The Blender Bender – A Must Have Kitchen Appliance

If I were to name three must-have kitchen appliances, the blender would be one of them. There are some cool blenders out on the market that are color coordinated like Waring blenders. This green one reminds me of milkshake machines from yesteryear. Any blender will do just make sure your blender crushes ice. Blenders take a few simple ingredients and turn them into a richly satisfying concoction. For instance, take some orange juice, half a ripe banana, and a sprinkling of cinnamon with crushed ice cubes and you have a refreshing breakfast or anytime smoothie. What to swirl around in a blender is only
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Thanksgiving: Let’s Talk Turkey

It’s that time of year again when the bird is the word. I remember my first year away from home, I decided to make a turkey for Thanksgiving. At that time I found it extremely gross to stick my hand inside the bird and pull out the packaged gizzards. It just felt like some weird invasion of privacy mixed with a touch of horror flick. I made stuffing but in a separate casserole. I remember that it was a Butterball turkey because that was the most branded turkey of its time and probably still is. The turkey seemed like it cooked
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Wine Flights

One of the best ways to taste more wine when you’re out to dinner or cocktails is to order a wine flight instead of individual glasses of wine.  With a wine flight (no need to fasten your seat belt just yet) three to five different samples of a specific varietal allows for comparison.  Samples are usually served in 2 oz. servings. At Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, you can drink flights with dinner or at the bar. You can even take it one step further and ask your server to bring your wine flights “blind” along with wine notes. Take your time tasting
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Food Humor: Dieting Circa 1974

Okay. Some of you reading this weren’t even born in 1974 but some of you were. Lose weight with all-natural aromatherapy inhalers If you’re like me you’ve been on every diet known to woman. I’ve been on the Weight Watchers diet and have received a key, Atkin’s (no carbs), the grapefruit diet, the ice cream diet, the Beverly Hills diet, Nutri-Systems, Jenny Craig, the cabbage-vegetable soup diet, the fast, Isagenix, the brown rice diet, Slim Fast, and South Beach Diet. I’m sure that I’m forgetting at least a half dozen more diets. I always think of a diet as a 4-letter word. I don’t
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Chocolate, Chocolate – Fairytale Brownies

Once upon a time there was a little boy and little girl who grew up to be lifelong friends who had a penchant for rich, chocolate brownies so they lived their dream and became business partners and started the very popular Fairytale Brownies company. Brownies make wonderful business gifts, hostess gifts, birthday gifts, wedding or baby shower gifts, gifts for teachers and that brownie-a-holic on your list. Fairytale Brownies also sells chocolate sauce, coffee, cocoa, brownie morsels, and more. How sweet it is! tag: brownies
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World Foods: Dim Sum – Better than a PuPu Platter

I lived, what I call my informative years in the dining melting pot of Los Angeles, with so many ethnic restaurants and neighborhoods that L.A. seemed to lose its own identity in this world market. Cruise down Olympic Blvd near Western Avenue and all the signage is in Korean and Korean BBQ rules. Head north on Western Avenue to Santa Monica Blvd and the signs turn to Arabic or Lebanese with bakeries and cafes lining the streets. East Hollywood beholds blocks of Thai town with Thai restaurants and Thai music blaring. Westminster in Orange County embrace Vietnamese Pho while Artesia transforms into Little India. Then there’s
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Food Humor: Kitchen Chaos – What’s in Your Refrigerator?

At the end of every month, I somehow feel that a milestone has passed and want to conquer some project whether it be big or small. I looked at my desk and almost fainted. Then I looked at my other desk neglected across the room and had a panic attack. Thinking that the refrigerator would be a good place to start, I opened it. Ugh. The contents were not pretty and it was just as cluttered as the rest of my life but at least I wouldn’t have to decide to file or read everything. I’m embarrassed to write this
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Dark Chocolate Truffles Lower Daily Stress

Ah, just reading about dark chocolate truffles already lowers my blood pressure by a few points. Although I half-heartedly remember to take my daily supplements — I’m sure my memory would vastly improve when it would be time to consume a dark chocolate truffle. Currently, I pop a valium if available but chocolate truffles would be so much more dandy. Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby, a British M.D./nutritionist, has developed all natural dark chocolate truffles that combine delicious unprocessed chocolate, raspberries, and an amino acid clinically proven (I wish I were part of that clinical trial) to help reduce daily stress and tension while
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Beer: Chocolate Beer is Here

Chocolate beer you say? Maybe it’s a marketing scheme to attract women who love chocolate to drink more beer or perhaps just to think outside the keg. As demand for crafted beers grows, the Miller Brewing Co. is launching a limited holiday edition chocolate lager in parts of the Midwest — Wisconsin, Indiana, Chicago, Cleveland, and Minneapolis. The beer will be sold in 4-packs of 12 oz bottles and promoted for holiday parties and gift giving. Since people associate holidays with indulging, there’s no better time for the chocolate lager to debut. We have dessert wines; why not dessert beers?
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Junk Food: Do You Want Fried Coke with That?

Yeah, you read that right. Fried Coke. It’s the real thing. If Coke isn’t bad enough, throw caution to the wind and deep fry it. That’s exactly what Abel Gonzales Jr. did at the fair circuit. Last year he deep-fried peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwiches and sold 20,000 of them. Then someone else came up with deep-frying Twinkies and Snickers. Not to be outdone, Gonzales took gooey Coke-battered fried nuggets topped with cola syrup which even won a creativity award at the Texas State Fair. He sold 16,000  cups of the sticky balls during the first two weeks of the fair. I don’t think
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