Friday, December 17, 2010

Kwanzaa Fake

While admitting that I haven't seen the Chanaukah cake debacle that Food Network's host Sandra Lee got herself into, I will say that from the onset of the clip below, Lee hasn't got the foggiest clue for what she's doing in her infamous Kwanzaa Cake episode. The poor cake in the clip (not the one shown above, which is actually what the cake should look like) is truly a helpless pile of ridiculousness, slathered together in despair, then cluelessly showered with a downpour of nonsense nuggets.... Period.
However, Denise Vivaldo, who created the infamous Kwanzaa Cake recipe for Sandra Lee, confesses her sins in the Huffington Post, just before whisking herself out of the country on a trip to Thailand (and out of the range of mobs of angry black people carrying pitchforks, no doubt): "I can honestly say Ms. Lee had nothing against African Americans or Jews. She just has incredibly bad food taste." (Hmmm...I hear you, Denise.)
Anyhow, in the inimitable words of my favorite bad boy chef and curmudgeon, Anthony Bourdain: "The most terrifying thing I've seen is Sandra Lee making a Kwanzaa cake. Watch that clip and tell me your eyeballs don't burst into flames. It's a war crime on television. You'll scream. " (The bad boy nails it, once again.)

Okay, enough said. Watch the clip. Enjoy. And have a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Affordable Gifts for the Kitchen

Yes, I have no doubt that the $500 home sous-vide machine is going to get a lot of oohs, aahs, and thank yous come Christmas morning. But really, it's certainly true that you don't have to break the bank to surprise the home chef with useful tools, such as one of the mainstays of my own kitchen, the handy-dandy stainless steel mixing bowl (pictured above).

Anyway, read more here, and learn.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Worst Meals Ever

So what truly is the absolute worst meal you've ever had?

Each of these videos below claims to document the "worst meal ever," starting with a monstrous pizza debacle, then going on to a trucker eating instant noodles in his workplace cafeteria, to an awful "creamy cola chicken" dish by You Tube's One Pot Chef (love his videos, hate most of his recipes... what can I say?).

Oh, and just for the record, my worst meal ever would have to be a curried lamb dish gone completely wrong. (And, um, we'll just leave it at that for now.)
Anyway, check these out: