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Alsatian Baeckeoffe
Alsatian Baeckeoffe

Well, we’ve now reached the end of my tribute to Top Chef: Masters.  As you may know, the show drew to a close last week and even though Rick Bayless was crowned the champion, I wanted to honor all three chefs that made it to the finals.  I have already tackled Quinoa Pasta with Salsa Verde from Michael Chiarello, which you can see here, and two different salsas by...

Around the Web 1
Around the Web 1

As most of you have probably done yourselves, I’ve happened to stumble on some good food-related articles/sites in the past few days and thought I’d share!  I’ll include an excerpt, but you should really visit the sites for the full articles! 1. What’s Inside a Slim Jim @ Wired It’s real meat, all right. But it ain’t Kobe. The US Department...

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Roasted Jalapeño-Tomato Salsa
Roasted Jalapeño-Tomato Salsa

I figure I’ll begin this post with a recap, as this is the second in a group of three posts.  Top Chef: Masters drew to a close last week and even though Rick Bayless was crowned the champion, I wanted to honor all three chefs that made it to the finals.  I have already tackled Quinoa Pasta with Salsa Verde from Michael Chiarello, which you can see here, so today we...

C’mon, Fox…
C’mon, Fox…

Okay, mini-rant.  It looks like my little post about the KFC Double Down has spread everywhere, including to cable news: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh_JXJoV2Yo That was Fox News… please note that there was no mention of the blog or anything else.  Because of this I have now watermarked the photos and hope that no one else decides that they can just swipe images...

Quinoa Pasta with Salsa Verde
Quinoa Pasta with Salsa Verde

Top Chef: Masters drew to a close last week and even though Rick Bayless was crowned the champion, I wanted to honor all three chefs that made it to the finals.  Tonight I decided to recreate the dish that gave Michael Chiarello the win on Episode 8.  For those who didn’t follow the show, this challenge was a doozy: Episode 8: Dietary Restrictions In the Elimination...

There is nothing quite like Fair Food, is there?
There is nothing quite like Fair Food, is there?

This weekend Jess and I decided to head on over to the 2009 Iowa State Fair and see all there was to see (and of course eat all there was to eat).  It was supposed to storm all day, so we packed umbrellas and the like, but by the time we got there we learned (again) to not trust weathermen.  The sky was blue and the sun was out all day (hooray for sunburns!), so it make for...

Summer Vegetable Gratin
Summer Vegetable Gratin

This recipe is a long time coming and I kind of feel bad it took me this long to post it on here, but I had to make sure it was perfect.  I have made this dish about 6 times in the last month tweaking things here and there until I got it just right.  The idea for the dish came from Anne Willan’s “The Good Cook” under the title of “Jessica’s Garden...

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Mighty muhammara
Mighty muhammara

I was sitting here staring at my jar full of pomegranate molasses and wondering where to start when I came across this interesting recipe.  Now, I am a huge fan of hummus… I could seriously sit down and eat an entire bowl of the stuff.  I also love baba ghanoush to no end.  What does this have to do with anything?  Well, I’m about to introduce you to the missing...

When life gives you pomegranates
When life gives you pomegranates

You know the old saying: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”  So what do you tell someone who suddenly ended up with 64oz of pomegranate juice on his doorstep? I know what you’re thinking, “how often does one get a crate of pomegranate juice?”  Well, not often, but I had been contacted by a woman named Molly from the Pom Wonderful company...