Oprah Sued for 1 Trillion ‘Little Pieces’

7 08 2009

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Is Oprah being sued? Say it isn’t so. The Queen of Talk is reportedly being sued by New York based writer Damon Lloyd Goffe, author of A Tome of Poetry, for using parts of his book in her internet-published book Piece of my Soul. These allegations come less than four years after Oprah told James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces, that he “conned us all.”  Click here to read more.

Twilight Series Box Set

Twilight Series Box Set

In other literary news, Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is also being accused of plagiarism by Jordan Scott, author of The Nocturne.  According to Scott, the forth book in the Meyer’s series, Breaking Dawn, bares a “striking and substantial similarity” to portions of his book, which was published online two years prior. According to people I’ve talked to, this could be just the beginning for Meyer.  Apparently, the Twilight books also share some of the same, or similar story lines found in the acclaimed Sookie Stackhouse novels (see HBO’s TRUE BLOOD series based on the books) by Charlaine Harris. Click here to read more.

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Quench Your Thirst: Brown Ale 101

7 08 2009

Intent on debunking the myth that hot weather begets light beer, Newcastle Brown Ale offers up Brown Ale 101: While the palates of dark beer lovers don’t change in the summer, restaurants, bars and backyard BBQers forego year-round appreciation of the brown ale for its thin, clear-ale counterparts.

Some myth-busting brown ale factoids for summer beer drinkers:

  • Color: Golden-brown in color, Newcastle is not one but two beers, combining English Pale and Dark Caramel malt in a recipe perfected by Colonel Jim Porter in 1927.
  • emperature: Unlike lagers/pilsners, ales are best enjoyed cool, rather than cold. The ideal temperature for Newcastle Brown Ale is 38F to 42F degrees. Your average refrigerator is between 35F and 38F degrees
  • Calories: Darker beers don’t equal more summer calories. Newcastle Brown Ale weighs in at 140 calories per 12 oz. serving.
  • Food: The robust flavor of brown ales, like Newcastle Brown Ale, allows them to pair well with red meat, fish and chicken – three cornerstones of summer grilling.
  • Smoothness: Bottled with less CO2 than its competitors makes it a smoother option.
Newcastle Brown Ale

Newcastle Brown Ale

Director John Hughes Dead at 59

6 08 2009

While on a morning walk in NYC, director John Hughes passed away due to an apparent heart attack.

John Hughes

John Hughes

Hughes — best known for his ’80s cult classics including The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — was the master of teen angst, a theme he played out in many of his films [starring Molly Ringwald].

Though Hughes’ notoriety may have diminished over the past two decades, his contributions to the film industry continued as he wrote/directed many of our favorite family films including Uncle Buck, Christmas Vacation, the Home Alone and Beethoven films, and 101 Dalmatians to name a few.

Hughes will be greatly missed, but his films will continue to inspire and entertain generations to come.

John Hughes on the set of 'Sixteen Candles' with Molly Ringwald and Michael Schoeffling

John Hughes on the set of 'Sixteen Candles' with Molly Ringwald and Michael Schoeffling

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Summer Recipe: Grilled Pizza

5 08 2009

Summer is a time to relax by the pool, not spend hours in the kitchen cooking and cleaning.  In the recipe below, Chef Bobby Flay combines two of my favorite things; grilling and pizza.  For more summer grilling ideas, visit www.FoodNetwork.com.

Recipe by Chef Bobby Flay (Show: Boy Meets Grill; Episode: Firehouse Grill)

Grilled Pizza by Chef Bobby Flay

Grilled Pizza by Chef Bobby Flay


  • 1/2 pound Italian hot sausage
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 2 large yellow pepper, cored, seeded and quartered
  • 2 large red pepper, cored, seeded and quartered
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 recipe favorite pizza dough, rolled into 4 (6-inch) rounds
  • 1/2 pound grated fontina cheese
  • 1 cup sheep’s milk ricotta
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • Basil Vinaigrette, recipe follows


Preheat a grill.

Grill the sausage on both sides until golden brown and cooked through, about 10 minutes per side. Brush onions and peppers with the oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the onions and peppers until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove the sausage from the grill and slice into 1/4-inch thick slices. Remove the onions, separate into rings, and roughly chop. Remove the peppers and slice into 1/8-inch thick slices.

Heat grill to high. Brush dough with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and grill for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Turn over and grill for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the grill and place on a flat surface.

Divide the fontina cheese among the 4 pizza rounds. Divide the sausage, onions and peppers over the cheese. Place the pizza on the grill, close the cover and grill until the cheese has melted, about 3 to 4 minutes. To finish in the oven, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place the pizza on sheet pans and bake until the cheese has melted, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Mix together the ricotta, extra-virgin olive oil, and oregano in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Remove the pizzas from the oven and drizzle with Basil Vinaigrette. Top with dollops of the ricotta cheese mixture and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice and serve.

Basil Vinaigrette

Basil Vinaigrette

Basil Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, to taste.

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