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Top Chef NOLA - Ep. #15 - 01/22/14 (Spoilers)

I really like Nina, but I thought her comment to Nick was terrible.
Abosolutely no regard for Carlos.
I was very upset with that!

Jan 27, 2014
NellyNel in Food Media & News

"What Were They Thinking?" Foods

Gosh, allot of the stuff listed in this thread sounds good to me....

Jun 28, 2013
NellyNel in General Topics

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #17 - Finale Part 2 - 02/27/13 (Spoilers)

Yeah, but all of the chef there were team players - none of the chefs chosen would have had any issue with doing their best.

Mar 01, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #16 - Finale Part 1 - 02/20/13 (Spoilers)

thanks DGresh!!

I am a bit disappointed that the cake itself wasnt mind blowing... a rich, dense, brown buttery things sounds sooo good to me..
I would like to try it.. the goat cheese and berries combo is just my kind of thing, so I still think I will love it.

DGresh, what kind/size pan did you use?

Yup, Linda, it sounds like Tom was spot on!

Mar 01, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #17 - Finale Part 2 - 02/27/13 (Spoilers)

I actually liked how they did it. (picking the winner after each dish) .
The more I think about it, the more I liked the change up, the only suggestion is that they did'nt make the winner so obvious...maybe if they announced Kristen as the winner, and then showed us how she won LCK to use up time at the end - Yeah, that would have been perfect!

I also liked that they both had to use the same protein for 2 dishes, I thought that was good.

Overall, an excellent season!

Linda, thank you so much for taking the time to write your re-caps... I think you know we all enjoy reading them and appreciate the work you put into it!!
Cheers!!!

Feb 28, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #17 - Finale Part 2 - 02/27/13 (Spoilers)

Agree again!!

Feb 28, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #17 - Finale Part 2 - 02/27/13 (Spoilers)

Agreed!
I liked the format, but was pretty surprised that the timing made the outcome so obvious.
I didnt care, really becasue I was pleased that Kristen won!

Feb 28, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #17 - Finale Part 2 - 02/27/13 (Spoilers)

I thought the same about Stefan, but then I remembered that they are friends that go way back, and it made sense

Feb 28, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #17 - Finale Part 2 - 02/27/13 (Spoilers)

I completely agree!
I was skeptical about this format, but I ended up quite enjoying it, and thought it was more fair!

Feb 28, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #16 - Finale Part 1 - 02/20/13 (Spoilers)

LOL - yeah, but if you read on, you will find I am not to be trusted either.....!!!

Feb 27, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #16 - Finale Part 1 - 02/20/13 (Spoilers)

LOL!!
yup.. I've been losing a hell of a lot lately...but adding weight!
ugh~

Feb 27, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #16 - Finale Part 1 - 02/20/13 (Spoilers)

yeah, it's confirmed...my memory is shot!

Feb 27, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #16 - Finale Part 1 - 02/20/13 (Spoilers)

Yeah, it appeared to me all of the judges loved it...even Tom (but again.. my memory ??)

i hope someone with more skill than I, attempts the cake soon because I am dying to try it!

Feb 27, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #16 - Finale Part 1 - 02/20/13 (Spoilers)

right.. but I don't remember there being any goat cheese or creamy thing on top either - I remember a layer of berries and thats it...but then again ..my memory is always pretty shot...

Feb 27, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

TOP CHEF Finale

Anyone taking bets?

I think tonights finale will be one of the most exciting yet...and I would have a hard time trying to pick the winner.

I am rooting for Kristen because I think she's young and fiery and could use this as a real kick start, where brooke is already well established..
I also like Kristen allot...

Anyone?

Feb 27, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #16 - Finale Part 1 - 02/20/13 (Spoilers)

That was my thought too, that it must have that sort of un-cake-like texture to it.. I would have liked a gooey buttery just barely cake consistancy.........but I now worry that the recipe is not correct....
I am not known for my baking skills, so I didnt really question the ratio.

Feb 27, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #16 - Finale Part 1 - 02/20/13 (Spoilers)

I agree, an 8" square..
I am ordering vanilla bean paste today!
This looks great - and pretty easy

Feb 26, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Home done Corned Beef advice

If I get my curing salt in time, I think I will brine 7 days...

Thanks so much !!

Feb 25, 2013
NellyNel in Home Cooking

Home done Corned Beef advice

mmm braising does sound good, actually... why do you weight it?

God, I'm hungry too!!!!!

Feb 25, 2013
NellyNel in Home Cooking

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #16 - Finale Part 1 - 02/20/13 (Spoilers)

I watched this on my DVR...
Random thoughts -
I didnt watch or follow LCK, but was not shocked in the least, when we discover Kristen won
I wasnt thinking about Carlas famous mistake, I actually thought Sheldon was going to WOW the judges with a new side of his cooking.
I teared up when he was eliminated.

My DVR stopped taping just at the end, so I know nothing of the preveiws showing a live audience type situation!! I am shocked!
I really don't know how I feel about that???

Feb 25, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #16 - Finale Part 1 - 02/20/13 (Spoilers)

Oh, I never cared either way for Emeril, and I never watched his show. One day, my friend got tickets, and I got to go to a show taping one day.

I simply can't tell you how impressed I was by him!
He was actually nicer when the cameras were off than he was during filming!!

He was so friendly to everyone, and invited all the children up to have some chocolate...

Honestly, his smile and his warmth absolutely shined!!
Truly a humble, and nice guy.

Feb 25, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #16 - Finale Part 1 - 02/20/13 (Spoilers)

I don't taste the food, so I don't care as much which season had better food... What I do care about -
Are the challenges enjoyable to watch?
Are the chefs likable?
For me, this season was a zillion times more enjoyable...
ok, Paul was indeed likable, but not many of the other chefs, i have to say... and the challenges were DREADFUL last year.

Feb 25, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #16 - Finale Part 1 - 02/20/13 (Spoilers)

I don't find either of them to be stunning...but (I have always thought Padma to be a bit weird looking) I LOVE Kristen! I think she is smart, talented and she has a great attitude......Go Kristen!!

Feb 25, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Home done Corned Beef advice

Can I ask how long you brine it for?

Feb 25, 2013
NellyNel in Home Cooking

Home done Corned Beef advice

Thanks, Sandy!

I will check out the recipe!

Every year I crave CB & C, and I don't know why I never considered making it before!!

I appreciate your help
Cheers!!

Feb 22, 2013
NellyNel in Home Cooking

Home done Corned Beef advice

Hi there! I am planning make my own corned beef for the first time, and was hoping for some advice. I have seen a few different methods with varying amounts of time in the brine. Ranging from 3 days to 10 days. Can anyone chime in on how long and why? Also, I am having my brisket delivered on Saturday, but won't be getting my pink curing salt until next week. Should i freeze the meat in the mean time? Will this ruin everything? I want my corned beef and cabbage to be amazingly delicious...if you have any advice on that, I would appreciate that as well!!! Thanks for any help you can offer!!

Feb 22, 2013
NellyNel in Home Cooking

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #15 - 02/13/13 (Spoilers)

They were sat on the couch, and he was just sitting there, and she made 2 or 3 comments like :"Wow, I don't know how you'll be able to cook tomorrow"
and "I don't know how you can be away from your wife"
Something like that, but the tone in her voice was sooooo obnoxious.
(even with rewinding the scene several times, I have the memory of a goldfish)
In fact, it was so obnoxious, I guess it was clear to Josh that she was taking the piss, and so he didnt mind so much.
Maybe it's me, but I still think that must have been horrible for Josh and his wife, so I think busting balls in that case is in bad taste.

Feb 21, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #15 - 02/13/13 (Spoilers)

I do agree they genuinely like each other, and no harm seemed done..but she still left me with a bad taste in my mouth about that...it seemed like she was trying to act concerned, but was really trying to psyche him out.

My friend and I rewound the scene a few times to analyze it!!
(lol)

Feb 21, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #15 - 02/13/13 (Spoilers)

I was actually the one who pointed out in last episodes comments that the two had a teasing banter going on, but I watched it with a friend and we both were really irritated by her demeanor... watch it again.
It's also a cruel thing to mess with someone about, IMO..tease about cooking etc.., but not about being away from ones wife while in child birth.

Feb 20, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News

Top Chef Seattle - Ep. #15 - 02/13/13 (Spoilers)

I dunno.. I am finding Brooke less and less likable each episode.
Did anyone not notice how passive aggressive she was being towards Josh - trying to mess with his head about being away from his wife while she gave birth?
i thought it incredibly obnoxious.
(Think she will win, though, but I am rooting for Sheldon!)

Feb 20, 2013
NellyNel in Food Media & News