This is my a recap of Top Chef Episode 7. Recently, I have become addicted to this show. First off I have to say that Bart is my favorite and whom I am routing for. The amazing dishes he comes up with give a sense of home and spunk. I can not imagine being in his head. If I ever have the chance to come close to one of his restaurants I have made a promise to myself that I will stop in and enjoy the strangest combination on the menu.
This is Bart Picture from Bravo
With that being said, I do not like Josie because I feel like she isn’t taking the opportunity seriously. It is not fair for her to still be there this far in the show when there is others that really show a concern in winning and trying with every inspiration in them. Many do not like Stefan, though I think he is hilarious and just abrupt. He knows what he wants and he makes pretty fabulous food. A bit arrogant but I feel he has the talents to be a bit arrogant.
While I will not give away whom won the quickfire or the elimination rounds I will say I like whom went and who won. I would like to see Bart in the contention but that is probably cause I favor every items he makes even if the judges do not approve. In the quickfire round they have to cook only with Reynolds aluminum foil and absolutely no cooking utensils or vessels. I was pretty impressed that Bart even made a strainer. In the elimination round, the chefs are whisked off to Remlinger Farms to cook with berries. Some of the combination were non-edible and others were fantastic! Kristen with the tayberry was a brilliant exposition of the berry. Bart’s Blackberry Soup with Salmon and Rhubarb Yogurt sounds amazing and like he says it would definitely pair better with crab in my mind then the salmon. If you have not had a chance to watch the show you must! My family and I have become addicted to this show. The show Top Chef Seattle is on Bravo on Wednesdays 10/9c (November 7th 2012 to March 6th 2013).
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Here is my review of Panera Baked Potato Soup.
Before heading out to my mom’s to have her join me for lunch at Panera, I took a look around the site to see what soups they offer. Of course I had too much fun with the Soup Scrambler game they have on the website. The site is great for looking up what you might like to eat before you arrive. See more here at Panera Bread. I am not a fan of being the one person holding up the line saying “Hmm… is this or that any good?” or “I am not sure what I want, what do you want?” to my guest whom is with me. I just try to avoid that all together; which makes me super happy when a website is well made and informative. Love the idea of walking in and just knowing what I would like to order.
In this case, I decided to try Panera Baked Potato soup which is generally one of my favorite soups. The Roasted Turkey and Cranberry panini also got my attention, so I picked up a Pick 2; which includes a bowl of soup and half of a sandwich. The soup was rich in flavor and all I needed to add was a hint of pepper. The soup had a good creamy texture with small pieces of soft potato. The carrots were tiny and barely noticeable which is a good thing when your talking potato soup. The bread that accompanied the soup was amazing! Here is a picture of my meal.
And my mother had the Broccoli Cheddar soup and a Tuna sandwich. She said the soup was delicious! Here is a picture of her meal.
This was my first trip to Panera and I would definitely visit again! Hopefully, they will consider building one in Flower Mound/Highland Village area a bit closer to me.
FTC Disclosure: I was compensated for my meal and for my time to write this post by the DailyBuzz Food Tastemakers program; however, all opinions expressed above are my own.
Thank you to Ubisoft for sponsoring this post. Please visit Amazon.com to get your own copy of Assassin’s Creed 3, today’s Gold Box Deal of the Day! I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own.
A little history on AC III:
Assassin’s Creed III is a sandbox style action-adventure video game that is developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the fifth main title in the Assassin’s Creed series, and is a direct sequel to Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. Ubisoft has claimed that the game will be bigger than its previous installments, and will complete the story of Desmond Miles.
The game is set between 1753 and 1783, and focuses on a new ancestor, Ratonhnhaké:ton, who fought during the American Revolution.
Exploration is based on the Frontier, which is one and a half times larger than Rome in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. The cities of Boston and New York may also be explored.
Since there will be a lot more travel included within the game, the fast travel mechanic is making a return, which allows for quick travel from any location, as opposed to previous games. A whole new system of unlocking fast travel has been implemented, which is integrated into the game’s natural progress.
Desmond will use the upgraded Animus 3.01, and will find himself reliving “significant events.” The more synchronized Desmond becomes, the more the synchronization bar is filled, which can also be increased through replaying missions.
My son, which is 17, is a huge fan of the series. He could not wait for Assassin’s Creed 3 to release and we were definitely at the midnight release. He and I both love the story plot, especially with the added in historical sequencing. Though, we have one copy of the game it is so beloved in our home that a second copy would be great for my 15 year that, it seems at times, lives on his system; as you can see below.
Just wanted to let all you Assassin’s Creed fans and mom’s looking to get the game for cheap that Amazon will be running a gold box deal of the day and it will only be $33 . Here’s the link
Clever Girls is also giving away 5 copies of AC3 on December 11th via Twitter to folks who RT the following:
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Yes, I love pie! Oddly enough I prefer cherry or meat pies. These Shepherd’s Hand Pies feature shepherd’s pie in a handmade pie crust. The can be made with beef, chicken or just vegetarian. Creativity with this recipe is your friends. The more intricate the ingredients the richer the flavors. I make these with beef and onion as the flavors just fall together. For vegetarians mushrooms, carrots, potatoes, onion, celery, and corn make a pie. For the gravy just use cooked carrots and blend them in a blender with a bit of heavy whipping cream. They make a fantastic gravy that is full of color and nutrients. If your a chicken fan you can do chicken with a chicken gravy and matching vegetables. If you really want to jump out of the box you can use crawfish or crab meat to make a seafood rendition.
Hand pies are delicious fresh or they can be frozen to heat up later on another occasion. This makes them perfect for movie night or for weeknight TV shows you don’t want to miss; such as Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, Haven, Grimm, and Once Upon a Time. Hmm… did I leave one out? Oh! Of course our beloved The Walking Dead. Do have to say I have been waiting for them to kill off the annoying blonde and the governor. Just not a fan of nut jobs.
Speaking of Vampire Diaries, is anyone else tired of the poor Elena thing? I am. Let’s get on with it. Damon and Elena should be together. Let Tyler hook up with the wolf chic from Secret Circle, and the judgmental Stefan and Caroline should end up together. Maybe spin off some weird love relationship with Klaus and Bonnie as they will both soon hate the new professor in town.
Anywho! Back to the pies.
Fried chicken jalapeno bacon fettuccine alfredo recipe is below but first a little story. Yesterday we went to see the final edition to the Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part II. I was not so sure how well it would match the book prior to watching the movie. The movie literally hit the nail on the head in comparison to the book. There was plenty rumors that movie is not as good as it’s predecessors. To be honest, it was one of my two favorites, the other being New Moon. If your a vampire or wolf fan let me know what you thought of the movie in the comments. No spoilers! No whining about sparkling vampires either
On to the food! Below the food is the giveaway for Devo’s Jalapeno Fettuccine!
Big thank you to Devo Olive Oil for sending out a package of jalapeno fettuccine. It was absolutely delicious! The fettuccine is a perfect pair with my bacon alfredo sauce. I still cannot wait to try the pumpkin fettuccine and chocolate fettuccine. These are perfect for customized culinary gift baskets.
The jalapeno fettuccine has just enough kick to add the right spice to this meal. There is no burn for me although I can eat pretty spicy food. It was more like a tickle and I think that is just perfect for a pasta dish. The pasta would pair well with Cajun dishes featuring shrimp, crab, or crawfish.
Devo Olive Oil was please to offer one of my readers a chance to win and test out the jalapeno fettuccine I used in this recipe!
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*Disclosure: Devo Olive Oil is providing one package of jalapeno fettuccine. I was not reimbursed for writing this post and all opinions expressed are my own.
Everyone needs an easy weeknight dinner that you can pop into the oven and ignore while you work on everything else. Tuscan chicken is a simple oven dish. You may use fresh herbs to top it when cooking or if you get heartburn from them like I do, then no herbs is just fine too!
I prefer just fresh basil in mine. Some people like thyme, bay leaf, or rosemary. The taste of roasted tomatoes and the buttery flavor of the fingerling potatoes make a merry match.
Today is our gathering of the communal table for Thanksgiving for the FN Dish on Food Network. Please take a moment when you are done reading this post to visit the other links below and enjoy other dishes at our communal table. To follow along on Twitter please use the hashtag #PullUpAChair. You may also join in by having a look at our communal table on Pinterest. My recipe for Honey Bacon Potato Pops is below.
Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness, family, and the season that prepares us for Christmas. Fall is my favorite season of the year! The trees change colors, everyone is cooking or baking, and the air is busy with cheer. The pumpkin, which is a super squash, decorates yards with a multitude of colors and scarecrows dance in the wind! Most of all, I love the Macy’s Day Parade! I love picking out my favorites and feeling like a kid again with my teenagers. It is very important to always have a bit of kid left in you.
I hope you will all #PullUpAChair and enjoy my appetizer recipe for Honey Bacon Potato Pops. These are perfect to munch on while waiting on the turkey. Please feel free to leave me a link in the comments to your favorite Thanksgiving dish.
Cocktails, Appetizers, Salads and Breads:
- Haute Apple Pie: Apple Jack
- Cooking With Books: Spiced Couscous and Walnut Salad
- Mooshu Jenne: Honey Bacon Potato Pops (pictured above)
- Food For My Family: Roasted Beet and Lacinato Kale Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette
- Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Super Seeded Cornbread
- Feed Me Phoebe: Cornbread and Wild Rice Stuffing With Hazelnuts and Cranberries
- Napa Farmhouse 1885: Chorizo, Cornbread and Tortilla Dressing
- Sweet Life: Apple Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing
- And Love It, Too: Paleo Green Bean Casserole
- Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Sweet Spiced Winter Squash Casserole
- Red or Green?: Corn, Peppers and Onion Saute
- Simple Bites: Honey Pomegranate Glazed Brussels Sprouts
- Virtually Homemade: Fresh Orange and Cranberry Sauce With Toasted Walnuts
- What’s Gaby Cooking: Sweet Potato Gratin
- The Heritage Cook: Cauliflower Gratin
- Creative Culinary: Creamy Mushroom Bake With Parmesan and Panko
- Bacon and Souffle: Spicy Carnival Squash
I have two favorite soups. Minestrone and baked potato soup! Just love all the toppings you can add to baked potato soup
One week till the last Twilight Saga film Breaking Dawn Part II. How many of you plan to go see it? I’m definitely NOT doing the midnight showing. Might be a Saturday morning flick. It’s the start of Thanksgiving vacation and I am just counting the days till that week gets here.
I thought this might help warm up those that are freezing on the East coast. I feel for you all.
Next week I have a Fall festival to attend and I plan to bring 48 cupcakes and 2- 3 dozen cookies. Any suggestions?