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Manteca chef Michael Midgley back on TV- Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen

Top Chef launched chef Michael Midgley's star as a small-town cook with big-league potential  Then Knife Fight showecased his streetwise personality and his ability to judge exotic dishes.

Next - he's back as a contestant on Cutthroat Kitchen this Sunday- January 12 at 10 PM on the Food Netwok.

Midgley is executive chef at Ernie's Food and Spiritis in Manteca.  Ernie's General Manager Brian Soria says the local valley is very lucky to have such a talented chef as Midgely and.."hopefully, after Cutthroat Kitchen airs this Sunday it will bring more food lovers to Ernies  Food & Spriits."

 The show pits four contestants against one another, testing thier acumen in the kitchen as as well as thier competitive spriit. Each contestant is given $25,000 to shop for ingredients  and, according to Midgely, "There are these sabotages they throw at you."

How does he "fare"?  Watch Sunday to find out!

Mini frittatas with prosciutto and Parmesan cheese

Mini frittatas with prosciutto and Parmesan cheese

These mini frittatas, studded with salty prosciutto and Parmesan cheese, are made in muffin tins. Serve these alongside homefries and fresh fruit for brunch, or reheat the leftovers for a quick weekday breakfast... Read More

Buy One Food Item, Get One Free at Starbucks (Afternoons Only)

Buy One Food Item, Get One Free at Starbucks (Afternoons Only)

Finishing your Christmas shopping but need a bite of energy to keep you going? Starbucks is offering a buy one, get one free coupon on food items after 2 p.m. Offer expires on Dec. 29. Click here for more details..... Read More

Candied Pumpkin and Pecans

Candied Pumpkin and Pecans

I'm making a complex dessert for a holiday dinner tonight and I needed crunch and fruit. On a whim I decided to look up candied pumpkin and found out that there are recipes out there. These, therefore, are not my creations. They are COMMON recipes, copied over and over, on the internet. So there is no person that I can attribute origin to.

The candied pecans are great to eat on their own. But I'll be using them to add crunch to my final dessert. The candied pumpkin can be eaten with ice cream and over pancakes or other desserts.  You can see my final dessert tomorrow.



Candied Pumpkin

1 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 cups water
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
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3 Christmas cocktails

3 Christmas cocktails

The Christmas season is a time for celebrating with family. But it's also when us parents are busy playing Santa with shopping and wrapping presents. Skip the glass of milk this year and instead reward yourself for your hard work with one of these Christmas cocktails. You deserve it!... Read More

Stuffed mushrooms with sausage and breadcrumbs

Stuffed mushrooms with sausage and breadcrumbs

Stuffed mushrooms are always the first thing to disappear at holiday cocktail parties. In this version, savory Italian sausage and cream cheese are tucked inside of the mushrooms and topped with crunchy, browned breadcrumbs. They are positively irresistible... Read More

Salted caramel hot chocolate cocktail

Salted caramel hot chocolate cocktail

If you haven't tried salted caramel vodka, you're missing out. It's the perfect balance of sweet and salty mixed with booze to excite the taste buds. Grab a bottle today and test it out in this salted caramel hot chocolate cocktail. We have no doubt you'll love it as much as we do!... Read More