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Archive for April, 2009

RECIPES: A Time to Grill

Turns out there is no such thing as Grill Season. Serious grillers and so-called barbecue-tionists use their grills all year round, according to a recent survey by The Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association. Still, when the rains pass and the weather gets warm, we find ourselves drawn out of doors…into the streets…and, inevitably, toward the wafting smell of charcoal. Click here for a round-up of 15 grill recipes that recently won a place in Crisco’s Cooking Spray Hall of Fame. Recipes include Pineapple Ribs, a Grilled Sweet Potato Salad, and Cardamom-Scented Tropical Fruit Skewers. Grill away– but don’t be too surprised to find a NIBBLE editor wandering up your driveway.

-Recipes: The Grilling Hall of Fame.
-Master the basics of barbecue with our comprehensive BBQ Guide.

Grilled Avocado Shrimp Boats.

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GOURMET CONTEST: Say It with Cheesecake

White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake
We don’t need too much encouragement to indulge in cheesecake. But The Cheesecake Factory is offering perks to entice customers to visit and visit again. (That is, perks on top of the permanent perk of the restaurant’s consistently good you-know-what.) Stop into your local Cheesecake Factory before Mother’s Day–that’s May 10, for the deliquent children out there–and you’ll receive two gift cards: the first for a complimentary small plate or snack with the purchase of any two entrees of $9.95 or more; the second, for a complimentary slice of cheesecake with every $30 purchase. Think about it, friends: eat a lot of food, and you will be rewarded with a lot of free cheesecake.
The Cheesecake Factory is also holding the Share Your Celebration Sweepstakes. Submit a photo that captures a celebratory moment and you’ll be registered to win a four-day trip for four to Celebration, Florida.

Click here to learn more about special offers at the Cheesecake Factory and the Share Your Celebration Sweepstakes!


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CHARITY AUCTION: Win Dinner with “Top Chef” Judge Toby Young

There are many wonderful rewards for those who give generously to charities. Some of them go beyond feeling good about helping others, and reward you for your generosity with swag…the best of which might be celebrity swag, rubbing shoulders with the famous. Starlight Children’s Foundation and British food critic Toby Young invite you to help Starlight continue to provide ongoing support for seriously ill children and their families, by bidding on a once-in-a-lifetime foodie experience that includes joining Toby as he reviews Tom Colicchio’s latest restaurant in Las Vegas. Toby Young
Photo: Critique Tom Colicchio’s new resto with food critic Toby Young.
If you liked the snarky Brit who subbed for Ted Allen on this past season of “Top Chef,” go for a chance to join him for dinner, with a guest of your choice, and help him review the new Craftsteak resto at the MGM Grand Hotel. (But seriously, folks—is Toby going to give the “Top Chef” Head Judge a bad review after TC made him a “name” to America’s foodies…and might invite him back again? And given how opinionated TY is, how can anyone “help” him? Plus, Craftsteak already has proven its concept in New York City to a demanding audience, so the risk of disaster is minimized.)

Nevertheless, it is a moment with bragging rights that benefits a great cause. So if you’ve got the cash to bid, here’s what you can win, as you make a difference in the lives of very ill kids and their families:

– A 2-night stay at the Las Vegas Hilton (1 room, double occupancy) for Friday and Saturday, May 1st and 2nd.
– Dinner for you and a guest with “Top Chef“ judge Toby Young on Saturday, May 2nd at Tom Colicchio’s new Craftsteak restaurant at the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas.
– Exclusive signed memorabilia, including a Season 5 “Top Chef” t-shirt signed by the entire group of chefs and a “Top Chef” cookbook signed by Tom Colicchio, delivered to you by Toby at the dinner.

Toby put together a really funny video to explain and promote it, which you can enjoy at

Visit to bid. The auction ends April 25 at 19:00 PT. The current bid is just $510, but you know how sneaky those eBay bidders are. All proceeds benefit Starlight Children’s Foundation.


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GOURMET TRAVEL: Visit Switzerland For The Cheese

Swiss Cow
Get a mooove on and visit me in Switzerland.
It’s a question we’ve all pondered upon biting into a perfectly sharp Parmigiano-Reggiano or spreading a fresh chèvre: How is the very existence of this magically varied product—cheese!—even possible? Famed NYC landmark Murray’s Cheese Shop wants to help you find the answers. This June, the shop’s director of education will lead an educational cheese expedition through Switzerland’s central region. Cross the Alps with with a small group of fellow turophiles to meet the cheese-makers—the families—behind a few of Murray’s favorite Swiss cheeses. Learn how the landscape shapes the region’s cheese-making tradition—and, ultimately, how culture contributes to the creation of the cheeses we love.

For more information on the tour, call ext. 12.

– Study up! Prepare to impress the cheese-makers by mastering THE NIBBLE’s Cheese Glossary.

– Think you know enough about Swiss cheeses? Test yourself.

– Fondue originated in the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel. To savor the tastes of Switzerland from home, try this classic recipe for Swiss Fondue.


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FOOD HOLIDAYS: It’s Grilled Cheese Month

Only the Cheese Grinch would say no to grilled cheese. Even if you’re lactose intolerant, you can try the far more tolerable goat’s, sheep’s and buffalo’s milk cheeses. (Grilled mozzarella di bufala—yum!) So, let’s celebrate!

– Tips To Make The Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich
– Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes
Mascarpone Grilled Cheese Sandwich With Chocolate Soup
Fiscalini Farmstead’s San Joaquin Gold—A Great Grilling Cheese
– Discover Cypress Grove Chevre Goat’s Milk Cheddar
– Cabot Reduced Fat Cheddar—We Live On It!

A Tuscan-style grilled cheese, with Fontina,
mozzarella, grilled vegetables and fresh basil.


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