This Is Why You’re Fat!

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The McNuggetini from the book This Is Why You’re Fat introduces us to a new low of debaucherous gluttoney!
How far will we go until someone says enough?

Eating Animals

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Natalie Portman has written a thoughtful and provacative response to Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book, Eating Animals.

The Huffington Post will be featuring a wide range of reviews on the book and hopes to start a national conversation of the global impact factory farming has on us all.

From pollution to disease, carnivorous activity threatens the food supply and the sustainability of our planet.

Million Dollar Peanut Butter Cookies!

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The Pillsbury Bake-Off Million Dollar Winner Carolyn Gurtz wins with Double Delight Peanut Butter Cookies!

Carolyn Gurtz’s Pillsbury Bake-Off Million-Dollar Double Delight Peanut Butter Cookies


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- makes 24 cookies -

1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts, finely chopped
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup confectioners’ powdered sugar
1 roll Pillsbury Create ‘n Bake refrigerated peanut butter cookies, well chilled.

1. Heat oven to 375°F. In small bowl, mix chopped peanuts, granulated sugar, and cinnamon; set aside.

2. In another small bowl, stir peanut butter and powdered sugar until completely blended. Shape mixture into 24 (1-inch) balls.

3. Cut roll of cookie dough into 12 slices. Cut each slice in half crosswise to make 24 pieces; flatten slightly. Shape 1 cookie dough piece around 1 peanut butter ball, covering completely. Repeat with remaining dough and balls.

4. Roll each covered ball in peanut mixture; gently pat mixture completely onto balls. On ungreased large cookie sheets, place balls 2 inches apart. Spray bottom of drinking glass with Crisco original no-stick cooking spray; press into remaining peanut mixture. Flatten each ball to 1/4-inch thickness with bottom of glass. Sprinkle any remaining peanut mixture evenly on tops of cookies; gently press into dough.

5. Bake 7 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Store tightly covered.


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The food and drink debauchery which was my “Birthdaypalooza” has finally ended. I never thought that I would say such a thing; however, I don’t think that I could’ve gone on much longer and survived.

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Thanks to my bff M I had a birthday to remember with all of the trimmings.
The big day was Saturday the 24th, however, we started at Lilly Chocolates on Thursday, then we head over to Athen’s Pastries then to M’s for wine.

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Friday night he entertained me and some friends in grand style at his beautiful home, fireside with fancy cocktails from his wickedly creative mind! J suprised me with a beautiful bracelet and made me feel like a princess. We all went to Luxe for a fantastic dinner. I had the tuna and far too many champagne cocktails!

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Saturday was an afternoon of lunch and shopping with mom, (More on her in another post!) an early supper with D at Tartine then off for cocktails with C, G and D at the Market Avenue Wine Bar. Again, far too much wine.

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Sunday, my daughters thought that it would be nice to have a family dinner; lobsters, shrimp, scallops, mashed potatoes, two bottles of wine and one bottle of champagne later I officially surrendered.

Weekend Shenanigans!

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…….Once the dog started drinking, the party really started…!

I Love Lilly’s!

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This is my new favorite place to be.

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Leave it to my bff M to make a fantastic discovery. Still shopping for furniture, which is fine with me because it leads to so much fun and mischief!

Lilly’s offers a superior selection of wine, beer and liquors. The specialty chocolates are amazing and made by hand at Lilly’s.

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They offer pairings of beers and chocolates including Lambic Framboise with raspberry dark chocolate and Hitachino Nest West Ginger beer with peanut butter, kaffir, lime leaves, srirancha, white chocolate.


Truly sophisticated and fashion forward, Lilly’s is a true gem in Tremont and everywhere!


Order on line and treat yourself to something extraordinary.

The Kids Gotta Have It

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When I ask my girls what they would like for dinner I secretly hope that it will be something really simple like a salad or a soup or a sandwich.

So, when my little one said that she wanted chicken with gravy and mashed potatoes and corn, how could I say no? This is the stuff that kids love.

I tend toward healthy, vegetarian meals. She was having no more of it. And I couldn’t deny her.

I must admit that I love the smell of this food in my house. It reminds me of holidays, my childhood and visits to grandma’s house.

It’s not pretty, it’s not trendy and I’m not quite sure how healthy it is but it makes us all feel good, even if I only get to smell it.

I try to “gourmet it up” as much as I can and add as many vegetables as I can.

I start with butter, of course, this is old school.

I add:
two cloves minced garlic,
two onions,
4 stalks of celery
1 Tbsp dried sage
I let everything sauté.
I added ¼ cup of flour and about a ½ stick of butter
Then I added a ½ cup of heavy cream
And 1 cup of chicken stock

I happen to have leftover chicken pieces so I threw that in. It had a lot of pan juices so it added extra moisture.

I let everything simmer while I made the mashed potatoes.

I just peeled, chopped and boiled, 10 Yukon Gold potatoes, leaving some of the skin on.

When those were done I drained them and whipped them with more butter and some salt. When they were almost done I added 1 cup of heavy cream and gave them a quick 30 second whip.

I just boiled some frozen corn with butter.

Then I piled it all in her favorite bowl.

She loved it; Full of butter and carbs. Kid heaven!

When Good Enough is Good Enough

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Although we hype culinary competition and epicurean excellence what we really like is mediocrity.

Sometimes, good enough is good enough.

Rachel Ray is the crowned princess of the Good Enough Revolution in the cooking world.

Millions of Americans are lulled into complacency by just good enough techniques to get them through a 30 Minute meal.

Her appearance, her demeanor and her folksy colloquialisms have endeared her to the gastronomic masses.

Emmy winning Ray and her talk show have been renewed in 90% of the country.

What does that say about what we REALLY want?

The Cupcake Nightlife!


Just when you thought there was nothing new in cupcakes! Red Velvet Lounge is opening in New York’s Lower East side.

The lounge will feature alcohol infused confections with specialty cocktails to compliment the dainty desserts!

Now this is time well spent!

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Potatoes fried in Duck fat with garlic and rosemary. These are quite possibly the best French fries ever.

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These fries are hardy food. They come with spicy mayo dipping sauces and stand alone with rich Cabernets or Belgian wheats.

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Be forewarned; these fries are addictive and will leave you craving more, every time!

The wine and beer list at Bar Cento in Cleveland, OH is excellent and is rivaled by few.

Come for the fries and beer and stay for an inspired menu of ecclectic, innovative comfort food with a sophistcated twist.

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