WATCH THIS… How to Deep Fry a Turkey

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My Uncle Stan deep fries a turkey for EVERY holiday! I’ve never watched him do it, but I imagine he’s got it down to a science by now. I found this video on Good Morning America… If you are planning to deep fry a turkey this year for the first time… or even second time- PLEASE watch this video first. And then go back and watch my “Fire safety” video.

If the embedded video won’t play, use this link… http://www.hulu.com/watch/195898

Take Aways:

(1) NEVER do this inside your house, in your garage, on your deck, near your kids or pets, or just behind your house… Execute well away from everything you love!

(2) NEVER Trust the fill line, always test it yourself with water before you fill and light the pot. See video for example.

(3) Place the bird in the fryer properly (cavity down) so that the oil will drain when you pull it out.

(4) Kids and cameras are often NOT a good combination, but I have to admit I laughed.

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WATCH THIS… What To Do If You Set Your Kitchen on Fire!

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This may be your first time hosting a holiday dinner and you want everything to be perfect. Please remember that 1 in 8 households will have a kitchen fire at some point during the year! So the video below shares some great tips for what NOT to do when you encounter one.

Take Aways:

(1) Do NOT throw water on a grease fire!

(2) Do NOT throw flour on a grease fire!

(3) Most clothes are combustive, so choose your cooking clothes carefully.

(4) Have a fire extinguisher and a phone handy!

(5) Let firefighters do their job!

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Thanksgiving Options for the Lonely or Stressed

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Thankfully, majority of my family is in Atlanta. And a great deal of my extended family is in Georgia. So when the holidays come around I never have to think about where I will spend it or what I will eat and do. We generally meet at someone’s home to enjoy the mother of potluck dinners! Deep fried turkey and dressing (not stuffing!), collard greens, green beans (sometimes casserole), vegetable medley casserole (a secret family dish), macaroni and cheese and Mexican cornbread—just to name a few.

But if you aren’t lucky enough to have a family to share this holiday with—or maybe you can’t be with the family you do have—you do have options. There are several restaurants in the Atlanta area open for Thanksgiving dinner. And even if your family gets together, these prix fixe menus may be just what you need to save sanity, money and time!

http://tiny.cc/cfcy7 Check out the link for more details on where to go! Some faves of mine from this list: South City Kitchen, Nakato, McCormick and Schmicks, Fire of Brazil and Craft Atlanta.

Still wanting to create your own feast at home without the hassle? Here are a few more options. My first choice: WHOLE FOODS. You can order a turkey along with health conscious but tasty sides and pick them up on Thanksgiving morning! They’ll be open for a few hours to allow holiday pick ups and last minute purchases. PUBLIX and KROGER—or whoever your local grocer is may also offer this option. http://tiny.cc/4qv86

Remember, thanksgiving should be a happy time. Don’t let the stress of hosting ruin it for you.

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In Case You Missed It…

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Good Morning,
I hope you had a great weekend. I definitely did. I had dinner with singer Angelique Kidjo!! It was for work, but still it was a great experience. http://tinyurl.com/2esnhh8

So obviously, last week was a busy one. I didn’t post so much about food, but I made a few changes at Dine With Dani. First, the “Subscribe” page has been updated to include unsubscribe. Second, the “Tools” page now includes a recipe finder from Food Network. And third, the “Share” function on each blog post includes a few more sites and apps so that you can share the info with your people.

I went to a few tried and true spots. And I’ll be sharing those experiences with you this week right here at http://www.dinewithdani.com.

Feel free to leave comments and suggestions. And for up to the minute updates and links that I think you’ll love, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @DineWithDani.

Thank you so much for the support,
Danielle Styles

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WATCH THIS… Child Nutrition in America

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As you know, I am very serious about ending Food Insecurity in America– especially where children are concerned. Here is a video to drive that message home. It also includes a bit about child obesity. For us, food is something we can enjoy and talk about as leisure, but for some its a luxury. Learn what you can do to help.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH… Strip, the restaurant

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Atlantic Station has some of the most high traffic restaurants in Midtown. And this gentrified, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood has another one of my favorite lunch spots: Strip (part of Here To Serve Restaurants) is located directly between the movie theater and Rosa Mexicano.

I recommend Strip because they offer 3 daily $10 specials. (1)  Miso soup, crunchee roll, cheesecake, (2) Small salad, cheeseburger, cheesecake, (3) Small salad, chef’s special, cheesecake. I vote for the chef’s special. My last visit was steelhead served over southwest chipotle linguine with black beans and corn. DEELISH. Lunch-date Jonesy was completely jealous, even though she devoured her juicy cheeseburger.

from H2S.com

One of the things I love about Strip is the variety of seating options. Downstairs has the long bar, the dining room, the patio and a private room. Upstairs you’ll find the sushi bar, the lounge, the deck and a small dance floor (depending on the night). And further upstairs you’ll find another rooftop bar.

Strip may not be my favorite restaurant, but it’s cool. It is consistent and the food is pretty good. Try the lobster sliders. And when enjoying their fabulous drinks, try to remember that the underground parking is only free for the first two hours.

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WATCH THIS… Cooking Light’s Healthy Cook Competition in Atlanta

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Congratulations to Alia Dalal, the winner of the 2010 Healthy Cook contest hosted by Cooking Light at this year’s Taste of Atlanta. Check out the footage… Chef Marvin Woods and Atlanta’s own Suchita Vadlamani make an appearance.

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TRY THIS… Woodfire Grill’s Wild Mushroom Pizza with Carmelized Onions, Fontina and Rosemary

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Makes six 8-inch Pizza’s

Recipe by Woodfire Grill, Atlanta, GA

As posted by Bon Appetit Magazine

Ingredients

  • 7 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil
  • 3 onions, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise (about 6 cups)
  • 2 pounds assorted wild mushrooms (such as crimini, oyster, chanterelle, and stemmed shiitake), cut into bite-size pieces
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot (about 1 medium)
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • Pizza Dough
  • Cornmeal (for dusting)
  • Garlic oil
  • 3 cups grated Fontina cheese (about 10 ounces)
Wild Mushroom Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Fontina, and Rosemary
by Noel Barnhurst

Preparation

Melt 3 tablespoons butter with 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until golden, about 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter with 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil in another heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, garlic, and shallot. Sauté 4 minutes. Add wine and simmer until almost all liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently, about 13 minutes. Add rosemary; season with salt and pepper.

Position rack in bottom third of oven. Place heavy 17×11-inch baking sheet on rack (invert if rimmed).

Preheat oven to 500°F at least 30 minutes before baking. Roll out 2 dough disks on lightly floured surface to 8-inch rounds, allowing dough to rest a few minutes if it springs back. Sprinkle another baking sheet (invert if rimmed) with cornmeal. Transfer 1 dough round to second baking sheet. Lightly brush dough with garlic oil.

Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese. Scatter 2 1/2 tablespoons onions over cheese. Scatter 1/2 cup mushrooms over onions. Sprinkle with salt.

Position baking sheet with pizza at far edge of 1 side of hot baking sheet. Tilt sheet and pull back slowly, allowing pizza to slide onto hot sheet. Repeat with second dough disk, garlic oil, cheese, onions, mushrooms, and salt, and slide second pizza onto second half of hot baking sheet. Bake pizzas 6 minutes. Rotate pizzas half a turn. Bake until crust is deep brown, about 6 minutes longer. Using large spatula, carefully transfer pizzas to cutting board. Let rest 1 minute. Slice into wedges and serve. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Read More http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2004/09/wild_mushroom_pizza_with_caramelized_onions_fontina_and_rosemary#ixzz145On5dkR

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Parish… Grab a Seat at the Big Table

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After the Halloween extravaganza that Boyfriend and I hosted—the only course of action was to grab some breakfast and go back to sleep. But true to self, waffle house, ihop, and even Ria’s Bluebird just would not do. I turned to my handy dandy UrbanSpoon tool to help me pick a restaurant for Sunday Brunch.

Parish!! I didn’t know they served my favorite meal of the day and now I had an excellent excuse to go!

Located on North Highland Ave in Inman Park, Parish is a bit of Louisiana in Atlanta. The rustic French décor and authentic New Orleans jazz made me smile. And after taking  our drink orders, our server brought over their version of dinner rolls—beignets. I think I reached a state of love at that moment, but the love didn’t last through the meal.

The menu looked delicious with dishes ranging from basic American Breakfast of eggs, bacon and potatoes to Brandy Milk Pain Perdu a house brioche, brandy custard, whipped creole cream cheese, candied pecans and local preserves. But I have to say that brunch was only so-so. The “Egg Boudreaux” (crab cakes and poached eggs with a spicy creole sauce) was delicious, but the potatoes, though well seasoned, were completely overcooked.

I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that it wasn’t a regular thing. We were among the first guests that morning, but toward the end of our meal the crowd started to trickle in. I noticed a lot of people going downstairs to the market, so of course I decided to tour that on the way out.

THAT’S WHERE ALL THE PEOPLE WERE! The Market was packed. To the left of the stairs, the to-go counter had a long check out line, as did the coffee bar to the right. And the aromas coming from the open kitchen behind the to-go counter made me hungry all over again! The chalkboards named items that I weren’t on the regular menu upstairs and it made me want to give Parish another try.

In front of the coffee bar, there is a big picnic table where everyone ate cafeteria style. Around that were random items for purchase like tea, olive oil, chocolate, fruit and cookbooks. I loved it! And I saw why other people did too. I know now that next time I visit Parish, I’ll head straight to the market and claim a seat at the big table.

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Foodies Unite…. The Annual Smorgasbord of the City

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from tasteofatlanta.com

The 9th Annual Taste of Atlanta was October 23 and 24 at Tech Square in Midtown Atlanta. More than seventy of Atlanta’s best restaurants presented their best and most popular dishes to Atlanta-area foodies.

Most prominently sponsored by Caddilac, Whole Foods Market and Bailey’s Coffee Creamers, the outdoor festival of food offered the best street food.

I stopped by as many booths as my tummy would allow, but I still don’t think I ate as much as I would have liked. A few highlights:

  • Il Mulino brought a porcini mushroom ravioli that kept a line at the booth.
  • Mediterranean Grill reminded me how much I love them with their Gyro (yeero) with rice and pita bread.
  • California Dreaming’s very meaty she crab soup changed the game… seriously.
  • The shellfish bisque from New York Prime was so buttery and rich that we scraped our bowls.
  • Homemade grapefruit sorbet and homemade vanilla ice cream from Lakeside Grill made me want to visit their booth again and again.
  • Der Biergarten offered a roasted suckling pig served with homemade barbeque sauce and mango salsa.
  • Roasted Chicken with Brussel Kim Choi from Top Flr was spicy goodness in my mouth.

Spots who didn’t bring their A-game on Sunday:

  • Holeman & Finch (generally gets a RAVE from me)
  • Noon (fried pickles?)
  • Sambucca (Ceviche was NOT on point)

The best part of Taste for me was the Robert Mondavi Discover Wine booth. After showing ID, filling out a CRM card, guests were treated to 6 different wines from the Robert Mondavi Vineyard. While we walked around the shaded booth, signage demonstrated regional influences, the history of the vineyard and other reason to love the wine.

I cannot wait until next year. I suppose I’ll take pictures of my experience there. Forgive me. But please check out the website for the list of participants. I intend to use it as a guide for what restaurants to visit.

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