Archive for November, 2007

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Nice Rack

November 30, 2007

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How funny is this? Some genius took the concept of a CamelBak (the contraption that you fill with water and strap to your backpack when you go hiking) and transformed it into a hysterical way to sneak alcohol into venues. This could be very useful in NYC in the summer when everything fun is outdoors, yet you can’t drink anywhere. For men, there’s The Beer Belly, and even funnier, for women, is the WineRack. I don’t think I’d have the guts to strap a canister of wine to my chest, but I still think it’s amazingly funny. What do you think?

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Iron Chef Holiday Special

November 28, 2007

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I have a bit of a shameful confession: I think I fell in love with Paula Deen. Normally, I find her high-pitch squeals annoying, her southern accent unbearable, and the food she makes disgusting, but she stole my heart on the All-Star Holiday Dessert Battle. I watched that entire episode thinking… man, she’s kinda funny. I even forced J to watch a little bit of it last night on DVR.

If you missed it, the show pitted Food Network stars Cat Cora and Paula Deen against Tyler Florence and Robert Irvine. And the special ingredient was SUGAR! Cora and Deen took a really whimsical approach to their dishes, putting cookies in a faux-mailbox for Santa and making a Candy Cane cocktail. Only when it comes to Christmas does this sugary-sweet approach to food really get to me, I swear! Florence sort of dropped the ball in an unsuccessful attempt at making a Buche de Noel in under 60 minutes. But, there was an amazingly awesome moment when Paula chomped down on Robert’s index finger and wouldn’t let go. When she finally did, she yelled, “Watch out! I’m a snapping turtle.” And I died of laughter. And I’m mildly ashamed at the cheesiness of it all. But YumSugar did a poll, and most people agreed that the episode was fantastic! So at least I’m not alone.

And oh yeah—Tiny Fey was a judge, so at least that increases the cool factor.

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Tips for Denver?

November 27, 2007

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I haven’t been posting about going out to restaurants recently—and that’s because I’ve been trying to save some money for a change. J and I are going to Denver next week (wahoo!), and I needed to build up a nice little vacation fund for the trip. Does anyone have any good tips for Denver: restaurants, bars, fun things to do?  Let me know in the comments!

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Best Book Swap EVER!

November 27, 2007

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A while back, Laura hooked me up with a fantastic book swap partner: Erica’s Bloggity Blog. She’s a lovely blogger and photographer and mother of 2 adorable little kids. So, I sent her a tried and true book of healthy recipes and a brand-new chocolate cookbook to even out the healthy factor. Then I threw in a few books for her kids to play with and read. I felt great when I sent my package! And then… I got my amazing box of books in the mail. Erica sent me the brand-new book by Nigella Lawson, How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food. I got so excited by this book that I actually took it out and started reading it on the subway home—the first time I’ve ever done that with a cookbook. Haven’t actually made anything yet, but I’ll post as soon as I do. Other goodies that Erica sent me: Trinny and Susannah: What You Wear Can Change Your Life (from the British show What Not to Wear which I hardcore heart); Better Homes and Gardens Big Book of 30-Minute Dinners; Light Cooking: Pasta; Light Cooking: Chicken; and a novel called Labyrinth that I’m already 60 pages into. What a successful swap, right?!?! Thanks Laura and Erica! But I immediately felt guilty that I didn’t include any fun reading in the package I sent, so I’m going to stick an addendum in the mail. Something that’s weighing down my bookshelf and needing to be read!

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Happy Birthday to Jo the MasterBaker!

November 26, 2007

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Thanksgiving Leftovers

November 26, 2007

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Over at GoodyBlog, we posted the Slashfood feed about Thanksgiving leftovers. I am still (4 days later) eating leftovers, and I’m about to burst from too much turkey, stuffing, and mashed sweet potatoes. But I’m kind of obsessed with the Slashfood feed about how to use leftovers to make the perfect turkey sandwich. I have my own genius recipe for a Cran-Gravy Turkey Stuffed sandwich. Here’s how it goes: toast 2 pieces of whole wheat bread, spread cold cranberry sauce onto the bread like jelly, warm some turkey and stuffing with a small amount of gravy in the microwave, and then layer the stuffing and turkey onto the bread. Delicious. What’s your favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipe?

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I Is Smart

November 19, 2007

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I guess I should start using some bigger words… (via BB-Blog, who has a high school reading level)