Monday Kick-Off

by Cate on April 11, 2006

No dinner report tonight as I decided to give the refrigerator a good cleaning and go through everything that’s in there. Yesterday after an unsuccessful 10-minute search for the mayonnaise, I knew it was time to do a overhaul… so it was just leftovers tonight.

Anyone catch last nights’ episode of The Next Food Network Star? Down to the final four, it’s definitely getting interesting. Up until last night, I wasn’t really interested in Carissa. She just reminded me of a car destined for an accident, kind of all over the place at once. Last night, though, she seemed to really pull it together, and after her field piece and subsequent show pitch, I was actually forming a different opinion of her. I was sorry to see Andy go, but I think my money is on either Guy or Carissa at this point. Who’s your pick?

Hell’s Kitchen and Gordon Ramsay fans will be happy to know that his show is coming back for a second season, premiering on June 12. I’m looking forward to it. I wish they had done a follow-up on season ones’ contestants and final winner, Michael. I’d love to see what they’re all doing now.

For Treats to the Office Monday, I made a batch of Peanut Butter Fudge, using a recipe that Jaay from Culinarily Obsessed recommended. Finally, the recipe to end my search for the “perfect” Peanut Butter Fudge. Not having too much of a sweet tooth, Peanut Butter is actually the only flavor fudge my sister and I liked growing up, so I’m excited about this one. Very easy to make, delicious and better yet, no need for a candy thermometer! Nicholas helped me make it last night, lending his fingers to licking the batter bowl clean. “Mama, you’re a good cooker!” he exclaimed when he was done. My work here is done. ;)

OK folks, all for tonight. Don’t forget tomorrow is ARF/5-A-Day Tuesday. Until then…

Check out a new ad I have on the Well-Fed Network … isn’t it adorable? Wait ’till you see what else we’re going to do with it. ;) Stay tuned.

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Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge
1/2 cup butter
2 1/4 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

In medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and milk. Bring mixture to a boil and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Pour over confectioners sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat until smooth; pour into an 8×8 inch dish lined with tinfoil and buttered. Chill until firm and cut into squares.

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emily April 11, 2006 at 2:05 am

I love peanut butter fudge,too.

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Cate April 11, 2006 at 2:15 am

Emily, then you have to try this recipe. :)

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MeBeth April 11, 2006 at 4:10 am

I agree, Carissa totally pulled it together last night – but I’m still voting for Guy.

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Cate April 11, 2006 at 11:23 am

Mebeth, Guy has definitely been consistent since the beginning. Did some browsing last night and found his recipe for Waka Waka Salad and Rhode Island Calamari – can’t wait to make them.

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alfredsmom April 11, 2006 at 6:07 pm

Ive actually never made fudge before because I dont really like it (coincidentally, I like peanut butter fudge though!). I was suprised that there arent any chocolate ingredients in it, like morsels or cocoa powder.I guess I always assumed fudge was choclate based.

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Jennifer N. April 11, 2006 at 6:09 pm

Hi Cate,

I was sorry to see Andy go…I think Bobby Flay is kinda mean!

Love your blog by the way!!

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Cate April 11, 2006 at 9:03 pm

Alfred’s Mom – thanks for dropping by. I guess to be really a true peanut butter fudge, no cocoa products … go figure? However it happens, it’s delish!

Jennifer N. – thanks for visiting. Really, you think Bobby Flay was mean? I know he has his dissenters, but I guess I’ve been oblivious. ;)

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aspiring annapoorna April 11, 2006 at 11:07 pm
Greg April 11, 2006 at 11:12 pm

Guy is going to win.I love to hate Gordon R.

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Heather April 13, 2006 at 1:57 pm

I think I am placing my money on Guy or Reggie. I have to watch this past Sunday’s episode again this week to really get into it as we had company and the hubby thinks I am rude to want to watch the show while they are there…

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