Month: April 2012

Cookbook Review: Norwegian Cakes and Cookies – Modern Classics

Who doesn’t love dessert?  The Norwegian Cakes and Cookies cookbook from acclaimed Norwegian pastry chef, Sverre Sætre, is a book dedicated to delicious sweetness. Saetre has taken the essence of traditional Norwegian sweets and made them easy enough for the home cook to recreate.  He shares recipes for tarts, puddings, cakes, cookies, and more. There is one full section dedicated to basic dessert recipes and useful tips for the beginner; but the expert cook will find them useful as well.  Recipes for tart and pie crusts, dark chocolate glaze, and vanilla custard – everything you need in your baking arsenal and...

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Book Review – The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat: Craig Claiborne

I grew up in the 60’s and food back then was little more than casseroles and canned vegetables. Home cooking meant bulk, not quality and certainly taste wasn’t the first priority. It was a time when food was little more than fuel. Restaurants weren’t much better. Like today’s fast food restaurants, they very often served food that had been frozen or canned; speed and convenience were the key words. As a child I had no idea what fine dining was and certainly not anything ethnic, with the exception of the rare Chinese dinner out. Food was something you made and...

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Chimpanzee-Inspired Alex Woo Pendant Necklace

Commemorate Earth Day together with Alex Woo and Disneynature by entering to win this remarkable pendant necklace which embodies the frolicsome and fantastic character of the new film CHIMPANZEE. The film was driven by the real life of a band of Chimpanzees set among the most well known playgrounds on the planet, the rainforest. Every Alex Woo piece tells a story, of which this pendant is no different. The design and style showcase baby Oscar swinging through the vines and each vine is representative of the three crucial elements that Alex Woo, along with the Jane Goodall Institute, are determined to...

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Movie Review: Celebrate Earth Day with Disneynature’s CHIMPANZEE

I had the honor of viewing Disneynature‘s brand new film, CHIMPANZEE, several weeks ago in San Francisco during a Disney • Pixar press trip. Within moments of the film beginning I found myself enthralled with Oscar, the young chimp that is certainly the star of the film. Even though Oscar’s antics were entertaining, what truly captured my attention was learning afterwards that this was a movie that nearly didn’t get produced. Certainly not due to insufficient resources or talent – the crew is some of the most experienced and qualified in the industry. And not even because of the...

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Cookbook Review: 150 BEST CUPCAKE RECIPES – Scratch Baking at its Best!

There are lots of books out there that claim to have the best recipes, but the 150 Best Cupcake Recipes truly has some phenomenal cupcake flavors and better yet, they’re all made from scratch, fast, and delicious!  There are so many great flavor options – from the slightly offbeat to the totally mainstream options.  Plus there are 25 vegan cupcake recipes – recipes that have no animal products including milk or eggs and use soy milk and cider vinegar for the liquid ingredients. My favorites? Madeline Cupcakes, a take on the famous cookie, it’s vanilla, almond, and orange flavors are a...

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Recipe: Lightened Fettuccine with Spinach Pesto Sauce

Recipe: Light Fettuccine with Spinach Pesto Summary: 394 calories per serving (makes 4 main-dish servings) Ingredients Salt 1 lb. fettuccine or linguine 2 cups baby spinach leaves, washed and dried 1 ½ cups fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, washed and dried ¼ cup chopped fresh chives 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 6 Tbsp. pine nuts (pignoli) – divided ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese Freshly shaved Parmesan for garnish Instructions Fill a large pot with salted water and bring it to boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook per the package directions. Drain pasta and return to pot...

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