Welcome Cookstr!

November 19, 2008

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The Cookstr web site launched this week is the first recipe site to partner with cookbook publishers and includes celebrity chef recipes from cookbooks.

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the launch party for Cookstr, a new recipe web site that will feature selected content from actual published cookbooks, which includes the celebrity chefs you all know and love (Mario Batali, Jamie Oliver, Julia Child, etc) as well as non-celeb but hardcore cookbook authors such as Mark Bittman or Madhur Jaffrey, and famous four-star restaurant chefs such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Eric Ripert and Daniel Boulud. This differs significantly from other recipe-type sites such as Recipezaar, where the content isn’t vetted or even tested, or even recipe sites like Food Network’s where the recipes are limited to what their own specific celebrity chefs have cooked on TV. If you want Nigella’s actual cookbook recipes, you either have to buy her cookbooks — or go on Cookstr.

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Exclusive Ted Allen Photos and Recipes from Alltel Wireless

May 28, 2008

Photos courtesy of Alltel Wireless and Ted Allen

We don’t normally participate in promotional type stuff here on OTB. But I’m willing to make an exception for companies who will trade delicious recipes and exclusive content for a little bit of sell-out. And if the person I’m selling out for happens to be a friend of the site, all the better.

OTB friend Ted Allen, best known for his “Food Guy” expertise on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and his judging on Top Chef and Iron Chef America, is part of an Alltel Wireless promotion and sweepstakes where you can win a vacation getaway with a group of your friends and a specially prepared dinner by Ted. I’ll share the specifics, and then we’ll get right to the food.

Ted Allen of Bravo’s Top Chef and Iron Chef America has teamed with Alltel Wireless for the “My Circle Reunion” promotion. Alltel’s grand prize winner will enjoy a getaway with their ‘Circle’ of 10 family and friends at their choice of vacation hot spots: Key West, Palm Springs or Las Vegas. Ted will join the grand prize winner and guests during their vacation where he’ll mix and mingle with the group before preparing a special meal for them.

Through May 31, 2008, “My Circle” subscribers can enter by texting CIRCLE to 102102 or visiting http://www.alltel.com/circlereunion; new customers who sign up before May 31 are also eligible to win the reunion prize package.

Win a vacation and dinner with Ted Allen and your own Circle of Friends on the Alltel Wireless site.

For a classic Ted Allen interview, check out Rachel’s 2003 discussion with Ted from eGullet.com.

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Superbowl Tailgate Degustation Menu 2008

February 2, 2008

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So, the last time we decided to have a Super Bowl party, around this time last year, things were a little bit different. For starters, let’s just say I was not as focused on maintaining a healthier lifestyle. But most importantly, the NEW YORK GIANTS WERE NOT IN THE SUPER BOWL!

This year, we’ve made more of a commitment to eating healthier. But the Super Bowl is still the Super Bowl, and that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy yourself. The folks over at Promise Buttery Spread contacted us and wanted to know if we were going to be posting any recipes this year, and of course I said we would. As it turns out, for this Super Bowl, Promise is having blogs participate in the 2008 Cardio Kick-Off, where they have their resident cardiologist, Dr. Richard Collins, help bloggers prepare heart-healthier tailgate menus.

So without further delay, here’s our heart healthy Super Bowl Menu for 2008.

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