Not exactly new but still fresh

I wanted a URL better than gramos7.wordpress.com (Folks, I wasn’t reading the directions properly when I started this bloggering business. $20 to anyone who can guess what gramos7 is!) but didn’t want to pay 15 bones monthly to change my existing domain name so that’s why there’s this — jeune vee ehv ($50 to anyone who can guess that!).

FYI

Do yourself a favor and follow up on two of the quickest, smartest, funniest, most well-dressed people I know:

ANNIE POTTER & THE CAIRO OF SECRETS

From Orange to The Big Apple

And it’s not just because they are my friends. Or that they will resume their studies in two of the gnarliest cities in the world. Or that they’re going to take over the world in their own way or whatever. It’s because they actually are quick, smart, funny, and well-dressed all in one. That’s a combo hard to come by.

Come Easter

Do you know how I’m going to celebrate the end of Lent?

By eating this:

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I was watching Everyday Italian with Giada De Laurentiis yesterday and she was making these hazelnut Nutella cookies that looked mouth watering and, even better, so easy to make. Seriously, check out this recipe:

Hazelnut Nutella Cookies

  • 1 cup hazelnuts, chopped
  • 1 tube cookie dough
  • 1 jar of Nutella

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Roll the tube of cookie dough in the chopped hazelnuts so it’s got a nice crust. Cover with plastic wrap. Freeze for at least an hour. Take out cookie dough and slice it into approximately four to five millimeter thick circles. Slice until all the dough is used up. Arrange on a cookie sheet. Bake in oven for about eight to ten minutes, or until golden brown. Cool cookies over a baking baking rack. NOW FOR THE FUN PART. Slather a nice helping of God’s gift to mankind on one side of the cookie. Then grab another cookie and place on top. Repeat until you have a nice plate of hazelnut Nutella cookie sandwiches!!!!!

Giada got it right with this one. I hate to say it but how can such a tiny, slender, bobble-headed woman come up with a recipe such as this? Honestly, have you seen her? Yeah, see her and then see the stuff that she makes. I used to not trust her. Especially when you’ve got “two sticks of butter” Paula Deen making chocolate sauce for her sugar cookies and looking like she eats her cookies. Then again, Giada also introduced me to Nutella and Brie paninis. I have yet to try a Nutella and Brie panini but I’m willing to bet it tastes…um…orgasmic.

While I’m on a food spree, I’ve recently discovered this blog called the Daily Dish. It caters to L.A. but it gives a great heads up on breakout chefs, seasoned chefs, food discoveries, coffee, wine, etc.