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Tip of the Month, February 2013: Get the Cheese Issue (March 2013) of Food Network Magazine

Food Network Magazine 2013 I was so excited when I saw the theme of this month’s Food Network Magazine — Cheese! I am in no way connected to the Food Network or its magazine, but for the third time I have to give two thumbs up to one of the issues. Last year, I blogged about FNM’s Chocolate Issue, and before that the issue on 100 Greatest Cooking Tips. This year, I simply cannot ignore the cheese. Get this magazine now before it flies off the shelf!

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Tip of the Month, February 2013: Get the Cheese Issue (March 2013) of Food Network Magazine

Food Network Magazine 2013 I was so excited when I saw the theme of this month’s Food Network Magazine — Cheese! I am in no way connected to the Food Network or its magazine, but for the third time I have to give two thumbs up to one of the issues. Last year, I blogged about FNM’s Chocolate Issue, and before that the issue on 100 Greatest Cooking Tips. This year, I simply cannot ignore the cheese. Get this magazine now before it flies off the shelf!

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Tip of the Month, January 2013: Best Soup in Raleigh? Enter to Win

MinestroneFor my first giveaway of 2013, I’d love for my readers to provide me tips on where I can get the best soups in the Raleigh area. Stuff that would rival your grandmother’s homemade chicken soup. Stuff that would make the Soup Nazi proud. The reward? A $25.00 gift card to The Fresh Market! Yum!

Fresh Market gift card

The rules are simple. Just leave a comment about what your favorite soup, bisque, gumbo or chowder is in the Raleigh area and which restaurant serves it. No chili entries, please – that’s a future blog all on its own!

I am breaking this into two types of soups:

Those that contain meat, poultry or fish, like this hearty turkey, kielbasa and white bean soup:

Turkey, kielbasa and bean soup
Those which are vegetarian or vegan, like this refreshing chilled cucumber melon soup:

Cucumber melon soup

There will be two lucky winners — one for each category — drawn at random. The deadline for commenting is Jan. 31, 2013, at midnight.

So get your entries in – you can vote once for each category. Good luck! I can’t wait to hear (and try) your recommendations.

Eat drink and be merry!

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Tip of the Month, December 2012: Get Your Tailgate On

Game face!

Much of the fun of going to football games is the tailgating, before (and sometimes after) the game. What a fun atmosphere, with people wearing their team colors and enjoying great food and drink with their friends and maybe a game of corn hole before the kickoff.

Cornhole, anyone

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Tip of the Month, November 2012: Enjoy a Cooking Class

You say you want a revolution, well, you know, we all want to change the world ~ John Lennon

When Living Social came out with a deal on a cooking class at Revolution in Durham, I jumped all over it. For $100 (which was half price) I got a 4-5 hour class, free wine while we cooked and ate what we made, a Revolution t-shirt and a $20.00 gift certificate to use on my next visit to the restaurant. The last cooking class I took was years ago at Irregardless Café  in Raleigh (more about this favorite restaurant in a separate post) and I was long overdue. If you’ve never taken a cooking class, I highly recommend it. It’s given me a chance to work with and learn from two wonderful executive chefs (Arthur Gordon and Jim Anile) in the Triangle, plus it is a fantastic and fun way to spend several hours and meet some new fellow foodies at the same time.

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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, October 2012: Make These Easy and Festive Halloween Treats

I decided to make some easy Halloween treats this year and wanted to move away from sweets, especially since I caved in and bought Gabe and Lexi a Halloween cookie cake plus some orange and black cupcakes earlier in the week. I am such a softie whenever I take those two grocery shopping with me and I need to remember to leave them at home.

Anyway, I’ve recently seen a number of Halloween treats online and on TV and decided to make Hot Dog Mummies, Cracker Spiders and Cheese Ball Pumpkins. All are so easy, easy, easy to make and Gabe had fun helping me put together the cracker spiders. My favorite of the three was definitely the cheese ball pumpkins – so festive and so good! If you have to bring treats for a party this Halloween, consider making any of these.

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Tip of the Month, October 2012: Make These Easy and Festive Halloween Treats

I decided to make some easy Halloween treats this year and wanted to move away from sweets, especially since I caved in and bought Gabe and Lexi a Halloween cookie cake plus some orange and black cupcakes earlier in the week. I am such a softie whenever I take those two grocery shopping with me and I need to remember to leave them at home.

Anyway, I’ve recently seen a number of Halloween treats online and on TV and decided to make Hot Dog Mummies, Cracker Spiders and Cheese Ball Pumpkins. All are so easy, easy, easy to make and Gabe had fun helping me put together the cracker spiders. My favorite of the three was definitely the cheese ball pumpkins – so festive and so good! If you have to bring treats for a party this Halloween, consider making any of these.

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