Friday, April 15, 2011

Big Night is a beautiful story about two Italian brothers struggling to get Americans to understand the artistry behind their food. Stanley Tucci plays Secondo, the younger brother in charge of making the restaurant's business decisions. Tony Shaloub plays Primo, the older brother who is committed to the artistry of his food.

This tale of brotherly love will have you cheering on the main characters while laughing yourself off your barstool, with a supporting cast like Minnie Driver, Isabella Rosallini and Iam Holm.

As always our Yumologists recommend preparing a hearty Italian dish to satisfy your tastbuds as you watch the culinary madness unfold. For Big Night we suggest the following Cecca pasta recipe.


1 box of ditallini pasta
2 fresh roma tomatoes
1 fresh mozarella ball
1 bunch of fresh basil
1 lemon
1 cup of olive oil
Salt & Pepper to taste

  • Cook the pasta in salted water until al dente.
  • Chop the roma tomatoes, fresh mozarella and basil leaves into equal, bite sized chunks.
  • Half the lemon and sqeeze the lemon juice over the cheese and vegetable mix, add salt & pepper to taste.
  • Pour the olive oil over the drained pasta, then add the vegetable and cheese mix.
Yumology's Cecca is simple, fresh and savory, just as Primo would have intended.

Buon Appetito!

Here's a taste of Big Night:

Monday, April 4, 2011

For decades now, scientists and Yumologists alike have been researching alternative fuel methods to help ease increasing gas prices and toxic fumes that wreak havoc on our pocket books and ozone layer. A few solutions have arisen around electricity, solar power and biodegradable fuel products like corn and even sunflower oil.

Current studies suggest that crude sunflower oil could be processed into a biodiesel power source. Biodiesel can be produced from any fat or oil such as sunflower oil, soybean oil, canola oil, palm oil, tallow to name a few through a refinery process called transesterification. It is recommended that the sunflower oil be refined and de-waxed before blending it with diesel fuel.

Sunflower is a high oil content seed and average yields can produce 600 pounds of oil per acre, considerably more than soybeans. There is a great deal of interest from local areas for construction of small processing facilities for sunflower biodiesel production. It is most important that processing equipment be analyzed very carefully for small ‘press' only facilities. In most cases a portion of the oil is left in the by-product meal thereby reducing economic efficiency.

Just as sunflower seeds have the ability to boost your energy, so too can they improve the health and wellness of our planet. Hooray for Sunflower Power!

Research included from

Friday, April 1, 2011

A delightful tale of the magical power of food. Simply Irresistible stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as Amanda Shelton, a young chef who inherited her mother's restaurant and is fighting to keep it alive. After the arrival of a fairly suspicious crab Amanda's culinary talents soar and she is able to create food that moves people to tears, jeers, love and laughter.

Amanda's magical cooking talents are soon noticed by Tom Bartlett, a young, successful department store executive played by Sean Patrick Flanery. Tom gives Amanda her first catering job and their relationship blossoms into a magical menagerie of food and fashion.

One of the many mouth-watering recipes in Simply Irresistible includes a custard stuffed peach and our own Yumologists have been agble to recreate Amanda's recipe with the same mystical flavors that enchant us throughout the movie. Our recipe is below:

Custard Stuffed Peach

1 fresh, somewhat firm peach.
1 packet of custard (we recommend Bird's British)
2 tbsp honey mixed with 2 tbsp of butter (stir together until honey-butter smooth)
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 mint sprig for garnish

  • Cut the top of the peach off and core out the pit. Be sure to leave enough meat along the inner lining of the peach that it holds up to baking.
  • Drizzle a layer of honey butter around the inside of the peach.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar along the inner lining of the peach on top of the honey-butter
  • Bake the prepared peach in a 350 degree over for 10 minutes
  • Remove peach and immediately add hot custard
  • Sprinkle the top of the peach with brown sugar and add a mint sprig for garnish.
  • Eat and enjoy!
Here's a taste of Simply Irresistible: