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Why We Love: Summer!

by in View All Posts, July 28th, 2009

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Food-wise, this is absolutely the best time of year. If a day goes by in July or August, and I realize I haven’t eaten sweet corn and/or tomatoes, I think of it as an opportunity lost. These foods drive me crazy! I love them, I crave them, and they’re only in season for the blink of an eye.

Yes, I know, grocery store magic makes corn and tomatoes available all year, but they only taste like they’re supposed to taste when you eat them straight from the farmers’ market. As a former farm stand worker, here are a few insider market tips:

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Susie’s Answers – Episode 7

by in View All Posts, View Video Only, July 24th, 2009

Ask Susie – Episode 8

by in View All Posts, July 24th, 2009

Want to know what Susie really thought about The Next Food Network Star, Episode 8? Now you can ask her!

Susie will pick a few of the best questions entered in the comment section of this post and answer you directly via vlog next Friday, July 31.

- Watch Susie’s Answers – Episode 1
- Watch Susie’s Answers – Episode 2
- Watch Susie’s Answers – Episode 3
- Watch Susie’s Answers – Episode 4
- Watch Susie’s Answers – Episode 5
- Watch Susie’s Answers – Episode 6
- Watch Susie’s Answers – Episode 7

WINNER! Photo Caption This

by in View All Posts, July 24th, 2009

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We asked you to come up with a clever photo caption for this picture and received a lot of great captions.
It was Art’s entry, however, that caught our eye, and won our Southern Food & Wine Festival prize:

“Man uses part of shirt as ingredient to make cake.
Customer loves it!”

Weren’t a winner? Well, you still have a chance to win tickets for our New York Wine & Food Festival over on our Facebook page!

Getting My Fix

by in View All Posts, July 23rd, 2009

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Want to know what tempts the SC’s palate? Let her talk for 30 minutes with the lovely Claire Robinson, host of 5 Ingredient Fix, about the awesome recipes coming up on her new episodes, which start this Saturday. Two words: doggie bag!

SECRETARY CONFIDENTIAL: Claire, you’re back with a new season. How exciting! And this time we get even more food fun – thirteen episodes instead of just six. Was shooting them double the work, or was it easier the second time around?

CLAIRE ROBINSON: It was so much fun. This time I felt like I had flexibility to play with different kinds of menus because I had more shows. For example, on one episode I do a no-cook dinner where I don’t turn on the oven or stove for the entire show. I did an all Southern-inspired theme called “Southern Soiree in the City,” which is the first episode–I bring a little country to the Big Apple.

SC: Do you test your recipes on anyone?

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Coolest Moments: The Premiere

by in View All Posts, July 22nd, 2009

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Working at Food Network leads to personal experiences and opportunities that sometimes are unimaginable. So I decided to share one of my own and be the warm-up act for bigger, better stories to come later in the “series” from the rest of Creative Services.

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by in View All Posts, July 22nd, 2009

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by in View All Posts, July 20th, 2009

Far be it from me to get involved in other food media institutions’ test kitchen power struggles, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that my close friend (and college roommate) Andrea Albin is currently battling for zucchini supremacy over on the Gourmet website. Video can’t be embedded, but click here to see it.

Voting is here. While I’m not saying you necessarily have to vote for Andrea, a vote for Andrea is a vote for bacon and tequila, and really, how can you argue with either?

Rupa Bhattacharya, Culinary Writer