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Monday, May 03, 2004
Spotlight On...

Today's Spotlight is on MhehAfter some technical difficulties, my email finally reached him!  Read his answers and learn a little about this neighbo(u)r to our north.

Name: Michael    
Age: 33
Location: Burlington Ontario Canada
Where were you born? North York (Toronto)
Er, sorry what I said a couple of weeks ago about Canadians.  I was just kidding!

What did you want to be when you grew up? a Pharmascist. 
And now you're working with liquor? I work as the Inventory Manager for Beers, Coolers, Kosher & Asian wines for the largest single liqour purchaser in the world. I get to taste the product at least once a week & I actually have cases of product in my office. This summer will be my first summer in charge of beer and I'm desperatly trying to work ahead so I can be a full participant at HT.
Well, I'm glad that you've got your priorities in order.  Recapping Big Brother is an ugly job, but someone has to do it!

What were mealtimes like for you as a child?
Pretty calm. We were generally all home and the meals were always very waspish. Ham, Roast beef, pork chops. Our idea of Ethnic was Spagetti. Discusions were always about very cerebral.
You and I recently had a discussion about the the word "ethnic".  You really think that the U.S. is less ethnic than Canada?  Yes.  Until you have been here you can't really know. In the US you have primarily two main ethnic groups, African Americans & Hispanics. Here that is not the case. We are much more diverse. More nationalities more languages and much more open and visible.

Did you ever like any of your school photos? No. I looked like a girl. Still do.Then I got acne.

You've got nice skin now, do you have a special regimen?  Not really. Mild cleanser and then Aveno skin brightning that Albacore turned me on to. But really, my skin is still bad, just not as bad as it used to be.

What was your first date like? It was a group date and we went to an intelectual movie. It was Chinese & that's all I remember.
Were you shy?  Very. I still am in a 'date like ' setting. Women are still a complete mystery to me.
That's part of our appeal!

What is in your vegetable bin? Carrots

What color is your car? Silver. 
Do you drive much? I live in the burbs, I drive everywhere. Even to the store across the street.

Are you having a good hair day? Allways.
You do have really nice hair! 
Mike, I recently heard you say that some people would consider you a "girly man".  Is this because you are obsessed with grooming?  I am obsessed with the way I look. It's a teenage years thing. Had bad acne, now not as bad, so making up for it. Last week I found a few grey hairs, so this week a trip to the stylist is in order to cover it up. Now I seem to be obsessed with staying in shape as well. I am so close to having a six-pack it's not funny.

What is your favorite cologne? Nautica Competition. 
What is your middle name? Eric
What type of books do you like to read? Mysteries
Did you watch Scooby Doo as a kid?  Not really. I found it kind of silly. Though it cracks me up that Cassey Kesem is the voice of Shaggy

What is your favorite type of cookie?
Chocolate Chip
Mine too!  Maybe Canadians aren't so bad after all!

Special thanks to Mheh for taking time to chat with us!

Posted at 10:03 am by ChefGrace
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Friday, April 30, 2004
I Lobster, But I Flounder

My favorite food in the world is red. 

I'm talking lobster here, people.

Learn about Lobsters

Join the
The Official Red Lobster biscuit garlic cheese biscuits fan listing, or you could just make some of their yummy biscuits.

View theLobstercam.

Tips on how to buy, cook and eat lobster

Posted at 09:40 pm by ChefGrace
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Speaking of Food...

I will give Rachel Ray$40 a day to shut. the. hell. up.

Posted at 08:25 pm by ChefGrace
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Red Velvet Cake

2-1/2 cups cake flour 
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups sugar (divided)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 bottle (1 oz) red food color
2-1/2 tsp. vanilla (divided)
1 cup buttermilk
2 tsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. baking soda
2 egg whites
1/4 cup cold water
1 tbsp. light corn syrup
2 oz.  unsweetened (2 squares) chocolate, 
 melted and cooled
For Cake
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. 
Grease and flour two 9" cake pans.
In a medium bowl combine cake flour,
cocoa and salt; set aside.  With electric
mixer on medium beat together 1-1/2 cups
sugar and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one
at a time.  Add food coloring and 1 tsp. vanilla.  
Alternately beat in flour mix and buttermilk,
beginning and ending with the flour mix. In a
small bowl stir together vinegar and baking soda;
beat into batter. Evenly divide batter into pans.
Bake 28-32 min., or until a wooden pick inserted in
center comes out clean. Cool pans on wire rack 10 min.
Carefully invert cakes onto racks; cool to room temp.
To make frosting:
In top of double boiler over simmering water,
beat on low speed...1-1/2 cups sugar, egg whites,
cold water and corn syrup. Beat until mix peaks stiffly
about 7 min., beginning on low speed, then to medium
then high.  Add remaining vanilla and beat until
frosting is spreadable. With rubber spatula,
stir in melted chocolate, frost with metal spatula.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Posted at 11:08 am by ChefGrace
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Red-eye Gravy with Ham and Biscuits

1/3 C. oil
1 (1 lb) smoked ham steak, cut into pieces
1 C. brewed coffee
tsp. tsp. salt

Heat oil over medium-high heat in a cast iron skillet. Fry ham on both sides until browned. Remove ham and set aside. Stir coffee and salt into the hot oil. Return to a boil over medium heat, stirring to get any bits of ham that may be stuck to the pan. Cook until the mixture has reduced by 1/3. Remove from heat and serve over ham and biscuits

Posted at 10:58 am by ChefGrace
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