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A Cocktail for the Holiday

March 17, 2007 at 3:23 am by Designer Ella

Cocktail GlassHere is a great Irish cocktail recipe, if you happen to be partying today! But stay sober!!

Bubbly Irish Nut

  • 1 oz. Baileys® Irish Cream
  • 1 oz. Amaretto Di Saronno®
  • 4 oz. Soda water

Enjoy! Happy St. Paddy’s Day from this Bubbly Irish Nut!

Today’s handbag: Chloe Paddington Mousse

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$1,000 Pizza? I can do better!

March 14, 2007 at 10:36 pm by Designer Ella

1000 USD PizzaA gourmet restaurant in NYC is introducing a decadent pie with the pricetag of $1,000. Yes, that’s right.

Forget traditional cheese and pizza sauce, the record-priced pie will be topped with creme fraiche, chives, eight ounces of four different kinds of Petrossian caviar, four ounces of thinly sliced Maine lobster tail, salmon roe, and a little bit of spice with wasabi.

And unlike your typical pizza, this one won’t be cooked, after all, that would spoil the fish. The 12-inch pie is sliced into four pieces, which comes to $250 per slice.

Bah. I can make you a great pizza. I’ll charge, ooh a base price of $45 on up, depending on ingredients. (Or a mere $10, for a simpler, average-joe pie.)

My pizza will use Boboli pizza crust, no not something I make myself, because that crust is the best. Mmm.

Then, I will crush tomatoes finely - or leave light chunks if you prefer, for the sauce. If you don’t want tomato sauce, how about taco or barbecue sauce? Those will make for fun & tasty pizzas, with the right ingredients.

Cheese - a mixture of brie, mozzarella and cheddar!

For toppings, oh I have choices:

  • Chopped prime rib
  • Freshly cut pineapple
  • Real bacon pieces with only red meat, no white fat at all. Picked apart with care.
  • Extra large deli pepperoni
  • Sliced chicken breast covered in honey barbecue sauce
  • Sliced chicken breast covered in honey mustard sauce
  • Sliced salmon covered in honey mustard sauce
  • Mix of fruits: cantaloupe, pitted cherry, pear, peach and pineapple (suggested on a white pizza)
  • Pineapple and orange
  • Lobster pieces, sure, I’ll throw that in, but unlike Nino’s Bellisima, I think the lobster needs to be the only topping.
  • Vegetables - oh sure, like what? All fresh

There now don’t you want to order from me? If you’re ever in the Boston/South Shore area, send me an e-mail!

But caviar, lobster, chives, salmon - all on an uncooked pie - would their pizza even taste good??? Please. It’s not even extra large - ugh!!

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Chefista Required Tool: Picture Chopping Boards

March 12, 2007 at 3:00 am by Designer Ella

Colored Cutting BoardsAs a Chefista (love that term) and an organization nut who also loves stuff, I love these cutting boards by Solutions. They’re color coded and picture coded, so you can separate the types of foods you’re chopping. It’s less messy and could possibly save your -erm- colon from getting sick. I love how the colours really do match the symbol!

They’re also super thin so they easily store, and are made of flexible plastic, so you can just bend and drop the cut ingredients into your pot!

I know I need these, even though I rarely chop. And I never chop more than one type of food. And I already have that Vedalia thing. But oh my gosh do I need this! Besides, they’re only $12.95 - that’s practically nothing. ;-)

*Via Outblush*

Recently carried bag: Chloe Betty

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