Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Butter & Bigotry - Paula Deens Catches Hell For Racist Remarks

I wasn't really sure what to think about all of these stories coming out about Paula Deen, but to say I was shocked would be a lie. Over a year ago stories began surfacing that Deen’s establishments tolerated racism and hired mainly Caucasian employees which caught our attention for multiple reasons. A major influence in daytime television for god only knows why, Paula Deen made millions of dollars over the last few years by promoting unhealthy recipes, opening restaurants across the country and by hiding the fact she was a complete racist piece of shit. 

Racism or intolerance of any kind is a subject that sickens us to our very core, strictly because of the innocent bystanders who are hurt by the perpetrators of these cowardly acts. Paula Deen and her handlers knew what kind of views she had on racism and for their even allowing her to run her mouth in that manner are rightfully deserving of the treatment they are receiving at this very moment. Quickly distancing themselves from Deen, both Caesars and Food Network (Scripps) took the correct stance on her bigoted views by shuttering her co-branded restaurants and canceling her shows. 

Racism is a sickness in a way, you must be a sick puppy to really think that you are any better than anyone else on this planet simply because of your skin tone. It will be interesting to see if she fades into obscurity or if she will fight to make a comeback. Let us be honest, there are still a tremendous amount of racist people who would be more than happy to give her a platform to further push the envelope of her unhealthy, heart stopping, diabetes promoting, racially motivated remarks and recipes for the next few years simply to make a buck and divide the nation.

We at The Supreme Plate are far from tolerant when it comes to racism and sexism and are interested in hearing from our readers how they feel about this story as it unfolds.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Summertime Grilling Made Guilt-Free & Easy by Guiding Stars

Summertime fun just isn’t the same without enjoying some good BBQ while laughing it up with friends in the sun. A huge problem for most people is that as we mature and become wiser we know that we shouldn’t be eating a tremendous amount of the things we have grown up loving. The great folks over at Guiding Stars Licensing Co. have invented (and patented) a nutritional rating algorithm that is as easy to follow, as it is to make a bowl of cereal. 

Designed to make a positive impact on the publics health (something the entire country could use) Guiding Stars by working with major supermarket chains, local colleges & high schools as well as smart phone app designers to create a program that encourages healthy eating and cooking from the standpoint of buying the right ingredients and either eliminating or substituting the items that we all love, but could probably go without.  

That being said, check out a few of these delicious recipes provided to us by Guiding Stars themselves and tell us what you think. In this day and age it isn’t hard to make a great meal that is healthy, sometimes all it takes is a bit of planning and the desire to want to do better for your future. Eating junk food and unhealthy snacks is a bad habit to ever pick up that is easily passed on from generation to generation which is leading to our nations children becoming obese at younger ages year after year. From juicy jerk chicken and grilled mushrooms to potato salad, these recipes go the distance and don't skimp at all in the flavor department. For more information on these and other great life changing recipes and things to do to get you up and outdoors, check out:

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The LA Street Food Fest will be taking place June 29th at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, You Better Be There!!!

Lets the games begin, the players through for there is no mistaking Los Angeles love for street food. OK, OK yeah that sounds like some attempt at a rap, but no that is just us stating a mere fact. This year the 4th annual Los Angeles Street Food Fest will be taking place Saturday June 29th at the World-Famous Rose Bowl in beautiful, historical (and centrally located off a few different freeways) Pasadena, CA. 

There is still plenty of time to buy tickets so that you can come out and experience first hand some of the best food, drinks, snacks, treats or whatever you wish to classify it as, that you will ever lay your foodie fingers on. 

NBC's "Hannibal" Picked Up For A 2nd Season

NBC’s brilliantly written “Hannibal” has been picked up for a second season. We don't get much time to watch TV around these parts, but Hannibal is one show that stays faithfully recording on the DVR. Whether you watch the show for the intricate plotlines that take incredible turns and twists weekly or to see what (or who more importantly) Dr. Hannibal Lecter will be serving to his guests, the show is put together with incredible whit and unbelievably astounding looking dishes. Overseen by Chef José Andrés the culinary treats displayed on the show are nothing short of miraculous. Exquisitely plated entrees are served up usually after a montage of scenes depicting Hannibal removing some organs, preparing them for his guests and sometimes even storing them in food saver bags in his freezer. 

For those of you who haven’t taken the time to check the show out, do yourself a favor and get wrapped up in it asap, because at this point you are already almost a season behind and this is one show that moves fast. On a side note, one of our favorite movies was The King of New York which starred a young Laurence Fishburne as Jimmy Jump a cold blooded street hustler who we can relate too, simply cause we grew up around numerous cats just like him. In Hannibal, Laurence Fishburne plays Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit, where he currently finds himself being led on a complex game of cat and mouse.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

ROTD: Elote (Grilled Mexican Style Corn On The Cob)

In my opinion, California has without a doubt the best food that can be found on the face of this planet. I know regionally everyone feels the same way as I do about their home-state, but when you get down to the nitty gritty, no where else can you find the food that can be found here in the Golden State. I know New Yorker’s claim that they have the best pizza, the best Chinese food and so on and that is fine, but hands down California cannot be touched because of the great culinary creations given to us by our friends south of the border in Mexico. 

We have interviewed musicians, artists, chefs and many other people from all walks of life and the one thing they agree on, CA has the best Mexican food there is to be had and it cannot be duplicated anywhere else. Every state has a hood salesman, whether they sell bootleg DVD’s, liquor, shaved ice or our favorite cart treat, Elote, the traveling salesman should be applauded for keeping the neighborhood stuffed full of spicy corn and saving the lives of numerous children over the years (ok so they probably haven’t saved any lives but it sounded good didn't it?)

The recipe for this style of Elote was given to me by a good friend’s Grandmother, who has lived in East Los Angeles for 70 years and refuses to let her favorite treat go uneaten, especially during the upcoming hot Summer nights we enjoy here in the Southland. If you are wondering why today of all days we are pushing you to eat this delicious treat, well that be because today is NATIONAL CORN ON THE COB DAY, a food holiday that should be celebrated worldwide. 

Enjoy this alongside a cold beer and some other grilled foods such as Carne Asada, Pollo Asada, BBQ’d Baby Back Ribs or even by itself, you wont be mad you did.

4 ears sweet corn, husks removed
2 TBS corn oil
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tsp chili powder
Pinch of cayenne powder
1 tsp garlic salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lime, quartered
Special equipment: grill pan or bbq

Preheat a grill pan.
Rub corn with oil and place on the grill pan, turning corn so all sides are charred, about 6 to 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix together mayonnaise, chili powder, cayenne powder, garlic salt, and black pepper.
Remove corn from grill and brush with the mayonnaise mixture.
Serve with lime quarters to squeeze over corn.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sinfully Delicious Summertime Cocktails, Las Vegas Style. (Courtesy of MGM Grand Resorts International)

This summer, the pools at MGM Resorts International properties are offering thirst-quenching libations that are anything but ordinary. Edible alcohol-infused fruit cocktails, exotic mojitos, twisted lemonades and low-calorie concoctions deliver tasty ways to combat the desert heat. Everyone deserves an escape from the mundane routines that we all get stuck in, whether it be handling business to get the bills paid or the taxing responsibilities that come with being a parent or caring for a loved one. 
What better way to take your mind off all of the stresses being thrown your way than to relax poolside in Las Vegas sipping on some of the finest cocktails to ever be poured on the face of this planet? Read along to see who is pouring what and where you need to be as the Summer heat begins to become unbearable.
Exquisite Edibles
Edible libations break the boundaries to quench thirst and calm hunger during the hottest summer days. 
Available at Bellagio’s Cypress pool, the Doriae is equal parts cocktail and snack. Fresh watermelon slices vacuum-sealed with Tanteo jalapeño tequila, raspberry syrup and lime juice are presented with a martini glass full of the sweet and spicy mixture. Guests may dip their fruit in the cocktail for an extra burst of flavor or sip the libation as an accompaniment to the infused watermelon slices.
Snow cones are all grown up at Bellagio’s pool with offerings like Simple Cherry, which is crafted with Skyy cherry vodka, cherry syrup and house-made salted caramel sauce. Guests can grab a spoon and escape the heat with this intoxicating blend.
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Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Backyard Boogie (Tools To Make Your Next BBQ A Complete Success)

When the Summertime temperatures begin to soar from coast to coast and the wild outdoors (or even the backyard) begin to beckon to your senses with the great smell of BBQ and timeless music, you know only great times are ahead for the next few months. Whether you plan on hitting the beach for some daytime fun in the sun or taking the family on a vacation for the week or two, there are a few tools that everyone should check out to help enhance the entire experience. 

The great smoky smell of grilled food permeating through the air as grown folks sip on expertly blended cocktails while their loved ones tear up on their toys is what life is all about. The backyard boogie in a sense, is what we are all about. Whether it be in the heat of Summer or the dead cold of Winter, we can always be found out and about in the backyard, grilling something for the family or working on a recipe we just cant get enough of, in the backyard it will be perfected. 

That being said lets check out a few new grills and accessories that will liven up any function in an instant. Play some great music, enjoy some great drinks & food and whatever you do, take pictures, because these are the moments you should want to recall down the line.

Let the games begin because Summertime is in full swing. 

Brinkmann Trailmaster Limited Edition - $299 - $500 or
Take your smoking/grilling experience to the next level with The Brinkmann Trailmaster Limited Charcoal/Wood Grill and Smoker. Featuring approximately 962 sq. in. of cooking space, welded heavy-gauge steel construction, smokestack damper, and an adjustable side air vent to help regulate heat and smoke. The Trailmaster is great for everyday grilling or large gatherings where you can smoke juicy tender meats of any kind, or fire up the charcoal/wood grill and maximize the flavor of the choicest cuts of meat.

The Food Holidays of June 2013

The month of June, in the great State of California is a significant thing. The Sun and all of the wonders that grow underneath it are in full bloom come this time of year. Pools, beaches and amusement parks become jam packed with people from all over the World, looking for a cool way to escape the heat so do your friends a favor, if you own a pool don't be that guy who won't let anyone use it. Most importantly let us not forget the greatest offerings Summer brings our way, BBQs & Beach Ready Bodies.

Now is the time of year that people are working hard (or hardly working depending on who you run with) to display their best grilling & cocktail making skills (or consuming skills for that matter.) The start of June, marks a great time to go out and start hitting the Farmers Markets in your area in search of the freshest fruits, veggies and flowers that you can grow at your own home.

With that being said, let us lift our glasses and toast to the wonders of Summer.

June is National:
Candy Month
Dairy Month
Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Month
Iced Tea Month
Papaya Month
Seafood Month
Turkey Lovers Month

The First Friday in June is: National Doughnut Day
The First Friday & Saturday in June are also: Doughnut Days at the Salvation Army

June 1   National Hazelnut Cake Day
June 2   National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day
June 3   National Egg Day
June 4   National Cheese Day
June 4   National Frozen Yogurt Day
June 4   National Cognac Day
June 5   National Gingerbread Day
June 6   National Applesauce Cake Day
June 7   National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
June 8   National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day
June 9   National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day
June 10 National Herbs & Spice Day
June 10 National Iced Tea Day
June 10 National Black Cow Day

June 11 National German Chocolate Cake Day
June 12 National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
June 13 Kitchen Klutzes of America Day
June 14 National Strawberry Shortcake Day
June 15 National Lobster Day
June 16 National Fudge Day
June 17 Eat All Your Veggies Day
June 17 National Apple Strudel Day
June 18 National Cherry Tart Day
June 18 International Picnic Day
June 19 National Dry Martini Day
June 20 National Vanilla Milkshake Day

June 21 National Peaches & Cream Day
June 22 National Chocolate Éclair Day
June 22 National Onion Rings Day
June 23 National Pecan Sandy Day
June 24 National Pralines Day
June 25 National Strawberry Parfait Day
June 25 National Catfish Day
June 26 National Chocolate Pudding Day
June 27 National Indian Pudding Day
June 27 National Orange Blossom Day
June 28 National Tapioca Day
June 29 National Almond Butter Crunch Day
June 30 National Ice Cream Soda Day