No Cookin’ Here

by Cate on June 7, 2005

Still feeling crappy today, but got some meds from the doc, so crossing my fingers that some codeine-laced cough syrup is going to work its magic. So as you could guess, I wasn’t in a cooking mood tonight. It didn’t help that The Husband got home late, and I had No Plan. It’s like getting up in the morning – if you haven’t planned what you’re going to wear before you get up, it’ll take you much longer to get dressed. Similarly, if you don’t have a plan for dinner by 5 pm, it will take you twice as long, guaranteed, to come up with a menu.

As I was browsing the take-out menus, The Husband offered to cook burgers on the grill. A quick and easy meal that keeps the money in my pocket and me resting on the couch, how can a girl resist? Ten minutes later, dinner was served. Happened to have some Cambozola cheese (one of my favorites!) in the refrigerator, so I melted some on a toasted roll, with a slice of avocado, and I was set. In case you haven’t experienced Cambozola yet, do try it. Developed in Germany in the 1970s, Cambozola is a cheese that is a combination of French Camembert and Italian Gorgonzola. It’s a stronger cheese, with the creaminess of the Camembert making it more palatable for those that don’t like their cheese too strong.

Another episode of Hell’s Kitchen is on tonight. If you haven’t caught it yet, tune in to see what kind of hell Gordon’s unleashing on his “victims.” Also on TV, Food Network‘s special, “The Next Food Network Star” premiered last night with back-to-back new episodes. Quite an interesting group of finalists they’ve assembled, everything from professional and personal chefs and caterers, to a mom who lost 89 pounds by changing her diet and a cooking school instructor. The challenges are unique, and I gotta say, if you watched the show and saw the egg challenge, all I kept thinking is that my Tomato & Egg Pizza  would have rocked! The show also gives a small behind-the-scenes glimpse on what goes on at the Food TV Network studios, which I enjoyed. They’re repeating the premiere episode on Thursday night at 9 pm, in case you missed the first run. My money’s on Susannah.

And lastly, one more topic. If you’re a cookbook-addict like I am, you may be interested in checking out Zooba. It’s like a book club, but with a twist. No commitment to buy a minimum amount of books, and you can quit whenever you want. You choose a bunch of books from their lists and add them to your queue. Once a month, they will send you the next book on your list, yours to keep. All books are $9.95/each and are shipped free. Because they have a pretty good selection of just-released books, the fact that you’re getting them for under $10, with shipping included, is quite a deal. Although they cover other genres besides cooking, you know my list is filled with mostly cookbooks. You can also order additional books at any other time, for the same $9.95/each + free shipping price. Not bad, eh?

OK, off to take my cough syrup … if I took it any sooner, I’d have been fast asleep by now. Tune in tomorrow to find out what I’m making for my Wednesday office lunch. Until then…

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Stephanie June 7, 2005 at 1:59 am

Thanks for the book tip…I think Matt will appreciate the cost, with the way I’ve been buying books lately!

I really like cambazola, but I can’t eat too much of it as once; it’s just so filling!


Sue June 7, 2005 at 3:58 am

Sorry to hear about the illness. Hope you feel better soon.

I went to the Taco Temple in Morro Bay Calif yesterday. For dessert they had cambozola (sp?) cheesecake with a walnut crust and strawberry coulis…Too bad their guacamole tacos were so big, or I would have tried it. They have good food and fab desserts.

I watched that Food network show and though Harmony did so bad on the demo, she just eats the camera…but so far I think the lady who lost the weight is ahead. I love the large black man, too. I would watch a show he starred in!


Cate June 8, 2005 at 12:36 am

Stephanie – anything to help my fellow addicts. ;)

Sue – I don’t know … Cambozola Cheesecake? Do you think that’s good? I always have a rough time wrapping my mind around some sweet and savory mixtures like that. When I went to a chocolate show last year, one of the winners was a chocolate and gorgonzola fondue – yuck! And yup, as far as The Next FoodTV Network Star, great minds think alike — Susannah’s the one who lost all the weight. I think she’s going to be the one to beat.


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