I always try to buy the highest quality ingredients when I cook for myself and my boyfriend - I truly feel that brings my cooking to a higher level. But I'm hosting a large function soon - appetizers and sweets for 30 - and I just can't afford to drop hundreds of dollars on the kinds of cheeses and ingredients I normally love. The prospect of shopping at a WalMart equivalent has me depressed... any tips or dishes that taste sophisticated but won't break my bank?
Now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing, I'm looking for gift ideas for the foodies and kitchen-lovers in my life (and, okay, maybe a few things to put on my own list). Does anyone have suggestions for indispensable gadgets or creative gift sets that would make food-folks happy?
[Photograph: pauladeen.com] The latest installment of McSweeney's "Short Imagined Monologues" series gives us an idea of what a pole-dancing lesson with Paula Deen might be like: OK now, you're going to grab on to your pole about head-height, swing yourselves out and WRAP your body around the pole—that's right, just wrap yourself around it like a slice of bacon 'round an ear of sweet corn. Good, y'all! Now kick up that outside leg and float around to the ground ... nice and light, just like you're folding mayonnaise into sour cream. That's it! Related Mixed Review: Paula Deen's Sweet Potato Biscuits Paula Deen's Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cakes Paula Deen is Trying to Kill Us, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4,...