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True Grit

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It’s no secret that I grew up in South Carolina, okay, yes my parents were yankees, but there are just some things that come with growing up in the southeast. One of those things is that I eat grits, I love them, anytime of the day. However they can’t just be those 15 minute instant kind of grits (truth be told I’m not sure that this is not the true start of the civil war), but real grits, the kind that take time, love, and when done right, just melt in your mouth.  Hit the link for more on grits.


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New News For Vegemite Lovers

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Recently Brian and I tried Vegemite and several popular concoctions using this B-vitamin packed yeast based spread.  Well there is good news for those of us that loved the Vegemite and cream cheese blend, at least that is if you’re an Aussie, or planning a trip to Sydney.  Thats right!  The makers of Vegemite have planned to make a new spread containing the flavors of Vegemite and cream cheese with the addition of a new “secret ingredient”.  Even better it will be available premixed.  Kraft Australia  has devised a naming contest to give this new yummy its title.  Check out their site, enter a name, and you might just be the lucky salt that gets to name what is sure to be one of the hottest selling new food items in Australia!

Zucchini Bread, Heaven in a Loaf Pan

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Sometimes your friends bring you food, sometimes its good, other times not so much… When my friend Liza brought her zucchini bread into work, this was a case were it was excellent!  I had to have the recipe, and with a few minor tweaks I give it to you… The Ultimate Zucchini Bread after the jump.


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Muffins for Mothers Day

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Well as Brian told you, I’m the baker in the family.  I’m still unsure if it is because I’m a really great baker or if it’s because Brian breaks out in a rash if exact measurements are necessary.  Which brings me to my first question… what kind of baker are you?  Are you a measure and weigh, are you a measure and level off, or are you an eyeball measurer? This really makes a huge difference when you are baking.  Now the only method I really, really suggest to avoid is the eyeballing method.  This is probably the biggest reason why there is a difference between chefs and bakers.  Baking can’t be eyeballed, and if you manage to have something turn out successfully using this method, I suggest you head to Vegas because you’ve got luck on your side.  Personally, I’m a scoop and level kinda gal.  Sure it’s not quite as exact as using a scale, but hey, I like to live on the edge.  So your choices are level or measure.  Choose the one you like and stick with it.  Click the link for more on muffins and yummy recipes to try…
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Berbere: Ethiopia with a kick!

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In my cupboard at all times are a few favorite blends to ‘kick my food up a notch’.  Of these my long standing love is a blend called Berbere, pronounced ‘ber-beray’,  a popular Ethiopian spice mixture.   Berbere, thought to have originally come about as a way to save ‘questionable’ meat, adds an amazing multi-tiered heat to foods.    I was originally introduced to the mixture while on film sets as a homeopathic remedy, and topping, to put on salads with creamy dressings that had been in the sun to long on catering tables.  After several bouts with food poisoning I was willing to try anything.  Armed with a salt shaker of the mixture I sprinkled a bit on my salad, what do you know this stuff tastes great! Hit the jump if you want to learn more…


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Epicurious Widget for the iPhone, Finally

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After months of searching over and over for a widgit from Epicurious to come out one is finally here.  The application is free and available for download at Apples iTunes Store.  Once I finished downloading the program I was eager to check it out.  It’s an easy to use interface with 10,000+ recipes, searchable by name or by choosing a chapter like ‘weeknight dinners’ and paging through each recipe one by one.   I especially like the chapter’s titles such as ‘I cook like a Pro’ and ‘I can Barely cook’ so you can decide just how involved you really want to be in your kitchen that day.  You can search by main ingredient, type of cuisine, dietary consideration, dish type and season, or occasion.

Probing deeper into the app, I’ve found that it is easy to make a shopping list, mark things as favorites, and even email the recipe to an unsuspecting boyfriend as an eHunnyDo.  The only thing I have to gripe about, and its my main complaint with all cooking applications and magazines, what’s with all the deserts?  There are more than 5,000 deserts and less than 700 weeknight dinners? Ummm, what happened to eat your dinner then you can have a desert.

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Starbucks, gimme a break!

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Have you seen the new Starbucks ad campaign?  This has to be the worst one they’ve had to date.  Using the tag line ‘Beware of a cheaper cup of coffee. It comes with a price,’ Once again Starbucks is unapologetic about their raping of America with high priced coffee.  Selling American’s over roasted coffees on every street corner has allowed the mega brewer to sit back and watch us slowly start to believe bitter is better.  

The letter accompanying the new campaign preview was kind enough to remind us that even if your watching your pennies, value doesn’t mean going with a different coffee.  Now I indulge in a Venti Vanilla Latte every now and again, but thanks to Starbuck’s continuing compassion for its customers, I’m really going to enjoy my coffee from Dunkin Donuts tomorrow.

No need to Memorize Anymore

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If you haven’t recently, take the time to thank a teacher.  Or at least check out teachnet.com.  They have awesome things to help you remember all kinds of things.  With this cool little graphic of Mr. Gallon I’ll never have to rummage around for my grade school Trapper Keeper to know how many cups it takes to make my Koolaid right.

The Greatest Show on Earth: Or the Best Thing in a Tent this Year

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After a year break it’s back everyone!  The greatest food gadget sale in the Chicagoland area… it’s the Wilton Tent Sale!!!!!  Going from May 29 until June 16,2009, this sale will feature over 3,000 products at up to 75% off.  Wilton, a well known supplier of baking supplies, based in Woodridge, Illinois, is putting up a tent once again in the parking lot of their corporate offices for all of us to fill our baskets with amazing quality products for dirt cheap.  Available for purchase will of course be the Wilton brand as well as Copco Housewares, Performance Pans and Mario Batali’s Italian Kitchen.

At the sale you can find everything your heart desires from cake decorator bag tips to a chocolate fountain.  Sweets not your thing? A wide array of pots and pans from Batali’s line were spotted two years ago, and my friend stocked up on her scrap booking supplies there too.  Check their website for directions, and don’t forget to check out the schedule of demonstrations by the Wilton School.

Can’t make the event yourself?  Have no fear, we will give you the next best thing, the Flavourgasmic team will be hitting the street to bring you full coverage from the event.

Things get Toasty for the Dot Matrix Generation

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Inseq Design, a product and graphic design company out of Austria, has been cooking up some really cheeky toys for your kitchen.  Presented here is the Zuse, a toaster inspired by the dot matrix printers of yesterday, is actually burns (toasts) in a 12 x 12  pattern going line by line just like a printer.  The Zuse comes prepackaged with a memory chip that randomly chooses a pattern for each piece of toast you put in to it.  So every morning your toast is presented to you with a new picture, perfect for you to butter up to, how cute is that!  Don’t believe me? Check out the product video on youTube.

They have designed a few other things including an adjustable table and probably the coolest kitchen range hood I’ve ever seen.  Check out the husband and wife team at Inseq and keep your fingers crossed there will be more super cute stuff to come.  But right now I think I have my new dream toaster!