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Top 10 Affordable Holiday Champagnes

According to the Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia, written by Tom Stevenson and published since 1988 by Dorling Kindersley, the oldest recorded sparkling wine is Blanquette de Limoux, invented by Benedictine Monks in 1531. The monks bottled the wine before the initial … Continue reading

20 Kitchen Gift Ideas For The Holidays

Considering it’s that gift giving time of the year, we decided to assemble a list of gift ideas for the kitchen, because after all, during the holidays, it’s all about giving! I reviewed hundreds of items and made 20 selections. … Continue reading

Perfect Bacon-Cornbread Stuffing for Thanksgiving

For this week’s featured barbecue and grilling recipe, I wanted to highlight a recipe that I included in my recent article: Thanksgiving Bacon Recipes. Out of the all the great barbecue and grilling recipes for Thanksgiving, this seems something that … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Marco Chirico’s Duck Ravioli

Marco Chirico grew up at Marco Polo Ristorante, a family restaurant opened by his father, restaurateur Joe Chirico, in 1983. Marco started his culinary career by bussing tables when he was just 12 years old.  He wanted to honor his … Continue reading

Can Hair In Food Make You Sick?

Eating hair in food is not a danger to health Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Nick Baker’s Mini Cuban Sliders

Executive Chef  Nick Baker has brought his “fresh” flavors to the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX.  His all-time favorite food is seafood at its peak of freshness, but his Cubano Sliders are a fan favorite. He’s known not only … Continue reading

In-Depth Look at Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life and Medicinal Properties

Real honey has an extremely long shelf life because of its low moisture content Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Dominique Theval’s Mushroom Risotto

Parisian chef Dominique Theval delights the palates of the residents of Redondo Beach California at his namesake restaurant. He has quite an impressive and worldly culinary history. Chef Theval learned his craft at Ecole Hoteliere de Jean Ferrandi, where he … Continue reading

An Unsuspecting Source of Salmonella May Be Hiding In Your Kitchen

Studies show that kitchen spices are contaminated with salmonella Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Nicole Chaszar’s Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Chef and co-owner of The Splendid Spoon, Nicole Chaszar has began her journey to find her role in the food industry since she began cooking at a young age and working with her grandmother in jarring strawberry jams! As an … Continue reading

How a Man Made Beer in His Stomach

“He would get drunk out of the blue — on a Sunday morning after being at church, or really, just anytime,” said Barabara Cordell, the dean of nursing at Panola College in Carthage, Texas.  (Source) “His wife was so dismayed … Continue reading

Ron Rubin Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2013

I’m thrilled when the office receives samples. I’m even happier when the samples are of delicious wine. Last week we got a bottle of the Ron Rubin Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2013. I am thrilled to say it’s lovely. Antonio and … Continue reading

Top 10 Most Popular Restaurants for Cheating Spouses

The website Ashley Madison, the so-called famous name in infidelity, is an online dating service and social network that markets to people who are already in a relationship. Ashley Madison surveyed 42,890 of their members in major American cities to … Continue reading

Easy Corn Chowder

There’s nothing more American than corn. This gorgeous corn chowder is flavored with bacon fat making it sinfully delicious. You’ll make it for years to come. 1/2 lb bacon, diced 1 large onion 1 cup celery, diced 1/2 cup flour … Continue reading

The Latest Bacon Fetish: Bacon-Flavored Condoms

Obsessive compulsive bacon fanatics can add one more item to their list of bacon fetishes. In addition to bacon shakes, bacon ice cream, bacon sundaes, add bacon-flavored condoms. J&D’s Foods, the Seattle-based company that markets the bacon coffin, bacon mayonnaise … Continue reading

The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals Review

Overall Rating (based on customer reviews): 4.3 out of 5 stars   Let’s face it, moms (and dads) have been having trouble getting their kids to eat healthy for years. Kids are bombarded with ads for unhealthy foods that have … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Erin O’Shea’s Fall Cornbread

Restaurateurs Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov knew they had someone special in Chef/Partner Erin O’Shea, one of the US’s only BBQ Pit-mistresses. That could be because Chef O’Shea trained in Richmond, VA with  legendary Southern chef and restaurateur Jimmy Sneed at … Continue reading

It Has Come To This: IvanaBitch: Tobacco Flavored Vodka

You know you crave the taste of that wasser cup that’s been left out overnight filled with cigarettes at a frat party as you bring it to your lips in your hungover stupor. (I know…run-on sentence, but it captures the spirit).  You … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Matt Johnston’s Spiced Caramel Apple

One of the loveliest places to see the foliage is Rhinebeck, NY in Dutchess County. It is calm, has gorgeous shops, plenty of places to see nature, and is really close to the CIA (not the governmental agency silly…the culinary … Continue reading

Olive Oil Cuts Heart Attack and Stroke Risk By 30 Percent

Many researchers have suggested a Mediterranean diet that focuses on mostly plant-based meals, with dishes like black bean vegetarian chili and whole wheat penne pasta with roasted vegetables, can reverse even severe coronary artery disease, along with slowing or reversing … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Adam Mosher’s Butternut Squash and Black Bean Salad

Chef Adam Mosher has a long culinary history. He started cooking at the tender age of 14 and has been cooking ever since. He honed his skills at Navy Culinary “A” (after passing up the CIA) and soon moved up … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Chef Daniel Parilla’s Jumbo Party Wings

The Royal brings an extra-ordinary dining and viewing experience to Manhattan’s Union Square with their contemporary approach to traditional sports bar elements, high-quality menu, and late night lounge. Executive Consulting Chef Daniel Parilla created a menu with a modern take … Continue reading

Explore Israeli Cuisine with Roger Sherman

Israeli cuisine is quickly becoming the “It-Thing” throughout the US. Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Roger Sherman has taken on the task of chronicling the history of Israeli cuisine and telling the story of the people of Israel through his upcoming PBS series: The … Continue reading

2014 Michelin Starred Restaurants NYC

You’ve been waiting for it and it (The 2014 NYC Michelin Guide) has been released. Get your wallets ready boys & girls. If you are to pick one to go to, my suggestion would be Per Se. Embed this image … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Marilyn Markel’s Game Day Chicken Wings

Southern Season Cooking School has become not just a local, but national favorite.  Marilyn Markel heads the Chapel Hill location and is known for her love of food which was passed down from her grandmother. Markel began her career as … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Scott Crawford’s Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut & Malt

Pennsylvania native, Scott Crawford heads the kitchen as executive chef at Herons restaurant at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, N.C. His culinary skill has made him not just a Southern favorite, but has earned him some pretty prestigious … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Terry Walters’ Cinnamon Whole Oats with Toasted Almonds

Terry Walters, author of the highly-acclaimed and bestselling books CLEAN FOOD and CLEAN START, is at the forefront of the clean eating lifestyle movement. Terry was not only a James Beard Foundation Award finalist, but also the recipient of the … Continue reading

Healthy & Easy Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe

Every once in a while, this regularly thin food writer gains a few extra pounds. For the past week I’ve been counting calories and following my own advice on staying thin as a food blogger. The goal is losing 12 lbs … Continue reading

Chef Reveals the Truth in Multi-million Super Yachts

Reddit has become a successful social news and entertainment website, catering to over 400 million unique visitors every month. It’s so popular, even the President of the United States, Barack Obama has posted his own AMA (Ask Me Anything) on … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Gena Knox’s Pecan Sandies

I first met Gena at the Fancy Food Show. She was vibrant, fun, and obviously knew her stuff. When I met her, she was just getting her new business, Fire & Flavor started. She has built it into a well respected … Continue reading

“Speed-Scratch Cooking” Turns Expired Food Into Affordable Meals

Based on a recent report issued by Harvard and the National Resources Defense Council, billions of pounds of food is thrown away every year due the muddiness inherent in current food expiration date labeling practices, which are sorely in need … Continue reading

Engineer Parlays Buying Pudding Into Millions of Air Miles

Through the years, most of us have collected coupons at one time or another; some people even make a regular hobby out of coupon collecting, and have websites through which they pass on their coupon collecting wisdom to the masses. … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: John Moeller’s Chicken Tortilla Lime Soup

There are certain honors a Chef will never forget, among the rarest is being chosen to be the Chef at the White House. Chef John Moeller  is one of the few to have held this post under three Presidents. This … Continue reading

Tips On Understanding Food Date Labels and How Not To Waste Food

An analyses of the U.S. food date labeling system has concluded the system is basically worthless and misleading. The examination was conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.3 million members … Continue reading

18 Countries More Obsessed With Food and Drink Than The U.S.

America has the fattest population of any industrialized nation, with two-thirds being overweight and one-third fully obese. And yet Americans spend far less of their income on food compared to many other developed countries. (Source) Writing for The Huffington Post, … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Chad Musick’s Caramel Apple Martini

Chad Musick, the Beverage Director at High Street Hospitality Group in Greenville, SC knows how to make people feel at home. Perhaps it is his warm personality, but we think it has something to do with his delectable cocktails. His … Continue reading

New Discovery On Origin of Wine Tannins

Tannins are found mostly in red wines, derived primarily from grape skins, seeds and stems, but also from oak barrels. Tannin acts as a natural preservative that helps wine age and develop. (Source) Red wines tend to have higher tannins … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Terry Walters’ Pumpkin Spice Muffins

If you are looking to make a change in lifestyle, to eat healthier, locally, and more humanely, Terry Walters’s books: CLEAN FOOD and CLEAN START are the perfect resource. Terry is a James Beard Foundation Award finalist and received the … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Chef Claude Godard’s Salmon Tartare with Oysters and Cucumber

Master Chef Claude Godard is the third in a line of prestigious French Chefs. His cuisine is inspired by his grandfather Gaston Godard but with a modern twist. Chef Godard learned his trade early on, and he polished it at … Continue reading

Each Whiskey Type Has A Unique Chemical Fingerprint

Whiskey is distilled in several different varieties and each is linked to its country of origin. For example, scotch whiskey is made in Scotland, Irish whiskey in Ireland, Canadian whiskey in Canada, and Bourbon whiskey is made in America. (Source) … Continue reading