Loaves & Dishes
By Jennie Geisler Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: February 15th, 2012
Book-drawing Wednesday, and Corn Fritters

Kid story, celebrity recipes. Sign me up.

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for “Rush-Hour Recipes,” from Gooseberry Patch. The winner is Carla Gutting. I’ll pop it in the mail today.

If you are not Carla Gutting, you are free to enter the drawing for a copy of "Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook," by Nick Katsoris. Thought it would be fun to do it with the Oscars coming up Feb. 26. The book features recipes from more than 50 celebrities, according to its cover. Why they can’t say just how many, and just say “over 50″ is a mystery to me.
At any rate, the book’s proceeds benefit Chefs for Humanity & St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Apparently, “Loukomi” is the name of a series of books with inspiring messages.
This one starts with a colorfully illustrated story about a cute little bear- or lamb-like creature named Loukomi and his friends.
It also features recipes such as Vegan Sliders from Ellen DeGeneres, Mini Mexican Pizzas from Sandra Day O’Connor and Guacamole from Beyonce.

To enter, please send an e-mail to jennie.geisler@timesnews.com including your NAME, MAILING ADDRESS and NAME OF THE BOOK you want. Look forward to hearing from you.

While many of the recipes are pretty substantial, I thought it would be fun to share with you one of the lamest ones I’ve ever seen:
CINNAMON TOAST from John Aniston of “Days of Our Lives”
2 slices of white bread, toasted
2 pats of butter
Sugar
Cinnamon.
There are instructions, but I’m going to make you guess.
ay-ay-ay.

This one actually looks simple and promising:
OPRAH’S CORN FRITTERS (yes, that Oprah)
2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1/3 cup self-rising flour
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg, beaten
2 ears corn, shucked, or 1/2 cup frozen or canned corn kernels
2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, optional
Milk or water, if needed
Pam

1. Microwave the corn on high 2 to 3 minutes. Slice off the kernels and set them aside.
2. In a bowl, mix the cornmeal and the flour well, using a wire whisk. this will make your fritters very light. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and the egg.
3. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry. Don’t worry if the batter isn’t completely combined. You want to be careful not to overmix it. Fold in the corn and add the butter, if desired. If the result is thicker than pancake batter, thin it with a little milk or water.
4. Heat a skillet or griddle to medium, spray with Pam, and add spoonfuls of batter. Cook the fritters for 2 minutes per side.
– Loukoumi’s Celebrity Cookbook

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