Archive for the Food in the news Category

Congratulations! Padma Lakshmi Pregnant!

Posted in Food in the news, Food on TV with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2009 by restaurantouring

Padma, hostess of Bravo TV’s Top Chef, is pregnant with her first child, after battling endometriosis, a medical condition where the lining of her uterus grows in other areas of the body. The condition may cause bleeding and infertility in women, so this is a very special pregnancy for Padma, indeed! For more information, check out this article from CNN. Congratulations!

Tollhouse Cookie Dough Recall: E. Coli

Posted in Food experiments at home, Food in the news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2009 by restaurantouring

The FDA found some E. Coli in batches of Tollhouse Cookie dough. Try not to eat the dough raw! For more deets, check the news.

EDIT: So, apparently it’s a voluntary recall. This means that there may or may not be an E. Coli contamination in these batches of cookie dough, so here’s an idea: BAKE THE DAMN THINGS INSTEAD OF EATING IT RAW. Dumbasses. . . .

And if you still want cookies, but you’re afraid of the store-bought stuff, you can make your own in just a few minutes if you have a few basic ingredients on hand. Check out Michael Ruhlman’s blog post about a chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream bowl for the recipe.

On a completely unrelated note, unless she really, really, really likes Tollhouse cookies (How’s THAT for a smooth connection? Segues can kiss my ass), check out The Art and Times of Diana Ho for info on shows and art galleries and such in the New York area (you can find her online portfolio here). I’ve been meaning to add her to my blogroll for a little while now, but I am a lazy sod — was reminded when I checked my blog stats and saw some traffic being directed my way from her blog. Quid pro quo. I love the smell of social networking in the. . . . damn, it’s already 3:30 in the afternoon!

Borrowing a computer

Posted in Culinary ruminations and other random thoughts, Food in the news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2009 by restaurantouring

Can’t blog for long — borrowing a computer to check in on the interwebs before I hop on a plane to Cali for the weekend to attend an old high school buddy’s funeral wedding.

Anyway, a Yahoo article about the WORST foods to eat on a date made me chuckle a little bit this morning. What’s wrong with Stilton and carpaccio???

Also, if you haven’t done so already, check out this month’s copy of Men’s Health magazine. This month’s issue (the one with Ewan McGregor on the cover) is pretty food-centric (there’s an article about total utilization of a pig! Hooray!).

And if delicious porcine pleasures aren’t enough to get you to fork over the couple bucks for a copy of this excellent mag, I should tell you that that miserable old curmudgeon, Bourdain, has an article in it about the 13 restaurants you HAVE to eat at before you DIE. So, GO! Read up!

And make travel arrangements for your next culinary vacation.

Ratios and Photo Competitions

Posted in Books and gear, Food in the news, Food on TV with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2009 by restaurantouring

I’m excited. I just got my copy of Michael Ruhlman’s Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking in the mail. As I told him in New York, at the book signing event for Thomas Keller’s Under Pressure, a few months ago, I can’t stop reading his books.

For those who know me, yes, I know I wasn’t a big Ruhlman fan at first (I was just holding a grudge against him for seeming a bit harder on John Besh than on Michael Symon on the Next Iron Chef competition on Food Network a couple years ago), but the man can write. I can’t wait to dive in.

I’ll let you know what I think once I’m done. In the meantime, any food photography enthusiasts should check out the national skill contest hosted by Honda CR-V. You can submit pictures of sweet or savory comfort foods, and the best entry wins $2,500. Other prizes go to 2nd and 3rd places, too. If you’re interested, hurry up! The deadline is this Monday, May 4th, 2009. Check out the official rules here. Good luck!

Bobby Flay book signing

Posted in Books and gear, Food in the news with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2009 by restaurantouring

0422092023a

That’s me and Bobby Flay at the Williams-Sonoma store inside the Mall at Short Hills in New Jersey. I met him last night. Nice guy. Busy, too. And way thinner in real life than he appears on TV. Maybe he’s been working out?

Anyway, he was there to sign copies of his new book, Bobby Flay’s Burgers, Fries & Shakes. I’m reading it now, and I’ll do a little review of it once I’m done. I’ll flesh out some of the details of the night then, as well.

Finally, because I’m young and immature, I want to give a shout out to Will, one of the coolest, smartest, 9-year-old, soon-to-be-tae-kwon-do-black-belt, future-chef-in-trainings I’ve met yet. Rock on! Cooks rule!

Who am I kidding? No one ever reads these posts of mine 😛

Congratulations, Cat Cora!

Posted in Food in the news with tags , , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by restaurantouring
Cat Cora and her wife, Jennifer

Cat Cora and her wife, Jennifer

For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Cat Cora and her wife, Jennifer, welcomed a third child into their family over the weekend. For more information on the newborn Thatcher Julius Cora, please read here.

Natasha Richardson Dies from Ski Accident

Posted in Food in the news with tags , , , , on March 19, 2009 by restaurantouring

Hi everyone,

Those of us who saw the Christmas episode (episode 6) of Top Chef  New York (season 5) may remember seeing the lovely Ms. Natasha Richardson on the show as host and representative of amfAR (the American Foundation for Aids Research).  If you’ve been keeping up with the news, Natasha was in a ski accident on Monday (March 16, 2009).  Tragically, she passed away yesterday at the young age of 45.  For more details, please read this article and keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.  Thank you.

Mournfully yours,

Conway