April 24, 2013

Visit the new Alton Brown Fan site

This site will be primarily an archive now.  For more up to date information about Alton Brown.
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July 30, 2012

Happy 50th Alton Brown

A very good thing about having a just a written site is no one has to hear me sing Happy Birthday. But I do want to wish Alton Brown a very special birthday wish. I always wish him a good day for his birthday but this year it is even more special because his is turning 5o. I'm not sure if AB is keen on hitting the milestone or not but I do want to point out a few things to AB. So of this is being said completely as a fangirl (yes, occasionally I do lapse into one of those).
  • You may be 50 but are handsome as ever. In fact, I think you are even more handsome now :D
  • Smart, funny and quirky are never old
  • You're charming and gracious
  • No one on Food Network has your combination of talent and never will
I hope Alton has a great birthday and doesn't get to caught up in the number on the candles. He has been blessed to have a lot in his life. Especially a dream come true like getting to make Good Eats and I hope that he reflects on that and remembers that. PS: On Food Network's Facebook page they are asking what fans would make for AB's birthday. I said I would smoke some trout in my box smoker that's patterned off of his. A tomato pie because we're both Southerners (and tomatoes are in season) and a coconut cream pie. I hope he would enjoy that meal. :)

May 18, 2012

Who Knew

It was excited to learn a few months ago, on Twitter, that Alton Brown is Whovian... while I was giddy. And just a recent as Monday, Alton tweeted about some things about favorite Doctors etc.  Well, all of this, came together in an idea to give AB something Dr. Who related item.

Just about every time I see him, I bring a small gift.  Usually just something as a little token of thanks.  However, this time I had a major stroke of genius.  Since I'm a knitter and one of his favorite Doctors is number 4, I just had to make a scarf.  I've wanted to knit one for a few years but didn't really have a reason to do it--until now. So I headed over to a website that carefully recreated patterns from the show.  I selected the original, season 12 version to make and began a 55 hour labor to make this 11 foot replica.

Keep reading and see AB with the scarf, go here!

May 10, 2012

Roundup

A few good news items for Alton Brown fans in the past few days. First, on Wednesday the annual Daytime Emmys were announced and Thanksgiving Live, hosted by Alton, is in the running.

Perhaps AB will get a much deserved Emmy, although would have been much better for Good Eats.

This morning, AB appeared on Good Morning America making banana's foster. If you missed it, the link is here: AB on GMA

Sunday will begin the next round of Food Network Star, which has never been a favorite show of mine. This year it's million times worse because I tried out for the show, didn't get picked to be on Alton's team. So, as with tradition, I will not be watching... sorry Alton.

April 03, 2012

Alton Brown and Food Network Star

Food Network Star, slated to begin May 13, features Alton Brown, Bobby Flay and Giada de Laurentiis "mentoring" the would-be stars to become the next be thing. Frankly, I'm sad to see this radical change in format because this time I decided to try-out for the program and it would have been the perfect match having Alton mentor me in person.

I have considered him my culinary mentor for 12 years and to have the opportunity to serve under his tutelage would have be one of my biggest dreams. Alas, I was not picked. Therefore, I highly doubt I will be watching other people getting to live my dream.

For those interested, here's the promo for the show:

March 23, 2012

ATTN: Buffalo, NY area Alton Brown fans

Alton Brown is coming to Buffalo State on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. for a talk at the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall. AB will give his "10 Things About Food I Feel Pretty Sure About" lecture.

Tickets for Buffalo State students are $5 and go on sale Monday, March 26 (one student ticket per ID). Remaining tickets are $25 and go on sale April 4.

All tickets are available through the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall box office: In person for students; online or at (716) 878-3005 for the general public.

February 15, 2012

Alton Brown and the Chocolate Farewell

As the cliche goes, all good things must come to an end and as Alton Brown fans learned Friday that goes for good eats as well. After 249 regular episodes, AB closed out the series with three one-hour specials, the last of these "Turn on the Dark" gave us a look into the luscious world of dark chocolate.

Using the hour-long format showcased what most Good Eats fans have come to expect from the show and its host over the twelve year run: history, science, information all in fun and easy to digest lessons.

 It was hard not to notice a few of AB's lessons from the very first episode on chocolate, Art of Darkness, have changed. Most notably in the realm of making mousse. In the first show on chocolate we were introduced to an easy and wonderful mousse, which has served me (and others) quite well over the years. However, in the newest incarnation of chocolate, AB suggests to make the foamy delight using a nitrous oxide cream whipper. One knock on this part of the episode, he didn't give a lot on the specs for said device. Leading me to wonder if one NO2 whipper is as good as any other.

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November 09, 2011

Next Iron Chef recap and Alton Brown running silent

I was remiss in talking about Next Iron Chef last week. I was trying to launch my NaNoWriMo idea; however, that seems to be heading down the tubes this week. So to re-ignite my writing mojo, I thought about talking a little about Sunday night's installment of NIC and maybe a little from week one.

The second installment had the nine surviving chefs heading off to San Diego and the home the Major League Baseball team, Padres, to do a little ball park cooking. Honestly, the first challenge should've been who can look at Alton Brown and not laugh their ass off at his clothing choice for the day. I say this with great affection, AB the gray plaid sport coat, yellow slacks, navy blue polo shirt and light blue pocket square just didn't come together for me.

All giggles aside, the first challenge, to reinvent ballpark food seemed to be something fairly easy. I mean, traditional ballpark food isn't the best grub in town anyway so to elevate it wouldn't take much. But either its been too long since I've been to game, or the offerings of the minor league team here are behind the times, or these chefs had no clue what ballpark food is because I didn't understand most of their "reinventions."

It was bad enough to hear the new judge utter the word "foodgasm" last week. However this week's word was deconstructed. It seemed most of the chefs' concept of reinvent a dish was to deconstruct everything. I was beginning to think I was watching HGTV or DIY instead of Food Network with the number of times that word as bandied about. Ugh!

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October 27, 2011

Updates

In case anyone has noticed I haven't been keeping up with a lot of Alton Brown news here on this site of late.  Mainly because I have taken the plunge with Wordpress and since I'm hosting my own site why not!

I have officially moved all of the news and posts to: http://news.altonbrownfans.com so this is where you can find me from now on.  Also, if you subscribe to the site's RSS please update to http://feeds.feedburner.com/altonbrownfans/DQXc  My twitter for the fansite is @_altonbrownfans

There is much to talk about with the visit to Pittsburgh on the tour but I have even neglected to write on that over on the new site. I do have video and will try to share soon.

Remember that Sunday starts a new season of Next Iron Chef.  Alton will, of course, be hosting the show and annoying the chefs as per unusual.  Gotta love that.

I will try to recap the episodes, however, I have doing my annual National Novel Writing Month challenge again this year so free time will be very limited.  No promises!

Sometime in November the one-hour Thanksgiving Good Eats special will air.  Still haven't a date on that.  And the Saturday before Thanksgiving the Food Network will have a Turkey Day live show with AB as host.  It will be from Noon until 2 p.m. EST.   Viewers have the opportunity to submit questions ahead of time via Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/foodnetwork), Twitter (http://www.twiter.com/foodnetwork, use #FNThanksgiving) and can simultaneously submit questions during the broadcast with Skype. (Username: FoodNetworkThanksgiving).

For those of you who helped with the Heifer International fundraiser, THANKS SO MUCH!  We were able to buy the cow for Alton and I gave him the card in Pittsburgh.  

One last thing, I'm still wishing for an interview with Alton.  Since he has changed is outlook on social media and the reasons he gave me in the past for not allowing an interview with me as no longer valid, my hope is he will see the value and benefit of this site and be ever so kind as to talk with me for an interview.  After all, my site now ranks #1 in Google searches for him being an asshole and mean... so its not like no one is reading out there in cyberspace.


It's pretty funny that my site would get that ranking for these searches since I'm constantly bemoaning the fact AB seems to care more for the haters than the good folks like me.  Maybe he thinks since I took the time to do this site I will always be in his corner, while the haters need to be shown the light.  Who knows.  It is beyond me.  I still don't think he cares to read the site, which is very disheartening.  I hoped he would at least change his outlook but judging from his retweeting of mean comments that goes much further than any act of kindness does.  Maybe he's paying it backward?  

Anyway, I'll leave you with the reminder of the new site: http://news.altonbrownfans.com
and NIC on Sunday.

See ya,
Lisa :)

October 13, 2011

Win a signed copy of Good Eats 3!

Last week when I saw Alton at his book signing in Sewickley, Penn., he asked me, "Don't you ever run out of these things?" He was referring to the fact that two weeks earlier I had my copy of Good Eats 3: The Later Years signed in Chattanooga, Tenn. So I promptly explained what happened, I didn't know there would be an early release of the book and I had an impulse buy! Anyway, I told AB one of the books came from his publisher for a giveaway and since I was coming to the event, why not get it signed as well. Alton was nice enough to sign the book for lucky person.
  The contest is open until October, 19 at 11:59 pm EST. So now, to get this copy of GE3, click here!

September 26, 2011

A funny thing happened at the Serve and Protect event

Last Thursday's Serve and Protect event for the Tennessee Aquarium was my 13th Alton Brown event. Yeah, lucky 13. I'm not that superstitious, however after the whole summer of AB being on Twitter and crap with things there, and reason for writing and flack he received for the Fanifesto, I was a bit nervous attending this one.

The evening started off with an odd incident. I was in the Aquarium's office purchasing a copy of Good Eats 3 to beat the rush later at the gift shop and after securing said copy I turned to exit the room. At that moment, a group of people came through the room from the stairwell. As I turned, I almost ran into one them. Then I realized it was Jim, Alton's assistant. He stepped back and I stepped forward and at that moment I looked up to see none other than Mr. Brown looking right at me!

He looked a bit surprised. And I know I did as well. He said, "After you." I giggled and and said, "Are you sure you want me to go in front of you?" He tipped his head, extended his arm and said, "Yes ma'am." I giggled like a schoolgirl and went ahead of him and the group. As I thought about it, I wasn't certain if Alton didn't know me or was just surprised that we ran into each other in the office. I know I was extremely surprised.

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September 20, 2011

Attention Alton Brown fangirls and people interested in Next Iron Chef

I just found this publicity photo of Alton Brown for the Next Iron Chef, which debuts on October 30 at 9 p.m. EST on Food Network. While I'm strictly informing everyone of the upcoming series, I have to include a nice little photo of AB. According to a FN press release the first episode, entitled“Primal: Heat and Meat,” is described as:
In the much-anticipated season premiere of The Next Iron Chef, ten of the most respected chefs in the culinary world take a trip to the middle of nowhere, where their primal instincts are put to the test. Split into five teams, the chefs arrive to a bare bones set-up and supply depot, where they must create a makeshift cooking station and build a fire in order to whip up an Iron Chef worthy meal. Using only basic tools including cinder blocks, metal skewers, flat iron and stacks of wood, this challenge tests the resourcefulness of the contestants in extreme conditions. After a deliberation from the judges, the least successful duo battles it out in the first-ever Secret Ingredient Showdown. After a grueling challenge, only one of the two chefs will live to battle another day for the coveted Next Iron Chef title.
See the real reason I'm happy about the press kit by clicking here. :)

September 14, 2011

Alton Brown does not suck

A few weeks ago I had a wonderful idea to do something for Alton Brown to show him how much his fans appreciate his work, especially all of the years of Good Eats. Also, to wish him well on the new project. And now, to help him see the Internet can be used for good, not just bad things.

Figuring AB would rather for us to give back than to give to him, I surmised something to Heifer International would be great.

The best gift to give? Well, why not a heifer! Yes! A heifer to Heifer International to thank Alton for everything! Now, this where I need your help. A heifer costs $500. So if enough of us ban together then accumulating the amount would be simple.

Also, it would be great to tell Alton, in person, we got him a cow as a thank you present for the years of Good Eats and our appreication. If we could get the money before October 5, that would even more awesome because I could show him all of the folks who helped out. And have a thank you card with it! 

Please give something to cause, a small thank you for anything you've learned thanks to Good Eats and AB.

 

August 25, 2011

Alton Brown swimming with sharks

Video of Alton Brown diving at the Tennessee Aquarium to launch the "Serve and Protect" project. I'm excited about heading down to Chattanooga for this event. From what AB says in this video, I hope to learn about new types of seafood critters to purchase and cook.

August 16, 2011

Alton Brown and Tennessee Aquarium's Serve and Protect Project


Alton Brown will help the Tennessee Aquarium with their new sustainable seafood endeavor later this fall. The "Serve and Protect" project will raise awareness and promote local and sustainable seafood choices.

At the main event on Sept. 22, Alton will conduct a demo with recipes he's developed for the project. Tickets for the event are $150, which includes the demo and a dinner. They are available at the Aquarium's website. To make your reservations, visit here.