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Dec 15.2015 – Lots of gifts for the Celeb Chef fans on your list

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If the chef is on TV, owns high profile restaurants, or has authored top selling cookbooks, chances are excellent you’ll find a listing in my book store, with cookbooks, memoirs and more . . . and gift store with cookware, bakeware, apparel, foods and beverages.

Why look all through Amazon to find what you need? Instead, get comfy, maybe grab a glass of wine, and take a virtual stroll through these two shops, each on a single easy-to-use page.

Celeb Chef Book Store  Celeb Chef Gift Store

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Also, save on Kindle Fires, e.g.,  HD10 sale $179.99, reg $229.99

Scroll down for even more great foodie gift ideas

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We return on Jan 1, 2016, to answer this question . . .

Can one site satisfy a big appetite for

both foodies and readers 

???

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Dec 4.2015 – “wrap up” Judge Judy for her fans on your gift list

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THIS WEEK IN THE GIFT GUIDE

The straight-talking Judge Judy – who offsets that sauciness with flashes of her trademark humor – that we see on TV very much shines through the pages of her entertaining and instructive books, offered in various formats including one audiocassette. Anyone who loves watching her will also love reading her. There’s also a separate link for her DVDs and T-shirts.

Here’s what she’s written {several at a discount} . . .

 Beauty Fades, Dumb is Forever: The Making of a Happy Woman

 What Would Judy Say?: A Grown Up Guide to Living Together with Benefits

 Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining: America’s Toughest Family Court Judge Speaks Out

 Judge Judy Sheindlin’s Win or Lose by How You Choose

 Keep It Simple Stupid: You’re Smarter Than You Look

 You’re Smarter Than You Look: Uncomplicating Relationships in Complicated Times

 Judge Judy Sheindlin’s You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover: Cool Rules for School

View all on Amazon 

Judge Judy’s DVDs and T-shirts

Scroll down for other great holiday gift ideas

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We return on Jan 1, 2016, to answer this question . . .

Can one site satisfy a big appetite for

both foodies and readers 

???

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Nov 28.2015 – 99 cent cookbooks, great stuffer for a “virtual” stocking

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THIS WEEK IN THE GIFT GUIDE

Wow, some nice cookbook titles on Kindle for just 99 cents. And you know, you can give Kindle as a gift by clicking the tab on Amazon in the right hand menu.

Among the selections, books on cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pies, seafood, international, vegan, paleo, lots more. Note that a few non-99-cent-ers sneaked onto this page but most of them, on in fact several pages, are at this price.

99-cent Kindle cookbooks {scroll past the first item}

Bonus: as of today, this one, Quick Bites Cookbook, is free on Kindle

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We return on Jan 8, 2016, to answer this question . . .

Can one site satisfy a big appetite for

both foodies and readers 

???

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Oct 29. 2015 – current celeb chef buzz

Hosted & posted by Barbara J Nosek, Tue, Thu, Fri

Author/Publisher of Nice Life e-books, diet guides & more, .99-$3.99 

“Proprietor” of online foodie stores, books, gifts, food, wine & more

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 Love apples? Here’s some beautiful footage from Mario Batali of the fave fall fruit on the farm, in the pan, at the table. Not exactly recipes but, though presented in reverse order, for the most part you get the idea. Click the link and then the box in the upper right corner, hit the arrows for full screen.  Video

 So how about a for-real apple recipe. Thanks to Paula Deen for these decorative caramel apples, ready to rule the Halloween goodie line-up. Chef Deen shows you how with a step-by-step and pix for each. Recipe

 Famed blogger and TV star Ree Drummond recently launched a line of products, now available as she says “at Walmart stores across the land.” The Pioneer Woman has created a pretty collection of bowls, plates, cups, cookware, servingware, utensils, and an adorable basset hound figurine. See them here

 Various Chicago media are reporting that Rick Bayless will partner with Crown Imports to create a craft beer scheduled to appear on store shelves next year. His original beer venture, Marisol, is currently served at Frontera. Meanwhile warm up these cool days with Chef Bayless’ Toasted Tortilla Soup with Fresh Cheese and Chile Pasilla. Recipe

 Carla Hall, the lively chef familiar to viewers of “The Chew” and “Top Chef All-Stars,” has a new cookbook with a focus on “spinning standbys into distinctive new recipes” and combining “the beloved flavors of home with the most delectable, enticing spices and tastes of international cuisine. Called “Carla’s Comfort Foods,” it’s currently available at a discounted price at Amazon. Click here

 Coming to a Williams-Sonoma store near you? Giada has a new cookbook, “Happy Cooking,” and she’s taking it on the road to various locations of the venerable cookware chain. Click the links to check out both.  Book  Tour

 Get a headstart on the holidays. Daniel Boulud restaurants are already taking reservations for that joyous season that is just around the corner. And they say they can accommodate 4-400.  Details

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Next: Blog-volution  Below: Paula’s French toast casserole

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Oct 27.2015 – Carlos Guia’s New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

Hosted & posted by Barbara J Nosek, Tue, Thu, Fri

Author/Publisher of Nice Life e-books, diet guides & more, .99-$3.99 

“Proprietor” of online foodie stores, books, gifts, food, wine & more

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As most foodies probably know, boffo chef Carlos Guia has a far ranging blue ribbon culinary culinary pedigree. And high on that resume is his kitchen time at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans and Commander’s Palace in Las Vegas.

This shrimp dish is a showcase of the man and the place. And as a bonus, it’s actually quite easy.

Serves 4

20 Gulf shrimp, 10-15 count, heads and tails intact, body peeled and deveined  2 T Creole seafood seasoning, divided  2 T olive oil  15 garlic cloves, minced  1 T chopped fresh rosemary  3 T Worcestershire sauce  3 T hot sauce  3 lemons, juiced  1/2 c amber beer such as Abita  1 stick {4 oz} butter, room temp  Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper to taste  French bread, sliced

Toss the shrimp with 1 T of the Creole seasoning in a large bowl to coat. Heat the oil in heavy large skillet over med heat. Add the garlic and rosemary and saute until the garlic is golden brown. Add the seasoned shrimp and toss gently to coat.

Stir in the Worcestershir, hot sauce and lemon juice. Add the beer and deglaze the skillet, shaking it gently. Simmer until the beer is reduced by about half and the shrimp are cooked through, about 2 min.

Stir in the remaining Creole seasoning, Reduce the heat to low. Gradually stir in the butter to form a sauce consistency. Season to taste with salt & pepper.

Divide the shrimp mixture among four soup plates. Serve with French bread.

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Carlos on LinkedIn  New Orleans cookbooks on Amazon

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Next: celeb chef  buzz  Below: PBS cooking shows

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Oct 23.2015 – Learn from the pros on PBS shows

Hosted & posted by Barbara J Nosek, Tue, Thu, Fri

Author/Publisher of Nice Life e-books, diet guides & more, .99-$3.99 

“Proprietor” of online foodie stores, books, gifts, food, wine & more

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Have you seen the nice selection of cooking shows in this fall’s PBS lineup? Check the link below for local listings as availability and times may vary by area. Here are three that I’ll be watching . . .

 Lidia’s Kitchen: Mastering the Art of Italian Cooking  Surely among the top contenders for teaching this subject, Emmy-winning Lidia Bastianich will deliver into your home, via TV of course, lessons on classic and new Italian recipes. Learn the proper techniques for “meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, grains, spices and condiments {plus} best tips about how to buy, store, clean and cook ingredients.  Her cookbooks

 Simply Ming  Another Emmy winner, Ming Tsai, returns with his challenge show. What’s the challenge? Both Chef Tsai and a notable chef improvise meals “with items found in the lauded chef’s ‘East-West Pantry’ along with a few surprise ingredients.” The chef and the show also move out of the kitchen for culinary road trips.  His cookbooks

 Martha Bakes  Also classroom-esque as Martha Stewart tells you and shows you everything you need to know to update classics and favorites in the world of baking. Along the way she “shares the best baking tips and techniques giving you the foundation for creating delectable baked goods and desserts from scratch in your kitchen.”  Her cookbooks

Click for more information . . .

PBS Click for area programs

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Next: Carlos Guia’s bbq shrimp  Below: the next big culinary name

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Oct 16.2015 – current foodie deal connetions, all format books & more

Hosted & posted by Barbara J Nosek, Tue, Thu, Fri

Author/Publisher of Nice Life e-books, diet guides & more, .99-$3.99 

“Proprietor” of online foodie stores, books, gifts, food, wine & more

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Click the descrips for more information – may be limited time offers 

All on Amazon – all transactions solely between buyer and direct seller

Product Details   Paperback, $7.18, list $17.95

 

 

Product Details   Kindle, free, as of today

 

Product Details   Hardcover, $12, list $30

 

Product Details   Large bowl, $6.99, list $19.99

 

Product Details   24 mini kettle cups, $12.95, list $18.99

 

Product Details   Cake Boss Airbrushing Kit, $95.95, list $240

 

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Product Details   Programmable, $124.88, list $234.95

 

Product Details   Anchor Hocking, $6,55, list $16.99

 

Product Details   Plastic, $10.28, list $18.99

 

Product Details   Hardcover {w/a surprise}, $60.52, list $100

 

Product Details   Hardcover, $17.13, list $28

 

Product Details   Hardcover, $17.99, list $29.99

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Oct 13.2015 – Potato Leek Soup recipe, new cookbook, from Robert Irvine

Hosted & posted by Barbara J Nosek, Tue, Thu, Fri

Author/Publisher of Nice Life e-books, diet guides & more, .99-$3.99 

“Proprietor” of online foodie stores, books, gifts, food, wine & more

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Thinking that if you googled “fit” the top box would be a picture of Robert Irvine. And now, for real, if you google “Fit Fuel” you truly would find a new book by this power chef.

He calls the book a journey of discovery and knowledge, focused on “empowering people through food and fitness.” And here’s how it plays out: “To truly succeed and form healthy habits for life, you need to reevaluate how you see food, how you see yourself, and redefine what you’re truly capable of.”

The entire title is “Fit Fuel: A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well, Getting Fit and Living Your Best Life,” and it’s currently available at Amazon at a discounted price. Meanwhile, here’s a recipe for warming up a chill autumn day, Potato Leek Soup from Chef Irvine.

Makes 8 servings

8 cups chicken stock  6 russet potatoes, peeled, cut into large pieces  4 leeks (whites only), thoroughly washed & sliced  3 stalks celery, roughly chopped ♦ 1 bay leaf ♦ 1 1/2 t finely chopped fresh thyme  Salt, freshly ground pepper  1 c heavy cream

Put chicken stock, potatoes, leeks, celery, bay leaf & thyme in a large pot and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Boil until the potatoes are soft, 15-20 min. Remove the bay leaf. Using an immersion blender (or in batches in a blender or food processor), blend the soup until smooth. Pour the soup into a medium pot; add cream and simmer until the soup has thickened, about 20 min.

Notes . . . Chef says: When blending hot liquids, remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid; that prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times, then process on high speed until smooth.

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Robert Irvine  “Fit Fuel”  Irvine books & more

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Oct 9.2015 – current chef buzz

Hosted & posted by Barbara J Nosek, Tue, Thu, Fri

Author/Publisher of Nice Life e-books, diet guides & more, .99-$3.99 

“Proprietor” of online foodie stores, books, gifts, food, wine & more

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 Emeril says, book your holiday party at any of his three New Orleans restaurants by Dec 1, 2015, and receive a $100 Emerils gift card.  Details

 The online newletter, “ProChef SmartBrief,” recently features a CNN report on a growing trend in Paris of restaurants ruled by a single dish or ingredient, say eggs, or truffles, or poultry. One of the examples is world renowned chef Guy Savoy’s L’Huitrier, specializing in oysters in various incarnations, including as the star ingredient in custom seafood platters.  Restaurant 

 Alice Waters of the revered Chez Panisse has earned this year’s James Beard Leadership Award, noting that the acclaimed chef long ago started a movement that focused on the “finest sustainably-sourced, organic, and seasonal ingredients,” establishing a culinary philosophy that today “can be found in cities and small towns across the country . . . what Waters calls the ‘delicious revolution.’”  Alice Waters

 Is it just me or does literally every recipe from Rick Bayless make you want to sprint to the grocery store and then the kitchen. In this prep he ups the ante on pan seared trout with a topping where the “maltiness of the beer pairs wonderfully with the sweetness of caramelized onion and the soul-satisfying richness of the sauteed chorizo.” It calls for just a cup of the beer and takes, Bayless says, only a few minutes, “and, well, you do have the rest of that beer to help you pass the time.”  Recipe

 Hey Jets fans, join Mario Batali and Joe Namath on Oct 17, noon-3p, on the roof of Pier 92 “to host the biggest tailgate blowout of the year!” It’s part of the NYC Wine & Food Fest, a bonanza of food and wine events {scroll down to see yesterday’s post}.  Details

 Btw, love this quote from “Molto,” the newsletter section of Batali’s website: “Once you’ve put your groceries in the car, the quality of your dinner has already been decided.”  Molto

 The bad news: Noma regulars may go into withdrawal as the world acclaimed Copenhagen restaurant closes down for all of 2016. The good news: when chef/proprietor Rene Redzepi reopens nearby in 2017 the new place, an “urban farm,” will bring the chef,  his staff and his customers – something we may have thought not possible – even closer to the land and its culinary treasures. Noma

 Giada’s new cookbook, “Happy Cooking: Make Every Meal Count . . . Without Stressing Out,” is now available for pre-order at Amazon and at some very decent savings.  Preorder and save – details

 Leave it to Guy Fieri to take everyday mustard and kick it right into flavortown. This Funky Hot Mustard would be so good on . . . well, just about everything except maybe dessert.  Recipe

 Chef Michael White, known nationwide for his award-winning ways with Italian cuisine, is now expanding his culinary geography with a new French restaurant, Vaucluse, inspired by a region in Provence of the same name. Find the 186-seater on NYC’s Upper East Side.  Vaucluse

 Last but far, far from least. Rest in peace awesome Paul Prudhomme.

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Next: Robert Irvine recipe & book  Below: NYC wine & food fest

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Oct 8.2015 – celeb-laden foodie fest in NYC

Hosted & posted by Barbara J Nosek, Tue, Thu, Fri

Author/Publisher of Nice Life e-books, diet guides & more, .99-$3.99 

“Proprietor” of online foodie stores, books, gifts, food, wine & more

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Join the mega names in culinary-dom for four days, Oct 15-18, of festive food and wine events in NYC. And do good at the same time as proceeds benefit charities including the nationwide No Kid Hungry campaign.

The New York City Wine & Food Festival treats the palate to dinners, brunches, food & music mashups, food tastings, wine tastings, cooking demos, master classes, seminars, panels, pairings, and food-specific presentations. Featured events: Grand Tasting, Veg Out, Best Bloody Mary Brunch, and Cooking with the Stars hightlighted by Valerie Bertinelli.

Who will you see there? April Bloomfield, Charles Phan, Giada, Aaron Sanchez, Rachael Ray, Carla Hall, Mario Batali, John Besh, Andrew Zimmern, Robert Irvine, Emeril, Anne Burrell, Michael Symon, Ted Allen, Alice Waters, Lidia Bastianich, Alain Ducasse, Bobby Flay, Martha Stewart, David Bouley, Morimoto, Tyler Florence, and believe it or not, many more.

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