Twitter and the News and Tomorrow is an Auspicious Day!!

Current Events

MissouriMatt came through with help and taught me how to style the plate

As some of you have seen, CNN has become enamored with Twitter, the microblogging web app in which you post messages up to 140 characters long to a list of followers. I returned home after work, put my things down, washed up, sat down and turned on the TV to see what’s been going on in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.

Continue reading September Contest Recipe

Peach-Apple Chutney Surprise

A little more than a week ago after I submitted my entry for the Whole Foods Budget Recipe Challenge, I mentioned that I’d been invited to submit a recipe to for the September Key Ingredient Cook’s Kitchen (KICK) contest.

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Stir Fried Beef and Soba Noodles


A DEElicious Asian meal!

It was a strange day. The weather was wet and windy as Hannah blew through on her trek north. I walked to the store as the rain started to whip up and was pretty wet by the time I arrived at the store 5 minutes later. My ran jacket doesn’t do much to keep the water off of me, but I didn’t mind

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Customer Service in the Age of Microblogging (Customer) Service With a :)


Slow Cooked Short Ribs, Roasted Potatoes and Squash, Tomatoes and Broccoli

As long time readers and viewers of the Justopia Cooks broadcast know, my background is Customer Service. Whether it be in sales or my 12 year tenure with AOL, I’ve spent my career serving customers. Don’t we all in some form or another? Sometimes it’s internal customers, other times it’s external, but in the end we are all working to deliver service to someone.

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Breakfast With Justopia

Matzoh Brei

I woke up hungry this morning. Not a usual occurrence. I think it’s probably because I went to bed thinking about making matzoh brei. I have had a box in the pantry since Passover and thought that if I didn’t use it, it would need to go in the garbage soon.

Contests and More Contests

Don’t Forget!

Mouth Watering Grilled Nectarine with Coconut-Cream, Maple Syrup Sauce

Mouth Watering Grilled Nectarine with Coconut-Cream, Maple Syrup Sauce

Remember, instead of week 5 of the Name That Exotic Food contest at this week, we are having the finish the Tenten story contest. If you haven’t taken pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, you have just 21-ish hours left to get your creativity going to finish up the great story that Peekers started for us last week. In case you’ve forgotten, you can find the story you have to work with here in the Extra! Extra! Read (and Write) All About It! blog post from last Thursday.

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Info and a Couple of Recipes

Viewer Count Info

Long after I finished broadcasting my playlists were showing on the JTV home page

We’ve talked about this before, but after seeing a blurb on a blog about “faked viewer counts” I thought it was worth another visit.

So, it goes like this — there are rooms with lots of viewers at one time. Most of the rooms with very large viewer counts are those broadcasting professional sports or first run movies or something you wouldn’t want your child watching, but on those occasions when a broadcaster is put into the Featured box on the welcome screen the viewer count can go very high.

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Fun Times, Exotic Ingredients, The Winners Are … and a Williams-Sonoma Surprise!

Exotic Food and Contests

It’s a Lotus Root

Wow, what a fun night at! I decided when I was in the Fresh World International Market to do my grocery shopping for the week today, that I would begin a new contest series. It would be all about exotic foods.

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Epic Fail Dinner! Some Shrimpsicles and A Shot at LiveVideo

Trust me, Not Good!

I finished the broadcast and have to say that tonight’s meal goes down as the worst meal I’ve made on camera. Well, it was actually one of the worst meals I’ve ever made! I was going to cook a 6th recipe from the book I am cooking through, but when it came time to add the tomatoes I took the container from the fridge, opened it and was met with white fuzz! YES! Something in the Justopian kitchen was moldy! I only opened those tomatoes a few days ago which leads me to believe I introduced something mold-inducing when I put the tomatoes in there. Ugh! Continue reading

Cook-Through Shots Tonight


It’s been a long day, another busy one at the store, so I am just going to post photos of tonight’s Weeknight cook-through rather than ramble on about JTV. I didn’t have the opportunity to spend any time in the network today and didn’t feel like forcing myself to find something interesting to watch. I have noticed a huge drop off in viewer-ship when I broadcast. I’m not sure what’s keeping people away. Maybe it’s summer?

I made the Thai Chicken Curry recipe tonight and a repeat of the Kylie Kwong Soy-Dipped radishes. The radishes are basically a quick pickle recipe that I’ve fallen in love with and the chicken curry was a rendition of what I have made in the past, but from my own creation.

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Tired and a Very Short Recipe

Just Photos

I’ve never done this before, but I am so tired tonight that I am left with no choice. I won’t be writing tonight, you’ll get photos, but no story or opinions or anything of the sort … ok, maybe a few captions. But that’s it! Really. 🙂

This is the chicken that I made in the smoker bag with cole slaw, truffle mashed potatoes and grilled, spicypineapple. DEElicious

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When Smoking is Oh, So Good


I’ve talked about this in the past, my inability to grill food at home with anything other than a grill pan on the stovetop or on the small electric grill on my balcony. Fire hazard and all that. But it’s not that bad. Really. See, last year for my birthday, my parents gave me a grill. The kind that’s safe and approved for high rise condo living in these here parts of the DC suburbs in Virginia. It’s an electric grill. It does a pretty respectable job for the most part, especially now that I’ve had an opportunity to use it enough to cause the stuff on the bottom of the grill to flare up and char what I am cooking.

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Hot Topic

Any Attention is Good

I ran across this comic in a blog post last week and it made me chuckle. And then it made me blush. Why did I turn a brilliant shade of red? That’s easy to explain. Because I am one of the new generation of bloggers that captures every morsel of every meal on camera. I can’t seem to go one night without snapping shots of what I am preparing, or the end result of what I’ve made and always, every night that I broadcast or write, there is a computer lurking in the background of most of the shots.  Ever since I began blogging and needed more images to help break up the monotony of the vast landscape of words I toss up into the air and ont the blog each night, I have found myself unable to not pull out a camera and photographing my food.

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Mother’s Day Cake Sans Children

Making Mom’s Day Fun Long Distance

A beautiful bundt cake using the Williams-Sonoma Mocha Chip cake mix and the Swirl bundt cake pan – both make it an absolute breeze to whip up this stunning dessert!

It’s another Mother’s Day and my boys are far away, but while I was baking a Mother’s Day cake on tonight, they both called. The viewers had to take a back seat this time, but we got to talk and catch up with each other. By the time I was done, the cake was ready to come out of the oven and just like those sweet boys of mine, the cake was a masterpiece, a work of art!

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Bulletins and Abandonment Issues, a Viewer’s First Time and a Few Notes

Another Tidal Wave of Defections?

TylerPeel sent me these photos of his Greek Lasagne creation. He made me very hungry with these! 🙂

I took a look at the recent bulletins I received on my JTV account after I got home from work today. I needed something mindless to do. My brain has been overwhelmed with training materials and in an effort for it not to explode I thought it best to think about something that truly needs no brainpower. Bulletins fit that description perfectly.

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