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An Exciting Knife Giveaway!

New West Knives

Well it’s been a while, hasn’t it?  We’re all settled in at the new house and although there’s still tons of work to do, it’s slowly shaping up and we are loving the new place more and more each day!

And now that I’m officially back to blogging, I thought I’d start things back up with a bang!  I have two gorgeous kitchen knives to give away thanks to the wonderful people at New West Knife Works.

As a food blogger, I am constantly bombarded with requests to write about new products.  For the most part, I kindly decline these offers.  But when I got an e-mail from New West Knife Works, I was instantly intrigued. Continue reading →

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World Class Chocolate in San Diego?

Eclipse Truffle

San Diego is known for many things. Beautiful weather and beautiful people? Yes. Beaches, great fish tacos, and palm trees? There’s plenty! Handmade artisan chocolate? Hmmmm.

Chocolate just isn’t something that come to mind when you think of California’s southernmost city. But Will Gustwiller, owner of Eclipse Chocolat, is on his way to changing that. Continue reading →

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The Minimalist Blogs

Although my Google Reader is bursting at the seams, I just subscribed to Mark Bittman’s new blog at The New York Times. It’s called Bitten. Cute, huh? I’m not a Bittman groupie, sometimes I like him, sometimes I don’t. But I generally enjoy his simple approach to food and I try to check out his weekly column from time to time (remember that wonderful Tomato Paella?). But now that he’s blogging, I think I’ll be paying closer attention. From what I’ve seen so far, the blog is informal, interactive and full of good information and recipes. It definitely meets my basic criteria for a worthy food blog.

I loved his recent post about why he refuses to buy vinaigrette.

On another note, I’ve really been enjoying Bittman’s latest cookbook, How To Cook Everything Vegetarian. The book is a great resource for anyone, vegetarian or not, who is interested in incorporating more vegetables and whole grains into their diet. But it’s not a book about health food. It’s filled with every meat-free recipe you can imagine. And it’s a huge book. I think it’s well worth the 2o bucks or so you’ll pay for it on Amazon. Don’t believe me? Go read Heidi’s review of the book on 101 Cookbooks.

So, go check out Bitten if you’re ready for a daily dose of Bittman. And if you’re ready for a great new cookbook (who isn’t?), pick up a copy of How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Good Food.

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Fries with Feta!

Just a quick note!  Peter over at Kalofagas got creative with my Creamy Feta Dressing and made his own version of it to be eaten with some really yummy looking fries!  According to Peter, Greeks like to eat their fries with feta and, after seeing the photo and reading his post, I’m convinced that this will be one of my new favorite combinations!  Go check out Feta Frites at Kalofagas now!

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Nando’s Honey Garlic Wings


This is a continuation of my previous review of Nando’s Peri Peri Sauces. I had three sauces to try out–Roasted Reds Cooking Sauce, Peri-Peri Marinade, and Garlic Peri-Peri Sauce. I used the first two sauces in my chicken pizza, but I had different plans for the Garlic Peri-Peri Sauce. It seemed like the sauce might be good on some chicken wings, so of course I tried it out. Guess what? It was good on chicken wings :-) Continue reading →

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Nando’s Chicken Pizza


How it is that I’ve gone this long without tasting any of Nando’s Peri-Peri sauces, I will never know. But now that this wrong has been righted, I’m definitely a Nando’s convert. I like spicy foods and I like hot sauces but I wouldn’t call myself a connoisseur. I always have a supply of a couple different Tabasco sauces on hand (I’ve also tried Texas Pete’s and Louisiana brands but I’ve always been a Tabasco girl), but my pantry hot sauce collection doesn’t usually get much bigger than that other than maybe some Cholula and a mild tomatillo-based green sauce. And of course, there’s the occasional Asian chili paste and I am now always fully stocked with Italian chili paste (crema di peperoncino). But really, considering the variety of hot sauces available in this world, my tiny collection doesn’t even scratch the surface. Continue reading →

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