FOODIE HOTTIE TOO: Several months back, we declared
TV superstar Rachael Ray as the Favorite “Foodie Hottie.”
A member of the Foodie gang protests and sends us to the Food
Network site and channel to meet Giada De Laurentiis, host
of Everyday Italian. Growing up in Italy, the granddaughter
of film producer Dino De Laurentiis, her passion for food
was sparked as a child as she learned to prepare recipes for
frequent family gatherings. She is the author of The New York
Times best-selling cookbook Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and
Delicious Recipes. But she and Rachael Ray are also the subject
of a somewhat raunchy online blog competition where one strange
blogster fantasizes about his favorite chef and asks: “Rachael
Ray will teach how to cook 30 minute meals and eat for $40
a day while Giada De Laurentiis will teach you about Everyday
Italian. Don’t deny that you don’t spend hours
watching the Food Network; we all do!!! So it makes me wonder….who
do the readers fancy more?”
CULINARY MAGIC: On Tuesday evening, December
5, Mac’s Steakhouse (12 Gerard Street, Huntington) welcomes
Tony May, owner of Manhattan’s legendary San Domenico
restaurant and his cuisine and wines of Northern Italy. Expect
the highest level of quality in a Northern Italy extravaganza
of fine food and wine, with each of the four courses selected
by May. The white truffle will be arriving at Mac’s
straight from Piedmont, Italy, in time for this special dinner
— a rare opportunity to sample some of the world’s
finest foods and wine in the presence of a restaurant legend.
The experience is priced at $175 per person, plus tax and
gratuity. For reservations and info, call Mac’s: 631
GINGERBREAD HOUSE: The Smithtown Township
Arts Council’s ever-popular Make Your Own Gingerbread
House workshop will be held Sunday, December 3, 11 a.m. –
2 p.m. and Tuesday December 12, 6-9 p.m., at the Mills Pond
House (660 Route 25A, St. James). Includes gingerbread house,
icing, and all the decorations to make a truly tasty work
of art and a baking coach too! Limited to 30 participants.
Reserve early! (children ages 5-12 must be accompanied by
adult; 13 & up, no adult required). $15 per gingerbread
house. Call 631-862-6575.
WINE HOMEWORK: The American Society of Appraisers
informs us that a Gallup poll has shown that wine had tied
with beer as America’s most preferred alcoholic beverage.
They offer the following tips to consumers: Research –
Find a wine retailer that understands your interests and is
reasonably informed; Read – educate yourself on understanding
wine; Storage – keep wine in a cool place; Taste –
develop words to use for the flavors you find in wine so you
will be able to make a specific statement; Value – if
you’re researching retail values, try www.winesearcher.com.
Because of weather and growing conditions vintage dates are
important. Once you find a wine you like in a retail store,
buy more of it right away. Take notes on what you liked and
dislike. With 50,000 new wines from all over the world each
year, wine collectors need to do their homework.
CAN IT! A metal can for preserving food was
invented by Peter Durand, of London, England in 1810. Metal
cans called tins back then because of the metal used, could
preserve food for a long period of time. However, a hammer
and chisel was needed to open them. It wasn’t until
almost half a century later in 1858, that Ezra Warner of Waterbury,
Connecticut, invented the can opener – a device that
used a lever and chisel. It was improved in 1870 by William
Lyman of West Meridian, Connecticut, with a rotating wheel
and a sharp edge. The modern-day non-electric type can opener
was invented in 1925.
WINE SCHOOL: An intimate, educational and
fun evening of wine tasting, and food on Thursday, Dec 7,
from 7 – 8:30 p.m. awaits you at Maxwell & Dunne’s
Steakhouse (1600 Round Swamp Rd, Farmingdale, www.mdsteakhouse.com),
where Ted Egan of Bourassa Vineyards in Napa Valley will discuss
the handcrafted, small batch wines and the food pairings.
You’ll be able to make your own personal wine blends
from actual samples. $49 per person plus tax and tip. Reservations
QUESTION: What do you call a stolen yam?
Answer: A hot potato.
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