Tuesday, February 19, 2008

California Pizza Kitchen Opens at Pine Straw Plaza in Marietta, Georgia

CC Note: There's a couple of reasons we shouldn't have shared this, one, it's not in Fayette and two, it's a chain. However, it sounded like a pretty interesting place and they're doing a fund raiser for a charity. We lean heavily toward supporting those who support others so we're bending the rules again. Besides, most of us are going to be up in Marietta at some point in the future!

(BUSINESS WIRE)--California Pizza Kitchen, Inc. (CPK) (Nasdaq:CPKI), home to the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza and other innovative hearth-baked pizzas, made-to-order pastas, creative salads, soups, sandwiches, appetizers and desserts, opened a new restaurant in Marietta, Georgia today.

The new 4,200 square foot restaurant is located at the Pine Straw Plaza, 4250 Roswell Road, at the corner of Roswell Road and Johnson’s Ferry. Hours of operation will be Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Guests can dine-in or place a take-out order by calling (770) 971-7950.

The menu features all of the popular favorites along with the newest menu additions including the Miso Salad, a fresh new salad made with blue crab and shrimp or chicken along with shredded Napa cabbage, fresh avocado, julienne cucumbers, daikon, edemame, carrots, green onions, cilantro, crispy rice noodles and crispy wontons, tossed in a Miso dressing; Italian Tomato & Basil Pizza with imported Italian tomatoes, Mozzarella cheese and CPK’s tomato sauce topped with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese and a three-layer Red Velvet Cake frosted with vanilla bean cream cheese and white chocolate curls served on vanilla bean sauce.

The new restaurant also features an extensive beverage menu for its full bar, including CPK’s original California Cosmo, along with four new cocktails including Beverly Hills Tea, Coconut Mojito, Caribbean Sunset Sangria and Appleberry Sangria.

Following CPK's tradition of giving back to the communities in which it operates, the new CPK restaurant will donate 100% of all dine-in pizza sales during regular business hours on Monday, February 25, 2008, to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama which is headquartered in Marietta. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Kids' wishes include traveling to Walt Disney World, meeting celebrities and sports stars, going on shopping sprees or being an airline pilot or ballerina.

California Pizza Kitchen, Inc., founded in 1985, is a leading casual dining chain. Of the chain’s 234 restaurants, 198 are company-owned and 36 operate under franchise or license agreements. There are 25 CPK ASAP locations, 9 of which are company-owned and 16 are franchised. Also included in the company’s portfolio of concepts is LA Food Show Grill & Bar, which currently has one location in Manhattan Beach, California. The company’s full-service restaurants feature an imaginative line of hearth-baked pizzas, including the original BBQ Chicken Pizza, and a broad selection of distinctive pastas, salads, soups, appetizers and sandwiches. The company also has a licensing arrangement with Kraft Pizza Company, which manufactures and distributes a line of California Pizza Kitchen premium frozen pizzas. Children who dine at California Pizza Kitchen choose from an extensive menu, recently named “The Best Kids Menu in America” by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine. For more details, visit www.cpk.com.

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Preserve Family Memories with Recipes

(ARA) - When Kathy Paul heard all the laughter coming from her kitchen during the Paul Family Reunion in the summer of 2007, she knew compiling a family cookbook was the perfect way to record joyful moments such as this.

"As they were preparing their dishes, my nieces were laughing and having such a good time remembering stories about their childhoods at their grandma and grandpa's house," says Paul, who lives with her husband, Don, on the farmstead that has been in his family for more than a century.

She wanted a tangible way to preserve for younger family members all the memories and recipes that have been so important to her family. "I was sitting at home making notes for the reunion and trying to think of a way to make it really special. I thought a cookbook would be a really great thing for every family member to have and, hopefully, pass on to future generations."

So Paul set out on a mission that involved sending letters, e-mailing and making phone calls to relatives, asking them to bring special recipes and memories to the reunion. In the meantime, she started collecting family photos dating back to the mid-1800s, plus photos of the original farm house, the original barn and the still-blooming rose bush that has been part of the farmstead since it was transplanted from Pennsylvania by Don's great-grandparents around 1865 when they first came to Iowa.

"I put the photos on display for the reunion and it got everyone talking about the things they remember," says Paul, who is no amateur at creating cookbooks. In fact, The Paul Family Cookbook is the third cookbook project under her belt. She helped collect recipes for a cookbook published in 1985 -- preserving memories, photos, and recipes from her side of the family -- as well as an updated version re-published in 2005 with the help of G&R Publishing Company in Waverly, Iowa.

G&R Publishing has helped customers create cookbooks for families, churches, schools, non-profit groups, businesses and fundraisers for 35 years. "I was very pleased with their friendly and helpful service," says Paul. "My son-in-law helped create the custom cover and the people at G&R Publishing brought it all together, adding the special touches I wanted."

With about 50 family members in attendance at the reunion, Paul was able to snap a special photo that day to include in the cookbook. She recently received her shipment of cookbooks and is excited to begin distributing them to her family. "I go back to my mother's recipes and Don's mother's recipes all the time. I like to think that future generations can go back to this cookbook and remember the recipes their mother and grandmother used to make."

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Paula Deen, Alton Brown and Jamie & Bobby Deen Headlining at The 2008 Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Georgia's finest culinary celebrities, Paula Deen, Alton Brown and Jamie & Bobby Deen, will be headlining The 2008 Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Atlanta, Georgia on May 3-4, 2008.

"I am so thrilled about the success of the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Washington, DC, where Smithfield was our title sponsor, and can not wait to bring the Show to Atlanta where there are so many people that are passionate about cooking and entertaining," said Denise Medved, CEO of The Tiny Kitchen, Inc., producer of the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show. Smithfield is the title sponsor for Atlanta as well.

The two-day show, which is designed to inspire creativity and to offer hip trends and fresh ideas for cooking and entertaining enthusiasts, will feature interactive cooking sessions and demonstrations with award-winning local and national chefs; product samplings from 100+ exhibitors; tastings and entertaining workshops; a children's cooking area; and, a beer, wine and spirits tasting area.

Some of the hot Atlanta chefs that will be doing culinary demonstrations at the upcoming event include:
Chef Dominic Colossale, Wolfgang Puck Express
Chef Todd Ginsberg, TAP
Chef Tom Harvey, ONE
Chef Jeremy Lieb, Trois
Chef Hector Santiago, Pura Vida
Chef Riccardo Ullio, Sotto Sotto, Fritti, Beleza, Cuerno

The show will be held at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA. Show hours on Saturday, May 3 are 10:00 am - 7:00 pm and 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Sunday, May 4. Tickets went on sale on Sunday.

General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on-site. Children ages 4 - 12 are $10 in advance and $12 on-site. Children 4 and under are free. General admission includes demonstrations and entertaining presentations on the exhibit floor. Additional tickets are required for the feature presentations, Interactive Cooking Experience, the Just for Kids Interactive Cooking Experience, the VIP Luncheon with Paula Deen and the Beer, Wine & Spirits Tastings.

For more information about the show and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.metrocooking.com/.


Saturday, February 16, 2008

Love Greek food? You're going to love this one!

No, it's not a recipe, it's ready made spanakopites, baklava and tiropites!!! There are two catches though. First, you have to wait until MARCH to pick them up (think of the wait as an appetite builder) and second, you have to live somewhere near Peachtree City as that's where you have to go to pick them up. Fortunately, there are a lot of people within driving distance of the Church... Tyrone, Fayetteville, Newnan, Sharpsburg, the list goes on... if you're in Fayette County, Coweta County, Meriweather County, Spalding County or Clayton County, you can get to Peachtree City fairly easily, do a MapQuest on the address below).

Here's a bit about the good things they're doing at the Church, plus how to get your Greek favorites (homemade, too):

The Ladies Philoptochos (Friends of the Poor) Chapter of the St. Christopher Hellenic Orthodox Church in Peachtree City held its third annual Valentines Tea-Luncheon Fundraiser last weekend.

Attendees were treated to a variety of American Indian teas, Greek appetizers and other delicacies. Entertainment was provided by Ali Ramsaier, who sang and accompanied herself on keyboard. Philoptochos Chapter President, Julie Skouteris, gave a brief introduction to the accomplishments of the chapter and how it serves local and international charities. All proceeds from the event will be given to charity.

The next fundraiser is the bake sale of Greek favorites: tiropites (cheese filo triangles, $6 per dozen), spanakopites (spinach and feta cheese filo triangles, $6 per dozen), and Baklava (layered filo, nut and honey dessert, $18 per dozen), all handmade by the members. To place an order, contact Helenngeorge@comcast.net or call 770-487-1004 prior to Feb. 29th.

St. Christopher Hellenic Orthodox Church is a member of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta and serves Orthodox Christians of all nationalities throughout the south and west areas of Atlanta. The church is located at 313 Dividend Drive in Peachtree City and was established in October 2003.


Saturday, February 2, 2008

One banana, two banana, three banana, four...

One good banana recipe deserves another. I very much enjoyed trying the Banana Split Pie posted a few days back. Here are a few of my favorite sweet banana recipes:

No Cook Banana Cream Cheese Pie

1 pie shell - 9 in.
1 can (1 1/3 c) sweetened condensed milk
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese
3 medium sliced bananas
1/3 c. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Let cream cheese stand at room temperature until it has softened. Slice two of the bananas and layer in the pie shell. Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy; gradually beat in the condensed milk. When the mix is smooth, stir in lemon juice and vanilla extract. Pour the mixture over the layered bananas. Refrigerate for around 2 hours. Just before serving slice the third banana and layer on top. You may also want to add whip cream or Cool Whip to the top. If you happen to have any maraschino cherries, pop one in the center!

I have also layered blueberries and other fruit with the bananas.

Banana Fruit Pie (makes 3 pies)

Cool Whip
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 pkg. orange jello
1 can sour pitted pie cherries, drained
1 can (large) crushed pineapple (do not drain)
1/4 c. flour
5 sliced bananas
1 c. nuts (optional)
3 baked pie shells

Bring pineapple, sugar and flour to a boil. Add jello and remove from heat. Cool. Add sliced bananas, cherries and optional nuts. Pour mix into pie shells and chill. Top with Cool Whip.

Microwave Peanut Butter Banana Pie

1 9 in. pie shell
1 c. powdered sugar
1 c. chunky peanut butter (add more nuts if you'd like!)
2 (3 1/4 oz.) pkg. vanilla pudding mix
3 c. milk
2 - 4 bananas (depending on how well you like them!)
1/3 c. lemon juice
Cool Whip or whipped cream

Mix powdered sugar and peanut butter together until mealy. Spread 2/3 of the mixture over bottom of BAKED pie shell (see pie shell instructions). Place pudding mix in microwave safe bowl and stir in just enough milk to dissolve the pudding smoothly. Then stir in the rest of the mix using a wire whisk (or fork if you don't have one). Cook in microwave on high power for 6 - 9 minutes until thickened (may not take as long depending on your microwave). Stir every 2 - 3 minutes to mix well and to gauge needed cooking time. Pour into pie shell on top of the peanut butter mixture. Slice bananas. Pour lemon juice over the bananas and mix lightly to coat (lemon juice will keep the bananas from turning brown). Layer on top of pie. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/3 peanut butter mix on top. Chill. Serve with Cool Whip or whipped cream.

A variation is to add a layer of your favorite jam before adding the bananas.

All right ladies, those are my favorite of all favorite banana dessert recipes. I've added the Banana Split Pie to the list.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Absolutely love those blueberries!

Found a great link with some wonderful blueberry recipes: http://www.trueblueberry.com/en/products/blueberry_recipes/default.asp

I'm thinking about trying a few of the cocktail recipes. My kind of cocktail --- a little bit of bad for you with enough really good for you to ease the conscious!

I'll take blueberries any way I can get them.