Monday, February 15, 2010

Table Scraps 2/15/10

Sorry, everybody - but there hasn't been much exciting news to report lately. In lieu of actual content, I give you this week's Table Scraps!

  • My boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, will premiere his own show on Martha Stewart's XM Radio channel this week with co-culinary bad ass, Chef Eric Ripert. The program, called "Turn & burn" will start Thursday and run for five weeks. Just in time for my last freebie month of XM! (via Austin 360)
  • Mr. FvF and I went to Chappy's yesterday to celebrate a holiday that neither of us give a shit about. Y'know what we DO care about? All things beer-batter-fried. Their chicken was everything I remembered it and satisfied a deep hankerin' I've had for weeks since my first visit. I think I've picked out a good number of the seasonings used in the batter, so now all I have to do is figure out what kind of beer they're using and I'll give it a whirl at home. We didn't order dessert there, because I'd made the Mr.'s favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie. He might have diabetes in 5 years, but I sure know the way to his heart.
  • Enter to win a $250 gift certificate from the Serious Eats Store! No purchase or bullshit necessary to enter or win.
  • Speaking of Serious Eats, they have a fantastic instructional slideshow on how to carmelize onions. It's a rookie mistake to think getting perfectly soft, sweet carmelized onions is as easy as throwing them in a pan with some oil on medium heat. It's a science, rook!
  • Only tried one new recipe lately, and it was Slow-Cooker Orange chicken, and it was $&#*ing terrible. The recipe calls for cooking on low for 6 hours or high for 3-4. Word to the wise: cooking it on low for less than 5 hours yields results of a sauce burnt beyond recognition. I will say it looked tasty around the 3 hour mark, so I might give it a whirl again when I can keep a closer eye on it. But, isn't the point of Crock Pot cooking that you can just politely ignore it until it, much like migrant labor, produces beautiful results that you then take credit for?


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