Hells Kitchen Meets Lodge on the Desert Wine Dinner

from the press release Tucson, Ariz—- Former CIA classmates Chef Ryan Clark and Chef Christina Machamer, winner of Season 4 Hell’s Kitchen, are reuniting in Tucson this month to collaborate on an exquisite wine dinner on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at Lodge on the Desert. The four course dinner will feature each course paired with wine from Napa Valley Blends “B Cellars” wines – all rated in the 90’s by Robert Parker, Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator. The evening begins at 6:30pm. Price per person is $85 plus tax and gratuity. A special package is also available that includes the
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Tucson Loews Ventana Canyon Resort Holiday Festivities

Lots of wonderful ways to celebrate the December holidays at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. You need not be a guest of the hotel as the local public is always invited. Last year I took my dog sitter to one of the 12 days of Christmas festivities and then we sat at the bar enjoying snacks and drinks. Very festive indeed. If you enjoy the civility of holiday afternoon tea, I recommend the elegance here where service is always top-notch. The 12 Days of Christmas at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort WHO:     Open to the public WHAT:     12 consecutive nights
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Canned Pumpkin Withdrawal

In a nutshell: This was dated November 23 (before Thanksgiving) but it didn’t come to my email box until November 28 (after Thanksgiving weekend) at 5:06 pm MST. Why the lag time? Giant Eagle press release/distributed by FDA Giant Eagle Canned Pumpkin Media Statement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 23, 2011 – Giant Eagle, Inc. performed a voluntary market withdrawal of all Valu Time brand canned pumpkin purchased on or after August 30, 2011, as well as all Food Club brand canned pumpkin purchased on or after October 28, 2011. These brands are produced by Topco Associates, LLC. The market
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The Tale of the Turbo Turkey

Like many others, this past Thursday, we prepped our Thanksgiving turkey and loaded him into the oven in plenty of time to allow the recommended 15-20 minutes per pound, plus resting and carving in order to have dinner ready at a respectable 5:30ish that evening. Like previous years we brined it and then slathered it with an herbed butter and stuffed it’s cavity with onion, apple and lemon wedges, and in it went at precisely 11 a.m. What was different this year? This year we got to use our 18-quart Roaster Oven. While we used it last Christmas for the duck and last Easter for
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Maple Syrup 101

Submitted by Elaine Hirsch, maple syrup aficionado Many people grow up using maple syrup substitutes on their toast, pancakes, waffles, or other foods, and may have never even tasted the rich flavor of real maple syrup. There is no high-fructose corn syrup in real maple syrup, just tree sap. Maples, especially sugar maples, are tapped for their sugary sap which rises once winter is over and the tree doesn’t need to store starch any longer to survive. To collect the sap, holes are drilled into trees so when the sap rises, it will drip out through a spigot and into
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Turkey Leftovers

Recipes submitted by KRUPS.com Turkey Pot Pie Ingredients Filling: •         2 small red potatoes, cubed •         16 ounces frozen mixed veggies (carrots, corn, peas, green beans) •         1 cup frozen chopped onions •         1 teaspoon salt-free chicken seasoning •         3 cups leftover turkey, cut into bite size pieces •         2 (10-ounce) cans cream of chicken soup (recommended: Campbell’s) •         Topping: •         16 ounces refrigerated biscuit dough, thawed in refrigerator (recommended: Pillsbury Grands) •         1 tablespoon butter, melted •         3/4 teaspoon black pepper • Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil; set aside. In
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Cooking Tips: Kitchen Improvise

You’re starting to ready for Thanksgiving and you don’t have certain tools to cook or get the food on the table. All the stores are closed which is a miracle in itself and you don’t have to time to go there even if they were open. Your neighbors are no help either. What are you going to do?  Improvise! From the press release The Daily Meal, the site that houses all things food and drink, comes to the rescue with its Emergency Thanksgiving Toolbox. Don’t fret if you lack a potato masher or lemon zester. The Daily meal’s savvy team
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10 tips to reduce food waste – Thanksgiving

Informative recommendations from World Watch. As Americans prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, here are 10 tips to help reduce the amount of food we waste: Before the meal: Plan your menu and exactly how much food you’ll need. 1. Be realistic: The fear of not providing enough to eat often causes hosts to cook too much. Instead, plan out how much food you and your guests will realistically need, and stock up accordingly. The Love Food Hate Waste organization, which focuses on sharing convenient tips for reducing food waste, provides a handy “Perfect portions” planner to calculate meal sizes
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What To Serve Before the Turkey?

Tis the season for roasting turkey and serving it up with all of the trimmings. But what, if anything, comes before it? Back when we would gather for a 1 or 2 o’clock dinner it was quite common to skip breakfast (maybe grazing on the dishes as they were prepared–all in the name of quality control, of course) and just eat one big meal mid-day. Sometimes we’d have a relish tray set up: some deviled eggs, stuffed celery, that sort of thing. But it wasn’t really needed. Due to family schedules we’ve pushed our main meal to 5:30 or so
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Tired of turkey for Thanksgiving?

I was recently having a discussion with a friend about how I am so tired of turkey and thought I would make Cuban sloppy joes instead. However, as luck would have it — I decided to invite a few stray friends for Thanksgiving and we will be having turkey. I saw that Trader Joe’s had frozen turkey breast (although dark meat is my favorite) with cornbread stuffing. I will add with some traditional and non-traditional sides and be surprised about dessert and a guest is bringing it.My goal is to serve less of the starchy carbs associated with Thanksgiving dinner.
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