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Written by Peggy Fallon   
Saturday, 26 April 2014

Those of us who frequently use the Search feature on Project Foodie may have already noticed one tiny change. And that change can rock your world.

After you have entered the keyword for the type of recipe you are looking for, you can still narrow your choices by adding the name of an ingredient that may be unique to that particular recipe. And then to narrow search results even further, you can click on “add another ingredient” yet again. This time, a tiny drop-down box gives the option of applying “and”, or or “not” to that ingredient.

Here’s how this works: Let’s say you want to make a cake for a dinner party. You’re open to any sort of flavor—chocolate, lemon, orange, or whatever—but one of your guests is gluten-intolerant, so that rules out a “traditional” cake made with flour. And another friend just gifted you with a big sack of just-cracked walnuts, so you’d like to incorporate them in your cake somehow. Easy P-Z.

  • Go to the Search Box and type “cake.”
  • In the ingredient space below, type “walnuts;” then click on “add another ingredient.”
  • In the new drop-down box, select “not” and type in “flour.”

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Now the only cake recipe links that show up are those that meet the criteria you have specified: a flourless cake with walnuts.

Narrowing search results in this manner saves you the bother of scanning through recipes that do not fit your immediate preferences, and ultimately gives you more time to play in the kitchen—and visit with your guests!

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 April 2014 )
 

Gifts of Good Taste

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Written by Peggy Fallon   
Sunday, 15 December 2013
ImageThe countdown for holiday shopping is well underway. In fact, some might say that train has already left the station.

Caught up in the spirit of holiday gift-giving, each new day reminds us of someone else we should acknowledge with “just a little something.” The friendly letter carrier who delivers daily without fail? That cute UPS guy who carries stacks of heavy boxes to your door? The elderly neighbor who looks after your place when you’re out of town? Or how about the auto mechanic who didn’t charge for fixing that bent antenna; the banker who helped you maneuver your way through a maze of forms; or the sympathetic veterinarian who provided free drug samples for the cat, to save you the added expense? This is the season to show your appreciation to the many unsung heroes and other kind people who wander in and out of our everyday lives. And the good news is that there’s still plenty of time to do it. With style.

Have we got your attention? First of all, relax—by no means do we advocate yet another trip to the mall. (Eeeeek!) Instead, how about a stroll into your own kitchen? Something homemade often expresses the most amount of love for the least amount of money. It’s a deliciously win-win situation for everyone.

Click on the kitchen gifts tag for a number of unique ideas to inspire your creativity. If you prefer the more traditional route of wrapping up some home-baked goodies, click on the holiday-baking tag for hundreds of mouth-watering recipes—everything from the simple to the sublime. While there, no doubt you’ll also come across something new that you’ll want to make for your own family. Or maybe a special treat for Santa….or his reindeer.

So preheat the oven and start clicking away. Stay home, stay warm, and let the powdered sugar fall like snow!

Use any or all of these…whatever appeals to you…

Chocolate-Pomegranate-Ginger Bark from Fine Cooking.

Thumbprint Cookies from All You.

Candy Bar Fudge from Every Day with Rachael Ray.

Roll-And-Cut Sugar Cookies from Food & Wine.

Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies from Food & Wine.

Magic Reindeer Food from Southern Living.

Herb-Infused Olive Oil from Martha Stewart Living.

Flavored Salts from Food & Wine.

Tandoori Rub from Bon Appétit.

Cocoa-dusted Glazed Almonds from Vegetarian Times.

Christmas Blondies from Better Homes & Gardens.

Fruit Jellies from Everyday Food.

Mini Banana-Cranberry-Nut Bread Loaves from Southern Living.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 16 December 2013 )
 

Foodie Gift Guide 2013

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Written by Team Project Foodie   
Saturday, 30 November 2013

ImageFinding great gifts for fellow foodies is a tradition here at Project Foodie. We keep our eyes peeled throughout the year, making a list and checking it more than twice. We are like busy elves, testing (or tasting) a wide range of products to ensure we share only the best choices. Looking back, not only do we continue to enjoy many prior years’ choices in our own kitchens, but we’ve also selected them as gifts for our friends and families. We trust this year’s Project Foodie holiday gift guide will deliver the same level of satisfaction

Keeping it Fresh

ImageDon’t get me wrong – I love my vacuum sealer. I really do. It keeps food fresh longer than any zipper-seal plastic bag, and eliminates the threat of freezer-burn. But when faced with just a few leftovers that I’ll probably use within a few days, vacuum-sealing requires more effort than I’m willing to expend. (Plus, sauces are nearly impossible to remove from those plastic bags.) Traditional plastic food storage containers work okay, but they do tend to let in air—and that limits how long the food remains at it’s peak. Thank you Cuisinart for providing an alternative that keeps the air out, keeps food fresh, and is super-easy to use! The Cuisinart Fresh Vacuum-Seal Food Storage System looks like traditional plastic wear, except the cover is equipped with a clever hand-pump that quickly forms an air-tight seal. The retail price for a 6- or 8-piece set is $49.99-$59.99. Need I say more? 

Making Wine Great

ImageCalling all Vinophile’s: The Vinturi wine aerator will make your life easier while making your wine tastier. Available with or without a stand, and in the latest version with a filter to remove sediment, the Vinturi wine aerator easily ensures your wine is properly aerated for maximum flavor and bouquet. This ingenious little device can be used to pour just a single glass of perfect wine, without going through the pain of decanting. And yes, it really does aerate and make a difference—we have done many side-by-side tests here at Project Foodie, with notable results. Oh--and they also have both a white wine-specific version, as well as one designed specifically for spirits and liquors. 

Tea Time

ImageWe’ve sung the praises of Nudo many times before for their neat adopt-an-olive-tree gifts that offer quarterly shipments of high quality, pure olive oil, and also for their other delectable Italian food gifts. This year they are back yet again on our holiday list with another nifty idea that sets them apart: Nudo adopt-a-tea-garden. Nudo Darjeeling tea is delivered to your door with four times per year: Spring ‘golden harvest’; summer’s delicate tea picked from the first flush; Fall’s fragrant second flush; and Winter’s robust Monsoon flush for a mere $39. A unique gift to satisfy the tea lover on your list all year long. 


Mixing it Up

ImageMix one-part French, one-part artisan, and one-part variety and you get La Tourangelle-- a French company that offers artisan oils with brilliant flavors that include Pistachio, Hazelnut, Walnut, Pumpkin, Almond, Pecan, Grapeseed, Sesame, Avocado, and Coconut. The Project Foodie staff has used these in our kitchens for years with delicious results—in baked goods, salad dressings, or as finishing oils to drizzle just before serving. Since each of these oils has specific culinary uses (depending on their individual smoke point and flavor), foodies on your list will enjoy the intensely aromatic taste while experimenting with their many suggested applications. And to make them perfect for giving at the holidays, La Tourangelle offers customizable gift packages containing three 250 ml bottles oil starting at $16, depending upon which oils you select for your favorite foodies.

Modernizing Espresso


ImageWe’ve all seen the electronic water-boilers that have made stove-top tea kettles almost obsolete. They are accurate, safe, and easy to use. The IMUSA electric espresso maker ($29.99) similarly takes the stove-top espresso maker to a new level of convenience. This compact counter-top espresso maker is a great gift for coffee-loving students who live in dorm rooms, or for anyone else enjoys the convenience of an electric espresso maker at an affordable price.

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 November 2013 )
 

With Turkey on My Mind

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Written by Peggy Fallon   
Saturday, 16 November 2013

ImageIt's never really too early to start planning for Thanksgiving. It is arguably the biggest feasting day of the year, and therefore deserves some serious contemplation. I admit to stashing inspirational recipes in my Project Foodie Recipe Box throughout the entire year, just so they're all in one place when I actually sit down to plan my menu.

Of course there are longstanding family favorites that simply must be served at every annual dinner. In most families, diverting from Grandma's bread & sausage stuffing or Aunt Carmela's cranberry sauce could start a near-riot. But even working within those perimeters, the Thanksgiving table usually provides a captive audience of adventurous foodies. So let's get started!

Click on the Project Foodie Thanksgiving Recipes link for hundreds of seasonal dishes sourced from only the most reputable publications. Some of the recipes are tried-and-true classics. Others? Not so much. Here are a just a few of the less-than-traditional appetizers and desserts that have tempted us to step out of our comfort zone.

 

Black-Bottom Pumpkin Tart from All You.

Autumn Fruit Pie from Fine Cooking.

No-Cook Pumpkin Chocolate Icebox Cake from Sunset.

Sticky Ginger Cake from Cooking Light.

Super-Simple Pumpkin Tiramisu from Bon Appétit.

Fresh Cranberry Salsa from Coastal Living.

The Great White Pumpkin Cheese Ball from Southern Living.

Pumpkin Soup With Pumpkin Seed-Mint Pesto from Sunset.

Mixed Chicories With Persimmons from Martha Stewart Living.

Salad with Pancetta Crisps, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and Pear from Everyday Food.

Recipes to Try: Team Project Foodie's picks from this month's cooking magazines...

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 16 November 2013 )
 

Bring on the Boos!

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Written by Peggy Fallon   
Sunday, 06 October 2013
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It's time to roll out the pumpkins and join in some wicked Foodie fun.

Although most of us associate Halloween with candy, boys and ghouls cannot live on treats alone. Click our Halloween link for hundreds of spooktacular bites to bewitch your friends and family...from morning 'til midnight. What better way to cast a magic spell?

Here are just a few of the devilish delights we've scared up at Project Foodie to bring on the boos this Halloween!

Swamp Chili (Poblano-and-Spinach Posole) from Food & Wine.

"Broken Glass" Cupcakes from Martha Stewart Living.

Peanut Butter Caramel Corn from Cooking Light.

Bittersweet Chocolate Cookies from Cooking Light.

Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins from Everyday Food.

Monster Mouths from Every Day with Rachael Ray.

Frankenpeppers from Vegetarian Times.

Mummy Dogs from Southern Living.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 21 October 2013 )
 

School Daze

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Written by Peggy Fallon   
Monday, 26 August 2013

ImageSummer may be drawing to a close, but the heat is on.  No matter whether you’re a parent, student, or teacher, we all need some quick and delish recipes to carry us through the busy weeks ahead.

Without warning, the lazy days of summer have given way to the challenges of carpool schedules, breakfast-on-the-run, and dinners squeezed into that narrow window between after-school sports and the nightly homework drama. Then, before you know it, it’s bedtime (for some)—and time for you to pack a lunch that (hopefully) won’t be offered up in the next-day’s schoolyard lunch-swap.

Food is the fuel that keeps us running, so we may as well make our meals appealing, healthy, and homemade. Here are a few of our favorites—though there are literally thousands more just waiting to be discovered on Project Foodie.  

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ImageThere’s no reason to cram your lovingly-assembled lunches into a dreary paper bag or rusty old lunchbox. Check out these uber-cool bags (pun intended) from Sachi. It may look like a designer handbag, but its insulated lining keeps all your homemade goodies fresh and safe for hours. It also folds flat for storage; wipes clean with a damp cloth; and holds far more plastic containers than you could ever imagine. Great for picnics, potlucks, and tailgate parties, too!
        

 

Greek Yogurt Fruit Parfait from Health.

Lunch Box Favorite Salad from Vegetarian Times.

Fiesta Veggie Wrap from The Lunch Box by Kate McMillian.

Quick Sesame Noodles from Fine Cooking.

Trail Mix Freezer Cookies from Bon Appétit.

Double Oat Breakfast Cookies from Better Homes & Gardens.

Gnocchi With Quick Meat Sauce from Everyday Food.

Black Bean Burrito Bake from Cooking Light.

Mini Deep-Dish Pizzas from Everyday Food.

Salmon Skewers With Smashed Potatoes from Everyday Food.

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 31 August 2013 )
 

New Spins on Summer

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Written by Team Project Foodie   
Sunday, 19 May 2013

It's no news that summer is just around the corner. But are you ready? Here at Project Foodie we've been busily trying out ingenious new discoveries for the grill; accents for thoughtful entertaining; and a classy way to cool off with indulgence. Take a look at these and you may just find one more reason to look forward to the dog days of summer.

Avoid a Sticky Situation

ImageFood stuck to the grill can ruin any cook's reputation. Likewise when a wad of paper towels bursts into flames as you attempt to clean the grate. (sigh)

Grate Chef® Grill Wipes attach to the bristles of any grill brush and apply a patented high-heat oil that prevents food from sticking. These specially designed fiber wipes are not flammable, which means they can be applied directly to a heated grill. Grill Wipes are also non-toxic and biodegradable. Hello, picture-perfect grill marks! Watch a video of these babies in action. About $8.99 for 18 wipes. Learn more at www.gratechef.com. -- picked by Peggy Fallon

Tame the Flame

ImageThrow away that water pistol. It never worked anyway. Here's a subtle gift for Dad, or for anyone else inclined to send smoke signals throughout the neighborhood. In fact, this is a valuable product for any backyard chef to keep on hand. Made from all-natural food-safe ingredients, FlareDown® is uniquely formulated to instantly attack the grease that causes flare-ups--extinguishing the flame but not the fire. Awarded the Best New Barbecue Accessory at the 2012 VESTA Awards, FDA-approved FlareDown® does not alter the taste of food, and leaves no unpleasant odor or toxic chemicals. It just gets to the root of the problem, quickly and efficiently. Watch a video of it in action. About $5.99 for a 20-ounce spray bottle. Learn more at www.gratechef.com.  -- picked by Peggy Fallon

Going Green in the Summertime...and all year round

ImageIn this age of food allergies and special diets, whenever I host a buffet I label each dish with its name and/or ingredients written on a small place card nearby, just so guests won't have any concerns about what they're putting on their plates. It's an efficient way to avoid a lot of annoying questions (she said graciously); but it also would require a trip to the stationery store to buy a package of tent-style disposable paper place cards. A task I often forgot until the last minute. Until now.

Fits for the Occasion Tiles are erasable ceramic plaques with interchangeable, magnetically-attached motif designs, making them customizable to any setting or party theme. I currently own the cool little pineapples, the traditional colonial symbol of hospitality...but they may just inspire me to host a luau soon. I also swoon over the gold Fleur de Lis motif. And then there are the starfish and the cupcakes and I really might need those green shamrocks someday...

To create a completely different look, you simply detach one motif from the Fits for the Occasion Tiles and attach a new one. In seconds. Magnetic magic. Fits for the Occasion Tiles come in two sizes: sets of six 2.25- x 3.75-inch Place Tiles, and one 6- x 8-inch Message Tile that's also perfect for listing an entire menu. Prices range from $14.95 to $38.95, depending on size and style. Learn more at www.PlaceTile.com. -- picked by Peggy Fallon

Chillin' in Style

ImageHave ice cream bars entered the ranks of designer goods? The release of MAGNUM Gold ice cream bars suggests the answer is yes. With celebrity endorsements and golden accents, these entered center-stage with the appropriate media blitz. But don't be put off by the hype. These golden bars are not only stylish, they taste great! On the inside you'll find vanilla bean ice cream swirled with sea salt caramel. The ice cream has a luxuriously smooth texture, and the caramel accents the fragrant vanilla bean perfectly. The outside is Belgian milk chocolate formed into a 'golden' layer. Sounds heavenly? Trust me it is. I couldn't stop after eating just one...though the actual number I personally consumed remains classified. One bite, and you'll understand.-- picked by Foodie Pam

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 May 2013 )
 

St. Helena: Great food and Relaxation

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Written by foodie pam   
Sunday, 21 April 2013

In the San Francisco Bay area we have lots of choices when it comes to a getaway including the city itself, the coast and either Napa or Sonoma’s “Wine Country”.  While I love the city, for relaxation I typically turn to the Wine Country and most often the Russian River Valley area of Sonoma.  Recently, however, I ventured into Napa County with its gorgeous vineyards spreading over hillsides, wealth of wonderful restaurants and several small towns to explore. 

For this trip the destination within Napa Valley was St. Helena, CA, which has shops, restaurants and a lodging all within a 2-3 block area.  I particularly like when I can find a hotel near my dinner choice so I can walk back to the hotel. In St. Helena not only could I walk back to the hotel after dinner but in the morning I could walk to my choice of breakfast options and window shop too.

ImageThe hotel I stayed, the Wydown Hotel, is a 12 room boutique hotel located on Main St.  I love boutique hotels because each has a unique feel and they cater to your every desire.  The Wydown has 4 different room types that vary slightly in price.  The corner rooms are slightly larger and have a view of Main St, whereas the other rooms have views of the neighboring park or inner atrium which shields them from any traffic on Main St. All of the rooms are spacious with King size beds and include a fridge, Keurig coffee maker, day passes to Health Spa Napa Valley, free WiFi, and parking.  The staff is very friendly and helpful with recommendations for wine tastings/tours, food choices, and things to do during your stay.

ImageThe Wydown is named after the owner’s favorite street from his hometown of St. Louis.  As I was relaxing at the Wydown I started thinking of it as the “wind-down” because it is such a great place for clearing the stress of our daily lives starting with its large lounge that has not only comfy seating, reading material, and a fireplace but also a fun puzzle to clear your mind as you relax.  They also provide passes to a nearby spa (about a 3 block walk) so that I could exercise (a necessity given all the food I was to eat during my stay!).  The spa has all the essentials for a great workout including treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, weight machines and even a lap pool.  I didn’t get a massage but they offer them if you feel the urge to further indulge.

I’m not sure I could have handled a massage since I ate way too much of the amazing food at La Condesa the night before.  While I hadn’t been to La Condesa in St. Helena before I was at the La Condesa in Austin Texas. The St. Helena location has revised both their style and food to accommodate the St. Helena feel, which is much more subdued than the bustling Austin Texas location. 

ImageThe food is also more refined that what I experienced in Austin. Chef Chris Mortenson has an amazingly creative palate from which he creates amazing savory dishes like Guacamole with pickled strawberries, queso fresco and toasted pepita seeds; Guacamole with poached shrimp; pastor sauce and pineapple, pork belly huarache with point reyes blue cheese, fig jam, and arugula; and fried shrimp tacos with avocado puree, salsa bruja valentine and chipotle-corn salsa.  The guacamoles were part of the guacamole and salsa tasting that includes 4 different guacamole variations and 4 salsas served with chips.  I was surprised when the poached shrimp guacamole was my favorite, but the flavors really worked well together especially the slightly sweet tang of the pineapple.  The pork belly huarache was another favorite with fig jam and blue cheese pairing perfectly.  In addition to the small plates and tacos, La Condesa has main dishes but I didn’t sample those as I was saving room to try their homemade ice creams.  With creative flavors like bacon, birthday cake, brown sugar banana, coffee chip, cream cheese and blue cheese it was hard to pick only one.  Instead, my husband and I shared 3 – with cream cheese being my favorite and brown sugar banana his favorite.  I really liked the coffee chip too though, especially because you could taste the dark roast coffee that went into it.

ImageAs though all the food at La Condesa was not enough we’d have been lax foodies if we hadn’t sampled some of their more than 200 different varieties of Tequila.  We did a tasting of 3 tequilas and then based on the recommendations of our server tried a shot of one more – an ultra añejo tequila called Don Julio 1942 which is the smoothest tequila I’ve ever tasted.  It was silky smooth with vanilla and tropical fruit flavors with spiced undertones.  After the 4 tequilas it was a good thing we only had to walk (er stagger) a block and a half to the Wydown for a wonderful night’s rest….

If you go:

Wydown Hotel
1424 Main Street
St.Helena, CA 94574
707.963.5100
http:www.wydownhotel.com

La Condesa

1320 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574
http://lacondesa.com/napa

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 21 April 2013 )
 

Seeing Green

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Monday, 04 March 2013
Image We’re always partial to holidays that don’t require greeting cards or expensive gifts. And when good friends, good food, and good times are the predominant theme of the day, all the better! This year St. Patrick’s Day falls on Sunday, March 17, so there’s still plenty of time to celebrate in style. Whether you plan to begin the day with a top o’ the mornin’ brunch; invite a few friends in for a festive lunch; or pull out all the stops with a rollicking party, Project O’Foodie has hundreds of delicious ideas to share. Just click the shamrock and wait for the magic to happen...or try some of our personal picks for St. Patrick's Day, shown below. Sláinte!

Bittersweet Chocolate Irish Whiskey Cake from Bon Appétit.

Slow-Roasted Salmon With Potatoes from Food Network Magazine.

Forty Shades of Green Salad from Fine Cooking.

Beer-Battered Asparagus from Gourmet.

Baked Eggs with Chives and Cream from Fine Cooking.

Maggie Doherty’s Irish Soda Bread from The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook by The Lodge Company.

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Matters of the Heart

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Written by Peggy Fallon   
Sunday, 03 February 2013

ImageFlowers. Romance. Chocolate. What's not to like?

Oh sure, there are a few curmudgeons out there who will grumble at the very mention of Valentine's Day, but most of us freely surrender to the sweet seduction of February 14.

Valentine's Day is for givers, not takers. Even when there's no Significant Other on the horizon, there is always a friend or neighbor or special child to benefit from a little extra attention. Everyone wants to feel appreciated—even if it's only for a few hours. Here at Project Foodie, we think home cooking is the answer. Is there any better way to spread the love?

Click on this Valentine's link for hundreds of recipes sure to send that certain heart aflutter. Or simply try one of our favorites shown below.

You'll be a sweeter person for it.

Conversation Heart Cookies from Martha Stewart Living.

Glazed Raspberry Heart Scones from Bon Appétit.

Simple Chocolate Truffles from Absolutely Chocolate by the Editors of Fine Cooking.

Valentine Sorbet Sandwiches from Everyday Food.

Herb-Roasted Rack of Lamb with Smoky Cabernet Sauce from Food & Wine.

 

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Last Updated ( Monday, 04 February 2013 )
 

Great Kickoffs for Game Day

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Written by Peggy Fallon   
Wednesday, 23 January 2013

ImageSome of us are football fans. The rest of us cook for football fans. Regardless of the camp in which you reside, you're probably in the market for some football-friendly recipes right about now. Anybody can tear open a cellophane bag of crunchy orange things, or buy a vat of salsa at the warehouse store—but Project Foodie folks are better than that. Without even breaking a sweat, we can whip up some darn fine finger-foods sure to rival the half-time entertainment.

Here are some of the tried-and-true recipes that will be coming out of the kitchens of Team Project Foodie over the next couple of weeks:

Frito Pie from Saveur.

Honey-Sesame Grilled Chicken Wings from Sunset.

Black Bean & Goat Cheese Quesadillas with Guacamole from Fine Cooking.

Meatball Parmigiana Sliders from Martha Stewart Living.

Football Cake Pops from All You.

But if you already know you want to serve chili, simply type that word into the Recipe Search Box on Project Foodie's home page, and—Voila!—get a masterful selection of recipes to choose from. But if you're still on the fence, not yet knowing what to serve, click on any of the categories shown in red beneath the Search Box, such as: Appetizers, Dips, Sandwiches, or Snacks. The only problem is that football season is not long enough to try all these incredible recipes!

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 January 2013 )
 

Food Gal App for San Francisco Bay Area Foodies – with a chance to win your own!

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Written by foodie pam   
Sunday, 09 September 2012

ImageWhether you live in the San Francisco Bay Area or plan on traveling here, finding great restaurants is a top priority for every Foodie.  Carolyn Jung, aka Food Gal, is a former San Jose Mercury News Food editor who knows her way around the SF Bay Area food scene.  She frequently blogs about restaurants on her blog FoodGal.com and has transformed that resource into an even greater one with her Food Gal's Ultimate Guide to Bay Area Dining app ($1.99 in the iPhone App Store with Android version coming soon).  

The app offers a selection of 75 Bay Area restaurants that Carolyn has tried and enjoyed.  She describes each restaurant and provides details on fab food choices. The app has a great interface that lets you find the restaurants on a map (based on your location if you let it) or as a list.   

While Carolyn and I live only a few miles apart and have explored restaurants together, I’m amazed at some of the hidden gems she’s found and shares in her app.  That’s because the app highlights both well-known, highly-rated restaurants along with smaller and less familiar, but equally tantalizing places.  In other words, whether you’re a life long Bay Area resident or newbie, this app is sure to introduce you to new restaurants.

And now for that chance to win! Before September 17, 2012 add a comment to this post as a registered user that describes one of your favorite San Francisco Bay Area restaurants.  We’ll pick our 3 favorite entries to receive a free copy of Food Gal’s app.   

Note: in order for us to be able to contact you the comment must be added as a registered Project Foodie user to be eligible to win. 

 

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 September 2012 )
 
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