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Valerie Bertinelli's Recipes Find Place on Food Network's Evolving Menu

She has a pleasant personality and seems like she really does cook. It was okay, I would watch again. That being said, there is a saturation of these types of shows with "celebrities". I read that due to sagging ratings, their new tactic is to create shows with people who already have a fan base rather than developing future food network personalities.

Aug 14, 2015
shell22 in Food Media & News

Hoffman Estates

We have had two wonderful dinners at The Saddle Room. This place has a great cocktail, beer and wine list. Fantastic atmosphere inside and out. Inventive menu, attentive service. Highly recommend!

http://thesaddleroomrestaurant.com/

Jul 09, 2015
shell22 in Chicago Area

SF can't miss..

This is great - thank you.

SF can't miss..

Perfect. thanks.

SF can't miss..

I wouldn't rule anything out. DH not a fan of Sushi, but can find things to try on most menus. I just don't want to leave the city without sampling some of it's best dishes.

SF can't miss..

I was looking for both. Good regional food that you wouldn't find elsewhere.

SF can't miss..

We are celebrating our 25th anniversary in October. We will be in town for 5 days, staying in Union Square. Please let me know what places and or dishes you think are quintessential San Francisco. Interested in the spectrum - from fine dining to quick service. TIA, we look forward to your suggestions!

Gluten free and Pescetarian?

Thank you for the suggestions so far, we are staying in the West Loop so these would work well. I know most restaurants will accommodate these restrictions, just looking for ideas for places already geared towards them. Thanks.

Mar 03, 2015
shell22 in Chicago Area

Gluten free and Pescetarian?

Looking for suggestions for a sisters get together. One of my sisters has Celiac disease, the other is a Pescetarian. We are having lunch at Frontera, but looking for a dinner spot. We are staying West of downtown, but we can cab it. TIA !

Mar 03, 2015
shell22 in Chicago Area

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

Nov 24, 2014
shell22 in Recipes

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

Nov 24, 2014
shell22 in Recipes

Food and Wine All Star Weekend

Coincidentally going to be in town for some of these events. Anyone attend any of the sessions in the past?...details are a little sketchy and just wondering if it's worth the trouble. Considering the "Afterhours" event at Aria. Thanks!

Aug 01, 2013
shell22 in Las Vegas

Baconfest

Did anyone attend last year and what did you think of the event?
thanks!

Feb 12, 2013
shell22 in Chicago Area

Breakfast near Palmer House

Can I please get a recommendation for breakfast near the Palmer House? It will be a Saturday morning and we would prefer to walk if possible. Thanks in advance!

Sep 11, 2012
shell22 in Chicago Area

High end Elgin restaurant suggestions

I would go to St. Charles or Geneva - my personal favorite is Zaza's Trattoria (if Italian works). I did think of Buckingham's at the Grand Victoria Casino - never ate there myself, but the menu looks good. Elgin is definitely lacking higher end places...

Sep 11, 2012
shell22 in Chicago Area

Master Chef 09/04/12 - Finale Part 1 (spoilers)

well since Gordon Ramsey is both a producer and judge, it's covered either way.

Sep 06, 2012
shell22 in Food Media & News

Master Chef 09/04/12 - Finale Part 1 (spoilers)

Christine will win. I am not taking anything away from her obvious cooking chops and impeccable palate, but at the end of the day, the drama of the "blind cook" winning is too much for producers to resist no matter what Josh brings. He doesn't have a chance IMO.

Sep 05, 2012
shell22 in Food Media & News

United Tastes of America

Right there with you..love the content, but the host can get annoying if you pay close attention'. My husband CAN'T stand him, says he is a "close talker" and hates his expressions and mannerisms. I always thought he got the shaft on NFNS, but he is a little over the top on this show.

Aug 30, 2012
shell22 in Food Media & News

Will you be watching 'Life After Top Chef'?

Yes, he is overexposed. But I met him last week at a wine dinner and I still love him. He is a real charmer.

Aug 29, 2012
shell22 in Food Media & News

MasterChef - Week of July 9 (spoilers)

Even though I find myself watching, these "characters" are very similar to last year's group. It seems the show follows a formula, much like HK.

Tali reminded me of the arrogant Christian from last year (who was also spouting delusional bravado); he was always gunning for last year's winner Jennifer (who also seemed like an actress). Monti is the new Jennifer, everyone underestimates her but somehow she prevails. Josh is the new Adrien, quiet, moments of "brilliance" mixed in with epic failures. I knew they were going to have Christine have a bad week, even though it seemed totally inconsistent with her other dishes and her "miracle" apple pie......

Jul 11, 2012
shell22 in Food Media & News

PBS the last bastion for REAL shows on cooking.

I DVR The Chew everyday. There is some fluff and humor, but there are also some great, quick recipes presented - mostly in real time. I usually FF through Carla Hall cooking segments. I think she is a fun personality and host, but honestly, I don't need her teaching me how to do a "taco bar" or how to make an ice cream sandwich.

Jun 29, 2012
shell22 in Food Media & News

How much do you spend on groceries each month?

Wow, I guess I do okay. Our family of four (2 boys) spends about $400 per month on groceries (food only). I shop at numerous stores every week to get the best deals. Produce and Deli come from a local Italian market, groceries come from a variety of stores (including Trader Joes and Aldi) I check the flyers for sales. The majority of my meat is sale items purchased at local discount supermarket and a monthly trip to Costco. I don't buy a lot of prepared foods other than frozen pizza because they don't like it. They eat a lot of cereal (on sale) and this includes alot of snack foods, cookies, chips, etc. Adults pack a lunch 3-4 times per week. We eat out as a family 1-2 x per week. My oldest does buys fast food meals for himself a couple of times per week as he works and goes to school and has his own schedule.

Jun 26, 2012
shell22 in General Topics

Food Network Star: "Meet the Press-Ure" (6/24/2012) *SPOILERS*

+1

Jun 25, 2012
shell22 in Food Media & News

Master Chef week of 6/17

While I love the idea of this show, it just has the gimmicky HK feel to it. The over the top drama is too much and the stories are not believable. GR's statement that "you are going to kill someone" with an undercooked pork chop is ridiculous since Trinchinosis is virtually non existent in domestic meat animals. Also, I don't believe that Christine cooked a 'perfect' apple pie in 18 minutes. Sorry.

Jun 19, 2012
shell22 in Food Media & News

Downtown Cleveland suggestions please :-)

good ball park food? we were very disappointed at the food at Dodgers stadium last year...

Jun 14, 2012
shell22 in Great Lakes

Downtown Cleveland suggestions please :-)

Thank you all for the awesome suggestions, My boys count on me to do the research before any trip we take - CH has helped me set the bar REALLY high !

Jun 14, 2012
shell22 in Great Lakes

Downtown Cleveland suggestions please :-)

Oooh. I wanted to fit in Slyman's and breakfast will be the perfect solution..thanks!

Jun 13, 2012
shell22 in Great Lakes

Downtown Cleveland suggestions please :-)

Can I also request some other breakfast spots around the hotel or R&R Hall of Fame??

Jun 13, 2012
shell22 in Great Lakes

Downtown Cleveland suggestions please :-)

thank you... good stuff !

Jun 13, 2012
shell22 in Great Lakes

Downtown Cleveland suggestions please :-)

Yes downtown - Doubletree Lakeside, but we will have a car, so tell me about these other areas...

I would like to get to the West Side Market, but I am not sure what time we will arrive on Monday and Tuesday they are closed, correct?

Jun 13, 2012
shell22 in Great Lakes