Convergence of Annoying Naming Conventions

As much as I absolutely adore anything that Apple comes out with, I have to admit that the iEverything naming thing is a little much. In fact, it’s almost as annoying as the prevalence of calling anything in a cocktail glass a -tini. Of course, the -tini appelation is appropriate when the drink is inspired by the original and, well, I suppose the leading lowercase i deserves the same benefit. The iTini 2 oz Vodka 1 oz Anise-flavored Liqueur Combine the two alcohols in a shaker over ice and shake like an etch-a-sketch*. Strain into a chilled-but-no-frills cocktail glass and
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Tyson ground beef recall, possible E.coli – 131,300 pounds

In a nutshell – Another day, another ground beef recall. This time a dozen states received the possibly tainted E.coli meat. from the press release WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2011 – Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., an Emporia, Kan. establishment, is recalling approximately 131,300 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The following products are subject to recall: –5-pound chubs of Kroger-brand “GROUND BEEF 73% LEAN – 27% FAT,” packed in 40-pound cases containing eight chubs. Cases bear an identifying product code of
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Tucson Restaurant: Feast of San Gennaro-Tavolino

Tucson dining: Feast of San Gennaro at Tavolino This menu sounds awesome. I have not had this kind of Italian food in ages. Mama Mia! Check it out: (served family style) Pizza Napoletana Grilled sausage & peppers Antipasti Misti Grilled seafood salad Variety of homemade pasta dishes like baked maccheroni and spaghetti with “gravy” Wood-oven roasted pork and Desserts – cannoli, zeppole, & tiramisu This is for one night only from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 2. Reservations advised and will be taken every half hour. The cost of this feast is $35/person + bevages, tax, and gratuity.
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Hasselback Sweet-and-Spicy Potatoes

Faced with yet another batch of sweet potatoes from the farmers market, as I made the menu for last week I wondered what I could do with them that wasn’t the same old same-old. As much as we love sweet potatoes, it’s easy to fall into the baked or mashed rut with them. Enter the Hasselback. Hasselback potatoes have been making the blog rounds with a variety of toppings. But they all feature skin-on potatoes cut into fans, crispy edges and lots of flavor. The most enticing I’ve seen include slivers of garlic slipped between some of the potato leaves.
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Cookbook Review: Best Tagine Recipes

Tagine. Just the word tagine (tajine) conjures images of exotic places like Morocco and seductive spices from faraway lands. For the uninitiated, tagine is a method of cooking steeped in traditional from the time the Queen of Sheba brought spices to King Solomon. This explanation is courtesy of Pat Crocker, author of 150 Best Tagine Recipes.                   A tagine is a rustic earthenware two-piece cooking pot with a dome shaped lid to slow cook dishes that result in complex flavored delicately spiced meat and vegetables. The dome lid allows moisture and steam to circulate around the food so it poaches as
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Feelin’ Hot Hot HOT!

This week’s Alphatini is brought to you by the letter H! Brainstorming for this week came up with such ideas as Hurricane (oh so done already), Hellfire (Charmed reference or Biblical retribution, take your pick), and Handshake. But, then, the winner appeared: A Hot Tamale! Not the candy, though I suppose you could go that route if you wanted, I was thinking about the meat-filled, masa-wrapped, steamed-in-a-corn-husk delicacy. A delicacy I’ve never actually tasted. The closest I’ve seen a tamale were those canned ones that I never really understood–they just didn’t look very appetizing! But the great thing about being
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Tucson: Contestant on NBC TV’s ‘The Voice’ to Perform

Contestant on NBC TV’s ‘The Voice’ to Perform Locally from the press release Part of Nova Financial Services Concert Series September 13, 2011 (Tucson, AZ) – Georgia native Rebecca Loebe, a young singer who has attracted a national fan base following her appearance on NBC’s hit show The Voice, will perform in Tucson at a free concert on Friday, September 23, at The Abbey. Her appearance is sponsored by Nova Financial Services, which launched a free concert series in Tucson two years ago. “We are delighted to bring Rebecca to Tucson, and to introduce her unique style and beautiful music
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Seattle: 8th Annual Eat Local Now Celebration

Seattle: 8th Annual Eat Local Now Celebration from the press release Accepting Nominations for the Jeff Fairhall Local Food Hero Award SEATTLE – Nominate your favorite local food warrior for the Jeff Fairhall Local Food Hero Award. The award will be presented at the 8th Annual Eat Local Now! dinner celebration at Herban Feast in Sodo Park on October 24. Eat Local Now! encourages participation in local food systems and access to healthy food for everyone. Eat Local Now! established the Jeff Fairhall Local Food Hero Award in 2008 in honor of Fairhall, a pioneer in creating organic food that
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Tucson Cooking Classes with Donna Nordin

Tucson Cooking Classes with Donna Nordin If you like food and you like to cook, then you won’t want to miss a Donna Nordin Cooks cooking class. If you’re a cook or a wannabe cook, you will appreciate hanging out in a cook’s kitchen. Nordin’s kitchen will not disappoint. It’s set up as a demo kitchen and she uses a lot of gadgets and knives. In case you don’t know who Donna Nordin is — she’s the former owner, along with her husband Don Luria, of Cafe Terra Cotta. The restaurant is a lingering memory but the recipes live on
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Ode to a Toaster Oven

It started back in college life Those heady days all on our own When catching meals was full of strife And home cooking did we disown But to prep frozen pot pies was less than your due Though what else could you really produce? The years without you were not found wanting. Until, that day, when we were so blue No response from the range could be seduced And our dinner plans so needed rescuing. And there you were like a dutiful wife Your element hot as a missile’s nose-cone Glowing like the metal on the edge of a knife Saving us
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