POMEGRANATE AND 7-UP - This is my newest fad...adding POM Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice to diet 7-up. Just a few splashes of the POM makes the drink this beautiful color AND you are getting some nice antioxidants. I tried drinking the POM juice by itself but I didn't like the taste. Yes, 7-up actually makes a (limited edition) Pomegranate 7-up drink. But look at the ingredient label: Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, natural flavors, potassium citrate, potassium benzoate, red 40, blue 1. Where is the pomegranate juice? So I make my own. Great, light, refreshing. And it looks good.
GARBAGE BOWL - I will admit I'm not a big fan of Rachel Ray. When I do rarely watch her show I see her using her "garbage bowl" which she leaves on the counter and puts in all the crap (like onion peels, plastic wrappers from meat) and waste and then just throws whats in the bowl in the garbage. I've been doing this for much longer than Rachel has been on TV. I can't remember what chef or what show I watched that trained me to do it this way but it was many years ago. I have plenty of bowls in the kitchen that can be used for this purpose. I had to laugh when the Food Network came out with a "special garbage bowl" that you can buy from them for this purpose. Yes, for only $18 ($20 MSRP) plus shipping you too can have a nice official Rachael Ray bowl to put your garbage in. Am I nuts? Anyone else see that this is just totally wrong? I can sell you some nicer bowls at a much cheaper price. Just call. Telephone operators are standing by.
CUZ IT HAS BACON - Bushes Best Grillin' Beans is having a contest to decide what recipe best pairs with one of their beans. There are twelve semi-finalists (with videos) all giving their recipes and which beans they think go best with their choice. You can log in and vote for your favorite. Mine? Some guy named John Y. who embarrased the hell out of his dog Gabby by putting said dog in the video with a chefs hat. But I picked his recipe, Kentucky Flank Steak, because he takes strips of flank steak and wraps each with a slice of bacon. Of course the dang things gonna taste wonderful, it has bacon and you're pairing it with beans! You can check out all the entries and their recipes here.