Saturday, May 26, 2007

TasteTV Toasts Chef Melissa of 2 for 10

TasteTV is on a bit of a roll

We just want to take a moment to congratulate Chef Melissa of "2 for 10" on her recent success.

Chef Mel decided to promote her TasteTV affiliation by issuing a press release about her program being part of the TasteTV TiVO Launch, and then her fortune took off.
  1. First, she was featured on YouTube's front page,
  2. Next, she was the featured topic of a newspaper article
  3. Then, she became a favorite 'celebrity chef' on mySpace!
  4. And below, as she is featured on the tv news in Philadelphia doing her thing
All within a three week period. How's that for New Media?

We hope to see more great news from her, and of course are happy to have her be a part of TasteTV when it goes national this summer with a weekly 30 minutes television program to local stations nationwide in over 70 cities.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

A Source for Gilmore Girls Chocolate Quotes

Gilmore Girls is ending this season, but Cocoajava has immortalized some of their best quotes about Chocolate. Good to know that the CW's television writers have kept in touch with the simple pleasures in life:

1.04 - The Deer Hunters

MRS. KIM: What’s that? [points at Snickers]
RORY: Oh, that’s mine.
MRS. KIM: That is chocolate covered death.
RORY: With a creamy caramel surprise.

1.07 - Kiss And Tell

[Inside Doose's Market]

CASHIER: Oh, you girls having another movie night?
LORELAI: Yeah...It's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
CASHIER: Oh, that's nice. Isn't that the one with Gene Hackman?
DEAN: Uh, Gene Wilder.
LORELAI: You're a Wonka fan?
DEAN: Yeah.


RORY: Got it!
LORELAI: Score! You know, on the one hand I'm glad it was in but on the other hand what kind of world do we live in where no one has rented Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?
RORY: Well we rented it.

1.10 - Forgiveness and Stuff

[Taylor and carolers enter Luke's diner]

LUKE: Whoa, what’s going on?
TAYLOR: Well we were caroling around town and we got a bit chilly and we thought maybe we could trade you a song for some hot chocolate.
LUKE: You want free hot chocolate?
TAYLOR: No no, we’ll sing for it, any tune you like.
LUKE: And then I give you free hot chocolate.
LUKE: Tell you want, you can have your hot chocolate, and pay for it, then go next door and sing for the marshmallows.

1.12 - Double Date

SOOKIE: [giggling] It was so funny. Oh God! Do you remember?
LORELAI: I remember.
SOOKIE: What was Rory, eight?
LORELAI: I believe she was.
SOOKIE: Oh god, that mud pie fiasco haunted me for a year! I mean, hers looked just like mine. Of course I used you know, homemade chocolate cookies, bittersweet ganache and she used well, mud. You know, but they did look damn similar.

For more, go to Cocoajava

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Chef Ramsay Rants Ravingly about Rubbish and Ronald McDonald

Alliteration is a beautiful thing. Actually, this article says the Chef Ramsay rants about burgers, but since the word "burgers" doesn't begin with the letter "R," we took creative license with this blogpost's title. On the other hand, one person's "Rubbish" is another person's "Crap," and Ramsay does use that word in his opinion below:

A rival's praise for the Big Mac raises chef Gordon Ramsay to boiling point.

The brash and confrontational Gordon Ramsay is as well known for his bad temper and four-letter outbursts as for his unquestionable culinary flair.

Now the Glasgow-born chef has picked a fresh target for his rage - the Big Mac. In a rare interview, he also offered a tantalising insight into the drive and ferocious temper that have propelled him from chopping vegetables in pub kitchens to a multimillion-dollar international empire.

But a few scores need to be settled.

Ramsay-watchers will not be surprised to learn that there's a history behind his latest outburst. In his attack on junk food, he rekindles his war with mentor-turned-nemesis Marco Pierre White.

White has just horrified the world of haute cuisine by claiming that the secret of his success was the Knorr chicken-stock cube. But it was his comments about the fast-food chain McDonald's that really enraged his fiery former pupil.

"From a chef's point of view, Marco is talking absolute utter crap," Ramsay says in the kitchen of his eponymous west London restaurant.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Marines Give "Iron Chef" Marching Orders

What can we say? An army fights on its stomach, or the old saying goes something like that. Anyway, this Food Network star is more like an Iron Chef than any out there...

WASHINGTON – When Chef Robert Irvine discovered his "mission" was to feed 850 Marines after they'd completed 30 days of desert warfare training at Camp Pendleton, Calif., his reaction was what one might expect.

"Shock and, gasp, horror," Irvine, host of Food Network's "Dinner Impossible," and a former chief petty officer cook in the British Royal Navy, said.

Part of the shock came from the fact that Irvine, who also spent 10 years cooking for the royal family, didn't really realize where he was or why he was there.

"The reason I don't know is because they don't tell me anything. The premise of this show is so secretive," he said. "I didn't even know what the challenge was until I literally met the master gunnery sergeant and then he actually gave me the mission, which was to cook the warrior dinner for 850 Marines."

Irvine accepted the challenge, which gave him seven hours to prepare a meal for the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, which was preparing to deploy to the Middle East. He was provided a field kitchen with an oven he was told had the power of a jet fighter's engine. He quickly discovered that Marines have a sense of humor.

"Let me tell you this, if any Marine or air service person is flying a jet with that on it, they're not going very far," Irvine said. "It took me 45 minutes to saute an onion!"

The meal he prepared required 104 pounds of onions.
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Monday, May 14, 2007

The World's Coolest Breadbox Design

The TasteTV team asks whether anything stylish in the kitchen really has to be smaller than a bread box? Answer: Not when it IS a bread box, especially the Eva Solo breadbox bin, made of folded stainless steel with a plastic cover. According to the firm, it is the "optimum" place to store bread... as in 'pane,' 'pain,' and 'panino,' not "money." Of course, if you have enough money, you could buy these as gifts for all of your friends.

And just in case it seems like we missed there other sexy products, check out these:

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