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Hi guys,

You may have noticed that I’ve been playing around with the site. I’m not very tech-savvy but Blogger has suddenly become so easy to use. I just added a bunch of Foodie blogs to my blogroll, and the Epicurious widget (because it’s pretty) – I recommend you check both out!

I stumbled upon a really cool website the other day during my research. It’s called Eat Better America and has all sorts of interactive crap to play around with to help you on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

Love from the kitchen,
Clancey

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Bake-Off

While baking a couple batches of cookies (chocolate chip and oatmeal cherry), we discovered that the 2007 Pillsbury Bake-off was on the Food Network. Of course, we had to watch…Interested in entering for next year? Here are a few tips from Pillsbury: recipes must use at least 2 General Mills products, be unique, relatively simple, have consumer appeal, and most importantly, taste good! For details, go to the Pillsbury site.


The million-dollar prize winner went to Baked Chicken with Spinach Stuffing…The stuffing was made with Dunkins Waffle-dippers, and the syrup packets were used as the glaze for the chicken. Worth a million dollars? I don’t know how I feel about the waffle stuffing, but the judges liked it. The creator of this recipe also has a blog, for which she bakes something every day – check it out at CookieMadness.

Back in the game

Well hello! I apologize for the lack of posting, but I’m now back at school and my schedule is as hectic as ever. I’ll try to keep you updated on the news at the very least.

A couple things:

-I’ve been reading Food Network Addict more often, to make up for the fact that I don’t get it at school (sad, I know). ALSO, Target now sells a few FN shows on DVD! Box sets of Paula Deen, Alton Brown, and Rachael Ray are available.

-Figure out your Health IQ at CookingLight.com.

Ok, that’s all for now I suppose.

It seems like everyone and their mother has a blog nowadays. I’m not saying that I was early to jump on the bandwagon or anything, but blogging seems to have exploded. Which, conveniently, means that there’s probably a blog out there dedicated to anything and everything you could possibly think of- and FOOD is one of the most popular, it seems.

Poking around online led me to Can’t Boil Water, a blog that you should totally check out. “Can’t Boil Water” seeks to help the novice cook and has mostly recipes, all organized by both type of food and by level of difficulty.

I also ended up at this article: “Rachael Ray: Why Food Snobs Should Quit Picking on Her.” Ok…so with Rachael Ray, it seems like you either love her or you hate her. Snobby Foodies hate her because she has no real culinary training (other than experience, which I think is the best training) and because she uses simple ingredients and occasionally takes a shortcut. But is she not one of the Food Network’s most popular stars, if not the most popular? She’s hugely successful- with 3 shows on the Food Network, her own magazine (Everyday with Rachael Ray), and oodles of cookbooks published. And everyone knows who she is.

On the other hand, she can be overly perky and kind of annoying with her zealous hand-gesturing and overuse of phrases like “YUMMO” and “Deeelish!”. But I like her because she’s got spunk. That’s right, she’s spunky. Her recipes may have stupid names and take slightly more than 30 minutes, but they’re usually pretty good. I admire her for being so successful, despite the fact that she’s never worked in a real kitchen (other than HoJo’s) or been to culinary school- I mean, who cares? She can cook and she knows her audience- the people who watch her show or buy her books are truly looking for quick, easy, and tasty meals. So, if I were Rachael Ray, I’d tell all those haughty chefs that they can shove their truffle oil and homemade pastas where the sun don’t shine. They’re just jealous!

Thoughts?

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