Combo Plate: Eating up the Lakers, Engagement Chicken, free knives and more
--Here's the problem: If you read Bill Plaschke's column Thursday, you know that this L.A. Lakers / Boston Celtics championship will be decided within 48 minutes, if not sooner. That doesn't leave much time to indulge in Staples Center Executive Chef Pilar Sanchez's revamped playoffs menu. A lifelong Lakers fan, Pilar named dishes after current and former Lakers faves, including: Kung Pau Jidori Chicken Breast, Mini Kobe Beef Sliders, A.C. Green Salad with Wilted Arugula and, in a nod to Chick Hearn, the Jell-O Is Starting to Set Shooters made with sparkling wine, fruit Jell-O with seasonal berries and Chantilly cream. There are also Baby Back to Back to Back Ribs and the L.A. Dawg, above, a specialty hot dog topped with yellow mustard and purple onions. (Get it? Purple and yellow.) If you have access to the Chairman's Lounge, you can try specialty drinks named after the starting five including the Spanish Fly, in honor of Pau Gasol. It includes brandy, Kahlua and Baileys.
--You should be happy that Ree Drummond (a.k.a. The Pioneer Woman) is having a lousy week: It's one of the reasons why she's giving way a free set of Wusthof knives. [The Pioneer Woman Cooks]
--"If you're eating non-organic celery today, you may be ingesting 67 pesticides with it, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group." [CNN]
--Clever: Hyperion and Glamour magazine are launching a series of books aimed at the magazine's 12 million female readers. First up: "Engagement Chicken and 99 Other Recipes to Get Everything You Want Out of Life" will be written by the magazine's editor in chief, Cindi Levine, and is scheduled for Valentine's Day 2011. [Publishers Weekly]
--Beans and greens collide this summer. [The Orange County Register]
--Amusing mash-up of Judy Garland ostensibly shilling for Cream of Wheat. (It will leave you wondering "How did they do that!?") [Brand X]
--If you don't have playoff tickets, you can also try toasting your team with a Purple & Yellow Cocktail now being served at Morton's steakouses in Burbank, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Woodland Hills. They kindly agreed to pass the recipe along. Click below for the ingredients and a pic.
2 oz Absolut 100 Vodka
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Orange Juice
Splash of sweet & sour
Splash of Rose's Lime Juice
Shake all ingredients until chilled, pour into a chilled martini glass.
Then, carefully pour .5 oz of Chambord into the filled martini glass so that it settles at the bottom. Garnish with a skewered purple grape through orange wedge.
Upper photo credit: Staples Center
Lower photo credit: Morton's.