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Oysters on the Halfshell

Oysters on the half shell


by Patricia Mack


Today, August 5, 2013 is National Oyster Day with festivities coast-to-coast celebrating one of the ugliest yet alluring critters in all creation.

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Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito speaks to fans

Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito speaks to fans


Savory Fare, Eclectic Tastings and Cooking Demos

 

by Patricia Mack


Atlantic City’s fifth annual Food and Wine Festival attracted more than 20,000 visitors to New Jersey’s historic metropolis by the sea. A multitude of events took place July 25-28 at various hotel casinos including Caesars Atlantic City, giving food and wine lovers a chance to sample Atlantic City fare as well as meet celebrity chefs. Attendees included Food Network stars Robert Irvine (“Restaurant: Impossible”), Pat and Gina Neely (“Down Home With the Neelys”) and Rocco DiSpirito (star of the syndicated show “Now Eat This! With Rocco Dispirito”). A portion of the proceeds were dedicated to helping New Jersey’s seashore recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

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Fifty Shades of Kale

By Drew Ramsey, M.D. and Jennifer Iserloh

(HarperWave, 2013)

 

 

 

Fifty Shades of Kale


Kale juice, crunch kale chips, kale Caesar salad on restaurant menus … kale is the new black! We got the last confirmation that people are indeed crazy for this cruciferous veggie when our local Latino grocer started selling the Tuscan variety alongside queso de Oaxaca and homemade tortillas.


Fifty Shades of Kale takes kale to lofty new heights via recipes that sneak it into anything from pizza and fajitas to chocolate dessert and Campari cocktails. Whether you are already one of its devotees or still need to embrace this shade of green, you will love the practical recipes including huevos rancheros; black bean soup with fresh lime; and mushroom and kale risotto; and might even be tempted by the kale Pisco Sour and The Lacchiato — yes, it’s a kale macchiato!

 

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Jul

 

Talisker on Main's white theme meant appropriately decorated tables

Tables decorated according to Talisker on Main’s white theme at Savor the Summit in Park City, Utah

 

A Gourmet Feast in the Middle of the Street

by Alain Gayot


Long gone are the silver mining days in Park City, Utah. Today, locals, part-time residents and visitors flock to partake in an array of sports and activities, winter and summer. There is Bob’s annual film festival and they once held the Winter Olympics here. For the past six years there has been another reason to position yourself at 7,000 feet of altitude and partake in a culinary journey with 2,500 of your closest friends. All that is required is that for one Saturday night, the city shuts down Main Street, enabling three dozen restaurants to set up a ten-block long table.

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Country singer Martina McBride performs at  Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California

Country singer Martina McBride performs at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California


It’s concert season again at Wente Vineyards, where the 27th annual summer series of exciting alfresco shows is now under way.

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Bibimbap Backpackers

on July 12th, 2013
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Jul

Bibimbap, a signature Korean dish

This version of the signature Korean dish bibimbap was made with corn flakes

 


PSY recently put South Korea on the charts with his worldwide pop hit “Gangnam Style.” Now he’s trying to put South Korean food on the map as well.

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12

Jul

by Sophie Gayot

 

We hear all the time: “Don’t just lay on the couch watching television!” But tomorrow, you should definitely take the time to watch “Live Big with Ali Vincent” on the Live Well Network.

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Wild Cupcakes

on June 30th, 2013
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Jun

by Sophie Gayot


Hollis Wilder is my favorite kind of warrior: the chef is the three-time winner of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars”. If you indulge in her creations like I have, “cupcake” will take on a whole different meaning. She ingeniously transformed a smoked salmon egg salad into a delicious savory cupcake which helped her win Season 1 in 2009. This year, she won Season 8 with her jalapeño popper. She even makes ratatouille cupcakes!


Watch my video interview with her to get an exclusive preview of her new book Savory Bites: Meals You Can Make in Your Cupcake Pan. The cookbook contains ninety nine recipes that will help you achieve savory happiness.

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Assorted pastries amid a spectacular view of San Francisco

Assorted pastries amidst a spectacular view of the city at SF Chef’s kickoff party


For a week during the peak of every summer, SF Chefs lets Northern California’s top chefs work their magic for food lovers from all over the world at a series of classes, cooking demonstrations, special meals, blind tastings, competitions, panel discussions, gala parties and other wildly popular events throughout San Francisco. Although the much-awaited festival is still a month away, the SF Chefs kickoff party thrown on June 25th on the 36th floor of the Grand Hyatt San Francisco provided a sneak peek at what we can expect to see (and eat and drink) once the official fun begins on July 28.

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Leopold’s Ice Cream

on June 25th, 2013
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Jun

Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins and Stratton Leopold of Leopold's Ice Cream

Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins and Stratton Leopold of Leopold’s Ice Cream


by Patricia Mack


Ask wife Mary and she will tell you that Stratton Leopold has a passion for washing soda fountain glasses, be it at home or work at the nearly century-old Leopold’s Ice Cream in Savannah, GA.


He also has a passion for making movies.


Leopold, when he’s not creating spectacular banana splits or hand-dipping double scoops of mocha chocolate chip ice cream into cones for patrons who line up daily out the door of the little ice cream parlor/lunch shop, is a freelance Hollywood producer and former executive vice president of production at Paramount Pictures. He has also worked as an actor, casting director, executive and production manager during his long and successful career. Among his recent projects are “Parker,” “Captain America: the First Avenger” and “Mission: Impossible III.”

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