Monday, September 20, 2010

AN AMUSE BOUCHE FROM MY CA TRIP, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

My vacation was everything a vacation should be. Perfect weather. All week long. New sights, tastes, and experiences. Easy-going traveling companions. And I got to to cook - for other people! While I continue to cull through my some 600 photos, and split things into more readable posts, here's a taste.

I even managed to finally try my hand at stuffed squash blossoms, thanks to those in my Aunt Marilyn's garden! As well as a few other dishes I've been longing to make before this summer is over.
Meanwhile, I discovered a few surprise opportunities when I managed to snag some internet time.My shrimp and street corn sandwich won me another gift certificate to the CSN stores over at Sandwich365!
I am also honored to have been invited to join the blogging team at All Top Chef. Some of you may know I have a history of dwelling in that dank, dark TC crack monkey googling basement. I hope to put my obsession with Top Chef and newsy bits about it to useful purposes as I join forces with these great folks.

As fate would have it, when I retired to my room to catch the Top Chef 7 finale, followed by the Top Chef Desserts premiere (which I tried really hard to take good notes on in order to get up to speed on my new ATC gig), I heard a knock at the bedroom door. Here's what Marilyn brought me. What a perfect entree to Top Chef: Just Desserts!
Speaking of desserts, results are up for the September Culinary Smackdown: Battle Chocolate at Karkilette's. Be sure to check out Rebecka's winning dish, Chocolate Tamales with Ancho Chile Fudge Sauce.

Jet lag and multi-tasking are catching up with me, so must sign off. Lots more good stuff to share soon.

4 comments:

Heff said...

mmmmm....grape.

Big Shamu said...

Congrats on the blogging assignment. I hope you've studied up on chocolate grades and cacao varieties.

intuitive eggplant said...

Alas, I haven't studied up on those, Shamu. Although I think I'm going to be learning some new terminology via TC: Just Desserts. "Creameau"? "Cre-moo" (as Iuzzini pronounced it. I haven't a clue, but am always happy to learn more. Maybe I should offer up a "listen & learn" segment.

Meanwhile, my first ATC post is up: http://www.alltopchef.com/2010/09/tc-news-and-information-92010.html

To quote H, "it is what it is" :)

LaDivaCucina said...

I'm glad you are good at taking notes and paying attention, Eggy, as half the time I'm too tired, you little TC crack moneky you! Congrats, I look forward to the info!

So, porchetta, huh? Of course you managed to find it! That salad looks divine and so does Lake Tahoe and that lovely house! Looks like you had a wonderful time and can't wait to see more photos!