April 17.2015 – How foodies can get the most out of CCC

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Author of e-books on dieting 99 cents – $3.99 and biz writing $3.99 and also quit smoking 99 cents

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As we move into our spring hiatus, thought I’d leave you with some helpful hints on how to benefit from the various tasty components that make up “Celebrity Chef Connection.” And note that most of these perks remain available on the site throughout the hiatus.

Taking it, as the saying goes, from the top . . .

 Pages - Here’s where you can access our About blurb with background information and a contact link, the Home link, our privacy policy, the Dieter’s Resource Page with a whole array of shopping options for those trying to “undo table time,” our Store Directory, and Chef Links which show contact information including on social media, restaurant listings, newsletter sign-ups if offered, and more for celeb chefs across the country.

 Stores - all of these are listed right under my book credits, and all are linked to Amazon. You see an overview of the stores in the afore-mentioned Store Directory. Usually the Amazon prices are better than retail and if I find a really special offer it will be highlighted in this next section.

 Deal Connections - with each post, Tue/Thu/Fri, I try to find deals I can display here that would be of interest to foodies, some Amazon and some directly linked to a celeb chef’ or manufacturer’s site. I do have a few things to run on ebay that will also show here now and then but for the most part leaving those now till pre-holiday.

 Left panel links - a wealth of goodies here such as Amazon gift resources, a grilling guide, and a fabulous recipe newsletter.  You’ll also find a link to recipes and the archives here.

 The posts - Tuesday, almost always a recipe, from a celeb chef, a new or fave cookbook, the CCC kitchen, or another curated source – and all pretty much quick, easy, delectable, home-cook friendly. Thursday, usually celeb chef news, e.g., TV show, new book, new restaurant, special award, food & wine fests,  sometimes a roundup. Friday, more chef news or sometimes new celeb chef cookbook or other item of foodie interest.

Something new after the hiatus. Rather than post ebook deals on just the first Friday of the month, from now on we’ll sprinkle them throughout the month on various days, appearing in the Deal Connections section.

 Click for more information - in this area I gather links for just about anything that is helpful to you and relevant to the post.

 Next/Below - here we show you a mini-preview of the next post and a reminder of the one just below where you’re reading.

 Last - since Amazon is such a great resource for so many foodie “toys,” and so many cookbooks now are on Kindle, at the very bottom of the page we show links for both. You also have the opportunity here to try Amazon Prime for a 30-day free trial.

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See you right back here on May 5 with a quick Cinco de Mayo recipe

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April 16.2015 – Celeb chef buzz, part 4 – final installment for now

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Author of e-books on dieting 99 cents – $3.99 and biz writing $3.99 and also quit smoking 99 cents

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“15 Kickass Organic Cocktails,” ebook currently showing as Free

Amazon calls these items “the most wished for in Kitchen & Dining”

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 Jean-Georges Vongerichten is celebrating spring in all his restaurants with a dish the celebrated chef says signifies the season, and that would be the combo of asparagus and morels. Even better, he shares the prep.  Recipe

 As most foodies and Giada fans know, the high profile chef is going through some emotionally challenging times right now and one of the ways she is making things better is embarking on spring cleaning like about 4.0, and in her latest newsletter she tells us how we can de-clutter too.  Tips

  Mario Batali posts another cooking demo, this one for coulis, “a perfect sauce for gelato and cake,” and he says all you need is fruit and sugar.  Video

  Big congrats to chef Blaine Wetzel of The Willows Inn on Lummi Island in the San Juans whose awes0me innate talents, enhanced by collaborations with the world renowned Noma’s Rene Redzepi and also, yes, Mother Nature, who’s once again been nominated for a prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northwest.  Willows

  Renowned Chicago chef Rick Bayless has passed along another recipe from this new cookbook, “More Mexican Everyday,” for Slow-Grilled Pork Shoulder with Ancho Barbecue Sauce.  Recipe

 Found. A stroll past Sensi at Bellagio in  Las Vegas brought back fond memories of it opening chef, the quite awesome Martin Heierling, so started to wonder, where he is now. Sydney Australia??? Yep, chef Heierling, after an impressive gig as culinary director at Starr Restaurant Group, is now Corporate Executive Chef for Urban Purveyor Restaurant Group in Sydney, which is billed as Australia’s leading hospitality group. Woohoo for you Martin!  Urban

 Sipping and reading, life is good. Andre Rochat has unveiled selections from his vast cookbook collection in a new culinary library at his cigar lounge on the second floor of his Andre’s restaurant at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas. Among the 100s of titles in rotation are tomes by the likes of Escoffier, Gauthier, Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Joël Robuchon, Paul Bocuse, Jean-Louis Palladin, Daniel Boulud’s, and Daniel Humm’s – plus vintage editions dating back to the 1700s. Andres

♦  Long time fave Nick Stellino resumed his show on Create TV on April 12.  Join the chef as he visits “favorite grocers, butchers, cheesemakers and fishmogers . . . shares his tips and tricks for selecting the ideal ingredients and the best culinary tools . . . prepares elegant yet easily recreated recipes.” Mon-Fri + Sun, 6:30p, repeats 9:30p PT{ may not play in all areas}. Create

 Looking ahead, here is one of Paula Deen’s suggested recipes for Mother’s Day, and it looks to me like a celebration in a glass.  Strawberry Margarita Mousse

 Chances are you’ve already heard of Chef Jason Franey, a 2011 FOOD & WINE “Best New Chef,” 3x Beard Award finalist & a Relais & Châteaux “Grand Chef.” Now he’s in the headlines again as he “brings over 20 years of experience and his modern technique” to the new menu at Restaurant 1833 in Monterey, where he took the reins last December, and who says they’ll be “incorporating our own modern take on Gallatin’s, the legendary restaurant that once occupied the space.”  1833

 Watch this space for more information on the Vermont Epicurean Center, a mega-facility slated to open next year with a restaurant, brewpub, gourmet market, specialty shops, tasting room, event spaces, and educational venues. all with a strong farm-to-plate vibe. Thanks to isante’s online magazine for this heads-up.  Epicurean Center

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Next: Getting the best of CCC  Below: Mac King’s Derby Pie

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April 14.2015 – Derby Pie recipe by celeb {x2}

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Baking Texas Pies – Sweet Savory, ebook currently Free

Disney Mickey Mug Warmer – save $5.00

Gift Ideas in Kitchen & Dining on Amazon

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Here’s why Mac King is so interesting to CCC. He’s now known as a fave comedy magician of the first order. But “back when” in his hometown of Louisville he spent time as a chef at a fine dining restaurant.

So here we have, in a timely fashion I might add, his recipe for Derby Pie. But these days, whenever you’re in Las Vegas, top of your must-see list should be his hilarious award-winning afternoon show at Harrah’s.

Serves, ahhh, several, quite rich

1 c sugar  1/2 c flour   2 eggs, well beaten   1 stick margarine, melted   1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips   1 t vanilla   1 unbaked pie shell

Mix first six ingredients and pour into pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 min. Let cool.

Serve warm or cold with whipped cream or ice cream.

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Next: Final chef buzz {for now}  Below: a cookbook I love

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April 10.2015 – Comfort Food Cookbook

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I’ve now had a chance to take a page by page look at the Taste of Home Cooking School Cookbook that was included in the goodie bag from the recent ToH live cooking event. Wow, this is a great read and a great resource.Product Details

First and foremost the recipes fully live up to the magazine’s rep for delectable comfort food. The preps tap into ethnic cuisines, American regional favorites, and classics dishes often with an added burst of flavor.

And this is good. The book opens with  listings of the basic kitchenware it recommends you have, and concludes with substitutions, equivalents, terms, and a guide to herbs. In between in addition to the 400+ recipes are how-tos, secrets, and Cheat-It preps defined as low effort recipes.

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All Taste of Home cookbooks  ToH Cooking School Cookbook

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Next: Baking Championships on TV  Below: Celeb’s Derby Pie recipe

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April 9.2015 – A big prize at stake as bakers compete on new TV show

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Wow,  some really high stakes here. Food Network’s new series, Spring Baking Championship, will see “eight of the country’s most-talented bakers” Spring Baking Championshipcompete for a grand prize of $50,000.

Judges Duff Goldman, Nancy Fuller and Lorraine Pascale will be tasting and testing the results of such challenges as flower-inspired cupcakes, honey-based treats, tarts and trifles, and a wedding dessert bar. Along the way competitors “must endure surprising twists in order to succeed.”

Premiers April 26, 9|8c.  Bobby Deen hosts.

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Food Network Spring Baking Championship  Bobby Deen

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Next: comfort food cookbook  Below: brownie pie recipe

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April 7.2015 – Chocolate Heaven Brownie Pie by Paula Deen

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DEAL CONNECTIONS . . . {some may be limited time offers}

Save 10% on 3 or more Paula Deen items 

Amazon’s new arrivals in home & kitchen

Planet Coupon {this is the first I’ve heard of this – know nothing about it so please do your own evaluation – this link leads to the press release}

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Oh my. Check the recipe name, check the chef who created it, check the image. Sort of says it all.

10 servings

1/2 lb butter, room temp  2 c powdered sugar  2 t vanilla  2 c all-purpose flour  1/4 t baking powder  1 c macadamia nuts, chopped  1 box brownie mix, family size, additional ingredients per box  1 c milk chocolate chips  2 tubs sweetened whipped topping, defrosted in refrigerator  chocolate syrup

Preheat oven to 350°. In a bowl, combine butter, sugar, vanilla, flour, baking powder and nuts for crust and mix together until combined. Do not over-mix, or crust will be hard. Pour mixture into a greased 9×13 pan and gently press down to form crust. Bake for 10 minutes. Note: crust will not be cookedDeen's brownie pie completely as it will be baked again with filling.

In a separate bowl, combine all ingredients for brownie mix per box directions until well-combined. Add 1 cup chocolate chips and mix to combine.

Pour brownie mixture into crust and return to oven for an additional 20-25 min, or until toothpick comes out clean. Brownie filling should be a little fudge-y. Cool completely.

Once cooled, add the two containers of sweetened whipped topping and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight for brownie filling to completely set. Cut into squares and enjoy.

Note . . . I see that the image shows the brownie without the whipped cream and syrup which makes me think it’s also just fine as is.

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April 3.2015 – First Friday Foodie e-Book Deals – all 99 cents

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Here’s this month’s showcase of book deals of foodie interest on Amazon Kindle

This time, all the foodie books are just 99 cents

All deals are as of today, though some may extend indefinitely

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Next: Paula Deen’s brownie pie recipe  Below: celeb chef buzz, part 3

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April 2.2015 – Celeb Chef Buzz, Part 3

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♦  Gussied up wood-fired grills are now finding their way into commercial kitchens, so says ProChef SmartBrief, citing notable chef Dan Barber as among those now using these famed Grillworks cookers, favored for their innovative design governing heat levels and fat run off, t o grill of course but also for baking and broiling. Add Tom Colicchio, Jose Andres and Sean Brock too to this club.  Grillworks

 “Chopped” champ Phillip Dell goes up a notch or two on the challenge scale as a competitor this Sunday on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” which host Alton Brown ensures that time after time more than lives up to its name. Catch it at 10p e, 9p c, on April 5.  Phillip Dell

 Meanwhile, Alton Brown has just a few more dates on his tour, Oklahoma City today, San Antonio tomorrow, Houston on the 4th.  Alton Brown

 Busy guy! Charlie Palmer who already has places on both coasts and in between, is opening, count ‘em, three restaurants in the legendary Knickerbocker Hotel in NYC. Charlie Palmer at The Knick for fine dining, St Cloud for “the ultimate rooftop bar,” and Jake@TheKnick for a “cultured coffee shop and cafe” experience.  Charlie Palmer

   Well in the case of these cookbooks, the books themselves are pretty much the celebs. Bauman Rare Books at the Palazzo in Las Vegas is staging an extraordinary exhibit featuring “FINE FOOD & DRINK, a Collection of Rare and Unusual Cookbooks, Wine and Cocktail First Editions and Bartender Guides.” Among the highlights: the first Jewish cookbook published in America, Prohibition-era bartender guides and works on wine appreciation and grape cultivation. plus first editions from Julia Child, Neiman Marcus, and the “Wine Press and Cellar.” Free, open to the public, through April 12.  Bauman

 Some biggies and up and comers will be recognized at the Augie Awards, a creation of The Culinary Institute of America to recognize the success and achievements of the best and brightest, which this year will “celebrate women chefs and restaurateurs.” The annual Leadership Awards dinner on April 30 at the American Museum of Natural History will put the spotlight on the 2015 honorees—which include Elena Arzak, Lidia Bastianich, Dominique Crenn, Anne-Sophie Pic, and Nancy Silverton — along with 600 food and foodservice leaders.  CIA

♦  In Las Vegas on May 21?A foodie must-go is the Epicurean Affair poolside at The Palazzo®, sponsored by the Nevada Restaurant Association, featuring many notable restaurants from around the city, along with a premier selection of libations, and hosted by celeb chef José Andrés. From 7p to 10p, tix start at $100, VIP includes an Andres meet & greet. Palazzo

 Did you know? If you have a diner, drive-in or dive you think is worthy of the show of the same name, you can suggest it on Guy Fieri’s site. On any page, just scroll down to the link at bottom right. Guy Fieri

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Next: First Friday foodie e-book deals  Below: Brownie Batter Dip recipe

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March 31.2015 – Brownie Batter Dip recipe from Taste of Home

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As noted in our Friday post, “Taste of Home” magazine is renowned for its top notch comfort food recipes. And what, I ask you, could be more comforting than chocolate, in brownie mode, in a bowl, ready for your fave dippers . . . or a spoon. The ToH recipes typically come from their uber-talented readers. This one is from honorary celeb chef “Mel,” and we sure do thank her.

Makes 20 servings {hmmm, could be open to debate}

8 oz cream cheese, softened  1/4 c butter, softened  2 c confectioners sugar  1/3 c baking cocoa  1/4 c 2% milk  2 T brown sugar  1 t vanilla extract  1/4 c M&Ms, optional  animal crackers, pretzels and/or sliced apples

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat inBrownie Batter Dip Recipe confectioners sugar, cocoa, milk, brown sugar and vanilla until smooth. If desired, sprinkle with M&M’s minis. Serve with dippers of your choice.

Notes . . . while the recipe suggests some fine dippers, we know there’s lots more stuff that could pair up quite nicely here, such as marshmallows, sliced bananas, other fruits, soft caramels, graham crackers, angelfood cake, even good French bread . . . I’m guessing the 2% milk is for the mixture’s consistency but still got a bit of a chuckle out of calling for lower fat milk in a prep with cream cheese, butter, and two kinds of sugar

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March 27 – cooking school coming to a place near you {maybe}

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Save 20% on selected KitchenAid items through March 30

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Oh, this was fun. “Taste of Home,” which we know as a magazine that shows us how to make top notch comfort food, is now doing that same sort of thing in a different way – as live cooking school events across the country.

And there was a lot to love there. Such as: the chef/host who was quite the entertaining showman, the Show Guide that let you follow along as the recipes were prepared on stage, the bonanza of other recipes plus kitchen and cooking tips that were also in the Guide, and then as well the vendor booths and raffle prizes.

If you opt for VIP admission, you’ll also receive a goodie bag with a ToH cookbook plus coupons, offers, and a free digital sub. For the school I attended this was priced at $40 while general admission was $15.

Scroll down on the school page for a window where you can enter your zipcode to see if one of the live events will be taking place near you. There’s also a link on this page for the school’s online classes.

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