September 28, 2007

Your Weekly Libation and some Top Chef thoughts

If you’re like me, you get into routines. And one of the routine-producing services that Chew on That has to offer is Your Weekly Libation. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But wait, you’re not Jim! Where’s Jim? It’s not the Weekly Libation without Jim!” Yes, you’re right, I’m not Jim, but bear with me while I try to be for just a moment so that Your Weekly Libation is still delivered. I’m doing YOU a favor since Jim couldn’t be here today (yea jury duty!) We wouldn’t want to mess up your routine.

So today I’m recommending the very prestigious Academy Cocktail, a lighter drink with remarkable cranberry and orange flavors. But honestly, it’s really just about the name. I mean, how smart would you feel serving this drink?
“What did they serve at the party?”
“This drink called the Academy Cocktail”
“Oooh…how intriguing!”

That’s right. All you have to do is say the name over and over to your guests, and no one will question you. Go get ‘em folks.

Now, on to something that’s more my forte: Top Chef.

I’ve finally caught up. Believe it or not, my Wednesday nights have found themselves taken up by plans that don’t involve sitting in front of the television (or well, holi days) and I’ve had quite a bit of catching up to do.

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My Garden Is Dying!

I am so not ready for the season to change. I am a total summer girl at heart and the cold weather is only beneficial for me if I am at home, curled up on the couch watching a good movie or reading a great book! But it’s life and I am preparing for winter! Well, at least I am but my poor beautiful vegetable garden isn’t.

This is where I need your help! This past summer I decided to plant my very first garden and to be honest I didn’t know what I was doing when it came to planting and taking care of it. I guess I was lucky (or maybe I was a gardener in my past life) but the garden grew and I had all sorts of fresh produce in my back yard! Unfortunately, now my garden is dying because of the cold weather. So, what do I now?

I have basil plants that I would love to save, I have heard that the best way to save herbs is to freeze them but I am not sure what the best “freezer” method is.

Help?

Also, I have tomato, cucumber and green pepper plants, what do I do with them? Am I suppose to dig them up and throw them away or do they stay planted with the chance of growing back next year (is that even possible)?

Help please! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Sarah- Go Chiefs and Go Bears!

P.S. I still need to try making Fried Green Tomatoes again!

September 27, 2007

A cake is a cake…is a cake, not!

Don’t get me wrong. I’ve seen all sorts of interesting cakes, from Root Beer Float Cake to Beer Cake, and I assure you, I do love creativity. But there are some cakes out there, walking the Cake category (terrible metaphor for streets) of Recipe4Living, that really just don’t seem to belong.

First case in point: Tomato Soup Cake. Really? When you say you’re serving cake for dessert, is anyone going to want this? Or do you serve this as your appetizer?

Next, we have the just- as-dysfunctional-sounding Salad Dressing Cake. But this one seems to still be sweet, and just uses salad dressing. Still confused…

And then, there’s the ever delicious Ritz Cracker Cake. I guess it’s coconut-flavored, who would have thought?

PB&J Cake sounds like a winner too but at least that’s kid-friendly and sweet.

But my absolute favorite cake name from the site: The Great Depression Cake. I know, the joke’s on me, it’s not really made to be funny. People actually made this cake, but for some reason I can’t help cracking up when I hear it. It sounds like the ultimate indulgence cake, but really it’s referring to the cheapness of its ingredients. Don’t worry, I get it.

Props to those of you who made the Recipe4Living site that much more interesting. Keep ‘em coming. Oh and readers, do tell me, which cake would you make?

-Hillary, wondering if R4L should host a “crazy cake contest” next
Editor, Recipe4Living

Sometimes I wish I lived in Germany

(Photo courtesy of stock.xchng)

Oktoberfest is here.

Has been since the 22nd, actually.

A two-week festival, attended by over six million people, all for drinking awesome beer, eating amazing (and heart-cloggingly delicious) food, listening to jammin’ local music, and talking with your friends. Young casualties of alcoholic excess strewn about so frequently the locals call them “beer corpses,” even the local politicians slumming with the common man by tapping the ceremonial First Keg.

It’s like the Irish condensed their social habits into a two week period and learned a different language.

Someday I will be a wealthy imports/exports baron (possibly friends with Art Vandelay) and I will go to these festivals of joyous excess whenever I want. In the meantime…I’ll write articles about them.

-Jim still holds a grudge about the cider, though

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