Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

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Here’s another edition of Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See! >>

Pumpkin Pie Power Bars 600
This week on Parade Magazine‘s blog, I shared a recipe for Pumpkin Pie Power Bars from Camilla Saulsbury’s new book:  POWER HUNGRY: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook.  These are a fantastic, homemade snack bar that is low in calories and high in protein. My son has been eating them after school before his lacrosse practices- they’re perfect.  Oh, and they freeze very well… I froze them individually-wrapped, and then we just take one out and let it thaw for a few minutes before eating.

The exciting news I mentioned that I had to keep secret last week was that I was a judge for the million dollar 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off contest last weekend!  It was held in Vegas at the Aria Hotel and Casino Resort.  It was an AMAZING experience that I will be writing about in more detail later.  They had to keep my judge status a secret until the actual event so the contestants didn’t know who would be judging them.

Loaded Potato Pinwheels

Contestants had to use Pillsbury products in their recipe, and they had a limited amount of ingredients that they were allowed to use.  The winning recipe was these Loaded Potato Pinwheels– made by Glori Spriggs from Henderson, NV!   It obviously impressed the judges enough to win the million dollar prize.  I’ll be making these for holiday parties and football Sundays.  They’re amazing, delicious little bites!

Craft Beer Cookbook

My friend Jackie Dodd, otherwise known as The Beeroness, wrote this (brand new) cookbook- The Craft Beer Cookbook: 100 Artisanal Recipes for Cooking with Beer.  When this arrived in the mail, my husband might just have jumped up and down a few times with a huge smile on his face!!  Wouldn’t this be a terrific holiday gift idea for someone who loves beer??   Check out these recipes that caught my eye:  Chocolate Chip and Smoked Porter Pancakes, IPA Guacamole, Chocolate Stout Fudge Sauce, Smoky Beer Mac and Cheese, Pale Ale Caprese Pizza, Slow Roasted Maple Stout Baby Back Beef Ribs, Honey Mustard Pale Ale Chicken, Pilsner Coconut Curry Shrimp Soup, Frosted Vanilla Beer Butter Cookies and Chocolate Stout Brownies.  WOW!  I will be picking this up for my beer-loving friends for holiday gifts 🙂

Blog Recs Nov 14
Pinch of Yum:  I’ve kind of just recently gotten into this one, and I have no idea why it has taken me so long!!  Lindsay runs this blog and I have not yet met her in person, but the food on this blog looks so darn good… photography and all!
The Shiksa in the Kitchen:   Tori Avey shares Jewish cuisine recipes on her site.  I worked in a Jewish school many years back and enjoyed the food they shared with me.  Tori does a fabulous job sharing these sorts of recipes with you!
Cookies and Cups:  Shelly is the incredibly talented baker behind this blog.  You’ll want to bake something the moment you get done browsing her site!
The Girl Who Ate Everything:  Christy has FIVE kids!!!  Anyone who has five kids and can keep up with a blog as beautiful and delicious as this one is a HERO in my book.  Check it out!

Butterscotch Blondies -

Here’s what’s new from RecipeBoy > BUTTERSCOTCH BLONDIES!  I taught him how to brown butter, and he used that to make these incredibly addicting treats.

argonaut hotel
My family and I are headed to San Francisco in a couple of weeks to stay at the Kimpton Argonaut Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf.  Although I am originally from the Bay Area, I have never really spent time at Fisherman’s Wharf.  We definitely will be going to Alcatraz, but beyond that… I NEED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUN THINGS TO DO!  I have a 12-year old and a husband… and we love food.  What recs do you have for me?

Thanksgiving Hotline Numbers
Do you know about these hotlines that are available?  They might be nice to bookmark for Thanksgiving week! >>

U.S. Department of Agriculture Meat and Poultry Hotline: 888-674-6854. Food-safety specialists answer all questions related to food preparation and storage from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. eastern standard time (EST) Monday through Friday all year long and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The hotline is closed on all other Federal government holidays.

Butterball Turkey-Talk Line: 800-288-8372. A team of home economists and nutritionists is there to answer bird-related questions from November 1 to December 24 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekday hours are extended, to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., from November 1 to November 21. Hours on Thanksgiving Day are from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on December 24 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Or log on to to get cooking tips from the Turkey Talk-Line experts.

The Crisco Pie Hotline: 877-367-7438. Get advice from a National Pie Championship winner, among other pie pros, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. (Monday – Friday) Hours are extended, to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., November 12 to November 21 and from December 10 to December 21.

And finally… I published this last year, but it’s worth revisiting:  50 Ways to Do Pumpkin Pie.  This is a collection of all pumpkin-pie-themed desserts, so not necessarily pumpkin pie itself.  Fun stuff.

Until next week, my friends!  ADIOS…

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  • Barbara | Creative Culinary wrote:

    One of my closest friends was a finalist in the Pillsbury contest. Corn pancakes with a warm maple cream; she won the Eagle Brand prize; maybe not a milliion but we were sure proud of her!

    I was recently a judge for the National Beef Cookoff; it was an interesting experience and sort of a shock too; the details as to compliance for each dish were pretty stringent. Most cooks that I know wouldn’t necessarily enjoy being a ‘contester’ because I think the rules are very limiting to creativity with the expectations that end results need to be applicable to the masses or the brands products. We definitely tasted some good dishes and it was fun but it was a real learning experience. The local food editor was a judge with me and she did the Pillsbury gig several years ago; lots of comparables except for one huge difference. Pillsbury big winner wins a LOT more money! 🙂

  • Tieghan wrote:

    Great post, Lori!! I love pinch of yum and cookies and cups, but the others are new to me! I am headed to check them out now!

  • Bianca wrote:

    Lori – As soon as you mentioned San Francisco, I immediately thought of this post I read about Dandelion Chocolates. It looks like an amazing place and my mouth was watering as I read all about it. It is definitely on my must visit list for my next trip to SF. Here’sthe link, you should check it out:

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen wrote:

    Another great edition of Stuff, Lori! Yeah, had a feeling that’s why you were in LV after you shared a pic of dinner on the strip. So exciting to be a judge for the iconic Pillsbury Bake-Off!

  • Liz @ Virtually Homemade wrote:

    Love the winning Pillsbury dish – what a great appie and you must have been so honored to judge! Shiksa in the Kitchen – what a great name, I must check them out!

  • shelly (cookies and cups) wrote:

    Thank you so much for he sweet link love! SO good seeing you this past week…I don’t know HOW you were able to judge all those recipes! There were SO many good ones!

  • Meagan wrote:

    How fun to be a judge, Lori! I can’t wait to read about your experience. My husband and I fell in love with San Francisco when we first went, and fall back in love every time we are lucky enough to return. These are somewhat touristy recos, but I’m making them anyway 🙂 : 1. ride in a cable car; 2. check out Haight Ashbury (including the actual street sign); 3. visit Lombard Street; 4. have a meal in Chinatown.

    Have fun, Lori!

  • Sandy @ RE wrote:

    Great post, Lori. WOW, so much information! LV looks like it was FABULOUS!

  • Stephanie @ PlainChicken wrote:

    Lots of fun stuff! Can’t wait to see your Pillsbury post!

  • Diane G. wrote:

    Here’s a suggestion for San Francisco—-See the show “Beach Blanket Babylon”. (You will need to make reservations in advance.)I believe it’s on Green St. at the Club Fugazi in the North Beach section. They have a matinee show on Sundays for under 21 that I haven’t been to but I’m sure is just as fun. It’s a musical that spoofs everything and you will come out with a big smile on your face! I’ve seen it 6 times already, whenever I’m there. It changes somewhat with current events. Also, diagonally across the street is Firenze by Night where we’ve had the most delicious Italian food. This is a MUST SEE in San Francisco! You won’t be disappointed!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks wrote:

    I think it’s so awesome that you were a judge! Id love to know more about the nitty gritty behind it and what you all had to take into account, what you werent supposed to factor in, etc. For example, I was eating a woman’s food, I won’t say what it was but it was raw in the middle and there was a stick in the blueberry sauce that went with it. I was thinking wow, I wonder what would happen if a judge bit into a little stick…I mean that would probably not have been ideal 🙂 It was great seeing you at the event and hopefully I’ll see you again soon.

    Pinning those pumpkin bars from the Parade site.

  • Sylvia wrote:

    Things to Do in San Francisco: The Cable Car Museum. I was skeptical (as were our 12 & 14 yr olds), but we really enjoyed it (and learned something, too!).

  • Sues wrote:

    So buying my husband the craft beer book for Christmas… Partly because he loves craft beer and partly in hopes that it will get him in the kitchen cooking with me more 🙂

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar wrote:

    That pumpkin pie post is AMAZING!! Also, I love these fun “stuff” posts! 🙂