In the two months since his pancake artistry went viral and jettisoned him to accidental fame, Dan Drake saved enough in Christmas tips and gifts to hang up his Courtesy Diner polo and pursue pancakes full-time. He hid $1,500 in a lockbox in his closet, put in his two weeks at the South Kingshighwa ... More >>
Dr. Dan the Pancake Man is movin' on up. After achieving Internet fame via Reddit and Riverfront Times fame (which is the best kind of fame, in our totally unbiased opinion), Dan Drake of Courtesy Diner flipped some pancake artistry on KSDK. After that? Oh, just the Today show. See also: 1-Up Panca ... More >>
Welcome to Ask Willie D, where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! LONG DISTANCE LOVE FADING Dear Willie D: I'm in a long-distance relationship with a good man, but the miles are starti ... More >>
It's freakin' beer mania here in St. Louis this week! Deschutes Brewery is in town from Portland, Oregon, and they're partnering with various bars and restaurants in town to bring you a plethora of beer-related activities and events. The festivities, which Deschutes calls Base Camp for Fanatics, o ... More >>
This is part two of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Chris DiMercurio of Vino Nadoz. Read part one, a profile of DiMercurio, here. Part three, a recipe from DiMercurio, will be published on Friday. Chris DiMercurio worked alongside -- and learned from -- some of St. Louis' talented young chefs ... More >>
Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship I'm a sucker for the Food Network. Chopped is my jam, I have strong opinions about specific Iron Chefs, an ... More >>
Are you the next Bobby Flay? The next Rachael Ray? The next Paula Deen? We hope not -- one of each of them is more than enough. But if you've always dreamed of televised culinary superstardom, your big break might have arrived.Food Network Star (formerly known as the Next Food Network Star) has a ... More >>
This is part three of Amanda Woytus' Chef's Choice profile of chef John Griffiths of Truffles. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Griffiths, is published here.Amanda WoytusThe Olive Oil Shortcake at TrufflesWe know what you're thinking: Rachael Ray nearly ruined olive oil for al ... More >>
persephonemagazine.com Today the world bids farewell to "The Oprah Winfrey Show". Twenty-five years of gab, angst, couch-jumping, jailhouse interviews, favorite things, crazy giveaways, fad diets, weight loss, weight gains and lots of chow. No, we're not making any fluctuating weight jokes ... More >>
Yum-o! EVOO! Delish! Rachael Ray has finally come up with a catch phrase we can get behind, with some help from the good folks at Funny Or Die.
Last month, we learned about several new shows coming to the Food Network. The most ominous of the many ominous new titles was something called Guy vs. Rachael's Celebrity Smackdown.Well, Guy Fieri went on The Rachael Ray Show yesterday, and the two announced the new show. It's even worse you pro ... More >>
Guy Fieri, starring in exactly none of our proposed Food Network showsThe Food Network this week announced several new series to debut this year and next. Frankly, even by the Food Network's ever-lower standards, the list is unappetizing.Among these new shows is an unholy marriage of Guy Fieri an ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Chrissy Wilmes profiles HandleBar bartender Keeley McGrew. Below is a Q&A with McGrew, followed by the recipe for a Hot Taty, her reimagined vesion of the classic Hot Toddy. Chrissy Wil ... More >>
couchpotatocook.comSandra Lee, surrounded by a bunch of Kmart crap.Coming soon to a Kmart near you next year -- Sandra Lee's line of "cookware, small appliances and other kitchen products." OK, so that doesn't sound dissimilar from the line of goods Martha Stewart hocked at the lagging disc ... More >>
This is part two of Deborah Hyland's Chef's Choice profile of Jane Muscroft of Queen's Cuisine (qconline.us). Part one can be found here. Part three, a recipe from Muscroft, will be published tomorrow. Deborah HylandDid your family cook when you were a child? Oh yes. My mum cooked dinner eve ... More >>
Yesterday we questioned the proliferation of celebrity-owned chicken restaurants, with the opening of Flavor Flav's first Flav's Fried Chicken in Clinton, Iowa. But Flav's foray into food service left us with a second question: do you really want to eat food made by this guy? VH1 TV Shows | Music V ... More >>
Screenshot: noonemanshouldhaveallthatflour.tumblr.comFor several weeks now, Kanye West's new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, has been playing nonstop at Gut Check International Headquarters. So we were excited to discover, via Grub Street, No One Man Should Have All That Flour, which po ... More >>
On Friday night, while David Letterman took Rachael Ray to task (via Eater), she was at the "Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats, hosted by Rachael Ray", a part of New York Wine & Food Festival. The New York Observer reviews the event. While the U.S. focuses on childhood nutritio ... More >>
It might be worth tuning into The Late Show With David Letterman tonight to see exactly what happened with Rachael Ray to get Dave all fired up. After Tuesday night's monologue, the talk-show host issued an apology to Ray, who had recorded a segment with Letterman the day before to air toni ... More >>
Photo: The Travel ChannelAnthony Bourdain"I'm gonna walk out on stage, talk for an hour, [do] question-and-answer," says Anthony Bourdain of his October 1 appearance at the Fox Theatre. "It's as crazy, as rowdy, as entertaining as the audience cares to make it."The visit will be Bourdain's first ... More >>
Image via Aleppo, SyriaThere was a sense of newness around the Gut Check desk this week. We learned about Aleppo pepper as we welcomed the first installment of Spice World, a column about overlooked spices from around the world, we found out about a new place for pizza in south c ... More >>
I mean, what else is there to say? It's a guy making a portrait of Rachael Ray entirely out of Cheetos. Via Eater.
America may have Paula Deen, Rachel Ray and Sandra Lee, but it takes a Brit to tell us how to gain such a level of celebrity chef fame. Titli Nihaan found her fame by posting cooking videos on YouTube and her blog, Titli's Busy Kitchen. This weekend she veered beyond her Asian and halal favorites ... More >>
Remember Food Network's "Calorie Commando"? Neither did we, until CNN reported that he's being held on charges of hiring homeless people in a murder-for-hire scheme. Because the rice-growing bra isn't enough, Trendland introduces A Matter of Taste by Fulvio Bonavia, an art book featuring haute c ... More >>
As much as I'd like to assemble a Top Ten Food Books of 2009 list, I'm so far behind in my reading that I'd struggle to compose a Top Ten Food Books of 2008 list. Best I can do for this year is two books. First, Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan. It's a cookbook, but you can -- and should ... More >>
The Hambone AwardAn English bulldog from the St. Louis 'burb of Warson Woods has won Veterinary Pet Insurance Co.'s Hambone Award for the most bizarre pet injury of the year. As reported here in Daily RFT, the bulldog named LuLu went to the veterinarian last December where surgeons removed a bott ... More >>
Todd Ehlers, Wikimedia CommonsThis weekend I'm jetting to slightly-less-hot Philadelphia, and I planned to make a vegetable scrapple from a southwestern cookbook.I couldn't do it, though, because scrapple, like haggis, should never be vegetarian. Also, it's hot, and I don't want anything boiling fo ... More >>
Cooking Mama for the Wii looks good enough to eat.
B-Sides reviews the year's crop of holiday cheer and talks to Dweezil Zappa about his dad's legacy.