Monthly Archives: September 2007

Happy Birthday to One of My Biggest Blog Fans!

(…and happy birthday eve to ME!)

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Lake Champlain! September 25! Birthdays!

Lake Champlain Chocolates to Support Fundraising Efforts Through Red Barn Fundraising Partnership

September 25, 2007 :: (Burlington, VT) Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC), a gourmet Vermont chocolatier, has partnered with Vermont-based Red Barn Fundraising to support the efforts of groups and charities in their fundraising efforts. Red Barn Fundraising, based in Hinesburg, VT, offers organizations the opportunity to raise dollars by selling quality Vermont products in their community. Products offered are from Vermont companies exclusively, as they have a well-deserved reputation for being high in quality.

LCC products to be offered through the program include their signature Chocolates of Vermont, made with all natural ingredients including local butter, cream, maple syrup, and honey. Organizations can also opt to sell LCC’s own Hot Chocolate duo in Traditional and Mocha.

As a local business and a community partner for nearly 25 years, LCC understands the importance in building strong communities through the efforts of community-based groups and is proud to be a supporter.

“Schools and non-profit organizations have always wanted to fundraise with Lake Champlain Chocolates,” said Allyson Myers, Director of Sales. “We’re thrilled to have a local partner who shares our values and specializes in helping these groups who work tirelessly to raise funds in an era of shrinking budgets.”

Groups and organizations interested in fundraising with Red Barn and LCC can visit www.RedBarnFundraising.com <http://app.bronto.com/public/?q=link&fn=Key&id=aboodymdooezkieeddonbxvhzruybpp&link=ajzclwzcqahobvvuxziyawqjptvabde> to find out more about how the program works and what companies participate.

Lake Champlain Chocolates, celebrating their 25th anniversary, offers sweet indulgences that capture the essence of Vermont, the tradition of making fine chocolate, and the pride that goes into each bite. Preservative-free and Kosher-certified, Lake Champlain Chocolates are crafted in small batches from the finest quality Belgian chocolate and select natural ingredients including local Vermont cream, sweet butter, maple syrup, and honey. Lake Champlain Chocolates are available online at www.LakeChamplainChocolates.com, toll-free at 1-800-465-5909, as corporate gifts & wedding favors, at three company-owned retail stores in Vermont, and nationwide at specialty food & gift stores and upscale hotels & inns.

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Congratulations, Tim Janus…

NYer known as ‘Eater X’ takes burrito-eating title in Maine

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For the Bon Appetit subscribers among you…

They have this nifty new thing called “Private Table” (which is probably just a way to mine data…or maybe I’ve just been writing about technology for too long?)…regardless, it’s an online “readers’ club” and they send you recipes (yawn)…and sometimes prizes! Like Dorie Greenspan‘s Baking: From My Home to Yours! Huzzah!

I’m also pretty excited about bonappetit.com/easyweek. (Not that I cook more than once in a given week…)

(I also think Adam Tihany‘s Bon Appetit Award design is a *little* ungainly.)

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Sears?

I had the TV on in the background again (to pretend like I’m not completely alone in the world) and there was an ad for an appliance store in which a woman exclaimed (the initial clause is perhaps not verbatim), “My family is flying in…and my old oven died! Help!”

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My Very Favorite Name for a Chicken Restaurant in the Whole World

Bojangles Restaurants Inc. Names Randy Kibler CEO of Fast-Growing Chicken n Biscuits Chain

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Hello, my faithful readers…

I’m sorry it’s been so long! I have a list of so many things to write about…just as soon as I have a minute to write them down…but I’m afraid that by the time I find myself sitting in front of my computer at 1:00 in the morning, the inspiration is largely gone…or at least my initial enthusiasm has diminished…and I end up writing stupid stuff that I can’t very well post.

I didn’t even *cook* this weekend! I went to a community garden yesterday to write a profile for my feature-writing class…and ended up spending the whole afternoon with the gardeners…and even got roped into participating in a lantern parade to celebrate the Harvest Moon! (…which perhaps destroys my objectivity…so let’s keep that between us, huh? [Ooh — another ethical lapse!]) Then today I went to Staten Island to cover a crime story. It’s all exciting stuff! And I’m glad I’m here! But it means the blog suffers…

*Last* weekend I meant to write about baked potato soup and zucchini bread. I was out Saturday night and noticed it was a little chilly…which I immediately translated into obligation to make baked potato soup…which is my very favorite winter comfort food. (I’m also a fan of my mother’s white chili…but I think baked potato soup wins out in the end.) I also might have mentioned a time or two that my apartment is chaos the vast majority of the time (except Sunday nights because I usually clean on the weekends) and so I *lost* the recipe for this soup…and tried to Google it instead of actually *finding* it…and was really surprised not to come across something similar out there. Alton Brown had something by the same name…but it seemed blander. So I sighed, resigned myself to fate and sifted through the mountains of paper…found the right recipe and was very happy indeed.

I made the zucchini bread as kind of an afterthought — I had everything *but* the zucchini, so why not, you know? And I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was. I seriously outdid myself. The recipe yields two loaves…and I was joking around with former coworkers — “I may have to leave one loaf on the doorstep, knock and run…” — but I’m blowin‘ through ’em just fine by myself. It’s really, really good. Kind of like the perfect breakfast. Which is a nice complement to the ideal winter comfort food.

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