Category Archives: Tools of the Trade

Tip of the Month, June 2013: Best Chicken Wings in Raleigh? Enter to Win!

Chicken wings from Buffalo Brothers

Chicken wings. One of the best bar foods, ever. I prefer the drumettes and like them crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside, with a nice and tasty sauce. I don’t want to kill my taste buds with wings that are insanely hot, but on the other hand I do like some heat and definitely lots of flavor.

I like bleu cheese dressing with my wings, at least the buffalo style, but ranch dressing works, too. I want lots of celery and carrots on the side. And don’t forget the napkins, please bring me plenty. If I’m not making a mess, then I’m probably not going to be a big fan of the wings. Extra points for places that have those cute little moist towelettes.

So where are your favorite places in Raleigh to get chicken wings? All who respond by 7/15/13 on the comment section of this post and suggest a great wing place automatically will be included in a drawing to win a $25.00 gift card to Target. So  please take just a minute and let me know where I need to conduct my next round of market research.

Target-gift-cardThank you and good luck!

Bon appétit!

Eat, drink and be merry!

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Book Review: Food Lovers’ Guide to Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill

A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon the “Food Lovers’ Guide to Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill” (Globe Pequot Press, c2012) by Johanna Kramer. I am so thrilled that I did — what a great guide to some of the Triangle’s best restaurants, markets and local culinary offerings (which happens to be the subtitle of this book.)

I started following Johanna on Twitter a couple of weeks ago and decided to check out her blog, Durham Foodie (http://johannakramer.com/), where I first learned about this book. I immediately went and ordered it from Amazon, where I wound up paying $14.90, including shipping. Definitely worth it!

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Ham, Potato and Corn Chowder, Ninja Style

The first dish I made in my new Ninja® 3-in-1 Cooking System that I blogged about last week was a wonderful ham, potato and corn chowder. I wanted to use the Ninja’s stovetop and slow cooker modes, and since the weather had turned a bit chilly, a chowder seemed to fit the bill. And, as luck would have it, I found ham potatoes and red bell peppers on sale at the grocery store. I love when things come together like that!

This is a hearty soup that will warm your insides. It is so creamy and the ham, potatoes, corn and red pepper taste great together. You will probably come back for seconds!

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Product Review: Ninja® 3-in-1 Cooking System

It’s been several weeks since I got my Ninja® 3-in-1 Cooking System and I’ve been quite happy with it so far. Before I begin this review, a couple of things: First, I am not affiliated with Ninja in any way. Second, I did receive this product for free, as some of you may remember from my recent blog on Portland. I attended the International Food Bloggers Conference in late August and one of the luncheons was hosted by Ninja. I didn’t realize beforehand that I would be receiving the Ninja just for attending the lunch (nor did most of the people in the room, judging by the excited reactions I heard when it was announced that the system would be shipped to us, free of charge.) That being said, I promise to give the most unbiased and honest review that I can.

According to one of the booklets that came with the system, the Ninja, with its “triple fusion heat technology, combines oven, stovetop, slow cooking and revolutionary steam infused roasting and baking to create delicious and healthier meals, faster and with true convenience.” I like to describe it as a slow-cooker on steroids, plus more.

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Tip of the Month, September 2012: Invest in a Dehydrator

 

I decided to invest in a dehydrator a few months ago after hearing so many terrible things about pet food and treats made in China. It’s amazing how many dog treats are made in China – just read the labels. Now, I make Lillie beef and chicken jerky that she adores. I don’t have to worry about feeding her questionable food and that peace of mind makes the dehydrator worth its weight in gold. In addition to making jerky, I’ve also dried some fruit, mushrooms and cilantro, some more successfully than others.

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Tip of the Month, September 2012: Invest in a Dehydrator

 

I decided to invest in a dehydrator a few months ago after hearing so many terrible things about pet food and treats made in China. It’s amazing how many dog treats are made in China – just read the labels. Now, I make Lillie beef and chicken jerky that she adores. I don’t have to worry about feeding her questionable food and that peace of mind makes the dehydrator worth its weight in gold. In addition to making jerky, I’ve also dried some fruit, mushrooms and cilantro, some more successfully than others.

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Tip of the Month, September 2012: Invest in a Dehydrator

 

I decided to invest in a dehydrator a few months ago after hearing so many terrible things about pet food and treats made in China. It’s amazing how many dog treats are made in China – just read the labels. Now, I make Lillie beef and chicken jerky that she adores. I don’t have to worry about feeding her questionable food and that peace of mind makes the dehydrator worth its weight in gold. In addition to making jerky, I’ve also dried some fruit, mushrooms and cilantro, some more successfully than others.

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Tip of the Month, September 2012: Invest in a Dehydrator

 

I decided to invest in a dehydrator a few months ago after hearing so many terrible things about pet food and treats made in China. It’s amazing how many dog treats are made in China – just read the labels. Now, I make Lillie beef and chicken jerky that she adores. I don’t have to worry about feeding her questionable food and that peace of mind makes the dehydrator worth its weight in gold. In addition to making jerky, I’ve also dried some fruit, mushrooms and cilantro, some more successfully than others.

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Tip of the Month, September 2012: Invest in a Dehydrator

 

I decided to invest in a dehydrator a few months ago after hearing so many terrible things about pet food and treats made in China. It’s amazing how many dog treats are made in China – just read the labels. Now, I make Lillie beef and chicken jerky that she adores. I don’t have to worry about feeding her questionable food and that peace of mind makes the dehydrator worth its weight in gold. In addition to making jerky, I’ve also dried some fruit, mushrooms and cilantro, some more successfully than others.

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Tip of the Month, September 2012: Invest in a Dehydrator

 

I decided to invest in a dehydrator a few months ago after hearing so many terrible things about pet food and treats made in China. It’s amazing how many dog treats are made in China – just read the labels. Now, I make Lillie beef and chicken jerky that she adores. I don’t have to worry about feeding her questionable food and that peace of mind makes the dehydrator worth its weight in gold. In addition to making jerky, I’ve also dried some fruit, mushrooms and cilantro, some more successfully than others.

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