Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Music pairings with recipes...yes, you read correctly ;)

So if you took my advice a few posts ago about watching season 6 of The Next Food Network Star, you already know the CD I am about to talk about because they've been advertising it like crazy during the show. Thanks to FYE, you can also be a proud (and embarrassed) owner of Get Ready: Next Food Network Star, Season 6 CD. So typical of the curious music and food lover that I am, I went and bought it. And to my surprise, it is a lot cooler than I expected. But keep in mind that I'm a big dork.

Music pairings with a recipe is a fantastic idea...we pair wine with food, why not music?! I had a lot of fun listening to this CD and reading their recipes. But I must say, some song choices I had to laugh'll see what I mean when you check it out.

Pick up the CD in the FYE store closest to you and get cooking these recipes...and don't forget to crank the tunes :)

Getting Saucy: Alfredo

I love to make my own sauces for several meals, but especially pastas. There's just some canny aftertaste or something of sauces you buy from the grocery store and let me break the news to you--you can make your own without the headache. 

Here's a recipe of Alfredo sauce my grandmother shared with me from one of her favorite cookbooks, "Cooking with Vestal and Friends." Who the heck is Vestal, you may be wondering? Vestal was a member of a gospel singing group my grandmother really enjoyed. She even managed to get all of her cookbooks of Vestal and Friends signed by Vestal herself! My grandmother always had a knack for meeting people and winning contests...maybe I get that from her :)

And for the recipe:

  1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  1 pint of heavy cream
  1/4 cup blue cheese
  1/2 stick butter
  dash of white pepper, to taste

  Melt butter, then melt blue cheese. Add heavy cream and white pepper. Let boil and then add Parmesan cheese. Pour over your favorite noodles...may I suggest some fettuccini :)

Triple-D with Mel B.

As of late, I have had horrid fits of insomnia. However, my absurd schedule has enabled me to watch a lot of late night Food Network. One of the shows that commonly airs late night is Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, hosted by a Next Food Network Star winner Guy Fieri. If you aren't familiar with this show, he travels around the country and visits restaurants to sample favorite items on the menu. He interviews the chef or owner as well as guests in the dinning room--who commonly say they tell anyone who visits ___(insert city name here)___ absolutely must eat here during their stay. 

So what does my post have to do with Diners, Drive-ins and Dives? Well, Alcoa, Tenn. has a restaurant I think should be featured on Fieri's show. The Hot Rod Diner is the most authentic 50s diner I have ever seen--from the hearty burgers, shakes and even ribbon fries. While the menu doesn't reflect items most would call "health foods," Hot Rod Diner is not your typical greasy spoon diner either. 

As soon as you walk in, you notice the fun atmosphere, complete with the perfect 50s nostalgia decor--from humorous tin signs on the wall to a pimped out arcade area. I was impressed that lil Alcoa, Tenn. has a place as neat as this--with good food.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Next Food Network Star season 6 is coming soon to a TV near you!

So it is a common fact (if you personally know me) that I am a bit obsessed with the Food Network, in a healthy way. However, what you may not know is my favorite show that appears on the network---The Next Food Network Star. This program airs each summer, and the 2-hour 6th season premier airs on June 6th at 9 p.m

While Food Network provides fans with a blog, video interviews and picture content on the show site, I'll provide you with commentary on the judges' and contestants' decisions and what not as the show progresses throughout the summer. My family and I really get involved with the show, so feel free to leave comments of commentary of your own!

I'm looking forward to the star-search this summer, and I hope you are too! Don't forget to tune in to Food Network Sunday, June 6th at 9 p.m. for the premier!