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Happy Valentine’s Day…Who Am I Kidding

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Ok, today is Valentine’s Day. My friends know I don’t think highly of this day. It is a day to get you to spend your hard earn money on some sappy card that will be thrown away in less than a week, a day where thousands of instant flowers will be killed before their prime just to show some symbol of affection. If you have someone, you should show your affection 365 days a year and not condense it to one day. With that said, I decided to share some ideas and videos for you lovesick fools out there. So enjoy.

Culinary Seductions

For you guys who want to cook a romantic dinner this evening go over to Culinary Seductions. It is a cooking site for men. Their slogan is “The Guys Guide to Cooking for Girls”.

At Culinary Seductions we believe that food is the key that unlocks hearts, minds and a whole lot more. Our mission is to entertain and educate all those who are interested in winning their dates over with food.

I have not tried any of the recipies, but they do look interesting. The recipies are broken by courses and menus so the guy doesn’t have scramble all over a sight to find the right things to cook. Meat Loving Madam(I am not going there), Seafood Sweetheart, and Veggie Vixen are some of the names of the menus. They even have restaurant reviews for those who screwed up the meal or just plain lazy to cook a meal for that special someone.

The next one is close to my heart (excuse the pun). For those who have geeks as their special one check this out

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from lifehacker.com

And for all those “frugal” romantics check this video out from 2007’s Sexiest Geek Veronica Belmont.

For those who are too chicken to tell how you feel about someone, check this site called HadtoSay. You can tell that special someone how you truly feel without knowing who it is. Yeah. Why don’t you freak them out on Valentine’s day.

And finally, for all those spending this day alone (like me). Take some time and learn something. Here is a video on the history of Valentine’s Day from HotforWords.com

Well that’s is all I have for you suckers, I mean lovers.

Happy Valentine’s Day

P.S. Here are some more for us single folk

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Give the Gift of “Garbage”

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This has been the year of  being green, and the holidays are no different.  How about giving that special someone and indoor composter.  Instead of letting those leftover spoil, you can create compost.  A company called NatureMill out of California(where else) created such an appliance.

The units are small enough to fit in regular kitchen cabinets, can process up to 120 lbs (55 kg) of organic waste per month, and use just 10 watts of energy. Composting takes place inside a sealed inner chamber. Air is drawn into the chamber by a small fan, and a mixbar and heater keep the process moving along at the correct temperature. A red light indicates when the cure tray needs to be emptied—about once every two weeks—and the end-product is rich compost fertilizer.

The units sell for USD 299–399. An outdoor version (USD 399) takes care of pet droppings, too: “for up to 2 large dogs, or 4 cats, rabbits, hamsters, snakes or other small animals.” NatureMills ships worldwide, but international shipping is costly. The company is building a global network of dealers. Time to contact them if you import or sell eco/household/kitchen products.   (via Springwise)

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If you can stand the heat, Stay in the Kitchen

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Some of my friends know that one of my hobbies is cooking. It is also the holiday season which means that there will a lot of cooking going on. I got a couple of things to inspire you this holiday season and anytime of the year.

The first online resource for cooking is called Open Source Food. It is a social network for aspiring chefs. People share their recipes with others. Others can judge your recipe as well.

Open Source Food came to fruition because me and my father wanted to create a place for people like us. We’re not professional cooks, we just love food. We want to share, learn and improve ourselves with the help of like-minded food lovers. Open Source Food is a platform for that. –Jon Yongfook

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The next one is a video podcast. I found about this from Trace Magazine’s blog. It is called The Dante Fried Chicken Show. There is only one episode and a trailer. It is little more than a cooking show. It is a variety show with interviews, live music and of course cooking. It is kind of like a cooking show surrounded by a party. The host cooks vegan dishes in addition to other culinary delights which is cool. The host is Dante Gonzalez .

…Dante Gonzales aka the Stove Top General. Located in Harlem on 125th Street and Broadway, the lounge is a comfortable restaurant/bar with a spacious stage in the basement. General Gonzales hails from California where he learned to cook and “flip” recipes from his grandmother Jean Crawford. The Jean Cashew Hot Wings with Apricot Sauce had this writer salivating; hot and crispy with plenty of flavor. The Sock It 2 Me Tofu tastes so much like fried chicken a vegetarian would send it back!

Dante has been cooking for 7 years now. He started in New York by having chicken parties for music industry heads which launched his immediate success…

Dante’s music background includes alternative, Afro-Brazilian, Caribbean as well as hip-hop. Dante considers the south sound a new energetic sound although most of the artists are lyrically the same. He thinks this movement is conceptually smart and here to stay. He told us, on the low of course, (shh!) that he used to give away mixed music he made with his food…

Dante’s Fried Chicken Show

Check out the trailer here (some language not suitable for the young ones)

What is your favorite recipe for the holidays?

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My 100th Post: Deep frying a Turkey

This is my hundred post, and the only thing I could think of is a video on how to fry a turkey. Oh well, it is almost Thanksgiving.

Be careful
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Thanksgiving via Lessons Learned in Iraq

Thanksgiving is this week. Here are some strategies for going home for the holidays (courtesy of Ze Frank). Use them wisely. Remember, always have a timetable just in case something happens.

Happy Thanksgiving

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A Tastey Gift for the Holidays

 Tastebook

I love to cook. When I found out about this site, this would make a great gift for the holidays.  It is called TasteBook.  What is it? It is a site where you can create your own  hardback cookbook in full color, tabs for less than $35.00.  For the $35.00 you get to use 100 recipies.  This is a great gift for the holidays for that culinary friend.  Take a look at demo here.

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