DOES YOUR RESTAURANT OR FOOD CONCEPT DESERVE AN INVESTMENT?

CNBC’s new show, Restaurant Startup, is on a quest to discover, develop, and invest in America’s next generation of culinary superstars.

Restaurant moguls JOE BASTIANICH and TIM LOVE vie against each other to invest their own money in concepts they think can make big profits. Antonia LoFaso serves as their culinary consultant.

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Link to www.restaurantstartupcasting.com to apply for Restaurant Startup 

Mom’s Easy Egg Flan

I was blessed to receive a very generous amount of eggs from Davidson’s Safest Choice Safe Eggs. Safest Choice™ eggs are pasteurized in a gentle water bath to eliminate Salmonella. No hormones. No antibiotics. Vegetarian fed hens. So those of you with health concerns about eating runny or raw yolks can feel safe and secure! Check them out for yourself at safeeggs.com

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Serves 6 to 8 people

Ingredients

1/3 cup sugar
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/4 cups whole milk
4 eggs plus 1 yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
boiling water
8” round baking pan with 2″ sides
10″ pan or larger, any shape with at least 2″ sides

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and start a full tea kettle or pot of water to boil.
Heat sugar in a heavy bottom skillet over medium-high heat (without stirring).until sugar starts to melt. Shake pan occasionally to move any unmelted sugar into contact with bottom of pan and other melted sugar, until all the sugar is golden brown.

Take off of heat and pour the carmelized sugar into an 8” round baking pan with 2 in sides, coating the bottom evenly, and set aside to cool. In a large bowl, use a rotary beater to mix condensed milk, milk, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.

Place the round baking pan into the larger pan, and place on the oven rack. Pour milk mixture into the smaller pan, and boiling water into the larger pan so it reaches halfway up the sides of the smaller pan. Bake in oven 45 to 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool to room temp, cover with a larger serving plate, and flip upsidedown onto the serving plate. Chill for at least an hour before serving.

March 12 is National Milky Way Day

Terree:

I hope you enjoy a bit of this foodie trivia…

Originally posted on Foodimentary - National Food Holidays:

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Milky Way:

  1. The Milky Way bar was created in 1923 by Frank Mars.
  2. In the 1920’s it came in two flavors chocolate and vanilla.
  3. It was the first mass produced chocolate bar with a filling.
  4.  The name ‘Milky Way’ was taken from a popular malted milkshake NOT the galaxy.
  5. Outside of North America the Milky Way is a completely different kind of candy bar.

Fun Fact:

The European version the Milky Way has no caramel topping and low density that it floats in milk.

There was vanilla flavored Milky Way called “Forever Yours” until 1979.

The first slogan of Milky Way was “The sweet you can eat between meals.”

The most recent slogan is “Life’s Better in the Milky Way.”

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Today’s Food History

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Eggs for Everyone Contest!

Davidson's Eggs for Everyone Contest

Davidson’s Safest Choice® Pasteurized Eggs

All-natural • Farm-fresh flavor
Hormone free • Antibiotic free
Vegetarian-fed

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EGGS FOR EVERYONE CONTEST!

Calling all egg lovers! Davidson’s Safest Choice® Pasteurized Eggs is launching its first-ever “Eggs for Everyone” Recipe Contest in search of the best original recipes showcasing the appeal of Safest Choice™ to all consumers, including those with specific dietary preferences. Not only do Safest Choice™ eggs taste delicious, they are pasteurized in an all-natural warm water bath, eliminating the risk of Salmonella in the eggs. The red circle “P” stamped on the shell ensures that the eggs are safe for raw and/or gently cooked consumption…and everyone can enjoy them!

The second category for entry is Meatless Recipes: No meat? No problem. Send them your best, most satisfying meatless recipe. The entry period closes on March 13, 2015.

Prizes

  • Grand Prize: $1,000
  • Three Category Prizes: A culinary package worth $200 plus vouchers for a one year supply of Davidson’s Safest Choice® Pasteurized Eggs (18 vouchers)

Eggs for Everyone Contest link!

To keep up with more up to the minute food news, check out the Gonzo Gourmands Facebook Page, or my hourly updates on Twitter as @Ms_Terree (Food & mixed Social Media tweets) or @GonzoGourmands (Food only tweets)!

Food Bloggers: Don’t Buy Followers, & Here’s Why!

Twitter Followers for Sale

You’ve been blogging and tweeting about food, and you are getting frustrated because you aren’t getting very many followers. You see a Twitter account that guarantees followers for a really cheap price, and you are tempted to buy some. Don’t do it.

There are people who claim to be social media marketing professionals, yet they buy or sell Followers, RT’s (retweets) & Favorites on Twitter. Professionals don’t do that. When I see those accounts following me on Twitter, I immediately “Block” and report them to Twitter; and, I hope you are doing that too! Why? I have five reasons:

1. They are giving false impressions to the public about what social media professionals actually do, versus what can be achieved through intelligently constructed social media strategy and campaigns;
2. They prey upon business owners or professionals who are not internet savvy, and it discourages people from using any credible social media marketing in the future, when those incredible follower numbers don’t translate into actual sales;
3. Those kinds of followers are often bot (fake) accounts that will dilute your social media credibility scores;
4. You will never get any engagement from accounts like that, which is the key to building your following and brand loyalty; and,
5. The most important reason comes from Twitter** itself:
   “Twitter strictly prohibits the purchasing and selling of account interactions on our platform. When you purchase followers, retweets and favorites, you are often purchasing bot (fake) or hacked accounts. Any account caught participating in this behavior will be in violation of the Twitter Rules and may be suspended.
     A. If your account is found to have purchased followers retweets or favorites, your account may be suspended.
     B. If your account is promoting the selling of followers retweets or favorites, your account may be suspended.
     C. If your account is set up with the sole purpose of selling followers, retweets or favorites, your account may be suspended.”

I have never purchased a single follower, and I never will. I have worked a few years to get the nearly 15,000 that currently follow me on Twitter. When I get new Followers, I personally look over the profile summary and some posts in each account before following them back. And I don’t follow back every account, just the ones that appeal to me for personal reasons. I also regularly go through and stop following the accounts that have not been active for a couple months, post something I find offensive, or have turned out to be a spammy follower. (I make an exception and keep certain favorite culinary stars I love, who don’t tweet on a regular basis.)

What about those people with tens or hundreds of thousands of followers? I have news for you, unless you are a star in music, movies, television, or have a Verified* account as a subject matter expert, you really shouldn’t expect to have outrageous numbers of geniunely interested and engaged Followers. The typical non-celebrity or unrecognized subject matter expert who has those outrageous numbers of followers, most likely has a large number of fakes and low Klout or Kred scores for social media influence. If you want, you can check for yourself for free, by typing in a @TwitterName at the sites linked to words underlined in the previous sentence. These sites are not perfect, but they can give you a general measurement of a Twitter account’s social media influence. Remember that when measuring fake followers, the site at the link also counts those followers that you don’t follow back or want as followers. [Note: This is neither a paid endorsement, nor am I a paid subscriber to those sites.]

If you watched “Dancing With The Stars” and saw “Blue Collar Comedy Tour” comedian Bill Engvall voted back on week after week, you would think he had millions of followers, right? Currently, @billengvall has 130,698 Followers, and he had even less Followers when he was on Dancing With The Stars! It goes to show you how a smaller following of loyal fans is much stronger in the real world, and in socal media. In fact, I know of many Twitter accounts with much less than a thousand Followers, that have much stronger social media influence scores than many so-called influencers with over 250,000 Followers. The higher influence scores mean you are better able to not just promote a topic, event, or product, but also to motivate people to action – – which translates into sales. So get out there and do it like you would the old-fashioned way in person – –  engage people online to get quality Followers!

To see my daily social media interactions: follow me as @Ms_Terree on TwitterFacebook
For strictly food-focused social media: Gonzo Gourmands Facebook page, “The Frugal Foodie Show” for Cooking Network Club on Blog Talk Radio, or my Frugal Foodie Daily Newsletter.

*Verified account – https://support.twitter.com/articles/119135-faqs-about-verified-accounts
**Twitter Terms of Service https://support.twitter.com/groups/56-policies-violations/topics/237-guidelines/articles/20171870-fake-engagements-on-twitter

The Frugal Foodie’s #FoodieFind Feb 6, 2015: How to Save Money at Asian Markets

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Many of us would like to cook authentic Asian dishes at home, but sometimes the ingredients are hard to find. And if you haven’t learned by now, the mainstream grocery stores are overcharging you double, sometimes triple what you would pay at the Asian markets. So on this episode, I’ll be sharing some dishes for a simple, healthy menu that is inexpensive, flavorful, and fun for your guests. And I’ll talk in depth about the ingredients: what to look for, cooking tips, brands I recommend, and where to buy them to save money!

I’ll also be sharing the Rola Family Lumpia Recipe, also known as Filipino Spring Rolls, and walking you through step-by-step so you can make them at home. Over the years people have begged me for the recipe, and I’m sharing it with you on this show. Anyone who has tasted my family’s lumpia, is never satisfied with egg rolls or spring rolls served in a restaurant ever again! And to go with it, you’ll learn the Ilocano Filipino traditional dipping sauce, plus the common mainstream restaurant-style sauce. I’ll also share other variations of egg rolls or spring rolls from Southeast Asia that you may not have tried before, and are equally simple, tasty, and addictive! Some of these options are even Gluten-Free!

There are even more brands of soy & fish sauce than there are brands of American breakfast cereals, so I’ll give you the names of brands that I recommend, and places where you can find them.

And of course what food gathering is complete without some kind of dessert? So I will be sharing my recipes for Matcha Green Tea Blondies, other Asian desserts that include Gluten-Free options that your guest will love!

Come listen on February 6, 2015, for this episode of “The Frugal Foodie Show” for the CookingNetwork.Club on BlogTalkRadio.com!

@Ms_Terree The Frugal Foodie on the LA Cookie Con & the story behind the negative tweets

LA Cookie Con 1.25.2015

“@Ms_Terree The Frugal Foodie talks about the LA Cookie Con” via Cooking Network Club on 1/30/2015 10am EST

Sunday January 25, 2015 was the Inaugural LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show in Pasadena, California. The Food Network’s famous “Sweet Genius,” Pastry Chef Ron Ben-Israel was the main attraction, along with chefs from Master ChefMaster Chef Junior, and Next Food Network Star. Unfortunately, some attendees started a twitter storm over hours-long lines, and not being able to get in despite having pre-paid for tickets. A run-down on how the event turned out and the REAL story behind what went wrong!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cookingnetwork/2015/01/30/msterree-aka-the-frugal-foodie-at-la-cookie-con-sweet-show

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