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By Lauren Baccus




In the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is more than just an honor for us to make mention of the individuals and organizations who participate in the ongoing effort to combat this disease. To them we raise a glass and toast, for without their work and generous spirit, we may never have thought it possible to even hope for a cure. Through them we find the depths of kindness, insipiration and even the most seemingly insignificant opportunities to change the lives of others. As we celebrate now, let us use this moment to continue to educate, support and give hope to some of the women affected by breast cancer in this country.

Riedel Crystal, one of the most respected names in glassware, has created for this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the limited edition Pink “O” Champagne glass. With the success of last year’s wine tumbler, Riedel hopes to exceed the $50,000 the company was able to donate in suport of the nonprofit organization, Living Beyond Breast Cancer. A pair of the glasses retails for $27, of which 15% goes directly to LBBC whose mission is to “empower women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality life”.

That in itself is deserving of a toast…à  votre santé For more information about the Riedel Pink “O” Champagne glass, visit

For information on Living Beyond Breast Cancer, visit or call 1-888-753-5222.


Betty Crocker Gets Fierce
By Gillian Weeks


Prepare a roast with a side of irreverence with Sandra Bark and Vin Ganapathy’s Cheap and Easy: A Cookbook for Girls on the Go. This book guided me on my first expedition to the kitchen. Its recipes for flashy dishes, such as Mojito Pork and Quiche Me Quick, impressed my dinner guests and met the idiot-proof promise. Sure, it’s not as easy as sticking a burrito in the microwave, but it will let you pass for a genuine domestic.

Check out the link below for a demonstration of Bark and Ganapathy’s superb Beer Chili. It requires only one big pot and some simple ingredients – a collection veggies, some ground beef, and a lot of spice. Oh, and beer.


Click here to watch me mop the floor with Rachel Ray here.

• One whole bell pepper
• One cup of celery
• One can of whole kernel corn
• One cup of onion
• Three minced garlic cloves
• Two tablespoons olive oil
• One pound of ground beef
• One can of chopped tomatoes
• Two cans of kidney beans
• One 12-oz can of beer
• Chili pepper to taste
• Hot sauce to taste

Sauté the garlic, bell pepper, celery, and onion with olive oil in a large, one-quart pot. After the vegetables are soft, crumble in the ground beef. Cook until brown.

Add the corn, tomatoes, kidney beans, and beer. Stir it all together.

Let it simmer for 45 minutes or until thick. Garnish with a whole lotta cheese, sour cream, or any high cal dairy product.


Originally published October 2006



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