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  • pixeltheatre 2:06 pm on February 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Barilla, Chris Daughtry, , David Tutera, Debra Messing, , Mario Batali, Marisa Tomei, Natalie Portman, Stanley Tucci   

    Free cookbook from Barilla US: Celebrity Italian Table Cookbook 

    BarillaBarilla does it again, this time in support of Second Harvest in the US. The free downloadable pdf includes recipes from Mario Batali, David Tutera, Debra Messing, Stanley Tucci, Natalie Portman, Chris Daughtry and Marisa Tomei.

    So, if Penne in a Spicy Sauce with Capers and Olives, Autumn Vegetables with Goat Cheese and Pumpkinseed Oil and Saffron Panna Cotta sound like your type of Italian delectables, head over to this site to download the book. If you’re from the USA, you can actually specify which Second Harvest you wish Barilla to send its contribution.

    Offer ends February 29th has been extended to March 31st!

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  • pixeltheatre 4:49 pm on February 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: book, , Dinner Impossible, Food Network, free, Mission Cook!, online, Robert Irvine   

    Mission Cook! by Robert Irvine – browse free online 

    Harper Collins is releasing a series of books people can read online for free. The one that caught my eye was the one by Robert Irvine, star of Dinner Impossible on the Food Network. You can access the full text of Mission: Cook! My Life, My Recipes, and Making the Impossible Easy here, or by clicking on the icon below for a preview (note not all chapters are available through the icon, but they are through the preceding link.)

    Browse Inside this book

    Get this for your site

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  • pixeltheatre 6:40 pm on February 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Maria Liberati, ,   

    Maria Liberati and The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Visiting Second Life 

    Maria Liberati - SL Writers Club RoundtableMaria Liberati, former super-model, now celebrity chef, stopped by Athena Isle today, as guest speaker for the Writers Club weekly meeting. She has just launched her second book, The Basic Art of Italian Cooking, available in stores and online at Amazon.

    The format of a roundtable made this particularly enjoyable. Before long, there were quite a few of us sitting around Cybergrrl Oh’s magical table (a new chair appears every time someone sits on one). Maria proved to be very comfortable fielding questions and moving around. Considering this was her first time in Second  Life, I was impressed. We touched on various topics, from the use of fresh ingredients as the key to Italian cooking, to the Slow Food movement, very common in Europe, and now gaining a foothold in North America. Maria explained that her book is not so much a collection of recipes, as a story, or a collection of stories related to various dishes and foods in Italy.

    Maria has a few plans in store, including a podcast and a television series featuring celebrities talking about what they like to eat and favorite recipes. The full transcript of the chat will be available a little later this week on the Second Life Writers Club website. Maria is one of the latest author to make Second Life a stop on a book tour.

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  • pixeltheatre 6:00 am on January 7, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Hotel Chocolat, truffles   

    And the winner is… 

    Sometime in early December, as I was perusing the Daring Bakers website, I noticed an ad on the site for a Pink Champagne Truffleschocolate competition hosted by Hotel Chocolat, a UK-based purveyor of fine chocolates. The deal was simple: Submit your favorite chocolate-based recipe and their panel would pick a winner.

    My all-time favorite and most acclaimed recipe is for Santa Fe Brownies, an unctuous concoction of 12 ounces of chocolate (bittersweet and semi-sweet) and cream cheese. I can’t quite recall how I got hold of this recipe. I believe my mom gave it to me, but she can’t remember where she got it from. It took me all of 2 minutes to copy my recipe onto the site’s registration and to submit it. Needless to say, I was dumbfounded when I received an email, from the marketing company behind the contest, telling me I had won! :0

    Shortly after Christmas, I received my prizes: a box of Pink Champagne Truffles and a copy of the 101 Best Loved  Chocolate Recipes Book. The truffles are to die for, and the book is chock-full of scrumptious recipes (chocolate pasta anyone?…). Thank you Hotel Chocolat! It was a very nice after-Christmas present.

    I baked Santa Fe Brownies while at my mother’s over the holidays. Our guests at Christmas all got to take a slab home. That recipe is definitely a winner in everyone’s book. Here’s the recipe. It’s a little-time consuming, but well worth the effort.

    Santa Fe BrowniesSanta Fe Brownies
    1 cup plus 1 teaspoon butter
    6 squares (6 ounces) unsweetened chocolate coarsely chopped
    6 squares (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
    1 _ cups all-purpose flour
    1 _ teaspoons baking powder
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    5 large eggs
    1 _ cups firmly packed brown sugar
    1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    1 _ cups walnuts, broken into large pieces

    Cream Cheese Mixture
    12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
    6 tablespoons butter, softened (no substitutions)
    1 _ teaspoons vanilla extract
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    3 large eggs

    Instructions :
    1.Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 13x 9 inch baking pan with foil.   Melt 1 teaspoon of the
    butter and brush the bottom and sides of the pan with it.  Melt the unsweetened
    chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and the remaining 1 cup of butter in top of a double
    boiler over simmering water.  Set mixture aside and cool slightly.

    2.  Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.  Beat the eggs in a
    large mixing bowl at medium speed until just blended.  Add the brown sugar, granulated
    sugar, and vanilla: beat just until smooth.  Beat in the chocolate mixture, then flour
    mixture, at low speed just until combined.  Reserve 2 1/4 cups batter.  Stir the walnuts
    into remaining batter in the mixing bowl.  Spread the batter in the prepared pan.

    3.  For Cream Cheese Mixture, beat the cream cheese and butter in a clean mixing bowl
    at medium speed until smooth.  Gradually beat in the vanilla and sugar until light and
    fluffy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and beat just until
    smooth.  Spoon the mixture over the chocolate batter in prepared pan, spreading to
    edges to the pan.

    4.Stir reserved chocolate batter to soften.  Spoon the batter over the cream cheese
    layer.  With a knife, cut through batters in a zigzag pattern to marbleize slightly.  Bake 1
    hour 15 minutes , until toothpick inserted in center comes out barely clean.  (If the top
    browns too quickly during baking, cover the pan loosely with foil.)  Cool completely in the
    pan on a wire rack.  Invert onto a cookie sheet; gently lift off pan and remove foil.  Invert
    again, cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

    5.  With a long, sharp knife, cut brownies into squares, then cut each quarter into 8
    squares.  (Can also be cut into slabs and frozen.) Makes 32.


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    • Annemarie 2:59 am on February 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, well done! I think it was me who posted the contest. I never learned who the winner was for this contest so I’m pleased to hear it went to a worth candidate!

    • naomi 2:54 am on March 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Fantastic, well done! Those brownies look incredible!

  • pixeltheatre 8:52 pm on November 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    45 days to Christmas…Time to publish your own cookbook 

    tastebook.comStumbled onto this news item today in my Epicurious newsletter. You can create a custom cookbook using up to 100 recipes found on the epicurious site, or add your own recipes if you wish, or leave some blank space for later add-ins. Browse and borrow from some already created books by famous chefs. The book is hardcover and spiral-bound. You can even put your name on the cover. Cost: $us34.95. For more details, go to: epicurious.com. You will need to create a free account on Epicurious to use this feature.

    • Julius 10:17 pm on November 11, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hi LizG,

      Thanks for the head’s up. A cookbook/compilation is a great idea.

      I’m glad to hear the tourtière recipe has your vote. 🙂


    • pixeltheatre 3:47 pm on November 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Julius!

      I thought it was a pretty neat concept as well… 🙂

      Thanks for the post.

    • peabody 4:31 pm on November 21, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      You can also use MyPublisher and that way you can use your own photos.

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