December 30, 2006

Recipe News: ESPN Zone Recipes

"Many New Year's Eve parties are now also turning into Bears game viewing parties. So, people need some appetizer ideas that are somewhere between Champagne and Caviar and Beer and chips. The chef from ESPN Zone will have some ideas.

Chicken and Avocado Wrap and the Southwest Chicken Salad. Both are popular items at ESPN Zone, easy to make at home, and colorful and healthy additions to any party spread."

includes recipes for:


  • Chicken and Avocado Wrap

  • Corn Salsa

  • Southwest Chicken Salad

  • Potato Chips With Smoked Salmon

Full article here.

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December 29, 2006

Recipe News: Real people New Year's Eve recipes

includes recipes for:


  • Sausage and Caramelized Onion Subs

  • Potato Chips With Smoked Salmon

Full article here.

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December 27, 2006

Wine News: Wine: Reds make healthy, affordable party choices

"Remember the days when planning a party, we bought twice as much white as we bought red wines?

With the news about red wine's positive impact on health, more availability of good red wines and reductions in prices, red wine has become increasingly popular.

Picking an affordable red can be tricky because some people are picky about what reds they will drink.

Quite often the answer lies with a blend of wine from two or three grape varieties. We asked the wine-tasting group to compare four wines costing less than $10 that they would serve at a party. We found a real value."

Full article here.

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December 27, 2006

Recipe News: Family recipes

includes recipes for:


  • Dutch Potato Filling

  • Mom's Rice Pudding

  • Victory Garden Ketchup

  • Pumpkin pie

  • Hurry Up (prize winning) Clam Chowder

Full article here.

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December 26, 2006

Recipe News: New Year's brunch: The recipes

includes recipes for:


  • Goat Cheese Strata With Pancetta and Portabella Mushrooms

  • Herb Popovers

  • Kalamata Mascarpone Spread

  • Rose Petal Tea

Full article here.

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December 24, 2006

Food News: 5 Easy Ways To Slim Down Any Holiday Recipe

"Try these options when cooking your holiday dinners."

Full article here.

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December 22, 2006

Recipe News: Bahama Breeze Restaurants Jamaican Jerk Grilled Chicken Wings

"Chicken wings can be considered one of the most personalized food items on a restaurant’s menu. Not only does the cooking method and the seasoning matter, wings are also prepared made to order. You have to decide “mild or hot” and
“with sauce or without.”

Bahama Breeze Restaurants adds another variation to wings with a Caribbean flair to kick up the flavor of this favorite finger food for the Super Bowl. In our recipe for Jamaican Jerk Grilled Chicken Wings, our wings are marinated in an authentic Jamaican jerk seasoning that is boldly flavored yet not overly spicy. Additionally, our version is easy to make at home!

Prepare this island-inspired appetizer at home with the recipe and tips provided below."

To try this recipe go to bahamabreeze.com

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Recipe News: Appetizer Recipes

I think the appetizer part is a big part of every party try these recipes for your next party.

includes recipes for:


  • LITTLE RED AND GREEN APPETIZERS

  • PISTACHIO-PEPPERCORN FETA CROSTINI

  • GRAPE-AND-BRIE FRITTERS

  • OYSTER-AND-ARTICHOKE DIP

  • SPICY PEACH SHRIMP

  • CORN-AND-WALNUT ROLL-UPS

  • GREEN-CHILI CANES

  • HERBED CHICKEN NUGGETS WITH HONEY MUSTARD

Full article here.

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December 21, 2006

Recipe News: Roast recipes

includes recipes for:


  • Standing Rib Roast with Peppercorn Crust

  • Stuffed Roast Pork Loin with Rosemary

  • Chef Daugherty’s Holiday Roast

  • Rack of Lamb

  • Turkey Breast Roulade

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Candy Cane recipe: Peppermint Cheesecake

includes recipe for:


  • Peppermint Cheesecake

Full article here.

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December 19, 2006

Wine News: Tastings: Warm up with mulled wine recipe

"n northern Europe, mulled wine is the secret weapon against the damp and the cold. The folks at Mid Valley Wines and Liquor say this warming treat is finding new fans in the States. "We like a version made with a hearty but inexpensive Spanish red, sweetened with simple syrup (half-sugar, half-water, heated until the sugar dissolves), and spiced with cloves and cinnamon sticks," says Tim Free, the shop's wine consultant." includes recipe for:
  • Mulled wine
Full article here.
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Recipe News: Chocolate decadence

"Who can resist a show-stopping chocolate dessert, especially at holiday time? There are numerous possibilities for fabulous, decadent finales in some of the season's newest cookbooks.

"Chocolate is popular for the holidays and is favored over vanilla," says Gale Gand, a Chicago-based pastry chef, Food Network host of "Sweet Dreams" and author of the new "Chocolate & Vanilla," with Lisa Weiss (Clarkson Potter/Publishers; $22.50). The book includes 30 chocolate and 30 vanilla recipes.

"Today, the annual worldwide consumption of chocolate is a whopping 60 billion pounds," she writes.

There are more chocolate choices than ever now - in shapes, flavors, textures, beans, percentages of cacao, places of origins, etc.

One of her dessert favorites - an Almond Chocolate Upside Down Cake - sports a chocolate cake base with a gooey-nutty caramel topping that looks decadent and tempting.

"The Mocha Panna Cotta is a killer," she notes.

It's served in small demitasse cups at Tru in Chicago, where Gand is a partner, and 60 percent of the desserts ordered are chocolate. "It's rich and flavorful; bitter chocolate and coffee; sweet, salty, caramel; and crunchy fleur de sel set against the smooth, tangy cream."

A fun dessert or snack for kids is Peanut Butter Cocoa Crisp Treats, a recipe that combines crunchy chocolate cereal with peanut butter and then a drizzling of melted chocolate."

Full article here.

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Coffee News:

"More and more home appliances are now wired to receive data from other sources. The latest is the Melitta Smart Mill & Brew 10-cup coffeemaker which will provide you the daily weather report in addition to providing you with a hot cup of coffee. The coffee pot gets its news from MSN Direct and provides updates every 10 minutes to provide current conditions as well as a 3-day forecast. The machine also grinds the beans so basically it does everything but put it in a cup and shove you out the door in the morning. It sells for around $199.95 on Amazon."

Full article here.

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December 16, 2006

Wine News: Gifts for the wine geek on your list

"One not only drinks wine, one smells it, observes it, tastes it, sips it — and one talks about it.” King Edward VII 1841-1910

A wine geek is an individual who spends much of his or her time, money and energy, learning, tasting and talking about wine.

So, with just a few weeks to go before Christmas, I thought I would suggest a few ideas that may be helpful for those of you shopping for a wine enthusiast.

Poor glassware is a huge issue and often a pet peeve with us geeks."

Full article here.

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December 14, 2006

Recipe News: Crispy Vanilla-Spice Sugar Cookies

"These easy sugar cookies look low-key, but they have a distinctive crisp texture and, owing to fresh ginger root, an enticing spice taste that makes them memorable. Unlike many holiday cookies, these don't require rolling. Adapted from cookbook author Nancy Baggett.

The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 10 days or frozen, well wrapped, for up to 2 months."

includes recipe for:


  • Crispy Vanilla-Spice Sugar Cookies

Full article here.

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December 12, 2006

Coffee News: Deck the walls - with built-in coffee makers

"Quicker than you can say Starbucks, appliance-makers are heating things up in the kitchen with built-in coffee brewing systems designed for the homes of cappuccino- and latte-lovers everywhere.

European manufacturers Bosch and Gaggenau introduced sleek, stainless models, ranging in price from $1,099 to $1,999, earlier this year at the Kitchen and Bath Show in Chicago as the newest must-have equipment in the modern kitchen.

The upscale designs of these coffee-makers dovetail nicely with trends toward stainless stoves and refrigerators. Created largely as kitchen appliances, the machines could be installed by homeowners and set up as coffee bars in a dining room, home office, den or home theater, too.

The Bosch Benvenuto allows users to pour in whole coffee beans, set grind coarseness and return for a fresh cup of java only after "each freshly ground coffee granule is engulfed with water in a pressurized chamber." A removable water filter ensures that metallic taste and impurities are removed for a premium coffee experience.

For the hard-core coffee lover who's always in search of a higher-octane brew, this machine, complete with frothing attachment, also has espresso and cappuccino options. For those who want a lighter beverage, hot water for tea or hot chocolate is standard. The price tag for this digitized jazzy model: $1,999. A countertop version is available too for $1,499.

Gaggenau takes a similar approach with gorgeous brushed stainless or aluminum models, the CM 200. It too has six grind options and the company boasts an "aroma whirl brewing technique" that spins the drip grind so water reaches each coffee granule. A foaming dispenser steams milk for lattes to 110 degrees."

Full article here.

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December 11, 2006

Recipe News: Bread recipes

includes recipes for:


  • Christmas Tree Bread

  • Sausage & French Toast 1-Dish Breakfast

  • Peach 1-Dish Streusel

Full article here.

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December 9, 2006

Recipe News: Scrumptious shortbread

"Shortbread is one of the all-time favourite Christmas cookies.

Considering the basic recipe for this cookie consists of only three ingredients - butter, sugar and flour, there are literally hundreds and hundreds of different shortbread recipes.

Some doughs are made with brown, granulated or icing sugar, some include a little rice flour or cornstarch, others have oatmeal, chopped nuts or other flavourings - all giving this rich buttery classic a slightly different texture and flavour."

includes recipes for:


  • Espresso Chocolate Shortbread

  • Almond Shortbread

Full article here.

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December 8, 2006

Recipe News: New cookbooks to warm up your winter

"I didn't realize how much my cooking skills had improved over the years until we were iced in early this month — trapped in our Seattle home, unable even to get out for work. We hadn't shopped since returning from the Thanksgiving holiday, and now dinner, as well as lunch, breakfast, and any and all snacks, was reduced to whatever we could make out of the fixings in our pantry and refrigerator.

I admit, I felt a little proud to be able to use my cookbooks, online recipes, and my own creativity to turn out varied and healthy meals from what was around the house. My family has been spoiled by the fact that we're just six blocks from two giant grocery stores, four minutes from a wonderful weekend farmer's market, and until recently, enjoyed home produce delivery. But my adventure with the wintry weather was a good lesson in using up what we have, both clearing out the fridge and cupboards and requiring some creative recipe wrangling. The cabin fever did set in after about three days, but it wasn't brought on by any limited food choices."

Full article here.

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Recipe News: HOLIDAY DRINKS: Making spirits bright

"The holidays are a great time to reconnect with friends and family, give thoughtful gifts and contemplate the greater things that tie us all together.

They’re also the ultimate way to clean out your liquor cabinet.

Unfortunately, society seriously frowns on re-gifting opened liquor bottles, however full the item or grateful the recipient. And pouring it out is just wrong.

Instead, pick a Friday, Saturday or even weekend night out of the calendar this month, leaving yourself time to clean the day before. Run through your cell phone contacts, call up some friends and nearby family, and plan on having a Ridiculously Holiday-Themed Get-Together, with a little help from a few drink recipes Night & Day has put together for you.

For the three drinks you saw on the cover, all credit goes to Frank Ryan, bartender extraordinaire at Western Door: A Seneca Steakhouse at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. A few other recipes will help set up your basic nog and virgin drinks.

Relax, enjoy something red and green, and drink responsibly."

includes recipes for:


  • Champagne cocktail

  • Man overboard

  • Eggnog cocktail

  • Mistletoe kiss

  • Traditional egg nog

  • Fancy egg nog

  • Hot Perked Punch

  • Party drink

Full article here.

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December 5, 2006

Coffee News: Luxist Holiday Guide: Gifts for the Coffee Lover

"giftee has specific interests. While coffee isn't exactly an interest per-se, a coffee-lover will always appreciate a coffee related gift. And there are a lot of them to choose from, from appliances to beans, and every one on our list of favorites is sure to perk them up this holiday season.
A great gift is a high quality conical burr grinder. Even if your coffee lover who already grinds their own beans - which is the very easiest way to ensure that you're getting all the flavor you can from them - can benefit from the increase precision offered by a machine like the KitchenAid Pro Line Burr Coffee Grinder. $200.

The Gaggia Achilles Espresso Machine is a good choice for those who are serious about making espresso. The machine is lever-operated, so the user controls just about every bit of the process that goes into producing their shots. Price: $1,500."

Full article here.

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December 4, 2006

Recipe News: Cheesiest trend returns: Fondue recipes hot again

"Any bride and groom who got married in or lived through the 1960s and ’70s know what a fondue pot looks like. They know because they inevitably got several dozen as wedding gifts.

Sure, they were probably avocado green or harvest gold, but who cared? Fondue was fun. So sad that they fell out of favor in the early ’80s and all but disappeared from the must-have lists in the ’90s.

But wait, what goes around comes around, and the culinary world has again embraced the concept of fondue. This time around, however, there are a slew of high-tech fondue pots and upscale gourmet recipes to make the fondue experience twice as much fun as it was in the last century."

includes recipes for:


  • Toblerone Dark Chocolate Honey-Almond Fondue

  • Garlic Cheese Fondue

  • Sweet Corn Fondue

  • Caramel Fondue

  • Apricot Dipping Sauce

  • Peanut Sauce

  • Honey Onion Sauce

  • Milanese Sauce

Full article here.

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December 3, 2006

Recipe News: Low cholesterol recipes

it seems like more and more people are finding out that they have high cholesterol these days and it is hard to think of low cholesterol meals. Try these they sound great.

includes recipes for:


  • CHICKEN BREASTS STUFFED WITH RICOTTA AND GOAT CHEESE

  • SPICED SHISH KEBABS WITH HORSERADISH CREAM

  • STRAWBERRIES ROMANOFF

  • MISO CARAMELIZED HALIBUT

  • TOMATO AND ASPARAGUS TARTARE

  • SAN FRANCISCO HALIBUT

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Christmas cookie recipes

"It's Christmas cookie time, when millions of home bakers pull out the mixer, cookie cutters and decorating supplies for the annual extravaganza of edible good cheer. If you're a sane individual who sprinkles colored sugar on your cookies and calls it a day, you can stop reading right now.

If, on the other hand, you are a crazy person who decides that elaborately decorated cookies are an essential part of the holiday experience - the kind of baker who stays up until 3 a.m., tweezers in hand, placing gold dragees on a gingerbread reindeer - honey, come sit next to me.

I realize I could make hundreds of gorgeous, sophisticated cookies in the time it takes to create a handful of decorated cutouts. But one big, beautiful cookie on top of the stocking is worth two dozen rum balls in my book. I've picked up a few tricks along the way, and share in the spirit of the season. Merry Craziness to you."

includes recipes for:


  • Viennese Chocolate Pepper Cookies

  • Aunt Helen's Chinese Chews

  • Florentines

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Lighten Up: Lighten Up: Chef Emily's Chocolate Cookies

Traditional cookies and confections are always welcome at holiday time as a nibble for your guests, as a hostess gifts for parties or for those famous Wisconsin cookie swaps.

Unfortunately, cookies and holiday treats come loaded with needless calories and a host of unhealthy nutrient-devoid ingredients. Let's be honest. Everyone needs a good bite of sweet something from time to time.

As a chef, what never ceases to amaze me is the amount of sugar in recipes. We don't need all of that sugar. I took a traditional chocolate cookie recipe, exchanged the white sugar for brown sugar and then cut the amount of sugar called for in the recipe from 3½ cups down to just 2/3 cup. The result is a delicious, dark chocolate morsel."

includes recipe for:


  • Chef Emily's Chocolate Cookies

Full article here.

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