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Sweet Corn & Mussel Chowder
Compliments of Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver
2 rashers higher-welfare bacon, chopped
1 small white onion, finely chopped
2 sticks celery, finely chopped
1 fresh red chili, deseeded and finely chopped
4 ears sweet corn
2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
900 ml organic vegetable or fish stock, hot
1 handful fresh, live mussels, from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger, cleaned and drained
4 tablespoons single cream
1 small handful chopped fresh parsley
- Heat a splash of oil in a large saucepan over a medium-low heat.
- Add the bacon, onion, celery and chili and sweat down for 5 minutes, stirring, until soft but not browned.
- Peel the husk from the corn and slice off the kernels with a sharp knife.
- Add the sweet corn and potato to the saucepan, along with the stock.
- Bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 10 minutes, or until the potato is soft.
- Blitz very roughly with a hand blender (or cool slightly, then blend in batches in a food processor, returning the chowder to the saucepan).
- Add the mussels and cream, bring quickly to the boil and cook for a few minutes until the mussels have opened – discard any that remain closed. You can take the mussels out of their shells, if you like.
- Remove from the heat and season.
- Divide the chowder between bowls and serve sprinkled with the chopped parsley.
Today is World Food Day, and 32.5% percent of children in developing countries suffer from malnutrition.
Celebrity chefs, religious leaders and families across the United States will team up with international relief and development organization Oxfam America to fight global hunger in honor of World Food Day. Renowned chefs including Jose Andres, Jamie Oliver and Lidia Bastianich are supporting a week of action organized by Oxfam America’s GROW campaign that will include events across the country.
“There is nothing more important to me than fighting for a world where everyone has enough to eat,” said Chef Jose Andres, Director and Chair of the World Central Kitchen. “I’m proud to work with Oxfam America’s GROW campaign to help make it easy for everyone to get involved and take action in their own homes and communities.”
Oxfam’s week of action will not only raise awareness, but will also bring about hundreds of solutions-oriented events large and small in cities and towns around the country:
- Using recipes specially designed by prominent chefs like Mario Batali and Aarti Sequeira, hundreds of families will host family meals that follow Oxfam’s GROW Method, 5 simple changes to how we buy, prepare and store food to help fight hunger in our daily lives.
- Restaurants in 15 cities will host meals that follow the GROW Method organized by Grubwithus, the social network for connecting real people in the real world over really good food. Visit: http://www.grubwithus.com/oxfam to find a restaurant in your town.
- Chef Jose Andres will join Oxfam to host a special GROW Method lunch at the World Food Prize in Des Moines Iowa featuring women farmers from Burkina Faso and Nigeria.
- Sex in the City’s Kristin Davis joins Oxfam America’s president Raymond C. Offenheiser at Google’s Los Angeles offices for a World Food Day themed Google Talk at Google headquarters.
Oxfam is providing World Food Day materials, including placemats, celebrity chef recipe cards, banners and stickers at no cost for those who would like to host their own event at http://www.oxfamamerica.org/worldfoodday.
The GROW campaign aims to help American families connect to small scale farmers around the world to build a more fair and equitable global food system. World Food Day helps engage individuals, companies and governments in actions that will help achieve this vision.
“Nearly one in seven people around the world go to bed hungry every night, not because we don’t have enough food for everyone, but because of inequality in access to resources and opportunity,” said Raymond C. Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America. “We have more power as individuals than we realize to change things. World Food Day is the moment to seize this power and demand changes that will reduce inequality, fight hunger and help build a world where everyone has enough to eat now and in the future.”
Restaurants hosting meals for World Food Day include:
- Columbus, OH – Black Street Bistro
- Minneapolis, MN – Red Stag SupperClub
- Los Angeles, CA – Stella Rossa
- San Francisco, CA – Source
- Seattle, WA – Plum Vegan Bistro
- Albuquerque, NM – Slate Street Cafe
- Chicago, IL – Karyn’s on Green
- Austin, TX – Salty Sow
- Madison, WI – Graze
- Kansas City, MO – The Westside Local
- Indianapolis, IN – Pure Eatery
- Burlington, VT – Farmhouse Tap and Grill
- Boston, MA – Garden at the Cellar
- Philadelphia, PA – Audrey Claire
- New York, NY- Sun in Bloom
Find out more about World Food Day at: www.oxfamamerica.org/worldfoodday
For more details see http://www.grubwithus.com/oxfam
The “Culinary Rock Star” is Scheduled to Offer His New Cookware Collection Through the Multimedia Retailer
Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur Guy Fieri is firing up his cooking skill for, yet another, broadcast audience as the “culinary rock star” is scheduled to make his QVC debut on Wednesday, October 10 at 5 PM (ET).
During this exciting show, Fieri will share his culinary vision with viewers through an electrifying appearance, complete with cooking demonstrations featuring his line of professional-quality Guy Fieri cookware. Fieri is also scheduled to appear during QVC’s popular cooking and dining program “In the Kitchen with David®,” hosted by Program Host David Venable, at 8 PM (ET).
Known for his fired-up approach to full-flavored food, Fieri combined function with his signature style to create Guy Fieri cookware. The high-performance assortment available through QVC includes various non-stick and hard anodized aluminum products with easy-care characteristics and specially designed handles. For a touch of individuality, the Decorated Skillets feature artwork from Fieri’s personal tattoo artist Joe Leonard. The Antimicrobial Cutting Boards and Stainless Steel Locking Tongs round out the assortment, which ranges in price from approximately $19.00 to $160.00.
“After dedicating many months to the development of my new cookware, I am stoked to now have the opportunity to share select pieces with QVC shoppers,” says Fieri. “My hope is to shake things up in the kitchen with every home cook in the country.”
Guy Fieri cookware will be available through QVC at 800.345.1515 or www.QVC.com starting October 10, while supplies last.
Writer who best captures the sensation of biting into a superior SweeTango apple wins $5,000 prize!
The growers behind this highly anticipated apple know their fans can do better than capital letters and exclamation points. That’s why Next Big Thing, A Growers Cooperative is launching the “Juicy Details” writing contest.
The rules are simple: Describe the sensation of biting into a SweeTango apple in 50 words or fewer. Whoever best captures SweeTango’s superior eating experience wins $5,000 and gets their description featured in stores for all the world to see.
Celebrity Chef Art Smith, who knows a thing or two about taste, will help pick the winner.
“I often find that preparing a dish is the easy part. Describing the flavors and textures is the real challenge,” Smith said. “SweeTango is a superior apple that deserves the perfect description. Who better to create that description than SweeTango’s biggest fans?”
Smith is a restaurateur, author, philanthropist, activist and reality show contestant. He will pour over all the entries, looking for the one that best evokes the distinct flavor, texture and overall joy that is SweeTango. The winning writer will receive a grand prize of $5,000 and a box of SweeTango apples. The winner also will have their delicious description featured in stores during the 2013 season.
“Chef Smith is a true arbitrator of taste and we’re excited to have him help select the winner of the Juicy Details contest,” said Tim Bryne, president of Next Big Thing, A Growers Cooperative. “We can’t wait to see how our fans describe the experience of biting into a delicious SweeTango apple.”
Three runners-up also will receive a 12-pack of SweeTango apples. The Juicy Details contest will be open through October 12, 2012 to residents of the United States and Canada over the age of 18, excluding the province of Quebec.
SweeTango, the most celebrated apple variety in years, has won over sophisticated foodies and casual fans alike. SweeTango is crisp and juicy with a smooth texture. The flavor is rich and vibrant. Sweet notes framed by bright acidity gratify with every crisp bite.
Introduced in limited quantities in 2009, SweeTango is a cross between the Honeycrisp and Zestar! varieties. SweeTango, an early season variety, is available in stores nationwide this fall. The apple’s flavor is nurtured by the finest apple growers in the world. Featured in the 2011 food issue of The New Yorker magazine, SweeTango was developed by expert apple breeders and is grown by committed family-run orchards.
For more information on how to enter and win the Juicy Details contest, please visit http://www.sweetango.com
John Gregory-Smith is bringing his passion for global flavors and spices to HUNGRY with Mighty Spice. With just a few simple spices, you can take your favorite dishes and give them a unique and delicious international flair!
To learn more and to get this recipe for John’s Chicken Kadahi Curry, click here.
Food Network’s hit show “Worst Cooks in America” is back and they are looking for the worst cooks in America to compete to be the most improved to win big money!
This casting call is immediate; and all over the country!
- Are you a really bad cook?
- Do you need major help in the kitchen?
- Do friends avoid your dinner parties like the plague?
- Does your husband or wife serve you dinnertime disasters?
- Is your friend or family member a catastrophe in the kitchen?
Include the information below and tell us why you (or the person you are nominating) are the most disastrous cook in the country.
Email entry must include:
- Full name of the worst cook
- If nominating, please include in email your relationship (ie: friend, spouse, relative, etc.)
- Your city, state, zip code
- Telephone number for both worst cook and nominator:
- Tell us why you are nominating this person for worst cook. This can include stories
- How bad is your food?
- What was your worst cooking moment?
- What is at stake?
- Why do you want to improve your cooking skills? Health, Kids, Impress someone, Relationship…
- How would your life improve if you could cook?
If so, we want to hear from you immediately! To apply for yourself or nominate someone email us at: email@example.com
On Monday, August 20, 2012, the Maestro Cares Foundation, in partnership with Blackberry, Goya, and the Dominican Republic Department of Tourism, hosted 200 guests for the organization’s first ever Chicago fundraiser. Held at the Sofitel Water Tower, in the heart of the city’s Gold Coast, the red-carpet event raised over $100,000 for the development of a new residence hall for orphaned children in the Dominican Republic. The evening included special appearances by global pop icon and Maestro Cares co-founder Marc Anthony, entrepreneur and co-founder Henry Cardenas, Formula One driver Esteban Gutierrez, and actor Luis Guzman.
Live music was provided by a jazz quartet followed by a DJ. Gourmet hors d’oeuvres and catering were sponsored by the Sofitel Water Tower.
Guests and supporters of the event bid on a number of unique auction items and experiences including a signed soccer jersey by Lionel Messi and the Argentinean National Team, a necklace by world renowned designer Oscar de la Renta, a helmet signed by Formula One driver Esteban Gutierrez, a signed guitar by rock band Mana and front-row tickets to Anthony’s current international tour, GIGANT3S, with a Meet-and-Greet opportunity following the show, among other items.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the completion of a new residence hall and learning facility for over 200 children living at Orfanato Niños de Cristo, an orphanage in La Romana, Dominican Republic. The Dominican orphanage will be the first territory to directly benefit from the Maestro Cares Foundation, a non-profit organization established to benefit charitable organizations in developing Latin American countries. Maestro Cares seeks to offer assistance to orphaned and disadvantaged children while supporting social services and other development programs.
“The creation of Maestro Cares is a testimony to the wonderful spirit of Mr. Anthony and Mr. Cardenas,” said Sonia Hane, Founder of the Orfanato Niños de Cristo. “The commitment of these gentlemen is an inspiration to us, and I am confident that the impact of Maestro Cares will be felt by the children in this country for many years to come.”
For more information, visit www.maestrocares.org.