Combo Plate: Ghoul-tinis, Tweetups, Courteney Cox cooks and more
--Hey, wine-os: The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills is hosting Tweetup No. 2 Thursday night. That's a wine tasting, held in several separate locations, with everyone sharing tasting notes on Twitter. The Cheese Store has room for 25 people -- call 310-278-2855. But you could join from your living room. In your pajamas. If you were so inclined. The featured wines are reds from Argentina. And the hash tag is #winesofargentina
--Blogspotting: I am a bit of a Grinch, so when Halloween rolls around I usually turn off the light on the front porch, close the curtains and hunker down. But this year I'm thinking of throwing a Halloween party. Why? Because I found this new blog, Edible Crafts, which is dedicated to ... well, the name says it all. It is seriously bringing out the Martha Stewart in me. And those guys are already gearing up for Halloween with the likes of Ghoul-tinis and RIP truffles, above, as well as doughnut acorns, art-inspired wedding cakes, and more. Love it!
--Is this well-priced? Or am I being cheap? Vosges Chocolate is offering "the ultimate chocolate chip cookie" baking mix. For $18. But then I still have to add in the butter, eggs, cream (or milk) and vanilla extract. Still, it might make a nice (if pricey) stocking stuffer for the baker on your holiday gift list.
--Mom was right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But it's the one we're most likely to skip when we're running around looking for clean socks. Well, no more excuses: Here are eight super-fast breakfast recipes that use pantry basics. Brilliant! [Yahoo Shine]
--September is National Rice Month. And here is everything you could ever possibly want to know about rice. And more. [The Nibble]
--Ten things your barista doesn't want you to know. [Holy Kaw.]
--Can it still be called peach pie if you make it a gluten-free, vegan pie that only uses natural, healthy ingredients? Making Love in the Kitchen says yes, and who am I to argue with something that looks this good.
--Want a recipe for shrimp and grits from actress Courteney Cox? The Pampered Chef is donating a one meal to Feeding America for a download of its celebrity cookbook."The Biggest Loser" host Alison Sweeney and chef Mario Batali are among those also contributing recipes.
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-- Rene Lynch
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