our readers sort through the new espresso coffee market and help them enjoy great tasting espresso at home."

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August 3, 2006

Recipe News: Avocado recipes

img src="http://www.thecookingnews.com/images/cooking.gif" align="right">

Includes recipes for:


  • Huevos a la Mexicana

  • Avocado-Tequila Salsa

  • Avocado and Refried Bean Molletes

  • Avocado and Beef Torta

  • Mexican-Spiced Chicken with Avocado Salsa

  • Hearty Pork, Avocado and Black Bean Salad

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Cake recipe taken beyond blueberries

img src="http://www.thecookingnews.com/images/cooking.gif" align="right">"One recipe leads to another, if you're a cook with a curious mind.

Recipe developer Pam Simmons says she was inspired to go beyond a vanilla-flavored blueberry cake recipe she came across, so she adapted it by adding mixed berries, almond paste and another egg. The result, with its flavor of frangipani and texture of an almond butter cake, won unanimous approval from taste testers.


You can eat the cake warm or cold, Simmons says, suggesting that it's especially good for a tea or coffee break. And it nicely expands ways of using the fresh berries of summer."

Includes recipe for:


  • MIXED BERRY ALMOND CAKE

Full article here.

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Wine News: Go low on vinegar when pairing saucy ribs with wine

"Matching wine with any meat covered with barbecue sauce can be difficult, but our readers love both wine and barbecue, so we offered our wine-tasting group a challenge.

We bought a couple of racks of dry-rub ribs that did not have too much vinegar in the sauce.

When we have done food and wine pairings for our panel in the past, usually one or two wines won't match so well with the food. All five wines worked well with the ribs. Here are the results:"

Full article here.

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August 1, 2006

Wine News: The right wine for salad

"Life holds such confusion: Paper vs. plastic. Where to invest your money. The right wine for salads. Yes, sad but true: "A lot of people are confused about pairing wines with salads," says Jordan Mackay, contributing writer for Wine & Spirits magazine.

Vinaigrettes tend to pose the biggest challenge because of their high acidic content. Thus the wine served with them can taste "dull and flat," he says.

Well, torment yourself no longer. With your vinaigrette-doused salad, serve high-acid sparkling wines, crisp, dry roses and white wines with little or no oak.

Here are some other tips, courtesy of Mr. Mackay and the Wine Market Council."

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Whether you mash or grind, recipes easy

"As babies, Sandra Dickson's three children, now teenagers, were fed baby food made from scratch. Dickson found preparing her own food easy and economical.

Apricot and sweet potato purée was a favorite treat.

Also, "I would just take whatever we were eating and chop it up or grind it up, preseasoning," she said.


Dickson worked a couple of days ahead and stored her homemade baby meals in the refrigerator. A mini food processor became her best friend. She didn't care for the baby-food grinder, a small device similar in looks to an electric pepper mill."

Includes recipes for:


  • Banana and Cherry Purée

  • First Vegetable Purée

  • Chicken With Sweet Potato and Apple

  • Monkey Mash

  • Tropical Treat

Full article here.

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