Chocolate Mousse Tartlets

Yesterday I attended (and helped judge) a Mini-Burger Challenge with our local foodie group. In addition to the burger challenge there was also a pie-off (determined by popular vote only), and I thought I’d throw my hat into the ring. Each pie was supposed to be cut into 16 slices but I knew that was a disaster in the making for my pie plans: chocolate mousse would end up so incredibly messy once it was transported and cut. Instead, I decided to make mine into mini-pies, aka tartlets, and save everyone the trouble. Thanks to the JC100 campaign going on through August
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Cosmic Cocktails | Virgo | Downtime

Virgos are the worker-bees of the zodiac, they have a need to be constantly busy, constantly doing, and often doing things for others. They are well-suited to the task-master positions of a Personal Assistant (the power behind the power, so to speak) and their perfectionist tendencies make them great managers, though they do have to watch for being overly critical of others while trying to get everyone under them up to their standards. Teacher’s pets in school, they’re just the sort to wreck the curve and be slightly less well-liked by their peers. The Virgo will very likely pass this
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RA Sushi to Host 8th Annual Nicky’s Week May 27-June 2

I love when restaurants give back this way. Let’s make it a million… from the press release Proceeds from select menu items benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® TUCSON, Ariz. (May 11, 2012) – RA Sushi will host its eighth annual “Nicky’s Week” fundraiser Sunday, May 27 through Saturday, June 2, to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since it opened 50 years ago, St. Jude has been one of the world’s premier centers for research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly diseases. The Arizona-based restaurant and bar will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale
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If You Have to Spike Your PB&J, You Might Have a Problem

No, make that you definitely have a problem. —————————————————— But before I get into that, first we have a giveaway winner to announce! Drumroll, please… */////////////////////* The winner of the OXO Good Grips Salad Dressing Shaker is Sara P. who left a comment right here on the Circle of Food. Congratulations, Sara, I’ll be emailing you for your mailing address (please respond within 24 hours or I’ll have to send the shaker to someone else). Now, on with our post! —————————————————— A while back I requested a review copy of a new, fun-sounding cookbook: Never Cook Sober by Stacy Laabs & Sherri Field. I enjoy using alcohol
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Cosmic Cocktails | Leo | The Mane Event

Who just walked into the room–regal, grand, with a gravitational pull second only to the sun? It’s your friendly neighborhood Leo, most likely. I’ve known many Leos over the years and, as shallow as it may seem, most of them can be easily spotted by their attention to their hair. It doesn’t always resemble the mane of a lion (though it can), but their hair will be one of the first things you notice about them. The second fire sign, they have a bright, outgoing personality that exudes confidence, even if they don’t always feel it. Definitely great at the bluff
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Foie Gras Banned in California – July 2012

Here’s an excellent blog post on Chow! (Farewell to Foie Gras) talking about the pros and mostly cons of foie gras and why people who love foie gras will only be permitted to eat the delicacy in other states like Arizona. (Downtown Kitchen & Cocktails in Tucson serves a burger with foie gras.) Some of you might be scratching your head wondering what is the controversy about foie gras? According to Wikipedia, foie gras (fwaw graw) is French for “fat liver” and is a food product made of the liver of a duck or goose that has been specially fattened.
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Tucson: Mothers Day, Matt Russell, and more

A few more updates Matt Russell’s radio show On the Menu Live returns this Saturday (May 12) at 4 p.m. on KNST. He will be broadcasting live from the hot new French bistro, Agustin Brasserie! You can listen: 1. On the AM dial (790) 2. On the FM dial (97.1) 3. Streaming at website Letter Carriers Food Drive To help “Stamp Out Hunger” in Southern Arizona, residents are asked leave a bag of non-perishable food, such as canned meats, canned vegetables, canned soups, cereal, peanut butter, canned fruit or canned tomato products next to their mail box before the time
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Human salmonella linked to dry dog food

•  A total of 14 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis have been reported from 9 states: Alabama, Connecticut, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.* •  Among the 9 patients with available information, 5 were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. •  Multiple brands of dry pet food produced by Diamond Pet Foods at a single manufacturing facility in South Carolina have been linked to some of the human Salmonella infections. How do I know if my dog or cat has Salmonella infection? Dogs and cats that become ill from Salmonella infection generally
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Cosmic Cocktails | Cancer | The Sensitive Soul

When researching this week’s sign and cocktail the immediate thought I got, reading about the Crab’s nurturing and protective nature, was of a lioness protecting her cub, or an angry momma-bear. Maybe it should have been a little more Finding Nemo and less Jungle Book (we are dealing with a water sign, after all), but the comparison is still there. Cancerians are very protective of the siblings and friends. They sympathize and empathize with alacrity and are very intuitive beings. They’re not selfless, however, and feel their own emotions just as strongly as others (if not more so). Real or perceived slights
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Tucson: 4th Annual Agave Fest – May 4

Tequilas, Sotols, Mezcals (I’m getting thirsty!) Hotel Congress is gearing up for the best Agave Festival yet. The Tequila Tower is complete and ready for eight of Tucson’s best bartenders to climb to the top to battle it out for the judges with their agave-based creations. The bartenders are all members of the United States Bartender’s Guild Tucson, made up of 60+ members that represent Tucson’s premier restaurants & bars. This year’s competitors include: Cameron Fisher, Cup Café Michael McGill, Hotel Congress Jericho Davidson, Mr. Head’s Michael Ursillo, Risky Business Eric Harding, PY Steakhouse Allie Baron, La Cocina Ashley Greene,
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