Trying to Lose Weight? Eat Like a Baby

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In ridiculous celebrity diet fad news, Jennifer Aniston, along with a slew of other famous ladies, is reportedly slurping her daily nutrition in the form of puréed food. Taking all the joy of eating out of life is just the first step to losing weight, according to slim Hollywood actresses.

The underlying principles of the diet -

Baby food usually contains no added fats, seasonings or chemicals, keeping the food in it's purest form.

Lots of veggies and fruits for nutrition.

The dumb things about the diet -

It's BABY FOOD. Gross.

Top Chef Masters Season 2, Episode 5: Luckiest Wedding Party Ever

Let's just call this the boobtastic wedding episode.
Time for the Champions round! Kelly Choi enters the kitchen wearing an absurdly clunky necklace. Between that and her water tower noggin, her neck must be at critical mass buckling under the weight. She instructs the top eight that it's time for my favorite Quickfire challenge (She actually says, "This is Rebecca Kelley's favorite Quickfire." You can watch it back if you don't believe me), the blindfolded relay race. The chefs are broken up into teams of two, and each chef gets to cook for 10 minutes while the others are blindfolded. It's basically a game of Telephone with food and actual talent. One chef could start out making a shrimp ceviche, and in the end it could turn out to be purple diaper bowling ball.

Mom Not a Pie Person? Make a Cake Instead

Minus the fact that there are no measurements in this instructional "how to bake a cake" video from YouTube, and there's lots of soothing elevator music and the words "yolks" and "sift" are misspelled, you could, at the very least, gain some inspiration for future baking efforts. And also, how in the world does this video have over 100,000 views? Amazing.

Interview with Top Chef Masters Contestant Jody Adams

​Daily Fork was fortunate to interview a very talented chef and one of the contestants of season 2 of Top Chef Masters, Jody Adams. Jody owns a four-star restaurant called Rialto in Cambridge, Mass., and is also a James Beard award winner and has been the recipient of many rave reviews and accolades over the years. After already watching her cement a place in the second round during last week's quickfire challenge, we asked Jody a few questions about being on Top Chef Masters, her favorite guilty pleasure food, and more. Check out the interview below:

How much of Top Chef had you seen before this season of Top Chef Masters, and what do you think of the show?

I'd caught a few snippets of the regular Top Chef while trolling through the channels late at night, but I'd never watched enough to even know what a Quickfire Challenge was and, believe it or not, I'd never seen Top Chef Masters before they contacted me. I was on a holiday bike tour in Italy, when I snuck a look at my Blackberry, saw the message and said out loud, "No way!" As in, "No way they're going to get me on that show." My attitude must have offended the TV gods--within half an hour my Blackberry jumped out of my bike bag, crashed in the road and died. For the rest of the trip I fretted over whether I should or shouldn't do it. The consensus of the group was that I should do it.

When I got home, I apologized to the TV gods and humbly tuned in.

I soon realized that although the cooking was great and the competition exciting, the real draw was the people. Top Chef may be a little more rough and tumble than Top Chef Masters, but in both cases, you want to get to know the characters.

Random Marshmallow Fact

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The actual plant, marsh mallow or althaea officinalis
Thanks to Minute to Win It , the strangely addictive game show on NBC hosted by our favorite food guy, Guy Fieri, we learned that marshmallows aren't a recent food invention.

According to the British lady that does voiceover for the show's minute-long game instructions, pharaohs in ancient Egypt enjoyed these puffy pillows of sugar, although they probably weren't pink, green or jet puffed.

The Campfire Marshmallows website states that close to 4,000 years ago, Egyptians discovered that the sap from the mallow plant, growing in the marshes (hence the name, marsh and mallow combined) could be combined with honey to make a very royal and sweet confection. This ancient marshmallow was reserved for kings and gods, and was the basis for our modern day candy favorite, although gelatin has since replaced the mallow sap.

How Well Do You Know Your Restaurant Slogans?

In our continuing effort to distract people from actual accomplishment and productivity, it's time for another fun food-related quiz from our friends at Sporcle. Today's distraction comes courtesy of a quiz designed to test your knowledge of chain restaurant slogans. And, even if you're the type of person who wouldn't be caught dead in a McDonald's, chances are you can rattle off at least a few of the slogans they've used over the years. So, sit back, minimize your actual work related tabs for a few minutes, and test whether you know your restaurant slogans.

R2-D2, in Cake Form

Although it doesn't come with a matching C-3PO dessert, this R2-D2 cake is large enough to feed even the hungriest of Wookiees. We're not sure what the occasion was, but we're guessing it involved everyone singing the Ewok Celebration Song while little pieces of R2 were being distributed on paper plates.

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Nothing Says Romance Like Church's Chicken

While some girls were busy dreaming of a romantic proposal on bended knee, Shineka was dreaming of bigger and better things. There's nothing unusual about getting married in a church, but getting married in a Church's Chicken on the other hand...that's something special.

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'Top Chef Masters' Season 2, Episode 3: Return of the Rejects

Last night's episode of Top Chef Masters brought back six renowned chefs from season one who had failed to advance and were enough butt-hurt about it to return for redemption. Rounding out the field were Rick Moonen, who last season failed to put out a quickfire dish in time, Wylie Dufresne the molecular gastronomist and his BFF Graham Elliot Bowles, Mark Peel, Jonathan Waxman, and testy Frenchy Ludo Lefebvre.

The quickfire challenge consisted of pairing an unsubtly product-placed Stoli cocktail with an appropriate dish. The producers made a leap in logic and assumed that since the challenge revolved around sugary foo foo drinks, the most fitting judges for this round would be the Real Housewives of Orange County. The problem with this decision is that the housewives are Botox and saline-stuffed idiots who don't like pork dishes because they "don't like red meat." They also seemingly like every dish until food critic Gael Greene makes an intelligent and informed critique, at which point they waffle back and go, "Oh yeah, I thought that too." Those poor chefs - they should have just heated up some Lean Pockets and served it with a box of Franzia.

Food Roundup for April 21

Here's what was being written about today in the world of food and dining news:

  • Tomorrow is Earth Day, and Gut Check is here to help get you ready with a list of eco-drinks. If drinking a beer helps save the planet, then go ahead and sign us up.