Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
Spring is just around the corner and so is Mother’s Day, which means now is the perfect time to create a custom gift for those special moms in your life! We’ve all seen our fair share of monogrammed mugs and photo-printed T-shirts, but Hi There Press lets you personalize high-quality products with more than just pictures – you can choose from hundreds of designs and add your own text too! Plus, putting your personal touch on everything from ceramic coasters and mouse pads to BPA free water bottles and wall art is super simple on this site. So this year plan ahead and consider designing Grandma a pretty puzzle staring your cutie pie or giving your close gal pal a framed canvas she’ll cherish forever.
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Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
Gail Simmons, judge and critic for Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars, recently teamed up with Pepperidge Farms to create a collection of dishes using their classic puff pastry product. Known to most as a food critic, she boasts some serious culinary experience of her own, having been trained in the kitchens of the famous Le Cirque restaurant. Try out some of Gail’s recipes: PB&J Doughnuts, Sweet Potato Dumplings, Tomato Jewels, and more by clicking here. http://www.puffpastry.com/gail-simmons.aspx And read for some of Gail’s kitchen tips, Top Chef insights, and her future plans.
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Are there any meals from Top Chef that you just remember and love?
“Every season there is a dish that blows me away and that makes me think about food in a way I haven’t before. Season Six Las Vegas was the one that had the most moments of brilliance for me.”
The Top Chef All Stars finale is fast approaching. How did this season measure up?
“I think the final challenge was the most intense we had ever had. You get really attached to the characters, which is great–that’s why you are watching the show. And thank God that you are because we can continue to do our jobs, which we love doing.”
Has anything changed since the show’s first episode eight seasons ago?
“We are a lot more comfortable in our roles as judges now than at the beginning. Tom Colicchio, who speaking of family just had a baby yesterday, which is really exciting, is our sheriff on the panel. He is so adamant about the talent of these chefs, honing that talent, and treating them like he would treat employees in his own kitchen. That rubs off on all of us, and I think that we are all at a point now where we can really let that come across and we found our own roles that came out of it–not prescribed roles–but because of who we are and the relationship we have to food and to the chefs themselves.”