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    July 26, 2013

    Food Network Now Casting for New Grocery-Themed Cooking Reality Show

    Two words for pro cooks and chefs who know what the hell a supermarket is and could use a little extra scratch in their wallets: casting call. That's right. On the heels of dumping racist butter-slinger Paula Deen, the Food Network is trolling for fresh meat for a yet-to-be-named cooking reality s ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    "Butter for Paula" Support Group Launches Butter Wrapper Protest

    Dedicated Paula Deen supporters are popping up by the thousands to show support for their butter queen. Some 600 thousand fans of the Facebook page "We Support Paula Deen," led by a man named John Schmitt, launched a campaign to send empty butter wrappers to companies that dropped the Food Network s ... More >>

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    July 16, 2013

    Here Comes Honey Boo Boo's Mama June Has Her Own Web Cooking Series

    Since we've effectively lost resident Southern cooking queen Paula Deen, why not open our hearts to a new Southern kitchen star? Yeah, we're talking about Honey Boo Boo's mother, Mama June. You better redneckognize!

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    June 26, 2013

    Racist Paula Deen Updates: Fired (Twice), More Allegations, and Her Thousands of Supporters

    Amanda Bynes should be thanking celebrity chef Paula Deen for drawing the media attention off her tailspin because it seems no one is going to let this issue end quietly. It all started when news broke that Deen admitted to using racist language while being questioned in relation to a lawsuit filed ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013

    Russell Pearce: Ten of the Dumbest Things He's Ever Said

    Word is, recalled, disgraced ex-state Senate President Russell Pearce wants back in the state Senate, and may run again in 2014, either in his current Legislative District 25, or in LD 16, which is just next door, further east, and in many ways, even nuttier. Since Pearce has lived in the same hou ... More >>

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    June 22, 2013

    Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed.Phoenix's Coup Des Ta ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    The Racist Paula Deen Deposition Transcript -- And the Backlash It Caused on Twitter

    Last month, Southern chef and butter queen Paula Deen gave a videotaped deposition to a lawyer representing a former manager of Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House. The former employee, Lisa Jackson, is suing Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, who own the restaurant for alleged sexual harassment, ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    Researchers Have Identified the Perfect Pinterest Photo. Want To See It?

    For the last year the folks at Curalate, a photo/social media-centric marketing and analytic suite, have struggled with one of the great questions of the hipster generation: What is the perfect Pinterest photo? You might be inclined to argue that garnering hundreds of likes and repins has to do wi ... More >>

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    May 21, 2013

    KFC's New Original Recipe Boneless Chicken: You Ate the Bones? Really?

    The Guilty Pleasure Food: Original Recipe Boneless Chicken Where to Get It: KFC, locations Valleywide Price: $5 for a two-piece meal What It Really Costs: Sodium bloat and shame. See also: - 9 Favorite Spots for Fried Chicken in Metro Phoenix Advertising executives have a harder time than ever cat ... More >>

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    April 9, 2013

    Valley Sweets Expert Julia Baker Getting Her Own Show on the Cooking Channel

    The Valley's Julia Baker, founder, executive chef, and CEO of Julia Baker Confections, is no stranger to television. The Le Cordon Bleu grad and Paris-trained chef has made appearances on ABC's The Chew, the Oprah Winfrey Network's The Gayle King Show, and recently the dessert edition of the Cooking ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    Valley Sweets Expert Julia Baker Joins Paula Deen's Son Tonight for Dessert Edition of Not My Mama's Meals

    Heavy Southern comfort food? Not in Bobby Deen's kitchen. See also: - Second Location of Essence Bakery Coming to Phoenix This Summer - 13 Best/Worst Jesus Cakes for Easter The son of Paula Deen, America's favorite butter enthusiast, Bobby Deen has a new show on the Cooking Channel called Not My ... More >>

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    December 27, 2012

    9 Simple Steps to Eating Healthier in 2013

    It's that special time of year, when your blood sugar has reached near-critical levels, your cholesterol numbers are well above your IQ, and you vow to really start eating healthy. No seriously, guys -- this time you mean it. And while the dramatic conclusion to trek off into the abandoned wildern ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Epic Chef: A Cooking Competition Meets a Drinking Game

    The first episode of Epic Chef, the brain child of extreme cooking show Epic Meal Time, hit the internet last week. If you're already familiar with the work of Epic Meal Time and the Sauce Boss, then nothing here should be surprising besides the amount of verbal abuse the team seems ready to dole ou ... More >>

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    November 12, 2012

    We Ate It: Denny's Nerd-Bait "The Hobbit" Menu

    As we reported earlier, the Hobbit menu landed nationwide earlier this week. Given that the movie comes out in a month and that there's going to be plethora of midnight showings, it seemed prudent to check to see if Denny's was really serving up something that fulfill your late-night eating post-The ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012

    Paula Deen Performs Unnatural Acts on an Eclair

    The New York Post recently released highlights from a purportedly raunchy Paula Deen gag reel. The gag reel is odd because it flies in the face of the wholesome image Deen's has cultivated over her many years as a TV personality and cook. See Also: Epic Meal Time Makes Paula Deen Look Like a Healt ... More >>

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    June 15, 2012

    Paula Deen to Import Italian Cooking Show, Renamed Food Chain

    Variety reports that Paula Deen, the Queen of Cream, is shopping around a U.S. version of a popular Italian competitive-cooking show. Judging from the available clips, it looks like Chopped but with amateur cooks and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? lifelines. Deen's show will be called Food Chain, bu ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    Laurie Notaro's Eight Food(ie) Terms Past Their Expiration Dates

    ​Some people, such as readers of Eatocracy, followers of multiple food blogs, and Food Network devotees, consider themselves as inductees in a special club of "culinary provocateurs" who rise far above the standard chewers of mealtime. So much to the point that as any exclusive rank, they've inven ... More >>

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    March 16, 2012

    Tumblr of the Week: Justin Timberlake Doing Things

    ​For the last few years, Justin Timberlake has been focusing more on his acting career and less on his music. I love a good falsetto voice every now and then, but there's only so much of JT's music that I can tolerate in one sitting without feeling like I'm indulging in a slightly guilty pleasure. ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    Savannah Smiles-Crusted "Fried" Chicken Tenders: Girl Scout Cookie Showdown

    What better use for an extra case of Girl Scout cookies than a Chow Bella Showdown? In years past we've challenged our contributors to make something delicious out of Thin Mints and Trefoils. This time: Savannah Smiles. Stay tuned for more recipes and a decision from our "judge," web ... More >>

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    March 9, 2012

    This Week's Tastiest Links!

    • Things got sticky last weekend -- as in Caramelpalooza sticky. Here's who took home the ribbons. - Chow Bella • My Drunk Diet is a great name for a book, plus the author is Lady Ga-Ga's ex-boyfriend. - New York Times • Whoops! Paula Deen's in trouble again -- and this time, it's all in the ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012

    Where to Eat and Drink Near Scottsdale Stadium

    San Franciso Giants: Scottsdale Stadium Seeing a game at Scottsdale Stadium? Lucky you. Not only is it a beautiful little stadium (not the newest, not the biggest, but a sentimental favorite), you are without a doubt in the best ballpark 'hood when it comes to drinking and dining options. We could ... More >>

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    January 12, 2012
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    December 21, 2011

    8 Foods to Fry Up for Hanukkah

    From left: Jackie Mercandetti,,,​The first night of Hanukkah is history, meaning that by now you've probably fried up your fair share of latkes -- or, if you're like me, narrowly avoided a fist fight at Trader Joe's yesterday afternoo ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Chocolate Dessert Recipe Contest at the Hyatt Offers Winner a Spot on Compass Grill's Menu ​We know you're digging up those recipes for prime baking season: the holidays. While you're trying to decide between Aunt Bessie's fruitcake and Grandma's Christmas pudding (side note: never go with fruitcake), think about some friendly yuletide competition offered at the Hya ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Top 6 Celebrity Chef Parodies

    Paula Deen chewing "butter gum," Rachael Ray at 7-Eleven, and wait -- is that Gordon Ramsay yelling at a nun in a soup kitchen? Like many celebrities, TV chefs get jabbed by the spoof stick, too. We don't mind, as long as it's all in good fun. And now that it's summer, we thought we'd chill inside ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    In Season: Beets

    Whether you're a CSA devotee, a farmers' market weekender or consider ketchup aveg, we'll bring you fresh inspiration for how to prepare our local produce. This week's harvest: Beets Jennifer Woods​Beets are very sensual. They are sweet, earthy, dirty, hard when raw, tender when cooked and j ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Top Chef All-Stars Season 8, Episode 11 Recap: Deep-Fried Chef's Law

    You got this idea from where, now?​Six chefs remaining and Angelo's gone, yo. Can anyone believe this? Not the part about the six chefs but about Angelo. Seriously? Who will represent crazy now? Answer: Angelo, in about 20 minutes. In the meantime, at the Honeycomb Hideout, we see Blais show ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Holiday Fixins Panini-Style

    Illustration by Cyndi Coon​ Do something different this year for your holiday open house. Why cook in advance and do all the work? Just do the shopping and leave the action to occur during your event. Plan to buy bread, meat and cheese and grilling up some panini sandwiches on the spot. Pressure's ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Top Chef All Stars Season 8, Episode 1 Recap (Season Premiere): It Shoulda Been Me!

    We came so close!​Unpack those friggin' knives, yo! The so-close finalists from the past seven seasons of Top Chef ain't playin' this time around, as they compete to win the grand prize of $200,000 on Top Chef All Stars. Redemption? Saving face? Insults? How can this not be good TV? The premie ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    MasterChef With Gordon Ramsay, The American Idol of Cooking Shows, Coming to Fox in July

    With no restaurant experience, a passion for cooking, and a dream of one day working as a professional chef, 50 just-like-us contestants will test their skills and palate in hopes of becoming the winner of MasterChef, the cooking competition show coming to Fox on July 29. Gordon Ramsay, the show's ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    Chef Talk with Stacy Phipps of Stacy's Smokehouse

    Claire Lawton​Stacy Phipps is ready for a challenge. No, really. He wants to challenge every barbecue master in the Valley to a cook off. "I want Don and Charlie (they won our Best Of Ribs in 2009). I want the guys from Honey Bears. I'll even take Bobby Flay." Anyone up for it? Phipps opened ... More >>

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    October 12, 2009

    Monday Night Martha: Pumpkin Pie

    Is it ever too early for pie? Yes, it's barely October but some Valley stores already have Christmas decorations up, which means like it or not, the holiday season is here. We happen to love the period between October and January and will take any excuse under the sun to make seasonal pie. That's wh ... More >>

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    July 29, 2008
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    October 13, 2005

    Crowe Flies Home

    A mess, but not a disaster