Nov 26.2015 – T-shirt or hoodie for foodies

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THIS WEEK IN THE GIFT GUIDE

 Exercise Bacon

   From SunFrog, $19.50, S-4X, other colors available, printed in USA

  ONLY FOR COOKS

  From SunFrog, $39.99, S-3X, other colors available, printed in the USA

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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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Nov 20.2015 – Would anyone on your gift list enjoy shows from TV’s earliest days?

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THIS WEEK IN THE GIFT GUIDE

What a treasure trove. Amazon has all kinds of oldies but goodies dating back pretty much to television’s beginnings. I’ve already put together a page that customizes the search to DVDs that are new, in stock, rated 4 stars and above, and that feature shows that aired up to 1960.

If you want to see selections from other decades or with other search criteria click instead on the Full List link. And in fact that Curated Page can also be further customized.

All in all you’ll find individual series such as Topper, The Lone Ranger, Honeymooners, Lassie, Burns & Allen, Jack Benny, Dragnet, Groucho Marx, so many more. There are also collections centered on, e.g., Christmas, cartoons, monsters, and so on, and even some movies such as the 25-movie John Wayne set.

Curated page  Full list

Scroll down for more great holiday gift ideas

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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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Nov 17.2015 – A fun trend, a surprise gift

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THIS WEEK IN THE GIFT GUIDE

Did you know about this? A huge trend right now is adult coloring books, as a stress reliever or just for fun . . . or a unique gift.

In fact if you look at the Top Ten on Amazon’s best selling books list you’ll see that four of them are coloring books, and three of those are for adults. We’ve shown those three below as well as a general link for all of these books, and for so many kinds of crayons. Btw, that fourth coloring book, for kids, is the Harry Potter one and that’s also linked below.

Product Details   Paperback, $6.11

Paperback, $11.63   Product Details

 

Product Details   Paperback, $11.63

All adult coloring books on Amazon  Amazon Best Seller Page

Crayons galore  Harry Potter coloring book

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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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Nov 13.2015 – give the gift of chocolate, delivered from Amazon

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Celeb chef items, gift assortments, ready-made desserts, specialty mixes, books, movies, cooking products

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SOME GIFT ITEMS FROM CELEB CHEFS

  Jacques “Mr Chocolate” Torres

  Duff Goldman

  Paula Deen {special issues of Chocolate Celebration}

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OTHER GIFT SUGGESTIONS

  Chocolate Gift Baskets

  Chocolate Assortments & Samplers

  Chocolate Towers

  Chocolate in Tins

  Liqueur-filled Chocolates

  Cocoa for Keurig

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YOU MAY ALSO ENJOY THESE CHOCOLATE-Y ITEMS

 Cakes – ready-made and specialty mixes

 Cookies – Mrs Fields, specialty Oreos, gift boxes

 Cupcakes – TastyKakes, specialties, mixes, “in a jar”

 Books

  Movies

  Cooking with Chocolate

You can also go to the general Chocolate Page on Amazon and customize by ratings, price, brand, diet specialties, and more

Note that Amazon assembles these pages and all transactions are solely between the buyer and direct seller

See links for our other foodie stores in the column to the left

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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 30 – Transition

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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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Meanwhile . . .

Watch for posts offering big help for holiday shopping

Gifts for foodies, readers, and more

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Oct 29. 2015 – current celeb chef buzz

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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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Oct 27.2015 – Carlos Guia’s New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

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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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Oct 23.2015 – Learn from the pros on PBS shows

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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

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PBS Click for area programs

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Oct 22.2015 – sneak preview of a celebrity chef

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See that pic? Yep, that young man already qualifies as a celebrity chef.

Look at the success of the home-based and popup supper club Eureka, the 03.28.14 cover of “The New York Times Magazine,” the youngest honoree on Zagat’s “30 Under 30,” “Time” magazine’s “25 Most Influential Teens,” the newest popups held at the Creative Edge Parties dining room in  NYC – and they all connect to one name. And that’s Flynn McGarry, now all of 16 years of age.

In one sense he’s an old pro, given he’s been cozying up to cooking and plating skills since he was 10, subsequently apprenticing under such luminaries as Humm and Achatz, and at the Modernist Cuisine lab, and also staging in Europe. As for that new gig, lots of luck snagging one of the 12 seats that become available for McGarry’s tasting menu three times a week.

Where to next? I’m thinking anywhere he wants to go.

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Oct 20.2015 – Little Upside Down Cakes

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If you’re a recipe-o-phile and haven’t yet discovered Nancy Rogers’ online newsletter, you’re missing out on a near-daily serving of some of the best preps from all across the country, from easy to elegant, downhome to downright gourmet. This one comes from her contributor Sherry.

Makes 24

In each of 24 muffin cups put: 1/2 t butter  1 t brown sugar  about 1 T well-drained fruit {thinly sliced or crushed}

Then, heat oven to 400. Make cupcake batter as directed on pkg of BettyPineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes Crocker Yellow, White or Honey Spice cake mix. Pour half of the batter over fruit, filling cups a scant 2/3 full.

OK, then the directions say “Fill remaining cups a scant 1/2 full for plain cupcakes.” Since it fills 24 and makes 24, thinking any leftover batter should just be baked separately. Also googled this and on the Betty Crocker site found someone who said she got just 18, so may want to fill individually with all the ingredients as you go.

I don’t usually run recipes that inspire questions but these just seem so tasty and party-ready. Btw, everyone on that site raved about the results.

So, to finish, bake 15-18 min or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Loosen and invert at once on a platter. Serve warm with whipped cream.

Notes . . . the recipe on the site used pineapple slices and a cherry to create mini versions of the classic . . . also, one of those commenters on the BC site suggested treating the muffin cups with non-stick spray which seems like a very good idea. Or even better, my favorite, use baking spray

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