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Rachael Ray’s Wa-s’up? Tuna Salad Pinwheels (Bento Lunch Box)

A bento box is a tasty set of Japanese dishes that hold a variety of ingredients in one meal in separate containers that fit inside one big box. This fun lunch is made up Rachael Rayof two different recipes – some Rounder than others, each one is so easy, you can make it in minutes!

Get Rachael’s Bento Box Recipe! Make it for your kids, grand kids, your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, roommate, friend or treat yourself to a tasty lunch in a bento box!

Spaghetti Tacos – New Kid’s Sensation

spaghetti tacosKids Crazy for Carbs

If you want to please your Nickelodeon-iCarly watching, carbohydrate-loving kids, try this latest carbo-craze and opt for spaghetti next time you need to fill a taco shell.

Make These Carbo-Pleasers

plumHeads up: This is an eat-some-of-the-time food. Not much is Round in this dish of noodles and taco shells, but you can always add shredded zucchini to the sauce to health it up! Nobody will know!


  • 12 oz. spaghetti, cooked and drained
  • 26 oz. favorite spaghetti sauce
  • 1 (.7 oz) packet Italian dressing dry mix
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Crunchy taco shells
  • Parmesan cheese for sprinkling


Brown ground beef in a pot and drain. While draining, boil spaghetti in the same pot 9-11 minutes or until done. Drain. Add the beef back into the pot and add Italian seasoning mix and stir into meat well. Add sauce and mix into meat followed by the spaghetti and simmer until warm. Bake taco shells at 325 degrees for 5-6 minutes or until warm. Spoon spaghetti mixture into warmed taco shells and top with parmesan cheese if desired.

Then dare to eat one with your kids.

Who's the Iron Chef with the Most Wins?

Bobby FlayOne Chef Cooks Above the Rest!

In this culinary game show, only one Iron Chef can boast being the supreme winner of his cuisine. So now America, with an open heart and an empty stomach, I say unto you, the winning-est Iron Chef is my imaginary boyfriend, Bobby Flay!

Read My Stats, not my lips

Iron Chef Winner

That said, let me say “Allez Cuisine, ” the French phrase that calls the Iron Chefs to culinary battle–(loosely translated as “Go cook!” or “Start cooking!”

New Fall Cooking Channel Lineup

New Fall Shows from Rachael Ray and Bobby Flay

This fall, the Cooking Channel will air brand-new original shows from culinary superstars Rachael Ray and Bobby Flay, in addition to a full slate of series premieres through November. With a diverse menu of debuts, the network’s programming lineup is sure to satisfy any food-loving viewer.

Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day, her first solely food-focused show in nine years, is dedicated to her fresh groundbreaking cooking concept for busy families, while Brunch @ Bobby’s celebrates Bobby Flay’s favorite meal of the week.

Also joining the Cooking Channel are My Life in Food, an issues-based series from executive producer Al Roker; Bitchin’ Kitchen, a wild, irreverent show hosted by chef-comedienne Nadia G.; The Minimalist, based on Mark Bittman’s popular New York Times column; Kelsey’s Essentials, a fresh take on cooking basics from Kelsey Nixon, and United Tastes of America (working title), an in-depth look at iconic American foods with Jeffrey Saad.

Check out the Cooing Channel:

Top Chefs Cook at CIA Headquarters

Sexy Antonio SosaSpicy Kung pao

The chefs are invited to a place where few have been granted access, the CIA kitchen.

In this preview video, you will see the remaining Top Cheftestants, including sexy Antonio Sosa, cooking up Kung Pao. Who will win this spicy challenge is a mystery, until the show airs tonight.

Check out the Top Chef CIA Cooking video!

Sexy Top Cheftestant Angelo Sosa

Chef Angelo Sosa

Angelo describes his culinary creations as if he is talking about a woman. His vegetables are luscious, his entree’s are sexy and he confesses that he ‘makes love” to his food. This could all sound ultra cheesy, but somehow this Asian-inspired chef pulls it off.

Angelo is my pick to win, and I do admit it is partly due to his charm that makes everything he creates appear like a passionate romantic kiss — I mean dish. He’s won a bevy of challenges, showing he’s worthy of his sexy chef ways.

This half Dominican and half Italian, passion fruit drinking, simplicity-seeking chef is a fusion of cultures in the modern kitchen — and I want to eat in it. As he says, “The soul of his cuisine is ancient but reincarnated as an adventure that is young and daring.”

Follow Angelo on Twitter.

Catch Up with Handsome Top Chef Champ Michael Voltaggio

Michael Voltaggio

It’s Good to be a Top Chef

Watch last season’s handsome Top Chef winner, Michael Voltaggio, prepare winning dishes made by this season’s contestants. Then check out what this brooding champ is up to as he uproots himself and moves to Southern California.

Kelly Liken’s Pork Carnitas Tacos

Kelly Liken’s winning dish was a hit with the diners.

Let Michael show you how it was done.

Angelo Sosa’s Arctic Char

Michael recreates Angelo Sosa’s winning dish of arctic char sashimi with smoked bacon froth and a chili tapioca.

Watch how Michael prepares this dish in the inventive style that we have all grown to love.

What’s Michael up to now?

After a year in the Dining Room at the Langham Huntington Hotel, “Top Chef” champion Michael Voltaggio will have his last day of service. On July 17, he’ll be heading out of Pasadena, looking for new digs to settle into. He took a few minutes to chat about his future restaurant venture.

Check out what Michael has to say about his future plans on his upcoming adventure.

Round out Your Life with Reality

Live Rounder with Reality Television

I’m not sure if it’s because I grew up without television or if I love seeing people morph into stardom, or lose mega pounds while gaining confidence, or watching a love story unfold — but this much I know is true – I love American idol, The Biggest Loser and The Bachelor — and they are all starting now!

Before we get started, no guilt if you also enjoy these life changing shows! Your life should be full and variety-filled — just the way you want it to be, not how your neighbors, friends, family, co-workers or strangers ranting on the internet want it to be!!!

American Idol

Tonight starts a new season and what and who it will bring is a mystery. If this season is like last year then we can be sure to find a star like Adam Lambert, well maybe not, there is only one of him. As far as the biggest American Idol elephant in the room — that will be Paula’s empty chair. Not to worry, Ellen DeGeneres is slated to fill her seat and pick up the wacky Paula slack by adding her own comedic flair.

As the season progresses, I will post my top 12 picks and as soon as I get a feel for my favorite I shall name him or her too. I admit that I tend to pick the number two contestant, like Clay Akin (yes I admit that too) and Adam Lambert. So I apoligize ahead of time to whoever I pick for not becoming number one!

The Biggest Loser

This season of the Biggest Loser is already off to a big weighty bang! The contestants get bigger and bigger each season, and the abundant poundage dropped per week continues to astound us. Bob and Jillian raise the stakes every season, knowing that they can coach larger and larger contestants into shedding a colossal number of pounds. As the weight falls off these rotund people, they morph as much on the inside as the outside. It is amazing to watch!

As with American Idol, I will pick my winners, although one never knows what will happen and it is almost a better idea just to watch and root for everyone.

The Bachelor

Like last season of The Bachelorette, we know the Bachelor from the previous season — Jake Pavelka the pilot. He is the perfect guy and if I was many years younger I would be knocking on his airplane door. Most of all, The Bachelor is a fairy tale, a love story, and we get to watch it unfold and scream at the TV when Jake does not notice which girls are there for the wrong reasons. When a girl says “I will do anything for a rose,” instead of “I really like Jake”, well that means deceit and trouble are brewing for this handsome trusting good guy bachelor.

Spoiler Alert: Those who watched last night found out that Rozlyn Papa was a girl more interested in the rose than Jake. Her “inappropriate relationship” with one of the show’s producers got her booted off, even though Jake had already given her an early rose.

My early favorites for the top two girls that Jake seems to like are Ali and Tenley. I’m not a fan of Elizabeth who is playing games with Jake, although he does not yet realize it.

News Alert: Bachelor and Bachelorette All-Star Show Coming to ABC

Check out the latest news on this new Bachelor and Bachelorette All-Star Show.

Stay tuned!!!!

Sneak Peak — Fight to the Final Dish

Want to join the Top Chef cast and fans for the season finale? Just bookmark the page below, and go there during the East Coast or West Coast broadcast to see tweets from the cast — and share your thoughts via Twitter, Facebook, and even your phone.

Twitterers can even win Top Chef prizes.

For a sneak peak, look here:

Top Chef Battle of the Brothers

Bryan Voltaggio

Kudos to Bryan!

My pick Bryan Voltaggio is still in the running to become the next Top Chef. He’s the cool and calm cheftestant known for classic flavor profiles and farm fresh ingredients. Bryan won the main challenge last night, proving that he can out cook, out taste, and out plate the remaining cheftestants.

Michael Voltaggio

Good Job Michael!

Michael Voltaggio is also in the running to be the next Top Chef. He’s the out-of-the-box brother who is hell-bent on beating Bryan. With his Quick-Fire challenge win this week he’s nipping at Bryan’s heels. This brotherly rivalry will make the upcoming finale scrumptiously compelling.

Kevin Gillespie

Yay for Kevin!

Kevin Gillespie is the third cheftestant still in the running to become the next Top Chef. He’s the smart one who wow’s the judges with his simple cooking techniques. He didn’t win anything last night, but let’s not forget all his winning dishes and perfectly prepared plates.

Jennifer Carroll

Bye Bye to Jennifer!

Jennifer Carrol lumbered away from the Judges Table last night to pack up her knives, defeated and teary-eyed. At first, it appeared that she had a fighting chance, but looking back it is easy to see that as talented as she is in the kitchen, the other 3 cheftestants are just a little bit more talented.

A Meal Fit for a Finale

In honor of Jennifer Carroll, I will be preparing one of her winning dishes, “Poached Halibut in a Whiskey, Bourbon and Scotch Sauce”, to eat during the finale. Yes, it is important to prepare and plate the most delicious and well-executed dish to eat while the judges are tasting the cheftestants’ food.

To make Jennifer’s Poached Halibut in a Whiskey, Bourbon and Scotch Sauce dish, go to: