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Wednesday, February 27

FNSBW&FF Cooking Demos

I didn't get the chance to go into the Kidz Kitchen demos last year, so this year I was excited to check out how the stars deal with an audience composed entirely of little chefs in-the-making (and their parents).

And who's better than Giada De Laurentiis--set to give birth to her first child in April--to kick off this fun part of the festival?

Giada showed the kids how to make marscapone cupcakes with strawberry filling. The kids were very cute and expressive throughout the demo and didn't whine when G needed to sit and put her feet up (as she did at the previous night's BubbleQ). This was only 10:30 in the morning, but it was close to 80 degrees, so I'm glad the mom-to-be even agreed to leave the comforts of her air-conditioned hotel room. She still took lots of questions and really seemed to enjoy working with the kids. She's going to be a great mom.

I was also able to catch some of the demo by Ellie Krieger, who was making her first appearance at the festival. She made portobello mushroom caps, lamb "pops", and some kind of interesting orange salad.

I just love Ellie's tips on staying healthy without making everything you eat boring. She advocates for the use of--in moderation--real cheeses and real ingredients whose tastes are simply impossible to replicate. She classifies ingredients into the categories of: always, sometimes and rarely. Shes uses small amounts of those "rarely" ingredients to generate maximum flavor.

Ellie also taught me something new! We already know about the four taste sensations (sweet, salty, sour and bitter), but a fifth taste has been proposed which describes food that is "delicious" and "savory" called umami. It's the kind of food that just melts in your mouth. Her portabello mushroom caps definitely sounded umami-ish.

You're supposed to be able to go to foodnetwork.com/sobe and find the recipes for what the celebs cooked over the weekend, but (not surprisingly) they're not up yet. If you're looking for last year's recipes, then you're in luck (although recipes by Emeril Lagasse and Dave Lieberman are still "coming soon.")

I don't even know what Rachael was cooking. When I made my way to her stage she was taking questions (which was how last year's demo turned out, too.) She looked drenched in sweat in person, but the pictures don't seem to show that.

She was glistening. I hear that she asked to have the large, industrial fans onstage turned off so she could hear the audience's questions better. What a trooper!

At the end of some of the demos, the staff for the festival auctioned off an autographed Kitchenaid mixer for charity. While Giada's reportedly went for $3,600, poor Rachael's only sold for a measly $1,100!

... more to come.

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At 2/27/2008 8:02 PM , Blogger Tablebread said...

WOW!!! Is it just me or is RR looking a bit, ahem, well, naked? This is a show for kids and she wears a strapless and bra-less dress? Hmmm, hope my two little girls don't decide to idolize the likes of her!

At 2/27/2008 9:23 PM , Blogger jacob said...

She wore that dress during the 21+ cooking demo, actually. I didn't see her Kids Kitchen demo or what she wore during it. The high of 89 degrees on Sat. was actually record-high for that day in February-- I was ready to get naked, too!

At 2/28/2008 10:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That dress does not flatter Rachael at all. It looks to small to begin with. I would love to attend this event. It sounds like a great time.

At 2/28/2008 11:20 AM , Blogger roopa said...

I'm not surprised Rachael's mixer didn't get as much as Giada's - having Rachael's signature on one would be a disgrace to the machine! I bet she doesn't even know how to use one - at least Giada uses her pretty blue one once every few shows.

At 2/28/2008 11:25 AM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

Ellie looked positively great and I enjoy watching her show. She should be given more exposure.

RR's dress is more suitable for a nightclub. The empire waist is designed to minimize the gut although her caboose is noticeably protruding.

At 2/28/2008 12:26 PM , Blogger johnned said...

I'm still thinking about Rachael's cleavage in that dress at SOBE. I can't get it out of my mind. She was so sexy that maybe she is turning this gay guy straight...and I thought only Paula had that power.

At 2/28/2008 2:46 PM , Anonymous Jeff said...

Anonymous should know better. The event was in South Miami Beach, which was hot last week...and I like RR's dress.

At 2/28/2008 4:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Rach and find her very attractive but not in that picture. She looks terrible. She doesn't wear that dress well and I miss her long hair. Long hair looks better tied up than short hair does. It just doesn't look right.

At 2/29/2008 10:01 AM , Anonymous amy said...

I almost just threw up in my mouth a little bit looking at some Rachel Ray side-boob. When I can't imagine disliking her more, I see something like this and it happens. She blows.
amy @ http://www.weareneverfull.com

At 2/29/2008 4:35 PM , Anonymous Marc said...

Amy I love you.

At 3/04/2008 3:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

RR's boobs look so weird! With the amount of money she's making, she can afford to hire a stylist so the girl has no excuse looking like that.

Giada's looking hot but her dress is slightly see-through.

At 1/07/2011 10:42 AM , Anonymous Viagra Online said...

It was so perfect seeing that beautiful women in those events because I know she's so talented and she can involved in whatever she wants.


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