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Dec 24.2015 – 11th Hour Problem-Solved “Instant” Gifts

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Take a deep breath, maybe grab a soothing beverage, and give a sigh of relief. These gifts {or a notification} are delivered pretty much instantly, wirelessly, from Amazon.

In addition to the general link we’ve added ones that narrow the selection, but note that you can further customize your search on every page. Be sure to check the gift box on the right hand side.

Also scroll down to some non-Amazon sources for more great instant gift ideas:  restaurants, flowers, travel

 Kindle Books - over 30 categories, customize by author, rating & more

All Kindle Books  Kindle cookbooks

 Magazines - over 40 categories, print, print access, and digital – emailed notification to recipient

All Magazines  Foodie Magazines

 Amazon Entertainment  - the gifts that keep giving all year long, emailed notification same day

Prime  Kindle Unlimited

 Amazon Gift Cards - three beautiful options, choose instant delivery

Gift Card Store  Foodie gift cards ♦ Cards to use on Amazon

 And my Nice Life Books on Kindle – diet, biz writing, smoking, chefs

NEW, Celebrity Chef Book of Links  All, click here

AND FROM SOME OTHER SOURCES

 Restaurant Gift Cards - select a place, choose a design, add a message, off it goes by email

Open Table  Restaurants.com

 Flowers - check for same day delivery

FTD  1800Flowers

 Travel Gift Cards – you choose the dollar amount, they go when/where they want

Delta  American  Southwest

Please note all transactions are totally between buyer & direct seller

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Not in a hurry?

Scroll down through our other posts featuring boffo 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 11.2015 – give the gift of Best Sellers for the kitchen

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When you’re giving a gift, it’s kind of nice to know that not only have lots of folks found the particular item worthy of a purchase but also often took the time to give it an excellent rating. That’s exactly what you’ll find in Amazon’s list of best sellers.

Here are Top Tens in some food-centric categories. And hey, don’t you perhaps deserve a gift for yourself too!

Small appliances

Cookware

Utensils & Gadgets

Coffee, Tea, Espresso

Wine Accessories

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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 8.2015 – Newly popular foodie toy . . . discounts on this & other items

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In case you haven’t yet made the acquaintance . . . of this increasingly popular kitchen appliance, as Bon Appetit explained in a story that ran just this year, it “turns fresh veggies into faux-noodles . . . It isn’t just for the carb-averse; everyone from home cooks to restaurant chefs are spiralizing.”

We’ve selected some for you and also included a link to the whole shebang, which can be customized by such criteria as brand, rating, condition, price, even by discount.

Also scroll down for discounts on all kinds of kitchen items.

KitchenAid offers a spiralizer attachment which is not discounted, but if you would rather have their slicer/shredded attachment, it is, $39.99, reg $64.99 – find both here

Spiralizer brand, 3 discounted choices 

Mueller 8-in-1, $33.77, reg $74.99

Breiton’s NextGen Spiralizer, $21.95, reg $49.99 

BestFire spiralizer gadget {limited supply}, $7.88, reg $40

Spiralizers discounted 50% or more All

Also

Click here to connect to warehouse deals on kitchen items

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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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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

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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 1.2015 – Coffee lover or pet lover T-shirt, chocolate/book lover hoodie

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Hurry! Sun Frog says most orders ship in 14-18 days + 3-5 days transit

From Sun Frog Shirts, $21.42, 5 colors, S-3x

todays good mood sponsored by coffee

  From Sun Frog Shirts, $35.23, 8 colors, S-3x 

HAPPINESS CHOCOLATE - BOOKS

 Sun Frog Shirts, $18.75, 3 colors, S-3x

Love Paw

Also see our Nov 26 post for a “Cook’s” hoodie and “bacon” T-shirt

Sun Frog logoAbout Sun Frog:

Headquartered in Gaylord, Michigan. “Since our founding in 2012, we are proud to say, that by maintaining our standards, we have risen to become the world’s largest direct-to-garment, online t-shirt platform with over 3 million unique designs.”

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

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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

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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 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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