Friday, April 25, 2008


And no, we're not talking Emeril here this time.

But it seems as amateurs try to imitate their favorite TV celebrity chefs, the number of insurance claims for "singed eyebrows" as well as other kitchen mishaps are skyrocketing.
According to a recent UK survey, 14% of those questioned had experienced an accident or damaged their kitchen in some way, while trying out new recipes.

So while celebrity chefs are trying to educate armchair chefs by lining up the Crème Brulée blow torches alongside the carrot slicers, these amateur chefs have been getting themselves into heaping tablespoons full of trouble.

Read more here

And holy smoke...for heaven's sake, let's remember to be careful out there.

Friday, April 18, 2008

The Mini-Minimalist


New York Times writer and cookbook author, Mark Bittman, a k a The Minimalist Chef, makes a simple, sophisticated dessert out of an otherwise "intimidating" one called, Chocolate Ganache.

(Why is it that those "Frenchie" names are just too "shee shee" and scary for words?)

Anyway, watch here how Mark Bittman brings this chocolaty "high brow" dessert down to earth. (He promises...that this one is so darn easy, it's really hard to screw it up.)

Then, watch how the Mini-Minimalist, 3-year-old Jaden Carda, gives his version of the same receipe. Clearly, this pint-sized chef has spent time banished to his play area with nothing but Mark Bittman recipe videos playing over and over in the background.

Totally cute stuff, though.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Book Deal... For Not Eating Out

They're called blooks which I guess would be the best possible way to fuse the words "blog" and "book" together. (You know, sort of like that whole "Brangelina" thing, i.e., Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, or, um...oh, well, I'm sure you get the picture.)

Anyway, Cathy Erway, author of Not Eating Out In New York, a blog devoted to shunning restaurant brunches in favor of cooking your own food in New York City, is the latest food blogger to score a blog-turned-book deal, aptly titled Not Eating Out In New York.

By far, Erway is one of my favorite food bloggers, due to my love for her Reason Of The Month For NOT Eating Out.

Clearly, for me, Because You Can Salt To Your Own Taste, was one of her most memorable.

Way to go, Cath! Much success and can't wait for the book to be released.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Book On The Cutting Edge

That Shakespeare, what a cut up.

Okay, maybe not old Will himself, but it does hold true for this classic cutting board.

The "Romeo & Julienne" is crafted from beechwood and styled like -- yep, you guessed it -- a book. Right down to the nifty title on its spine. So chop on it, dice on it, and by all means, julienne on it. Then wash it, and pop it on the shelf with your cookbooks. Now, tell me... is that not the coolest little "chopping" creation, or what?

Designed by Atypyk, this book-like chopping board is sized at 6" x 9.5” as well as being the perfect gift for the Shakespeare admirer in all of us.

And if that's not enough, check out the favorable "book" reviews on the Perpetual Kid site:

"'Tis better to have chopped and tossed than never to have chopped at all."

"Sharp witted and cutting edge"

"A true slice-of-life adventure."

"I laughed, I cried, I diced."

And of course, throwing in just a few of my own:

"To chop or not to chop...what's your question??"

"All's well that chops well."

"'Tis truly my salad days."

"I laughed, I cried, I hacked, I shredded...."

Oh, well, in any case, I know old Will would be proud.